COLLON CURA RIVER

THE FISHING

One of the top rivers in Northern Patagonia, and a Patagonia Outfitters all time favorite, the Collon Cura presents very unique features. This is a large river that collects the waters from varios other tributries as it flows from North to South: Rivers Aluminé, Pulmarí, Rucachoroi, Nahuel Mapi, Quilca, Quillén, Malleo, Catan Lil, Quillquihue , Chimehuin and Quemquemtreu, shed their waters into the mighty Collon Cura River. This is a classic Patagonian plains river that meanders along the high Patagonian steppe offering ideal conditions for profuse resident wild populations of big and healthy rainbows, browns and Patagonian perch. Willow lined banks, sand cliffs and rolling hills shape the Collon Cura River’s unique and attractive landscape. Underwater life is varied and profuse.
The Collon Cura is the ‘complete sporting river’; dries, attractors, terrestrials, nymphs, streamers, tube-flies, wading, floating, matching hatches, hunting monster fish, single-handed rods, spey and switch rods, strong rainbows, monster browns. It is prolific and interesting, it is every fisherman’s river.

One of the really interesting features the Collon Cura has is the fact that it flows into a huge reservoir that is packed with huge trout and is home to a profuse ‘puyén’ minnow population. These ‘puyén’ minnows are fantastic food for trout and will migrate upriver during the fishing season attracting all kinds of big healthy trout both from the reservoir and the Collon Cura River. Minnow patterns are often deadly with big Collon Cura browns and rainbows. The other two interesting food factors featured by the Collon Cura are the green inch-worms falling from the willows along the banks (December through February) as well as its healthy ‘pancora’ crab population. All these elements are really outstanding food resources that are key to this river’s healthy fish-life, not to mention the omnipresent grass-hoppers and terrestrials and the daily mayfly, stonefly and caddis hatches. Such diversity has been sought for many anglers over the years, who won’t want to miss their yearly piscatorial pilgrimage to their magical Collon Cura.

The Collon Cura River Valley is populated with some of the most spectacular wildlife you’ll find anywhere. We utilize drift boats to cover mileage but fishing can be done both by wading and from the boat in order to reach incredibly productive hot spots, stops to wade at pools and riffles are part of the adventure. You will enjoy a wholesome picnic or an Argentine “asado” (barbecue) on the riverbank and a nice long rest before returning to more fishing well into the evening.

During the early season you can also fish the Quemquemtreu Spring Creek, a secluded and rich little stream that shines in the middle of the Patagonian Steppe.

Fishing your way down on this river reaching your next lodge without a ground transfer is one fine fly fishing experience to consider for your trip.

FACILITIES

Accommodations
Estancia Quemquemtreu is a privately owned working ranch dedicated to breeding cattle and polo ponies. We inaugurated and opened this destination back in 1993. It offers over 30 kilometers of Collon Cura River frontage and access to Quemquemtreu creek. The lodge has two comfortable lodges, both with five double rooms each with their private bathroom and full services. One of the lodges has been specially prepared for fly-fishers. The country-style bar is where guests and guides get together in the evenings to share daily fishing experiences. Garden-fresh vegetables, home-baked bread, Patagonian lamb and veal are part of its great menu.
Tres Rios Lodge is a small yet charming and comfortable fishing lodge located in the confluence of Chimehuin and Alumine and Colluncura Rivers. With three (3) ample double rooms each with en-suite bathrooms and spacious living room, it offers an outstanding experience and good cuisine. This lodge generally opens its doors for one group at a time giving guests a very private stay

Services
✓ Wi-Fi Internet service
✓ Fleet of Drift Boats
✓ Fleet of new Toyota Hiluxes and Ford Rangers
✓ Fly fishing equipment
✓ Professional fly fishing guides
✓ Private transfer from the lodge to all fly fishing areas
✓ Meals , drinks & fine argentine wines during your stay
✓ Private transfers from and to local airports

Activities
✓ Trekking and bike ride
✓ Bird and wildlife watching
✓ Photography tours

LOCATION & ARRIVAL

Collon Cura River fishing area is located just 60 miles south east from the town of San Martín de los Andes in Neuquén Province. Just a twenty (20) minutes drive from San Martin de los Andes Airport or three (3) hour’s drive from Bariloche International Airport.
Daily commercial flights from Buenos Aires to Bariloche will get you here while San Martin de los Andes Airport offers daily flights on January and February only. Flight time from Buenos Aires is two (2) hours.
Our guides will meet & great you at any of these airports and drive you to the lodge or fishing area.

WEATHER

Due to its length Collon Cura River offers spectacular fishing from November to April. Check weather conditions here

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