Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile 2019
January 10 – 20, 2019
There are many amazing destinations to fish for trout and Coyhaique River Lodge is one of the best.
The fishing program here offers a variety of options including walk wading small to medium size streams and spring creeks, floating larger rivers, and high mountain lakes for trophy trout. There are more fishing opportunities than one can fish in a week, and maybe a lifetime. Names like the Simpson, Nirehuao, Paloma, and Manihuales will capture your attention and your heart.
CRL is conveniently located within an hour from the Balmaceda airport, yet still smack dab in the middle Chile's best trout fishing. It is not here by accident, but designed, planned and built by Claudio and Gaston Urrejola, on sight managers and owners. Positioned on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Rio Coyhaique valley, the lodge offers eight spacious double suites with private baths, all with views of the valley, a great room with floor to ceiling windows for cocktails, relaxing and sharing stories. The lodge is welcoming and spacious, and guests immediately feel at home.
Come with us in January and enjoy a week of summer fishing at Coyhaique River Lodge for browns and rainbows in Chilean Patagonia. Enjoy one of Julio's pisco sours and soak in the beautiful view. You'll be so glad you joined us!
Barry and Cathy Beck
Estancia Laguna Verde,
Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
February 9-16, 2019
Most everyone in the angling world has heard about Argentina's Jurassic Lake, Lake Strobel, a 65 square kilometer crystal clear lake with incredible biological characteristics and conditions that allow for amazing growth of trout, famous worldwide as probably the best wild rainbow trout fishery in the world. The brontosaurus of rainbow trout inhabit the lakes and rivers here and if you like to hunt for the big ones, there is no better spot on earth. When you hook into one of these giants, you are in for some reel screaming, heart pounding, tug-of-war action on the uninhabited windswept water and pampas of Santa Cruz. In addition to Lake Strobel, guests can also experience the fantastic action on the amazing Barrancos River, the only tributary to the big lake, as well as 12 smaller lakes also located inside the ranch.
Estancia Laguna Verde, located on the south coast of this incredible place offers the angler a chance to experience wild Patagonia at its best. Guests are surrounded by beautiful untouched landscapes and unparalleled flora and fauna, and the opportunity to battle against huge and strong fish while also enjoying the comforts of the lodge. The Lodge main building accommodates up to 12 anglers per week, 7 rooms with private "en suite" bathrooms. The main gathering room has wireless internet, fly tying desk, library, satellite TV. Electricity 24 hours a day and laundry service is provided. Laguna Verde offers excellent cuisine prepared by their own chef and sous chef. Specialities include freshly baked bread, homemade pasta, empanadas, asados, and Patagonia lamb.
We will fly to Buenos Aires, overnight, and then to El Calafate the next day where we will be met by the lodge staff and transferred to the loge, a 4.5 hour drive. Fishing generally starts on arrival. Wind-worthy 8-weight rods are preferred when fishing the lake complemented with a 6-8 weight floating lines and intermediate sink tips. A more detailed tackle list will be provided with booking.
Take a look at the video and review our itinerary for complete details, pricing, and dates. You'll notice that this departure is dovetailed with Estancia Tecka in South Patagonia. Guests may choose to do one or both destinations.
Barry and Cathy Beck
February 15-25, 2019
Estancia Tecka has enjoyed a longstanding premier status in the merino wool sheep business since it's beginning in 1910. The ranch is comprised of 435,000 acres, having been broken up from its original size. There are currently 70,000 sheep, 7,000 cattle, and about 700-1,000 horses (they aren’t sure). The present owner-managers, Federico and Adela Ochoa are descendants of former owners and live on the property. They have 96 miles of private water on the ranch consisting of the Corcovado, the Tecka, a private spring creek or two, and trophy trout lakes. Visiting anglers fish for rainbow, brown, and brook trout.
The ranch offers two well appointed guest lodges, Caridad Lodge and Tecka Lodge. Both are conveniently located to the river, lakes, and streams of the ranch. Guests will experience a variety of fishing and are welcome to return to favorite places throughout the week. Floating lines and dry flies are the norm on the river and streams, and often on the lakes, but we always advise our guests to never leave home without a sink-tip line. For the most part, we’re fishing patterns like a parachute Adams, BWOs, elk hair caddis, small pheasant tail nymphs, and larger foam flies. It’s not technical but that’s not to say the fish are always easy. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s rewarding.
Visiting Tecka is like walking back in time. The slower pace is a nice change for guests as they enjoy the ranch life around them — you may have to wait for a gaucho to move his sheep off the road before passing through. Fishing days are long, lunches are leisurely, and of course the Malbec is superb. The lodges are of a style and architecture not often seen today and are immaculately maintained and one feels immediately at home in the comfortable rooms.
We'll fly to Buenos Aires, overnight, and then to Esquel the next day where we'll be met by the lodge staff and transferred to the lodge, a 2+ hour drive. You'll notice that this departure is nicely dovetailed with Laguna Verde. Guests may choose to do one or both destinations.
We hope you'll consider joining us at Estancia Tecka, a jewel for sure. Details and prices can be seen on the itinerary.
Barry and Cathy Beck
Estancia Tres Valles
Esquel Region, Argentina
March 16-23, 2019
Talk about the road less traveled and you have to think of Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina. You may not meet another car on the road, but chances are pretty good of meeting a horse or cow. As you begin to wind your way back into the foothills of the Andes, you'll be thinking that this is some of the most beautiful country you've ever seen. And just when you think it can't get any prettier you will catch glimpses of water and soon Lago Tres Valles comes into view with snow-capped Andes as a back drop and you'll be speechless. This is Patagonia and this is Tres Valles.
We've been bragging about Tres Valles for years and many of you who have traveled with us know what a very special place it is. That's why we find ourselves there twice a year, once in their fall (our spring) and again in their spring (our fall). In other words, early season and late. We don't know of another single destination that offers the variety of fishing that one can find in the Esquel region and notably from Tres Valles. There is more fishing in this region than one can explore in a lifetime.
Estancia Tres Valles is a major cattle operation on the outside, but “back by the lake” is a beautiful new fly fishing lodge with an excellent staff, superb fishing, wonderful accommodations and dining. From here you will fish different rivers, streams, and spring creeks everyday. There is fishing in every direction from the lodge. March is early fall in Patagonia and the fish are in good shape sporting beautiful colors and starting the fall movement.
Tres Valles is a very spacious comfortable lodge with accommodations for only 8-10 lucky guests. It's a fun trip and we can guarantee that one visit may not be enough!
Please refer to itinerary for pricing, complete details and further information. This departure dovetails nicely with San Huberto, March 24-30, 2019, for clients wishing to do two weeks of fishing. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We hope you can join us on this very special destination.
March 22- April 1, 2019
It is hard to believe, when one looks at San Huberto Lodge today, the humble beginning this dream was for the Olsen family. Carlos's parents settled here in the 1890's, crossing the Andes from Chile and Germany before that. With little more than perseverance, hard work, and true grit Carlos & Carmen Olsen have done what for most would have been impossible.
Today the Olsen family's 25,000 acre property shelters almost 20 miles of the Malleo River, the most famous river in perhaps all of Patagonia. Notorious for inexhaustible and diverse hatches, this spring creek-like freestone is synonymous with dry fly fishing and Patagonia. Sons Gustavo and Ronnie and daughter Karin, and their families follow in the family tradition of exceptional hospitality and a trip to Patagonia would not be complete without a visit to San Huberto.
We wouldn't host trips to San Huberto for more than 25 consecutive years if we didn't enjoy the relationships we've formed with the Olsens, the guides, and the river. When you consider the superb fishing the Rio Malleo offers and the privilege of staying at San Huberto, being able to go back annually is a gift. The Olsen family carefully manage more than 20 beats which range from placid meadow pools to tumbling canyon pocket water. In fall the baetis hatches can provide all day dry fly fishing and, well – you've got to see it to believe it.
In 2019, this destination dovetails nicely with Tres Valles (March 16-23), and the Limay River Lodge (March 30 – April 6), for those anglers planning more than a week's fishing in Patagonia. Please refer to the itinerary for complete details and pricing. We hope you can join us at San Huberto.
Barry & Cathy Beck
March 28- April 8, 2019
Anglers have come to the Limay River for years in search of big fish that live here, and many have gone home with memories of the “trip fish” from this river. Until just recently, anglers had to camp on the river or stay in less than adequate motels in the little village of Piedra del Aquila. Jorge Trucco had a vision of an upscale fly fishing lodge on the middle Limay, and he realized his dream a few years ago.
The Limay River Lodge, the only lodge on the river, is just steps away from the river bank. A courtyard surrounds a grand fire pit, a focal point and gathering place where fish stories and Malbec abound. Rooms conveniently face the courtyard, each offering double occupancy accommodations, air conditioning, and private bath. In wet or windy weather guests gather around the fireplace in the spacious dining room for cocktails and stories. The lodge offers 10 beats both upstream and downstream from the lodge with a fleet of Hyde drift boats.
The Limay water is harnessed for hydro-electric production, thus creating Patagonia's finest tailwater. A “freestone” by nature, the river features gravel flats, braids, riffles and sheer cliff walls. At times sinking lines and big streamers are dredged on the bottom in search of a trophy fish. At other times, like March, the flows are low and the water is perfect for teasing big foam flies across the surface enticing the big browns to come out and play. Yet at other times anglers may encounter a hatch and will cast dry flies to rising rainbows. It's all fun. Come and see for yourself.
This departure dovetails nicely with San Huberto, the week before, for anglers planning for more than one week of fishing in Patagonia. Please see the itinerary for complete details and pricing. If you enjoy hunting for big fish, you should consider The Limay River Lodge.
Barry & Cathy Beck
Belize River Lodge, Belize
April 27- May 4, 2019
Believe River Lodge (BRL) is one of our favorite saltwater destinations. Some of our best tarpon experiences have been at this lodge. We currently have April 27-May 4, reserved for our group. This is prime time for tarpon and it's a week of good tides. When the migratory tarpon are moving through this part of Belize, the action can be fast and furious. And at other times when we find ourselves at the mercy of Mother Nature, we can head to the lagoons the river and the protected flats and mangroves in search of bonefish, snook, permit, and baby tarpon. So, while the trip is scheduled for prime time tarpon, we can also offer the other species and options — and this is something that not all saltwater lodges can do.
BRL is conveniently located near the Belize City Airport. The boat rides are short, sometimes less than 10 minutes, eco-tour excursions for the non-anglers are easily arranged, and it has the longest history of any fly fishing lodge in Belize so you can be assured that owners, Mike and Marguerite Huesner, know how to take care of their guests. You may just fall in love with BRL.
Please refer to the photo gallery and the itinerary for more information and let us know if you have any questions. Belize River Lodge is one of the great buys in saltwater destinations.
June 19-28, 2019
Slovenia was bound to appear on our calendar. You see we have a small group of friends who love to explore new destinations with us and Slovenia came up over dinner a while back. Then there were months of kicking it around, talking to Kristene Fitzgerald at Frontiers, and that lead to looking at a tentative itinerary and well, here we are.
While this first departure is tentatively sold out to that group mentioned above, we are hoping that Slovenia might become a stop on our schedule going forward. There are a couple of destinations that we can't fit into our line-up of trips annually but are still destinations that we love and want to do as often as time permits. Those of you who know us well, will think of Mexico, Belize and Alaska, which are all in this category. So, based on what we find on this first trip, we are hoping to get Slovenia into the rotation of every couple years.
Slovenia has two watersheds and all water flows into either the Adriatic or Danube systems. It is a fishing destination for grayling, browns, rainbows, brook and marble trout. Group size will always be limited as there are no lodges, we will be staying in local hotels and fishing small to medium size privately owned streams. While the fish size range is wide, we've seen photos of some pretty impressive fish.
So, if Slovenia is on your radar, please contact us and we'll keep you posted on how this first adventure goes. Slovenia is a beautiful country and this sounds like a pretty amazing trip. We hope to return in the future and hope to have you with us.
East Africa Game Viewing/Photo Safari
July 26-August 9, 2019
Join Barry & Cathy Beck on an exclusive Frontiers hosted safari in East Africa, offering a superb combination of game viewing and safari camps in Kenya and Tanzania.
We have carefully designed this itinerary to include four of the best camps in East Africa- Kenya's Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp, Tanzania's Serengeti Under Canvas, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, and concluding the trip in one of the most architecturally spectacular safari properties in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Each location provides a distinctive African experience providing insight into the unique flora and fauna found in the regions.
Bighorn River, Montana
August 24-31 and August 31-September 7, 2019
The Bighorn River in Montana was one of our first hosted trip destinations and it's remained a constant for over 30 years. We've seen high water, low water, warm water, cold water – depending on rainfall and what they do with releases up at the dam, but one thing that is always predictable, always certain is that you will catch fish. It's where we go for our fish fix.
Tres Valles Estancia,
Esquel Region, Argentina
Nov 30- Dec 7, 2019
We've been bragging about Tres Valles for years and many of you know what a very special place it is. I don't know of another single destination that offers the variety of fishing that one can find in the Esquel region and notably from Tres Valles Estancia. We've always said that there is more fishing in this region than one could explore in a lifetime - and after all these years, we still stand by that adage.
September 27 - October 6, 2019
Spain is very different from our other fly fishing departures. Maybe it's the country with in-your-face history going back thousands of years everywhere you look; it might be the uniqueness of the fishing — one day you're fishing a small alpine stream for wild zebra trout and the next day you may be on a tail water landing a 9 pound brown; it might be the welcoming, small mountain town atmosphere of Ayren, our home base for the week; or the outgoing instantly likable personality of our outfitter, Ivan Tarin, and his guides or it could be the gracious hospitality of our restaurant and hotel owner, Juan Antonio.
As in most mountainous areas, the fish are not all big but all are wild and beautiful. This is not a destination for the fish of a lifetime, although you will have the opportunity to catch up to 9 pound fish, or larger. It is not technical fishing, wading is easy to moderate, flies are fairly simple. Our favorite flies were super beetles, parachute Adams, Wulffs, Humpies, and small nymphs. It's fun fishing.
Spain offers a variety of fishing experiences and you can be sure of having an amazing week of beautiful fish with medieval castles, cathedrals, watch towers and ancient homesteads as your backdrop against the fall colors of the Spanish Pyrenees. As you travel with your guides each day, you'll pass through small villages and ski towns reminiscent of early days Jackson Hole. For anglers and non-anglers alike, this is paradise. Anglers may choose to fish all day, everyday, or combine the fishing with some hosted sight seeing.
Please consult the itinerary for costs and complete details. If you're looking for something different, definitely consider Spain. You'll be glad you did.