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Late-Summer Update and Fall Fishing News from Patagonia

It’s hard to believe, but late-summer is fading into early-autumn in our idyllic corner of central Patagonia. We’ve experienced a warmer than average summer season, and the slow progression of fall brings with it a welcome change with cooler daytime temps, and crisp mornings and evenings. 

As our dear friends and extended members of the El Encuentro family were experiencing the icy grips of a cold, snowy winter in the north, we saw hot, dry weather and large trout hunting for dry flies here in the shadow of the Andes. 


- By El Encuentro Staff

As you ponder gathering up your gear for your Patagonia fishing adventure, which flies to bring always rises to the surface of questions. El Encuentro will send you a packing list that includes what flies to bring. But do you really need to bring all the flies they list? Aren’t there some that particularly appeal to Patagonian trout that do not appear in your vast collection of fly boxes?

Multi-generational Fly Fishing Package

Calling all generations of fly fishing enthusiasts! El Encuentro was founded by Jane and Michael Beale in 1985 and has been run by members of their family ever since – and now they want to celebrate other families who have bonded over fishing throughout the years. This year, El Encuentro has put together a special multi-generational package to make it possible for children, parents, and grandparents to all experience the beauty and fly fishing paradise that is Patagonia, Argentina.

Thanksgiving Fly Fishing Special

Looking to do something different for Thanksgiving this year?  El Encuentro still has availability for the week of November 22nd – 30th and they would love for you to come join them for some true Argentine fishing and festivities. The weather at this time of year tends to be in the 70s so if you are looking for one last chance to experience summer before winter arrives, this is the perfect opportunity. To celebrate Thanksgiving day itself, the Beale family is planning to treat all of their guests to a memorable feast featuring Argentina’s many culinary traditions.

Another Angling Report Features El Encuentro

This excerpt is from the Angling Report from July 2016, Vol. 29, No. 7, and mentions El Encuentro’s brook trout fishery.

J. W. Smith and his wife, Dawn, are not well known by many subscribers to this publication, despite the fact that J. W. at one point was co-owner of a well respected Alaska fly fishing lodge that is now known as Painter Creek Lodge (see item on Painter Creek in the June issue) and a remote fishing-camp operation called Alaska Wilderness Safaris. 

Angling Report Article

Editor Note: Most trips to South America these days are off-the-shelf trips to individual lodges. But not this ten-day personalized trip to Patagonia. Subscriber Ed Swift filed the report. Enjoy!

It had been nineteen years since I’d last fished in Patagonia. I won’t make that mistake again. This past February our party of seven embarked on a ten-day trip to the Esquel area that was organized by Benjamin Beale, a charming Argentinean whose family has been hosting fly fishermen for over 30 years...