El Encuentro Lodge
Arriving at El Encuentro Lodge, you immediately feel like you are coming home – being greeted with a warm welcome and settling into inviting and comfortable spaces. The lodge has a privileged riverside location overlooking the Rio Futaleufú and the Andes mountains, allowing your fishing day to start or end right at the lodge. It is a small lodge that comfortably accommodates a maximum of 8 anglers, making it intimate and special. We hope that the minute you walk in the door, you will feel at home.
El Encuentro Lodge is the orgininal lodge, built by the Beale family as a special place to gather together with friends and family and go fishing. And now, for over 30 years, the lodge and the family have been welcoming anglers from all over the world, many of whom return year after year to enjoy extraordinary fishing experiences. Staying at El Encuentro Lodge lets you experience Argentine hospitality at its most authentic – warm, genuine and familial.
With four rooms in the main house (private bathrooms across the hall) and two rooms in an adjacent cottage (en suite bathrooms), El Encuentro can comfortably accommodate up to eight guests. It’s an ideal setting for a small group of friends who want to enjoy the lodge’s privacy and warmth. WiFi is available.
At El Encuentro, the Beales proudly grow most of the organic vegetables in the one-acre kitchen garden and serve eggs from their own chickens. Lamb, beef and other products are locally sourced from family and local markets. Breads are baked daily at the lodge. Not to be forgotten, superb Argentine wines are served at lunch and dinner, even when you have lunch on the riverside. Guests are treated to a traditional Patagonian “asado” (barbecue) with the family and all the guides – a most memorable dining experience!
The Fishing at El Encuentro Lodge
From EEL we have access to a diverse program including the Esquel, Trevelin and Southern Los Alerces National Park areas. Anglers will get to choose from the big, productive waters of the Rio Futaleufu to spring creeks, private lakes, and walk wade streams.
When one thinks about fishing from El Encuentro Lodge, an angler can’t help but think about float fishing the famed Rio Futaleufú (sometime known as the Rio Grande). With the lodge’s unique location right on the banks of the Rio Futaleufú, a fishing day can begin or end at the lodge, and anglers are also able to go out late in the day, right from the lodge, to enjoy the evening hatch. Additional river beats are easily accessed upstream or downstream from the lodge. El Encuentro guides know all the various side channels and the location of deep pools that hold fish; they know where to encourage guests to wade fish and how to best reach large browns under hidden banks. The Rio Futaleufú is renowned for trophy sized rainbow and brown trout and fishes well all season.
In addition to the Rio Futaleufú, one can fish a large variety of waters in the immediate area of El Encuentro Lodge. So many in fact that individual fishing itineraries can be tailored to match any angler’s interests, including several great options for wade fishing. The Beale family has access to all kinds of private waters, including spring creeks, small streams and lakes with large trout. El Encuentro guides can also take anglers to the Rio Frey and lower Rio Corcovado for additional float fishing. As you will find out, El Encuentro Lodge offers a desirable base from which to fish in any season, without much driving (and in some cases, no driving at all).