Day two at Collon Cura River

The second day, we fished at Collón Curá river, which is a geographical feature of Neuquén Province, Argentina. It flows southward from the confluence of the Alumine and Chimehuin Rivers, near the town of Junín de los Andes, for around 70 km (44 mi), past which it becomes a tributary of the Limay River. The valley is famous for its two activities: Birdwatching and Fly fishing.

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The temperature of that morning was really nice, I think of about 17ºc, and wind was very slow. We went fishing in three different parts of the river with dry fly and afloat.

We started our day driving west direction and then north direction. When we got to the lake, we embarked with Gonzalo as a head guide, Pablo and David fishing and, the Lieutenant Dan as another guide.
We went fishing to places known as Manhattan, Las Buitreras, and “My Place” (as Pepe calls it); a great place for fly fishing, I must admit.
After sailing a few minutes, we crossed the zone where Andean Condors nest; a huge rock wall well-known in Neuquén.
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The morning of that day, fishing was very active. We caught fifteen Rainbow Trouts and lost ten others. Wind was very calmed but then got stronger at midday, which complicated fishing poles. Pablo y David tried out a Beetle when fishing watching the fish.
We got into the water at 9:30 am. Two fishermen, two guides. Fly lines with 3X and 4X leaders, trying to take out the offspring of some fish that go upwards and are eaten by the trouts.
Those offsprings are from Silverside fish and percs. You can see them at the riversides in low zones and big groups. What the trout does is that, when those little fishes are moving up and down, they eat from them.
At 11 am we could see the trouts jumping and feeding themselves with those offsprings in a special part of the river that is not too deep but always really variable with strong sliding that should be avoided.
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We had lunch on an island in the middle of the river and then we repeated the same kind of fishing in the afternoon.
Going back to San Martin de los Andes took us an hour and a half. David stayed atCasona Del Alto Lodge but before bed, we ate some tasty Pizza Cala and drunk beers.
For this fly fishing we used Parachute Flies and PMX in dry fly. We have also been using original Buff Gloves that are a special polar fleece that blocks 95% of the wind for great protection against cold, great for running, walking, biking and many other outdoor activities like fly fishing, Buff Neckwarmer to protect ourselves from the wind and sun; fleece and a drawstring for quick conversion from neck to headwear, a knitted outer layer combined with a Polartec fleece inner layer, super thermal product.
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Another important thing to protect are our eyes. In order to do that, we used Bolle and Costa sunglases, both with great results.
The first ones are really good for any outdoor activitie. They have this amazing shape and angle of the multi-plane nosepiece that can be adjusted to accommodate any nose bridge for a truly custom fit. The nose pads are very good because those are hypoallergenic and durable and can be tailored for custom fit, giving you additional control and confort. In terms of the optic control system, Bolle helps you stay on top of your game with this interchangeable lens system. By giving you the flexibility to match the lens to the condition, this system ensures optimum performance for any condition.
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The other ones, the Costa sunglasses ar as good as Bolle. In this case, all Costa lenses have 100% UV blockage for maximum protection and 100% polarization to kill reflected glare. Their 580 technology goes beyond polarization to produce the clearest lenses on the planet. It selectively filters out the harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light, making colors brighter and objects appear more defined. So no matter what you are doing under the sun, you’ll see it in stunning detail. Glass lenses are best for situations that require ultimate clarity, and the plastic lenses are more cost effective while being more durable for more demanding applications without sacrificing clarity.
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Another brand that we like using when it comes to waders and boots, it’s Simms.
This brand is one of the best in terms of protection because it is a fishing company.  Founded on the pillars of innovation, it strives to build the highest quality products to keep anglers dry, comfortable, and protected from the elements – no matter the conditions.
The Company was the brainchild of visionary angler John Simms who saw a need to develop better waders and accessories than what was then available on the market. That quest led to the development of Simms Fishing Products in 1980. During that era, Simms was one of the first companies worldwide to introduce neoprene waders, which provided enhanced warmth and waterproofing gear for serious anglers pushing the limits of their fishing pursuits.
Today, Simms continues to take the fishing market by storm with a trained eye on fisheries conservation and inspired product development of the worlds premier technical fishing apparel, footwear, and equipment.
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First day at Tromen Lake

This first day, we left Casona Del Alto Lodge in San Martin de los Andes at about 8: 30 am to the lake on west direction from where we spent the night. It was a beautiful sunny morning. Wind was very slow, probably 15 or 20 km/h. After an hour of driving, we got to the lake at about 9:20 am.

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Gonzalo was our main guide, but there was Pepe too as a great guide, and the trouts we have been fishing are Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Brook Trout.

The first one is a very special trout, the rainbow trout, also called redband trout, is a species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in North America and Asia.

About appearance, they are torpedo-shaped and generally blue-green or yellow-green in color with a pink streak along their sides, white underbelly, and small black spots on their back and fins.

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Rainbow trout usually inhabit well oxygenated, shallow rivers with gravel bottoms; they also inhabit in lakes, although they are usually found in deeper, cool lakes with adequate shallows and vegetation for good production. The ideal temperature range is 50 to 60 degrees. Lake populations generally require access to gravely bottomed streams to be self-sustaining.

The second one, the brown trout (Salmo trutta), is a European species of salmonid fish that has been widely introduced into suitable environments globally.

The first introductions in Canada occurred in 1886 in Newfoundland and continued through 1933. The only Canadian regions without brown trout are the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Introductions into South America began in 1904 in Argentina.

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The brown trout is a medium-sized fish, growing to 20 kg (44 lb) or more and a length of about 100 cm (39 in) in some localities, although in many smaller rivers, a mature weight of 1.0 kg (2.2 lb) or less is common.

Within the US, brown trout introductions have created self-sustaining fisheries throughout the country. Many are considered \”world-class\” such as in the Great Lakes and in several Arkansas tailwaters. Outside the US and outside its native range in Europe, introduced brown trout have created \”world-class\” fisheries in New Zealand, Patagonia and the Falklands.

Last but not least, we also went fishing brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a species of freshwater fish in the salmon family Salmonidae. It is native to Eastern North America in the United States and Canada, but has also been artificially introduced elsewhere in North America and to other continents. In parts of its range, it is also known as the eastern brook trout, speckled trout, brook charr, squaretail, or mud trout, among others. Apotamodromous population in Lake Superior is known as coaster trout or, simply, as coasters. The brook trout is the state fish of nine states: Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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The brook trout inhabits large and small lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, and spring ponds. They prefer clear waters of high purity and a narrow pH range and are sensitive to poor oxygenation, pollution, and changes in pH caused by environmental effects such as acid rain.

We were fly-fishing on Tromen Lake, located inside the Lanin National Park and less than 2 hours north from San Martin de los Andes and Chapelco Airport.

This lake is a really special one. It is 1100 mts above sea level and it is a deep waters lake of about 1200 feet deep.

 

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Embarking boat, we head towards the lake bottom where we fished in stone walls.

The day was great since a little wind made some waves which helped us make a closer fly casting. Everything was catch and release and we used fishing rods Siege number 5 and L.L. bean number 5 too, with leading floating lines 4X and attractors flies afloat and fish hooks between 8 and 14.

On this first day of fishing, we used flys like Fat Albert and Turk’s Tarantula. We were also using Simms gloves, neck protector Columbia, Pointer Flyfishing shirts, Simms Wader and Simms wading boots.

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At the beginning of the morning, we fished around those stone walls. Although shadows didn’t allow us to see the fish clearly, we had really good results as we fished 2 and 3 pounds rainbow trouts mostly. During the morning we hadn’t any brown trout nut we saw a couple of brooks.

At the end of the morning, we had calm waters so we were able to see the fish, doing some casting to the identification of each one.

Between Pablo and David, 4 fish of about 17 to 20 inches and with great presentation on the flies were caught.

After an awesome morning, we had lunch at the camp, eating salads and omelettes, sitting in the sun and enjoying some cold drinks. An hour later we started the afternoon fishing. It started really hard. There was this really hot weather going on and we were costing like an hour without luck until we could finally start fishing again and, at the end, we caught 5.

_EP_0002_1As mentioned, we were fishing in San Martín de los Andes, a city in the province of Neuquén, Argentina. It is located in the Lácar Department in the south-west of the province, at the foot of the Andes.

A major change in settlement life came when in 1937 Lanín National Park was created. This meant that wood logging was gradually reduced and numerous small settlements along the lake shore disappeared. New roads were built effectively connecting San Martín with the rest of Argentina.

At present, either for the ski season or the summer, it is a popular destination for tourism, and the seat of the administration headquarters of the Lanín National Park. Its landscape is one of the most spectacular of Patagonia.

Going back to this incredible fishing day, I remember one moment at 4 pm when we were coasting on the rocks and Gonzalo said that he saw a fish 20 mts away from us and made us throw ourselves behind a log that was almost inside the water. The fly fell 40 cm close to where he said the fish was and we saw the trout turning and catching the fly. The success of that catching was thanks to the best guide of San Martin de los Andes, Gonzalo Flego.

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When you throw the fly and it lands on the water, you make something called “twitch” so the fly moves and then you have to leave it still for a few seconds to attract the fish. In this case, Pablo was a little obstinate, so he did the first twitch, saw the fish coming and not catching the fly, and did a second twitch which pissed Pepe off and so he got really angry ! After several minutes of arguing with Pablo telling him what he did was wrong, we all saw a brooke trout catching the fly, noticing that Pablo was right by proving something impossible for Pepe. After all this discussion, we fished some beautiful fontinalis trouts of about 21 inches.

Special weekends at Cordoba

Artisan Flea Market (Barrio Güemes)

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Ten blocks away from Córdoba urban historical shell, we got deep into the renowned Bohemian neighborhood called Güemes to visit the artisan flee market “Paseo de las Artes”. This area is today a meeting place and a hot touristic spot that grows constantly. Every day new restaurants and bars open their doors to the crowd that visits the crafts market on weekends.flea 2

End the day at “El Mercado Central”. A fantastic space that awake all the senses, this restaurant is one of the last big news about the local cuisine. This is an outstanding entrepreneurship mounted in a completely renovated warehouse located in the renowned Barrio Güemes, and endowed with great design and lovely setting space.

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Finally If you want a little bit more of fun …just cross the street and you will enjoy one of the most popular Tango Shows in town at “El Arrabal”. This is a traditional restaurant which becomes bar at night. It is one of the old-styles restaurants in Cordoba. At 6 pm they organize tango lessons and from Thursdays to Saturdays at 11 pm tango shows are held. It also hosts excellent milonga, salsa and folklore shows.

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111 Hotel

If you have not yet decided where to stay, 111 Hotel is strategically located in the traditional corner of Hipólito Yrigoyen avenue and Montevideo street in Nueva Córdoba slider2-escalera-barneighborhood, within the so-called “Media Legua de Oro” (golden half a league). The hotel stands on the epicenter of the cultural, social, gastronomic and tourist activity, and only a couple of meters away from the economic, financial, commercial city center, and the artisan market also.
Yrigoyen 111 Hotel was built from one of Nueva Córdoba’s traditional old mansions from the year 1900. Its facade and interiors were restored by specialists so as to preserve the cultural heritage of the city.
It is a modern urban executive hotel, with a unique modern elegant and restrained style.
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Yrigoyen 111 Hotel has 78 rooms, an Events and Convention Center, and a recreational area, all distributed in its 15 stories. Each story has carpeted hallways creatively decorated with giant pictures of the city of Córdoba and with design details that provide a unique modern and comfortable style.A full breakfast buffet is served on the first floor.
Our 1906 Lounge Bar is the perfect space to relax while enjoying our delicious cocktails and our delightful coffee bar. All guests can enjoy our fitness center and swimming pool located on our rooftop terrace with exceptional views of the city.

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