Quillen River, Back After 20 Years

Finally after 20 years I got the chance to come back, to fly fish again at the Quillen River in the province of Neuquen in Argentina. We went there from Cordoba by car, we drove almost a for a full day till we got to the Alumine area where we had organized to stay at the famous Casa de Campo for 5 nights while we would be fishing in different rivers.

In our itinerary our first stop was the Quillen river, for we had decided to go with Christian, a friend and guide from Alumine.

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We arrived at Casa de Campo, our accommodation for the trip, and had a great meal with Dani and Marisa where we enjoyed some amazing pasta and nice red wine from Ventus Vineyard. Judging by the wine, we knew this experience was going to be unique. Ventus vineyard is an exclusive premium class wine produced by the first winery in the Province of Neuquen. Neuquen had been considered a desert for a long time, but it has now became an oasis for wine production given its unique characteristics. This highly awarded winery is called “La bodega del fin del mundo” The Winery from the End of the World, given its position in the southernmost part of Argentina.

After that delicious meal, we spend the night together with Juan and the following day we woke up early. At about 6.30, 6.45, we prepared our rods, our lines, all our flies, specially our dry flies and nymphs that would be the ones that we would use the most. We also prepared some sandwiches with tuna, chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, and some special cheese that Juan brought for the occasion. We also took some water and gatorade for the day in a nice cooler. We were expecting a waiting day over big rocks and we were prepared to spend a lot of energy around. We picked up Cristian at around 9 am at Alumine with a selection of flies. We had our boxes packed with flies and a couple of minutes later we were driving in the direction of the river. It is not far away, just 20 minutes driving and we got to a middle area of the river where we got the lines in our rods, mostly number 3,4,5 rods, all with floating lines, long, long leads of 15 feet, normally a tippet in the front of the line to get a good presentation. We were always assuming a fish can break our tippet, especially if it gets tied around the trees in the water or the algae.

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Lets talk about the Quillen river for a while. It starts in the mouth of the Quillen lake and runs to the east for about 35 km before joining the Alumine waters. The Quillen river has profuse vegetation on its banks, being willow trees the most typical species.

For February the river had very low level of water and its temperature was kind of warm. We arrived in a very sunny and clear day. During the morning there was no wind, which was nice for fly casting but in a certain way the warm temperature of the water made it more difficult to get the nice fish because they were kind of non active during the morning. In the early morning there was no activity on top of the water but later in the morning the water got calm and we saw a lot of small fish. Unfortunately,  we lost two small fish. Juan lost one fish, he lost this nice fish even before we got the chance to see how big it was. Then something similar happened to me when the line got stuck in a branch of a tree. I was landing on the water and the fish got stuck around with this tippet and I did not have the chance to hold it. Cristian was helping us a lot changing flies. We moved to different spots looking for deep waters that most of the time were calm. We looked for correderas of water, channels of water, trying to get some fish. We saw some action in those channels but the fish were not really trophies. We caught a nice one that was about 15 inches that morning and a couple around 16-17 inches. After that we stopped for lunch, we had a nice lunch looking at the river.

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That lunch was amazing, we had some meat prepared by the guys of Casa de Campo and we had some great vegetable salads, too. It is nice to have some light food during the day in the water. We all met the other different groups fishing for lunch. We took a short nap, about 15-20 minutes some of us under the shades, others under the sun. When we recovered our energy we were ready to come back to the water.

Cristian, one of the guides, brought a special wine from Mendoza, where he is originally from. We appreciated that a lot. It was a really nice present from a friend. It was a nice invitation, a red Malbec wine. We decided to keep it for the evening though, save it to have it with some good cheese during a nice sunset at Casa de Campo. After lunch we decided to change the area so we came back to the pick up truck and we started to look for a different area after Christian’s suggestion. We had been in an place with lots of trees around in both sides of the river, which make it impossible to fly cast. We did the casting with the rods, the rods casting way. It was not easy, but we liked the challenge and we managed to cast the flies and present them in the right area where we were expecting to get the fish from.

Cristian was very polite, he helped us change the flies, made suggestions, and fixed leaders. Like our friend from Santiago del Estero province said, “if you’re not getting your flies in the trees, you’re not fishing.” We tried to put the flies in the last little corner looking for a trophy.

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During the day Cristian was nice to invite us to fly fish in Mendoza province. There’s a couple of rivers he’d like us to go fish with him. It’s in our bucket list now! A new challenge to go to Mendoza and  see how the fishing works over there and maybe visit some wineries, too.

We had to use loads of sunscreen because the sun was really strong. We were wearing our long sleeves Columbia shirts and nsilta shirts, we were also using buffs to protect ourselves, Simms waders and fly fishing gloves and boots.

We used Sage rods, the zxl, Sage 1, Sage Approach and Sage Method. We found this latest was the better for this waters, it was stronger and we enjoyed it a lot. Sage Approach number 3 was kind of short but very interesting when we caught fish. Sage 6 feet was very challenging for this rivers. By the afternoon when the wind picked up and started blowing stronger we put the rod number 3 in the case and we decided to continue fishing with rods number 4 and 5, specially a Sage 5. It was very helpful.

The day went by very quickly. We could not believe it when we saw it was 6.30 and time to make our way back to the lodge! We were going to meet Rell Tipton, a friend coming from Cordoba where he had been wingshooting; he was joining us for the rest of the fishing trip.

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We finally met Rell Tipton that evening at Casa de Campo. He made a great connection: Cordoba, Buenos Aires, San Martin de los Andes. He left in the morning and he landed around 1.30 pm at San  Martin de los Andes in Neuquen Province. Someone from our staff picked him up and took him straight to the river and Rell had some action over there and after some hours he continued driving up north to Casa Campo. 

Casa de Campo is a beautiful lodge located in the town of Alumine in the province of Neuquen. This lodge offers the unique calm typical of rural settings in the foothills of The Andes. Marisa and Dani, the lodge owners, offer the guests the most comfortable experience and wonderful breakfasts in a lodge that offers great accommodations.

The day had been really good to us, a good beginning for our trip! We enjoyed a delicious dinner together with the Malbec wine Cristian had given us. That night we were all excited for the days we had ahead.

Stay tuned and check the following reports about the rest of our experience in Patagonia!

 

Pablo Aguilo

Director

Pointer Outfitters

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Mio Hotel – Buenos Aires

THE HOTELhotel-mio-buenos-aires-exterior-fabcdcStepping through the stunning six meter-high door made of French oak from wine barrels,
on the distinguished Quintana Avenue, at the heart of distinct Recoleta, MIO BUENOS AIRES stands apart.
A blend of daring design, comfort and meticulous service with state-of-the-art technology stands out as a fusion of luxury, high-tech functionality and pleasure.
Fine materials such as calden wood, glass, cotton, oak, steel, marble and silk, all combinemio-buenos-airesbeautifully to create a unique aesthetic that stands apart in a tangible sensation of warmness and intimacy in each and every one of the thirty rooms and suites of MIO BUENOS AIRES.
The ample selection of lighted spaces coupled with the each and every detail and exclusive pieces, places MIO BUENOS AIRES at the forefront of design sophistication.
Rooms and suites with no partition walls to take full advantage of the width of each dimension, maintaining the space continuance filled with natural light.
MIO BUENOS AIRES stands out as an icon of distinct identity that combines luxury, elegance and original design, with customized care and an exceptional service, featuring a blend of luxury, hi-tech functionality and pleasure.

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Bathtubs were created by Mario Dasso, a talented Argentinean whose art consists in engraving nature. Mario does not pick any particular tree; he would rather go into the mountain and surprise himself. He listens to that inner voice that guides him, the same voice that his ancestors -the Mapuche Indian tribes- used to hear. It is then when the wood would come to him to find that amazing calden waiting for him. The artist works with dead trees. In La Pampa, the story goes that when a calden tree dies, it does no longer watch nature but starts narrating its story. This Pampa artist does not choose the trees, the trees find him. He does not choose the final work, he goes for it. Every artwork is unique and has a message.
Every MIO BUENOS AIRES bathtub has been meticulously engraved by Mr. Dasso.

MIO BUENOS AIRES doors are made of wine barrels made of pure French oak, on which the streaks marking the wine path, their poise and work dedication stands out.

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We care for the environment through recycling practices, environmentally friendly product selection, and high efficiency lighting. MIO BUENOS AIRES is also implementing new sustainable development measures.

ART
Hotel boutique MIO BUENOS AIRES offers its public areas for the promotion of Argentine
artists, privileging the exhibition of emerging artists to make their contribution to the diffusion of the extraordinary talent of our artists.

SPA AND FITNESS
A true escape from the world outside, MIO BUENOS AIRES features everything you need for total relaxation.
Walls and ceiling covered with black stone from San Luis, reflecting the solar energy on the pool, generate a weak light that provides for the perfect urban retreat for the body and soul.
Juices and natural beverages bar.mio_buenos_aires_hotel_6956937
Manual, oriental and harmonizing therapies.
Cabinets for facial and body treatments.
Exquisite relaxing and stimulating massage menu.
Steam bath.
Fitness center for cardio exercise.
Giant Jacuzzi.

CUISINE AND BAR
Sivela 465 means contemporary cuisine that invites you to share the daily ceremony of breaking bread with those you love.sivela_02
We open our prominent French oak doors to all our guests, friends and neighbors, to come and share a pleasant moment with us at any hour of the day.
In Finnish, Sivellä means to paint. Just as on a great artist’s canvas, we paint an authentic concert of aromas and flavors in each of our dishes.
Hidden in the heart of our hotel Mio Buenos Aires, the Sivela 465 restaurant invites its guests to enjoy a new universe of flavors in contemporary cuisine, using seasonal recipes.
Inspired by memories of great journeys, of secret places, and many recipes shared in the heat of the campfire with friends and family, our cuisine is fresh and contemporary, sealed by wine and the sun.
With its attentive service and daring functional design, Sivela 465 serves simple, high quality dishes, prepared and presented with casual elegance. Spacious and well-lit during the day, Sivela 465 becomes intimate and cozy to receive its nighttime guests.mio-lounge_02

Pablo Aguilo
Pointer Outfitters

Park Tower – A Luxury Collection Hotel

Situated in the heart of vibrant, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Park Tower epitomizes the city’s inimitable allure. Inside the hotel, exquisite décor and innate elegance seduce while outside, unlimited and enriching activities await—just steps away.lux233ex.83383_xx

The regal 23-floor hotel offers 181 captivating Biedermeier-style guest rooms with refined Italian marble bathrooms. Deluxe Corner Suites, two Terrace Suites, and the top-floor St. Regis Suite provide spectacular city views and unparalleled opulence.

Local Area

Buenos Aires is not only Argentina’s capital, it is also the largest cosmopolitan city in Latin America.

The city began as a settlement on the banks of the widest river in the world, the Rio de la Plata—or as the Spanish conquistadors called it, the “Fresh Water Sea”. Today, it is a hub of the continent’s commercial, financial, cultural, and entertainment industries.swhwn.82498_xx

An ever-developing metropolis, visitors find cultures from all over the world along with designer boutiques, fine restaurants, museums, cultural centers, modern theaters, and cinemas. Charming avenues with names like Santa Fe, Alvear, and Corrientes populate the city, as do beautiful urban parks in the Palermo neighborhood and artistic sites like Las Nereidas: the famous Lola Mora sculpture in the riverside area Puerto Madero.

The Colón Theater and National Museum of Fine Arts are just a few of the establishments that reflect the city’s cultural wealth, which is also seen in Buenos Aires’ many diverse barrios, or neighborhoods. It was here that Argentina’s famous tango evolved, and its urban music is still one of the city’s distinguishing characteristics.

• General Shopping Hours are from 10am – 10pm.
• The currency is the Argentine Peso and credit cards are widely accepted.
• Spanish is the official language of Buenos Aires, but English, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, German, and Armenian speakers are available at the hotel.
• The electrical current is 12/110/220 volt

Features

Incomparable accommodations, a prime location, and warm ambiance combined with unparalleled service make Park Tower the top choice in Buenos Aires for a memorable stay.

In addition to around-the-clock butlers on each floor, a professional Business Center, and valet parking, our Luxury Collection Concierge is always on hand to assist guests. Striving to provide each one with an unforgettable stay, he is pleased to arrange memorable visits to Tigre: an authenticlux233fc.112647_xxEstancia or the distinct Argentinean countryside as well as make restaurant reservations, provide local area information, and more.

Among the hotel features you can find: swimming pools, shooping arcade, Park Tower gym, lighten outdoor tennis court, internet access, environmental practices, and more.

Room classes

Deluxe Room: Our 125 spacious, sophisticated Biedermeier-influenced Deluxe Rooms’ regal golden hues and refined wood furniture reflect the overall style and elegance of Park Tower. In addition to inviting bedding, they feature an expansive sitting area—perfect for relaxing after an exciting day spent exploring Buenos Aires. (420 Square Feet / 39 Square Meters) lux233gr.154145_xx

Grand Deluxe Room:Located between the 18th and 23rd floors, our spacious, elegant Biedermeier-influenced. Grand Deluxe Rooms reflect the hotel’s signature discreet opulence. Combining regal golden hues and refined wood furniture with an expansive sitting area and unrivaled amenities—an espresso machine, exclusive St. Regis Lounge access, and more—they are ideal for relaxing after an exhilarating day spent exploring Buenos Aires. (420 Square Feet / 39 Square Meters)lux233gr.154144_xx

Corner Suite: Our 16 Corner Suites, featuring separate bedrooms and living rooms, are the perfect choice for high-flying executives. Moreover, their charming Biedermeier-style décor and state-of-the-art technological amenities ensure a convenient and enjoyable stay. (592-753 Square Feet / 55-70 Square Meters)lux233gr.154139_xx

Terrace Suite:Our two Terrace Suites, differentiated as the Senator’s Suite and the Governor’s Suite, promise an unforgettable, opulent stay. Featuring spacious terraces with sweeping views of the city and Rio de la Plata along with separate living, dining, and bedrooms, they provide an abundance of space for relaxing, working, and everything in-between. (1,722-1,884 Square Feet / 160-175 Square Meters)lux233gr.154131_xx

St. Regis Suite: Our most discerning guests revel in the penthouse St. Regis Suite. Occupying the entire top floor of Park Tower, it includes a living room, dining room, kitchen, work studio, two bedrooms, and three bathrooms—all accessed via private elevator. Large windows provide a 360-degree view of the Rio de la Plata and downtown Buenos Aires. An unequalled interior, combining comfort with elegance, features imported fine English furniture and characteristic antiques. (3,531 Square Feet / 328 Square Meters)

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Experience the luxury and beauty of this unique hotel, with offers and access to unlimited activities.
Pablo Aguilo,

Pointer Outfitters.

Fly Fishing + Luxury Wines Tour

If you come to Argentina to experience Fly-Fishing with us, you can also choose to enjoy a 6 full days of Wine tour in Mendoza .Park-Hyatt-Mendoza-Hotel-Casino-and-Spa-Night-Facade

We suggest to stay the first 2 days in Mendoza city at the Park Hyatt Resort and 4 days at the renowned Uco Valley winemaking region, nestled at the base of the majestic Andes Mountains, 1.5 hours from Mendoza city.

Tour Description

Day 1

Reception at the airport of Mendoza City. Transfer to Park Hyatt Resort.

At the time to be arranged and accompanied by our host, an experienced guide-sommelier, you will visit the first selected winery on this exciting wine tour: We will have lunch at the restaurant, located on the terrace,. While enjoying a delicious gourmet menu we can admire the hundreds of acres of vineyards that surround it, framed by the Andes. After enjoying our food, we will be accompanied through the vineyards and the wine cellar to finish the tour with their special and famous tastings.

In the evening we will transport you to your accommodation.

Day 2

Transport to the winemaking oasis, the Central Wine Region of Mendoza, famous for its elegant Malbec and prestigious red wines. Here there are 100-year-old wineries mixed in with modern projects and high-end gastronomy. We will visit three well-known wineries in Luján de Cuyo. Taste wines while our sommelier will instruct us on how to correctly perform a wine tasting. Also, he will inform us about Argentinean wines, the conduction and irrigation systems and the elaboration process from the moment of harvest until the wine, after an extensive aging in tanks, oak barrels and then bottles which are carefully stored in the cellars, is ready for consumption, resulting in pure harmonious wines with great character and body. As an expert sommelier, our host will also provide us with techniques for proper wine tasting and successful pairing. Lunch at one of the wineries selected for the tour. Return to your accommodations in the afternoon.

If you want we can arrange a down town citytour and dinner at a nice restaurant with tango show.

Some of the Wineries you can choose to visit in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu are:

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*Luigi Bosca

*Vistandes

*Lagarde

*Dante Robino

*Tapiche

*Zuccardi

*Trivento

Day 3

Pick you up at Park Hyatt Mendoza and transfer to Uco Valley, home of the greatest wines and one of the most beautiful and special places on the planet. A perfect combination of: high desert, vineyards, and mountains.

Get to The Vines Resort and Spa vinesresort

After 2 days of visiting wineries we suggest to take this day to relax and enjoy what “The vines Resort and Spa” has to offer. Make yourself time to enjoy your villa, to choose your favorite spot on the outdoor deck and start dreaming about that first glass of wine today. The journey can start with a fabulous and very slow lunch, taking the first views of the Andes or jumping into the pool.

Post siesta – maybe head to the spa for a massage or just sit by the pool with a good book or maybe Time for biking through the vineyards.

Head to Siete Fuegos for your first “grilling heaven” and a great bottle of wine. But save room for the Dulce de Leche ice cream (our suggestion: take it outside to watch the stars or inside by the fire)

Day 4

Waking up for sunrise is an absolute must.

Alternatively – get up at 5am to go for a sunrise horse-ride into the Andes – crest a peak just in time to see the sun come up and the Andes explode in colors.

For this day, we’d suggest a tour of the resort and getting to know the 1500 acres of vineyards that surround it.

You can also start the day off riding horses through its Private Vineyards, stopping along the way to get their hands dirty with our farming team, and then end up at their Winery where they’ll be able to meet our winemaking team, taste wines from the barrel, and blend their own wine – a really fun activity.

​Maybe try your very first wineries in Uco Valley without leaving the resort: Gimenez Riili, Super Uco. or Corazón del Sol

Then there is an important decision: big lunch at a winery (Gimenez Riili) or something quick at the pool bar and then on to more wineries for tasting

Siesta! After getting up early, you deserve this great Argentine tradition.

As the sun starts to set, head back and change for dinner but come back to the pool for sunset with a Gin & Tonic made from local Gin “Principe de los Apóstoles” scented with TR1_StaySlidermate, something vinesresort1unique. Share a few stories of the adventures of the day while dining as locals do: two good Empanadas Mendocinas and a few more glasses of Malbec at the bar. Simple & elegant. Uco Valley Style.

Day 5

As you start feeling like a wine expert, its time for Winery touring in the area. We would recommend leaving around 10am and visiting these very unique wineries: Salentein, the pioneers in Uco Valley, also featuring Killka, their art collection. Then another big decision to make: having the great 6 course tasting lunch at Andeluna or La Azul, probably the smallest winery you will ever visit and the warmest hearts on their fabulous team.

If feeling even more adventurous, head a little bit higher to Atamisque, and enjoy their fresh trout menu, one of the rare occasion in which you will be able to choose something else than great beef!

​ Head back to your villa around 5pm, still plenty of time to prepare for another amazing sunset.

Head back to Siete Fuegos (time to order all pending items on the menu on your first night) or “conspire” with us to prepare a private dinner for two at the vineyards (private chef cooking for your in a very unique spot, something you will always remember…)
Time to be grateful…

Day 6

Another day to relax and enjoy in the resort. These are the options:

Relax in your Villa: Enjoy the comfort of the rooms offer its cutting edge design, equipped with the latest technology, the wonderful view of the decks, the fireplace and the hearth of the terraces.

Running and walking among the vineyards: Their farm team designed a circuit to run or walk enjoying the magic of the vineyards while we exercise. It has a 5 km adapted to this activity.

Bike Tour: Combine two wonderful activities, enjoy a bike ride of more than 600 ha.

Horseback riding: Make a stunning ride of over 650 acres, tour their vineyards located at the foot of the Andes.Spa-Fitness-1-Hero_StayHero

Yoga: Stretch out at a yoga class while looking out onto a beautiful view of our vineyards and the Andes.

Pool/Jacuzzi: Enjoy the heated pool and pool bar. Relax in the fabulous Jacuzzi surrounded by vineyards and lake.

Gym: With the latest technology machines, breathtaking scenery of vineyards and mountains and ultramodern architecture, the gym is the perfect spot for lovers of sport and physical activity instead . It has tv and music for your entertainment. Open 24 hours.

Climbing wall: For those who enjoy the adrenaline and the outdoors.

DAY 7

Depending on your departure time, you may add one more light lunch outside and the last picture of the fabulous Andes.

Transfer to the Airport.

We hope you can enjoy this wonderful trip.

Pablo Aguiló

Pointer Wingshooting

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The Orvis Commitment

In the last years the amount and strenght of natural disasters and the rapidily human progress over unpopulated areas have bring about several problems to the rivers and natural habitat of fish, among other species. To confront this problem, Orvis launched an awe-inspiring campaign.

Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Campaign: Reconnecting streams across the U.S., creating miles of spawning habitat and fishable water.tu

“I’ve fly fished the East Fork of the Nulhegan River for 10 years now and have an intimate knowledge of this beautiful little river, particularly the stretch near our hunting and fishing camp. Thanks to the excellent work in restoring habitat and new pools of opportunity, the brook trout population is burgeoning. After only one year of restoration work the improvement in fishing is remarkable. I’ve caught and released fish in seven of the newly created pools above our camp. Though small, the brookies are a healthy and active lot and no doubt will grow into a most productive resource. Where there was once little habitat at all, the new pools have already shown how quickly things can change when we put our hearts and minds (and money) to it.”
 – Frank Mills, Vermont

Help the Orvis-Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign reach its goal to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts throughout the U.S. Culverts are significant impediments to fish passage and survival—just as orvissignificant as a major dam—but the solution is dramatically simpler. Many need to be removed or modified, the cost is minimal, and the overall impact to many watersheds is significant. Funds raised by the Orvis-TU 1,000 Miles Campaign will go toward the engineering and removing of culverts, with the goal of reconnecting over 1,000 miles of fishable habitat. Presently, there are projects that involve culvert improvement or removal on Indian Creek, WA, Otter Creek, UT and Moose Run, VT to name just a few.

In many rivers throughout the U.S., outdated and environmentally unsound culverts block fish passage, in essence creating a series of dams on small tributaries to larger rivers. These culverts negatively impact fish spawning, block fish passage into these tributaries, and take away miles upon miles of fishable water.013015_perkins

Indian Ford Creek had a major fish passage barrier removed in the summer of 2013.  Local scientists started to monitor how the fish population responded this past summer, but it was anglers who have captured our first positive results.  After hearing about the project, a Forest Service staff member decided to test the water above the project to see if our native redband trout have started to move up to use the new habitat for spawning or rearing.  He took his kids to explore their local creek, fished the creek above the project and caught several nice redband trout.  Since Indian Ford creek is being restored along with a major reintroduction of steelhead in the basin, the family is even more excited that a future fishing trip might include steelhead as they work their way up this important spawning tributary.”
– Nate Dachtler, Forest Service Biologist, Bend, ORgeorgecreekbefore

It is important to raise awareness about the damages that the flora and fauna of our world are suffering and to take action to tackle them. Following the steps of Orvis and getting involved in these campaigns is a really good way of giving something back to the world. These rivers are waiting for our help.

An example of the work: before and after hurricane Irene, and the reconstruction.

Pablo Aguiló

Pointer Outfitters

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino

The grapes for the Malbec Catena Zapata come from a meticulous selection of the best lots of the family vineyards. these vineyards are cultivated manually, so that they produce very low yields. The wine is aged for 24 months in new French oak. This wine is made in very little quantities.

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This exquisite wine has a deep and intensive violet color. Its aroma remits to cassis, mocha, clove and marked earthy notes.

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So… what do you think of this wine!? Have you ever try it? I think it’s ideal for a typical Argentinean “asado” after a long day of wingshooting!

Cuba

If you’re planning a Fly Fishing trip to Cuba, an island full of majestic yet voracious Tarpon, you may want to learn a little more about the history of this Caribbean paradise!

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Cuba was first discovered by Christopher Columbus on October 27th, 1492. For a man who had seen countless tropical islands, he was extremely impressed with Cuba and said ¨it is the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen¨. After its discovery, the island was quickly colonized by the Spaniards, at the expense of the local aboriginal population, and by the sixteen hundreds, the first seven settlements: Baracoa, Bayamo, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Puerto Principe and San Cristobal de la Habana had been founded.
By the nineteenth century, the Cuban population had become so distanced from their cousins in Spain that a movement began for independence from Europe.
The first war of independence began on October 1868 and was led by Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, ¨the father of the country¨. After ten years of fighting, the struggle ended in defeat.

The second attempt started on February 24th, 1895, and was led this time by Jose Marti who is considered the national hero of the country. He founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party and by 1898 victory was within sight. However, the US Government intervened, declared war on Spain, and after Spain was defeated kept the Cubans from attaining power.

The Republic was declared on May 20th, 1902, and was followed by a long period of economic and political dominance by the US that lasted until January 1st, 1959, when the Revolution finally triumphed. This was after several years of fighting in Sierra Maestra Mountains near Santiago and an underground struggle in the cities that finally toppled the Batista government on New Year’s Eve.

Fly Fishing in paradise!

Fly Fishing in paradise!

Now that you know a bit more… Don’t you wanna go? For more information about our tailor made Fly Fishing trips, please visit our website www.pointerflyfishing.com 

Empanadas

If you come to Argentina for a fishing trip, you will not only enjoy the amazing experience, but also you will try all different kinds of Argentinian food!

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Yumm…

An “empanada” is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries as in Argentina.

“Empanadas” are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing, which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables, among others.

Argentine empanadas are often served at parties as a starter or main course, or in festivals. Shops specialize in freshly made empanadas, with many flavors and fillings.

The dough is usually of wheat flour and beef drippings with fillings differing from province to province; in some, it is mainly chicken; in others, beef (cubed or ground depending on the region) is used, perhaps spiced with cumin and paprika; others include onion, boiled egg, olives, or raisins. Empanadas can be baked (Salta-style) or fried (Tucuman-style). They may also contain ham, fish, humita (sweetcorn with white sauce) or spinach; a fruit filling is used to create a dessert empanada. Empanadas of the interior regions can be spiced with peppers.

In larger cities, empanadas are more commonly eaten as take-away food, sourced from restaurants specializing in this dish. They usually carry dozens of different varieties, which is not the case in northern provinces, where “empanadas” are usually made at home, with more traditional recipes.

Also popular are the so-called “arabian” empanadas, filled with beef, tomatoes, onion, and lemon juice.

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A Luxurious Hotel

ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL

Whether you come to Argentina to fish Golden Dorados or maybe Rainbow Trout, you should stay at least one time in the fantastic and well-known Alvear Palace Hotel. We recommend our friends and guests to do it at least once in their lives.

The hotel from the street

The hotel from the street

Situated in the most elegant neighborhood of Buenos Aires, La Recoleta, the Alvear Palace Hotel was originally built as a luxury hotel to accommodate the increasing amount of European visitors arriving in Buenos Aires at the time, the Alvear Palace was transformed in 1932 into a model of the highest expression of refinement. The majestic rooms and suites, as well as the lobby and public areas, are reminiscent of the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, which are evident in the furniture, the crystal chandeliers, walls decorated with gold leaf and works of art of famous artists.

The luxurious lobby.

The luxurious lobby.

With eleven floors and five basement levels, this luxurious hotel has a capacity for 800 people in 110 rooms and 100 suites.

One of the gorgeous rooms.

One of the gorgeous rooms.

So guys, if you want to stay at this wonderful hotel on your next fishing trip with Pointer Fly Fishing, just let us know. You can’t miss it!

A Perfect Wine

LUIGI BOSCA – Malbec Reserve

Luigi Bosca Malbec is an intense purple colour wine, with distinct aromas of ripe red fruits, spices and black pepper. The intensity of the entry in the mouth is complemented with the softness and sweetness of tannins, respecting the characteristics of the grape variety in Argentina. A pure, full-bodied, well-structured red wine with character and all the juiciness typical of this variety. A long lingering and elegant finish.

Delicious!

Delicious!