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Estancia Quemquemtreu

Located about 1 hour 30 minutes away from Chapelco airport, Quemquemtreu is a huge 160.000 acre ranch offering the chance to experience a different fly fishing trip, lodging in the main house of a traditional cattle and polo hourses breeding ranch.

This ranch provides our guests an excellent "all inclusive" service with typical Argentine cuisine and nice wines, always enjoying a very warm and relaxed ambience.

The main house offers 5 double bedrooms each one with private bathroom, a nice dinning room and a living room with a wide fireplace. 2 other rooms can be also used in an adjacent house.

A side barn has been turned into a great Bar where snacks and drinks are served every night after fishing. There is also a pool table for those who like to try their skills.....

Huge poplars, willows and pine trees provide cover for all the ranch structure formed by barns, corrals, polo courses, secondary houses that surround the Lodge.

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Fly Fishing at Quemquemtreu

the Malalco stream - a peace of water you will never forget

Floating the Collon Cura river

About 25 miles of the Collon Cura River run through Quemquemtreu's property. In addition, it provides access to the lower section of the Caleufu river and to the Quemquemtreu stream (which gives the name to this estancia).

Most of the fishing is done drifting for full or half day, depending the weather conditions or personal preferences.

Wading is always available for those who prefer not to cast from boats ( or we can use the boats just to float to the best fishing areas)

Full days float include a full river lunch, so whenever we get hungry, we stop the float and choose a nice spot to have lunch.... The Quemquemtreu stream also provides great dry fly fishing opportunities, especially in early season.

the Malalco stream - a peace of water you will never forget

THE COLLON CURA runs extense wide and flat valley, flowing slowly making it ideal to drift and wade fish the best runs.

A full day float is from 6 to 9 miles covering a lot of different water. A universe of channels, flat runs, fast waters, deep and slow pools, perfect cut banks and back eddies are great holding water for rainbows and browns.

Average size trout is probably 16", but trout over 22" are usually caught . Depending of the time of the season and the water flow, most of the fishing can be done with floating lines and fishing on the surface.

It's not uncommon to find a good number of rainbows surface feeding in huge back edies that won't hesitate to raise to a Parachute Adams or Royal Wulff.

If the inch worms are falling from the willows or the minnows are moving in the shallows fishing can turn crazy caching from 20 to 60 trout during a full float, which of course its not a rule, but happens frequently when the river is ON.

The access to the fishing areas is easy using the ranches internal gravel roads. Depending the chosen destination for the day it can vary from 5 to 40 minutes.

For those who enjoy wade fishing there are several runs and options easy to reach and very productive, including fishing the Quemquemtreu in early season, witch could bring a lot of action with dries. Late in the season, the water levels gets low enough to let us aproach to many of the lower runs using the truck, so there is a lot of new wade fishing grounds.

Finding a good scenic place to open a good botele of red wine and enjoy a nice river lunch It's never a problem.

From Late December to Early February is usually the best time to match the inch worms and from Mid February on, the minnows start to show in the river! Know more about the minnows run

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Quemquemtreu Overview

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Private access to
  Collon Cura River (float trips)
(35+ miles)
  Quemquemtreu Stream (Wade fishing)
      Caleufu River (wade fishing the lower section)
Number of Rods
  12 max
  5 rooms main house + 2 guest house
  Float trips with some easy wadding involved. Very easy!
Suggested tackle
  5wt - 7wt rods, WF-F lines + shooting heads or combined lines (Teeny Style)
  Waters recommended for any anglers who like to experience this great river! Families with kids will love it.
      Beginners will enjoy doing some easy surface fishing!
Access to river
  Easy using internal roads.
  1 hour 20minutes away from Chapelco airport.
      1 hour 45 minutes from San Martin de los Andes
      4 hours from Bariloche
Suggested Nights
  from 3 to 5 nights
  220 v
  Laundry, telephone, fax, limited internet access (wi-fi usually works but is satelite service...)
  On the nice and warm nights, outdoors asados are great!
Other Activities
  Trekking, bird watching, relaxing!.
      Guided tours to San Martin de los Andes town, 7 lakes road and more..... (please inquire, not all are included
      and some have to be programmed before your arrival)
      Chapelco Golf about 1 hour 20 minutes away
  6 to 12 months ahead !
      The busier time is from December 24 until late March
      Low season rates Nov & Early Dec and Late Season (late April-May)