Our guests and clients soon realize that a distinguishing feature of Andes Drifters is the quality of its staff and employees. We are proud of our hard working professional team and continually strive to deliver the highest standard of service. Your trust in us is highly prized and appreciated. Our aim is to provide you with an experience that exceeds your expectations.
Andes Drifters is an Argentinian and US owned company that focuses on international travelers. To you, our guests, this is extremely important. Our local presence in Argentina means that you will always have firsthand, real time local knowledge before and during your travels. Our US operation assures you that we have a complete and firm understanding of your expectations and goals during the planning process. This ownership structure combined with a quality team of hard working professionals allows us to offer our guests a world class experience.
Gustavo, the founder and managing partner of Andes Drifters, grew up south of Buenos Aires in the town of Bahia Blanca. From a young age, he and his parents would routinely travel to Patagonia for family vacations. It was during these visits to Patagonia that he developed his passion for fly-fishing. With more than 20 years in the fly fishing industry, Gustavo has maintained his high level of energy and enthusiasm for the sport. Being a hands-on managing partner, he knows and understands all facets of the company.
In addition to taking care of the day-to-day business, he is constantly searching for new water to fish and new experiences to share with guests. Gustavo loves to introduce his country’s culture and natural beauty to international guests. His goal is to ensure each visitor falls in love with Argentina and looks forward to their next visit.
Kevin grew up in Brevard, North Carolina and is the owner of Davidson River Outfitters. He has had the opportunity to fish around the world and met the Hiebaum’s on a hosted fishing trip to Argentina. Soon afterwards, their partnership was formed. Kevin uses his experience in the industry to assist in all marketing aspects and new program and product development. Kevin is well known throughout the industry and has authored several magazine articles and books. He is an Umpqua Feather Merchant signature fly designer.
As a member of the Farbank Pro Staff, he works with Sage, Redington, and Rio Products. He is a past Fly Fishing Master’s National Champion
North Patagonia Head Guide – Marketing & Sales
Gonzalo was born in Campana, approximately 50 km. from Buenos Aires. As a young boy, he discovered much of Argentina while traveling with his father. It was during these travels that his father introduced him to fly-fishing. When Gonzalo reached his college years, he knew he wanted to chase his passion for fly-fishing. He moved to San Martin de los Andes where he attended college and graduated with a degree in tourism. In 2005, he started guiding for Andes Drifters and is now head guide. Gonzalo is an active and very enthusiastic guide who loves his days on the water. When you fish with Gonzalo, you will see firsthand the passion he has for fishing. Additionally, he is also actively involved with the company’s efforts in sales and marketing.
Chip first traveled to Argentina to celebrate his retirement from a career at IBM. He traveled with Andes Drifters and shortly afterwards decided to become a member of the Andes Drifters team. He has been a business mentor to Gustavo and has played a key role in the company’s success and growth. Chip has fished just about every corner of Argentina. Additionally, he and his wife, Maureen, have traveled extensively throughout the country. Several years ago, he developed the lifestyle and adventure travel division of the company. With years of experience, Chip is an excellent person to talk with when you plan your adventure to Argentina.
Kevin joined the Andes Drifters team after a career in finance and investment banking. He and his wife are avid and seasoned travelers who reserve Argentina as their favorite destination. After completing a fishing trip with Andes Drifters in 2016, he knew that he wanted to be affiliated with the company. He now focuses his time and energy promoting Andes Drifters in Colorado and neighboring states. Kevin is an excellent resource and knowledgeable person whose personal travel experience you will find very useful. Additionally, each fishing season, he hosts several trips to Argentina fishing for trout and Dorado. Please check out his next hosted trip.
Marketing & Communication – Social Media – Trout Guide
Martin was born in Buenos Aires and trained in graphic design and communications at the University of Buenos Aires. In the late 1990’s, he and his family moved to San Martin de los Andes because they were attracted to its quality of life. Soon after his arrival in Patagonia, he discovered a passion for fly-fishing and trained to be a professional guide.
For the last 10 years Martin has been an important part of the guiding team. A day on the water with Martin is guaranteed to be an enjoyable experience due to his fun and outgoing personality. In addition to guiding, he is in charge of our social media and developing marketing materials including photographs and videos.
Partner & Dorado Program Manager – Dorado Guide
Andres became a partner in Paraná on the Fly after concluding a successful career as marketing manager at John Deere in South America. He grew up along the banks of the Paraná River and decided to pursue his passion of fly-fishing for Dorado. He partnered with Marcelo Callegaris and in 2013 they created Paraná on the Fly Lodge. Andres, has extensive knowledge of the Paraná River fishery and is continuously searching for new waters and techniques to chase these magnificent fish.
Partner & Dorado Program Manager – Dorado Guide
Marcelo is a partner in Paraná on the Fly. He is also a pioneer when it comes to Dorado fishing on the Upper Paraná River. His years of experience, knowledge, and guiding ability all but guarantee your success on the water. He is a skilled fly designer and tyer and has developed many new techniques for chasing Dorado, Pacú, and Pira Pita. His expertise has helped make this fishery an internationally recognized destination.
Company Ambassador in Canada
Bruce is a retired professor from the University of Alberta where he taught forest ecology and genetics. He has fly-fished since he was 5 years old he has fished over much of North America, New Zealand, and Argentina. Together with his wife, Brenda, he has traveled and fly-fished with Andes Drifters numerous times over the past 15 years. This has created a wealth of firsthand knowledge regarding the region and the fishing opportunities. Bruce and Brenda are ambassadors of Andes Drifters. Their knowledge and experiences can greatly assist you planning and creating your dream vacation to Argentina.
Company Ambassador in California
Renee is a retired attorney from the San Francisco Bay area. She discovered her interest in fly-fishing later in life, but her passion is second to none. This incomparable passion is why she has fished with the Andes Drifters team several times per season since 2012. Her fishing travels to Argentina have targeted both trout and Dorado. Renee is an ambassador for Andes Drifters and hosts several trips to Argentina fishing for trout and Dorado. Please check out her next hosted trip.
Trout Guide – Boat & Equipment Designer
Dan was born in Santa Monica, California. When he was eleven, his Argentine parents, decided to return to Argentina and settled in San Martin de los Andes. It was here that Dan’s interest and passion in fly-fishing was created and nurtured. This passion developed into a way of life that now allows him to spend his summers guiding and floating the rivers and lakes he loves. If you need a guide to help you improve your cast ability or overall fishing skills, then Dan is your guy. His easy-going personality puts even the most apprehensive angler at ease. Besides being a great guide, he is also an accomplished welder with his welding skills he has designed and created many of the unique pieces of equipment you will see when you visit us.
Eduardo grew up in San Juan Province, located in the west-central region of Argentina. This region is known for excellent wine but only average trout fishing. His passion for fly-fishing led him to San Martin de los Andes and the best trout fishing in Argentina. Eduardo has spent over 20 years in San Martin honing and perfecting his fly-fishing and guiding skills. Additionally, he is an avid fly tyer and ties for several of the local fly shops. His a pleasure to spend the day with Eduardo; He is frequently requested by many of our returning clients.
Gonzalo was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Economics when he decided it was time for a change. So he left Buenos Aires and re-settled in San Martin de los Andes. It was here that he found the quality of life that he wanted his family to experience. In San Martin de los Andes, he changed careers and followed his passion for fly-fishing and became a guide. That was nearly a decade ago and over this time frame he has broadened his guiding experience and knowledge of the area. When you fish with Gonzalo, his outgoing personality guarantees a fun day.
Pepe became a fishing guide after retiring from a professional career. Looking for a great place to live and raise his family, he moved to San Martin de los Andes. In San Martin de los Andes, he discovered his passion for fishing and guiding. He is our primary motor-boat guide on the area´s many lakes. His easy-going personality makes for a fun day on the water.
Koye is a native of San Martin de los Andes and has been with the company from the beginning. She is an exceptional client liaison and the “mother” to all our guests. Koye wakes you in the morning with the scent of fresh brewed coffee and serves dinner in the evening. She also takes care of any laundry needs you might have. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her three wonderful children and husband.
Fortunato is key member of the Andes Drifters team. He coordinates the daily schedule so that everyone knows where they need to be and what they need to have. His work takes place primarily behind the scenes, but it assures that Andes Drifters Northern Patagonia operation runs smoothly.
Andres is a native of the town of Picun Leufu but now calls San Matin home. Initially, he was a camp assistant for our Deluxe River Camps on the Limay Medio. Due to his hard-work ethic and passion, he now co-heads the team in charge of the Andes Drifters Deluxe Camp Program. He has held this position for 6 years. Besides running a great camp, he’s an excellent cook.
“Rodyto” is a native of San Martin de los Andes and grew up with a passion for the outdoors. He found his dream job working for Andes Drifters, where he spends his time in the beautiful and secluded corners of Patagonia. Initially, he was a driver and camp assistant. Due to his hard-work ethic, he now co-heads the team in charge of the Andes Drifters Deluxe Camp Program. He is a great cook and will make sure that all your needs are taken care of in camp.
Jorge is working from 2016 with Andes Drifters. His work ethic and attention to detail have made him an important member of the team. Initially, he worked as a camp assistant but is now capable of running a great camp on his own. Jorge feels that he has found his calling and looks forward to a long career with Andes Drifters.
Guide Assistant & Transportation
Daniel came to San Martin de los Andes after a family business being in Buenos Aires and quickly he became part of our team over 10 years ago. Daniel coordinates transportation for our guests and logistics. Occasionally he will help our anglers on their outings. He is an avid fly fisher and our professional fly tier on the team; he ties all those specialty patterns that you won’t find commercially and provides our guides with them.
Adrian discovered his passion for cooking at a young age. He worked for several restaurants in the region but has been with Andes Drifters for close to a decade. His skill in the kitchen has raised our food quality to an international standard. You will find Adrian preparing dinner in several of our lodging locations. Additionally, he is responsible for the daily preparation of the delicious lunches our guests enjoy.
Tour & Adventure Guide
Manu is a native of San Martin de los Andes. In the winter months he is a professional free-style snowboarder and in the summer months he works for Andes Drifters. His snowboarding career has made him very well traveled and he’s a very interesting person to spend time with. As a tour and adventure guide for our guests, he will help you discover northern Patagonia. You will explore the area doing a variety of activities that includes hiking, biking, kayaking, sightseeing, cooking classes and tango dance lessons.
Facu retired from a long career as an adventure race runner. While competing, he won multiple local and international competitions. He is now dedicated to running our adventure activity programs, which include hiking, biking, and kayaking. His expertise allows him to adjust all activities to match his guests skill levels and physical abilities.