The Limay River, is one of the major rivers of northern Patagonia. It originates at Nahuel Huapi Lake and flows for approximately 200 miles until it meets the Neuquén River and then becomes the Rio Negro. The original flow of the Limay has been interrupted by five dams, which created a series of three large reservoirs and great tail water fishing.
We focus on the middle section of Limay Medio. Located below the Pichi Picun Leufu Dam, this sixty mile section of tail water is one of the most remarkable fisheries in all of Argentina. As a tail water, water temperatures and levels are stable and this results in a large insect population. This constant food source supports a large and healthy population of resident browns and rainbows. These fish are all too willing to rise to a dry fly or chase down a streamer.
Migratory browns (non-sea run) and rainbows are also an important part of the fishery. Migratory fish range in size from 6 to 18 pounds for browns and 4 to 9 pounds for rainbows. This world-class fishery is truly a “River of Monsters” where any cast can produce the trout of a lifetime. Due to its remoteness and limited access this trip utilizes our Andes Drifters Deluxe River Camps. Fishing the Limay Medio and overnight in our Deluxe River Camp provides an experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the trout fishing world. Our guide team has worked these largely unexplored waters for over fifteen years.
The best way to experience the Limay Medio is with multiple nights of camping in an Andes Drifters Deluxe River Camp, this maximize your time on the water and allow us to fish the most inaccessible sections. We recommend a minimum of three days of fishing and two nights of camping.
Yes. We provide all the necessary camping gear and a dedicated camp staff to take care of all your needs. Your staff will prepare delicious meals over the open fire and excellent wines are also served.
When you arrive in camp after your day of fishing expect to see everything set-up and waiting for you. Also, the following morning after breakfast, don’t worry about breaking down camp, your staff takes care of that as well.
We target Limay trout with multiple techniques; dry flies, surface poppers and streamers are the preferred rigs. Streamers are a very effective way to catch fish on the Limay. However, there is also excellent dry fly fishing opportunities. Communicate with your guide your preferred style of fishing and they’ll make the necessary adjustment to accommodate you.
There is no hard and fast answer. However, we recommend no fewer than three days of fishing and two nights of camping. Our itineraries are typically between 2 to 6 nights.
The minnow hatch typically begins in early to mid-February and runs through March.