The Irigoyen - Far End Rivers
At some juncture in a sea trout angler's life a seed of interest will be sowed regarding the leviathan sea trout of Tierra del Fuego. However, for many the famous rivers such as the Rio Grande and the Rio Gallegos might to be lacking in intimacy, with the wind perhaps posing some frustration. From another perspective, there will be those that have ventured to the revered Gallegos and Grande and have reached a saturation point, looking for a new challenge, or just a more intimate system and location. From both perspectives we firmly believe that the little known Irigoyen, which is located between the towns of Ushuaia and Rio Grande, offers the perfect solution.
This is an extremely exciting operation, where sea trout meet the sizes of those of the Grande (up to 27 lbs in the 2011 season) yet in totally different surroundings. The river has cut a course in a tree-lined valley, which offers superb protection from even the strongest of winds whilst adding character to a river that already oozes charm. Forget your double-hander on this intimate little watercourse; this is the domain of the single-hander where precision casting holds you in better stead than brute force and lobbing to the horizon.
The river holds a very good head of sea trout, with an incredible average size, especially for a river that is around half the width of the Rio Grande! Indeed, on our exploratory trip, the first five fish over two days to one rod came in at 12 lbs, 14 lbs, 15 lbs, 16 lbs and 20 lbs! This is not a river that will produce huge numbers (a fish a day is the average for landed fish), but it should certainly produce the big fish. The Irigoyen is also home to resident brown trout that reach a healthy weight; some rainbow trout and even some steelhead have been reported. Further to that, the sea-pool and tidal reaches of the river offer a chance to target a mullet/bass type fish named Robalo, which is an extremely sporting fish and takes the fly avidly.
Set in such a remote and unforgiving environment the lodge and its facilities are a stark contrast. From the recently created wooden sleeping quarters, each with their own spacious and lavish bathrooms, through to the cleverly constructed drying and changing quarters - the package here on the Irigoyen really has it all covered, with no better way to unwind after a good day on the water than in the cosy and friendly dining lodge, with food and service to rival any lodge that we have been fortunate enough to frequent.
The lodge owns the rights to the full length of the river – from source to sea. As such, the fishing is very well controlled, and with a maximum occupancy of six rods the river is never heavily or over fished but with so much water drives can be long to further away beats. However, with a small capacity and with such high appeal, spaces do shift very quickly. As such, please contact us with sufficient warning to reserve your space.