Jurassic Lake Lodge stands on the shore of Southern Argentina’s incredible Lago Strobel, a short walk from the mouth of the Rio Barrancoso, the lake’s only major tributary. This location is no accident. It might be one of the best places to catch a trophy rainbow trout anywhere in the world. Or, more realistically, it might be one of the best places in the world to catch great numbers of them!
When the founders of Jurassic Lake Lodge first discovered this incredible fishery, they quickly learned that this location was the epicenter of the entire system. They knew immediately that this where they must build the camp that would eventually become the world renowned Jurassic Lake Lodge.
Today our guests enjoy private, exclusive access to the very best water on Lago Strobel and the Rio Barrancoso throughout the season. They also gain access to the lovely, wild waters of Moro Creek and its connected network of lagoons, all of which flow through our property. Come see for yourself why discerning anglers from across the world return to Jurassic Lake Lodge year after year to experience this unmatched trout fishery and enjoy the famous hospitality of Southern Argentine Patagonia.
LAGO STROBEL LAKE
Lago Strobel is a large desert sink lake found at 3000 feet of elevation in a remote and desolate rangeland in Southern Argentina. This is wild, windswept country deep in the heart of Patagonia. Lago Strobel’s cold, turquoise water is filled with huge numbers of rainbow trout feeding on the lake’s incredible populations of scuds and other aquatic insects. This seemingly endless supply of food, relative lack of angling pressure and little natural predation allows the trout to grow to astounding sizes in a short amount of time.
Guests of Jurassic Lake Lodge can productively fish Lago Strobel with a variety of streamers, dry flies, nymphs and scud patterns. We fish with floating lines most often, but will occasionally opt for intermediate or sinking fly lines in certain places or conditions. The trick to consistently catching these fish is to master a slow, deliberate retrieve. Anglers can also have great opportunities to sight cast to cruising trout, especially on calm mornings and evenings.
Our fishing access extends along many miles of Lago Strobel’s shoreline including a number of wind sheltered, productive bays and coves for our guests choose from.
As the only tributary, this small river is the lifeblood of Lago Strobel and might be one of the best trophy trout streams in the entire world. And fortunately, the very best water is only a short walk from our front door. Often the sheer number of trout holding in the runs and pools of the Rio Barrancoso is simply unbelievable.
During the early season, when the water is high, the Rio Barrancoso becomes the spawning destination for every trout in Lago Strobel. These fish cycle in and out of the river, from the mouth to the headwaters, jockeying for position and feeding aggressively after the long winter. Later, when flows drop, the fish continue to move in and out of the Rio Barrancoso and gather at its mouth, to feed opportunistically in its cool flows.
Anglers commonly fish the Rio Barrancoso with floating lines and use techniques familiar to trout fisherman everywhere. Depending on conditions and time of year, these fish love to rise for a dry fly, pick up a dead drifted nymph, or attack a streamer. What makes the Rio Barrancoso so special is the consistent numbers and massive size of the trout it holds.
The large majority of the entire Rio Barrancoso, including the amazing water at the mouth and along the lower-most beat, is accessible to Jurassic Lake Lodge guests. This means that our guests enjoy exclusive, private access to this incredible river every day of the season without seeing other anglers
This has to be by far the most productive section of the river, with huge trout migrating in via the inlet all rear round. Due to this, catch rates on this stretch of the river are truly staggering. As well as the small pools dotted along the river, you have the opportunity to fish in what we like to call the aquarium. A large pool midway up the lower section of the river that the fish use to hold in before continuing on their upward migration. In this section of the river we recommend the use of a 7 weight rod with streamers also being effective in certain stretches of the river and the aquarium.
Even though, the majority of the larger fish from the lake cannot access this section of the river, it still offers incredible fishing in breathtaking scenery. This section is a 10 km freestone which holds fish up to the 10 Lb mark, still a huge trout by most of other rivers standards.
There are more than 20 km of the upper section of the Barrancoso river that has still yet to be fished. If you are looking for challenging fishing in some of the most untouched waters in patagonia the this section is certainly ticks all the boxes.
Almost unexplored, the Barrancoso headwaters is a 15 km section. Even with a difficult access, the upper section is a dream come true for those anglers looking for a pristine and untouched river
MORO CREEK & LAGOONS
Moro Creek, and its interconnected network of ponds and lagoons, are a beautiful and unique feature of the Jurassic Lake Lodge property. This small, wild creek is a tributary of the upper Rio Barrancoso. During Spring runoff, Moro Creek and the Lagoons fill with snow melt from the mountains and trout find their way into these intimate waters.
We love fishing Moro Creek because it is a complete change of pace from Lago Strobel. The lake is amazing, but it is also vast and windswept. Some anglers welcome the opportunity to see, and fish, a small corner of wild Patagonia. Moro Creek and the Lagoons are exactly that. These are intimate, classic waters where wild rainbow trout rise to dry flies or aggressively grab drifted nymphs.
The trout of Moro Creek are plentiful, but not nearly as large as their heavy cousins in Lago Strobel and the Rio Barrancoso, but they are eager to eat flies because very few anglers fish these waters throughout the year. This is wild and remote trout water and we sometimes think of it as what fishing in Montana might have been like two centuries ago.
SEASONS AT JURASSIC LAKE
Spring: October to Early January
Our first guests of the season arrive at Jurassic Lake Lodge each year in October. From then, through the first part of January, the fishing can be incredible. Lago Strobel’s huge rainbow trout are hungry, un-pressured and plentiful this time of year. Catch rates can be mind-blowing and guests often lose track of the number of big trout caught each day.
During the Southern Hemisphere’s Spring and Early Summer, temperatures are cool. Melting snow and rain in the mountains feed the Rio Barrancoso, Moro Creek, and the networks of lagoons spread across our property. Fish are able to spread out and everywhere you look, trophy trout are chasing flies. Every pattern in an angler’s fly box seems to work this time of year.
Rainbow trout spawn during the Spring and the trout of Lago Strobel are no exception. The Rio Barrancoso is the only tributary to Lago Strobel and this makes it the focal point of every trout in the lake during the early season. This is why the founders of Jurassic Lake Lodge wisely built the Lodge only a short walk from the mouth the Rio Barrancoso. During the early season, the river is absolutely packed with fish and our lucky guests have exclusive, private access to the very best water of the entire system. The sight of massive rainbow trout crowding throughout the Rio Barrancoso to feed and spawn is an amazing thing to see.
This early part of our season is historically the most popular time to visit Jurassic Lake Lodge. Many of the stories that made the Lodge famous across the world are from this special time of year. A number of our regular guests have standing dates reserved for years in advance to ensure they are able to fish the Rio Barrancoso during Spring and early Summer each year. Due to this demand, we only make reservations for full week trips during the early part of our season.
Summer: Mid-January to Mid-March
Summer weather settles over Argentine Patagonia sometime in the middle of January and remains until the temperatures begin to cool again in March. Water levels drop in Moro Creek and the Upper Rio Barrancoso. Hungry rainbow trout cruise the shoreline of Lago Strobel and move in and out of the Lower Barrancoso to feed. Anglers pursue these large trout with a variety of dry flies, streamers and nymphs, often sight casting to the largest rainbow trout of their lives.
Because the trout spread throughout the lake, catch rates during our Summer season usually slow a bit compared to the sometimes unbelievable numbers of the early season. Anglers can still expect many opportunities each day to catch trophy rainbow trout weighing over ten pounds each. Anglers visiting Lago Strobel this time of year still describe the fishing as exceptional and many appreciate the extra touch of skill and challenge sometimes required during the middle of our season. Long days and bright conditions reward careful presentations, accurate casting, smaller flies and longer leaders. It is satisfying, compelling fly fishing. The lagoons on our property are also filled with trout feeding on scuds. These fish aren’t as large as the fish of Lago Strobel, but they can provide a change of pace from the lake’s expansive water.
During Summer, prime locations along Lago Strobel and near the mouth of the Rio Barrancoso are critical for an angler to intercept consistent numbers of cruising fish. Fortunately, Jurassic Lake Lodge property runs along many miles of the most productive waters and our guests have exclusive access to these premiere beats. Each morning our experienced guides consider wind direction, seasonal food supplies, and fish movements to select the best water for our guests to fish each day. Dates for our Summer season book quickly each year and we also begin to offer half-week visits during this part of our season for anglers who don’t have the time to stay for a full week.
Autumn: Mid-March to May
The days grow shorter and cool temperatures return to Patagonia sometime in the middle of March. We look forward to these days each year. The fish notice this final seasonal change and begin to feed aggressively before winter arrives. From that time until our last guests of the season fish with us in early May, the fishing in Lago Strobel and the Rio Barrancoso can be fast paced. Many of our guests consider these last weeks of the season to be the second prime time to visit Jurassic Lake Lodge.
Good numbers of fish caught, and the variety of methods used, can make for enjoyable days on the water at the end of our season. In the Rio Barrancoso, there is a late run of large rainbow trout that appears when the autumn rains in the nearby mountains charge the river with extra water after the dry summer. When you hook one of these fish, you’ll hope your backing knot is solid. After an entire season of feeding in the rich waters of Lago Strobel, these can be some of the strongest and most powerful rainbow trout we hook each season. They are special fish and some of our favorites.
Many of our guests live in the Northern Hemisphere. This time of year their home waters are beginning to open. These anglers sometimes forget that exceptional fishing is still happening here at Lago Strobel and the Rio Barrancoso. Because of this, the end of our year can sometimes be overlooked by traveling anglers. This is a mistake because our world-class fishery is still going strong right up to when we close our doors for the season. We book full and half-week trips this time of year. Don’t just take our word. Come see for yourself how good it is to end the season with us at Jurassic Lake Lodge.