March 19-30, 2020
There is no place like Argentina and there seems to be no end to exploring and finding new fishing destinations within this great country. That brings us to Estancia Tecka, certainly not new to the fishing world, but fairly new in our line-up of great destinations. Comfortably settled on more than 435,000 acres of privately owned ranch, one of the biggest in South America, featuring the Corcovado River flowing for 45 miles over estancia prairie into Chile and on to the Pacific ocean. And that's not all. There is the Rio Tecka, a spring creek originating on the estancia and running for 35 miles before even leaving the ranch! And then there are the lakes, home to trophy brown, brook, and rainbows.
All this water and only 18 guests at two ranch home lodges, Headquarters Lodge and Caridad Lodge, dissecting the fisheries into manageable distances. Guests will fish the gin-clear Corcovado from drift boats, getting out to fish the many productive runs, riffles, and pools. The Rio Tecka is a walk wade fishery featuring “S” curves and undercut banks with browns and rainbows.
Guests will experience a variety of fishing and are welcome to return to favorite places throughout the week. Floating lines and dry flies are the norm on the river and stream, and often on the lakes, but we always advise our guests to never leave home without a sink-tip line. For the most part, anglers fish patterns like a parachute Adams, BWOs, elk hair caddis, small pheasant tail nymphs, and larger foam flies. It’s not technical but that’s not to say the fish are always easy. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s rewarding.
Visiting Tecka is like walking back in time. The slower pace is a nice change for guests as they enjoy the ranch life around them — you may have to wait for a gaucho to move his sheep off the road before passing through. Fishing days are long, lunches are leisurely, and of course the Malbec is superb. The lodges are of a style and architecture not seen today and are immaculately maintained and one feels immediately at home in the comfortable rooms.
We'll fly to Buenos Aires, overnight, and then to Esquel the next day where we'll be met by the lodge staff and transferred to the lodge, a 2 hour drive. You’ll notice that this departure is nicely dovetailed with Villa Maria and San Huberto for anglers desiring to extend their stay in Patagonia. Guests may choose one, either, or all three destinations.
We hope you'll consider joining us at Estancia Tecka, a jewel for sure. Details and prices can be found on the itinerary.
Barry and Cathy Beck