ANGLERS COME YEAR AFTER YEAR TO ENJOY SOME OF THE BEST AND MOST CONSISTENT CADDIS, MAYFLY AND MIDGE FISHING ON DRIES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Among the top 10 rivers for flyfishing throughout the world
Ranked among the top 10 fly fishing rivers throughout the world, the Malleo River is a spectacular medium-sized river averaging 60-90 feet in width, perfect for the wading angler, recognized as an outstanding dry fly angling destination.
Malleo anglers come year after year to enjoy some of the best and most consistent caddis, mayfly and midge fishing on dries anywhere in the world. It supports healthy populations of naturally reproducing rainbow and brown trout averaging 15-19 inches, with many opportunities for larger fish.
Despite its size, the Malleo has the character of a spring creek; its currents are slow and the fishing can sometimes be rather technical, requiring small flies and tippets and delicate presentation. This is certainly a stream where anglers need to “match the hatch” to be successful and it can challenge the expert while pleasing all visitors.
Like most Patagonian trout streams, the Malleo originates in a lake, high in the Andean Mountains. Nestled in the folds of dormant Lanín Volcano (12390 feet) and surrounded by millenary monkey puzzle tree forests, Lake Tromen spills its waters to form the Malleo which then flows east for 30 miles to join the Aluminé river. Beginning in a densely wooded canyon inside the Lanín National Park, it meanders through a beautiful valley populated with “araucarias” (monkey puzzle trees), willows and poplars. San Huberto Lodge and our Estancia offers easy access to the upper reaches of the Malleo and provides outstanding accommodation for fishermen in pampered surroundings. Built by the Olsen family in the 1970´s, it now caters almost exclusively to the fly fisherman, providing catch-and-release only waters. Barbless hooks are a kindness to Malleo trout. The river contains both rainbows and browns. It is easily wadeable for most of its course with pebbled bottoms and sandy shoals. The stretch from the first fishable pools near the area of Tres Picos down to the Lodge offers some of the best and most scenic trout waters in the world.
The Upper Pools – This stretch of the river is a typical meandering stream through low gradient meadows in an open valley on the piedmont of the Andean ridge. The river bottoms are of gravel or pebbles providing for easy wading. The water flows smoothly offering superb dry fly fishing. The majestic Lanín volcano provides a breathtaking sight as a backdrop to the riverine vegetation of willows, wild rosebush and knurled evergreens that create pockets, shade and cover for big trout. Rocky bluffs and sandy banks line the river along the shores where red stags and wild hares can often be seen as the peek curiously upon the fisherman.The Red Gate is a particular famous pool as there is a great photo spot along the road where the Lanín in the background provides for a worthwhile picture of this fine pool.
After the Red Gate, the river begins to change its character as the gradient increases somewhat and the pebble bottoms give way to the rocks, ledges and boulders of a mountain freestone river. Wading is some more difficult and felt soles or cleats become a must for fishing here.
The Lower Pools - Below the Yellow Bridge, we find the beginning of the Lower Pools. Here starts one of the loveliest and least fished areas of the river due to the fact that there is no easy access to the narrow canyon at this pristine section. The river picks up its tempo and signs a bit louder through this stretch that offers great varieties of waters. Following downstream the river runs less of a meandering course on a lower gradient but remains mostly freestone with occasional gravelly areas. The riparian vegetation becomes denser and willows provide plenty of cover for the fish and challenges the casting abilities of fishermen. This area is a bit more protected from the wind and is a good choice on days when the upper pools are more exposed.
The Malleo is without a doubt one of the great trout streams of the world.
SAN HUBERTO LODGE
A relaxing, idyllic atmosphere to enjoy with family and friends, only a stone’s throw from the banks of the Malleo River. We offer elegant lodging and first-rate services and amenities, allowing you to enjoy the wonder and beauty Patagonia has to offer.