JURASSIC LAKE LODGE
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Jurassic Lake Lodge

Destination Overview

Jurassic Lake (Strobel Lake) is located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina and is possibly the most amazing Rainbow Trout fishery in the world. 

 

Such a boastful remark is based on the fact that that it’s not unusual for fishermen to shake off the 8 and 10 pounders, trying to get to one of the chrome 15 to 20 lb. behemoths that live in the lake and river!  We at Wild On The Fly don’t think that any other location in the world can provide that kind of action. 

 

The area is so remote that for most fishermen, it takes a 6 to 8 hour 4x4 journey on a poorly maintained dirt road to reach the area, but for Jurassic Lodge guests they have the option to reach the lodge by means of a flight from the town of Comodoro Rivadavia to the lodge’s own landing strip.  

 

Up until recently the Jurassic Lodge existed as a rustic base camp housing its guests in a community of dome tents, but now it has been completely transformed into a modern fishing lodge that will appeal to the most discerning adventurer. 

 

At a 3000 ft elevation the crystal-clear Strobel Lake sits in a wide open desolate Patagonian plateau. The lake is literally a smorgasbord of high protein aquatic food, much of which are freshwater scuds and shrimp, which answers the question as to how do the Rainbow Trout grow larger there than any other location in the world. 

 

They get big and fat in the lake and then when they make their spawning runs up the Barrancoso River they literally choke the inlet waiting to take their turn swimming up to the spawning beds.  This is the one destination and only destination where you can be assured to catch a fish of a lifetime.  

 

At a Glance

  • Location: Southwestern Argentina (Patagonia)

  • Target Fish: Rainbow Trout

  • Seasons: December through April

  • Lodge Capacity: 10 guests

  • Nearest Airport: On site

  • Electricity: 220 volts. Voltage converters should be purchased prior to arriving.

  • Documents Needed: Passport (no visa needed for travelers from USA and most western European countries.  Also, the reciprocity fee is no longer necessary

Fishing Program

All fly fishing is done while wading or standing on the bank. There are typically up to five guides on-site depending on occupancy. Anglers typically fish stations in nearby bays, on the peninsula, near the river’s mouth, and the lower stretches of the Barrancoso river and cast (often into or across the wind) with floating or intermediate lines and employ a slow retrieve. 

 

There are also several upper river beats that they encourage all anglers to rotate through during the week. There are a wide variety of flies that work well, with woolly buggers, zonkers, egg patterns, and especially assorted nymphs tied on heavy wire hooks being the staples.

 

There are specific bays on the lake where, during certain condititions and during the low light evening hours, where pods of big fish come within a few feet of the banks and cruise the shallows like massive bonefish.  For anyone who has never sight fished for huge trout, this can be an experience you will never forget.

The guides are a combination of camp hosts and guides. They will show you the general fishing program and fishing areas, give advice on fly selection and technique, and then stand back and allow you to fish on your own, unless you need them to take a photo or help landing a fish.  They will always be close enough to assist you with whatever you may need.  

 

Fishing Program

Season runs from November to April with peak fishing from November thru mid-January. During this time fish concentrate in large number in and around the mouth of the Barrancoso River. Visiting in early March through April can be incredibly rewarding for many anglers, with quality fish. The late "run" off fish all tend to be in pristine condition - ultra-bright, hard bodied, and turbo charged!

 

Accommodations

The lodge is located right at the inlet of the lakes only tributary, the Barrancoso River which is where the fish stage during the river’s two spawning runs that occur at the beginning of the season and also at the end. 

 

It also has exclusive access to 6 miles of shoreline that includes the inlet of the Barrancoso River. The brand new lodge takes up to ten single / double occupancy rooms, that include a private bath and shower.  Beds are comfortable and the rooms are heated. The lodge has a large and comfortable living room with a lake and river view plus WIFI.  

 

On Site Amenities
  • Satellite TV

  • Wi-Fi/internet access (Satellite system, works slowly but okay to send messages)

  • Gourmet Food

  • Unique collection of 22 single cask whiskies

  • Private landing strip

  • Laundry service at lodge with no extra cost

 

The food is awesome and plentiful, and so is the wine and beer.  If the unbelievable fishing wasn’t enough the lodge is very proud of its broad whisky selection that includes both single malts and blends, predominately from Scotland. Staring among this vast collection is the Gordon & Macphail Cask Collection of 22 single cask whiskies from 8 to 24 years old.  The collection is available by shot or bottle and is an excellent opportunity to taste the world’s best whiskeys after catching some of the largest Rainbows in the world.   The staff does everything it can to make you feel a part of the family during your stay. 

 

Getting There

CHARTER FLIGHT In/Out (Comodoro R. Airport - Jurassic Lake Lodge) INCLUDED 

 

  • Day 1 - (Friday) Arrive to Buenos Aires - Depart for Comodoro Rivadavia - Overnight in Comodoro Rivadavia

  • Day 2 (Saturday): Depart Comodoro Rivadavia to Jurassic Lake Lodge at the morning (Charter flight). Arrive to Jurassic Lake Lodge after 1hr 15 min flight. Full day fishing.

  • Day 3 – 8 (Sunday-Friday): Six full days of fishing.

  • Day 9 (Saturday): Depart for Comodoro Rivadavia in the morning (Charter Flight) - Departure for Buenos Aires - Departure for Home

Special note: Charter Flight/Weight limit: Limit of 30 lb for the luggage (soft sided bag recommended) and   15 lb limit for carry-on bags. Laundry service at lodge with no extra cost.

Rates

Jurassic Lake Lodge is pleased to offer 3 standard programs and the chance to customize your trip. All rates are based on double occupancy

  • FULL WEEK PROGRAM 

  • PARTIAL WEEK PROGRAM 1st HALF 

  • PARTIAL WEEK PROGRAM 2nd HALF 

2018/19 SEASON FULL WEEK PROGRAM RATES:

Oct. 15, 2018 - Dec. 22, 2018 =  $6,330 + 570 ( Charter Flight )

Dec. 22, 2018 - Jan. 26, 2019 = $5,600 + 570 ( Charter Flight )

Jan. 26, 2019 - Mar. 16, 2019 = $5,200 + 570 ( Charter Flight )

Mar. 16, 2019 - May 1, 2019 = $5,600 + 570 ( Charter Flight )

 

ITINERARY FULL WEEK:

Day 1 (Fri):

  • Arrive to Buenos Aires - Depart for Comodoro Rivadavia - Overnight in Comodoro Rivadavia (Not included)

Day 2 (Sat):

  • Transfer to the local airport ( Included ) - Depart Comodoro Rivadavia to  Jurassic Lake Lodge in the morning ( Charter flight Included). Arrive to Jurassic Lake Lodge after 1hr 15 min flight. Full day fishing.

Day 3 - 4 (Sun - Mon):

  • 2 full fishing days.

Day 5 (Tue):

  • Fish early in the morning, Depart for Calafate (Ground Transfer 6 hours Included or upgrade to 1 hour 15 min Charter flight to Comodoro R.) and overnight in Calafate ( Not included ) - Depart home via Buenos Aires

 

INCLUDED

  • Accommodations and meals at the lodge

  • Wine/beer/alcohol

  • Guided fishing

  • Charter flight in from Comodoro Rivadavia and transfer to Calafate

  • Fishing license

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic airfare

  • Hotels/meals/transfers in Buenos Aires and Comodoro Rivadavia or El Calafate

  • Fishing equipment

  • Laundry

  • Staff and guide gratuities (10% of the trip cost recommended)

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, charter flight to/from the lodge, wine beer and alcoholic beverages ( except for the whisky selection for sale by shots or bottle ), guided fishing, fishing license.

 

Not Included: Airfare, hotels, meals, intra-country travel logistics (airport transfers, hotel, and domestic flights), fishing equipment, alcohol, staff and guide gratuities ( recomended 10% of the cost of the trip ). 

2018 - 2019 SEASON HALF WEEK 1ST HALF RATES: 

Saturdays to Tuesdays -Available from late Jan. to May

3 Fishing days (Charter Flight in/Ground transfer out or upgrade to Charter flight)

Jan. 26, 2019 - Mar. 16, 2019 = $3,380 + 350 ( Charter Flight + Ground Transfer )

Mar. 16, 2019 - May 1, 2019 = $3,640 + 350 ( Charter Flight + Ground Transfer )

 

ITINERARY 1ST HALF:

Day 1 (Fri):

  • Arrive to Buenos Aires - Depart for Comodoro Rivadavia - Overnight in Comodoro Rivadavia (Not included)

Day 2 (Sat):

  • Transfer to the local airport ( Included ) - Depart Comodoro Rivadavia to  Jurassic Lake Lodge in the morning ( Charter flight Included). Arrive to Jurassic Lake Lodge after 1hr 15 min flight. Full day fishing.

Day 3 - 4 (Sun - Mon):

  • 2 full fishing days.

Day 5 (Tue):

  • Fish early in the morning, Depart for Calafate (Ground Transfer 6 hours Included or upgrade to 1 hour 15 min Charter flight to Comodoro R.) and overnight in Calafate ( Not included ) - Depart home via Buenos Aires

 

INCLUDED

  • Accommodations and meals at the lodge

  • Wine/beer/alcohol

  • Guided fishing

  • Charter flight in from Comodoro Rivadavia and transfer to Calafate

  • Fishing license

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic airfare

  • Hotels/meals/transfers in Buenos Aires and Comodoro Rivadavia or El Calafate

  • Fishing equipment

  • Laundry

  • Staff and guide gratuities (10% of the trip cost recommended)

 

2018 - 2019 SEASON HALF WEEK 2ND HALF RATES: 

Tuesdays to Saturdays -Available from late Jan. to May

3 Fishing days (Charter Flight in/Ground transfer out or upgrade to Charter flight)

Jan. 26, 2019 - Mar. 16, 2019 = $3,380 + 350 ( Charter Flight + Ground Transfer )

Mar. 16, 2019 - May 1, 2019 = $3,640 + 350 ( Charter Flight + Ground Transfer )

ITINERARY 2ND HALF:

Day 1 (Mon):

  • Arrive to Buenos Aires - Depart for Comodoro Rivadavia - Overnight in Comodoro Rivadavia (Not included)

Day 2 (Tue):

  • Ground transfer to Jurassic Lake Lodge ( 6 hours drive Included or upgrade to 1 hour and 15 min Charter flight from Comodoro R.). Fish the rest of the day.

Day 3 - 5 (Wed-Fri):

  • 3 full fishing days.

Day 6 (Sat):

  • Depart for Comodoro Rivadavia in the morning (Charter Flight Included ) - Depart for Buenos Aires ( Not included ) - Depart for Home.

 

INCLUDED

  • Accommodations and meals at the lodge

  • Wine/beer/alcohol

  • Guided fishing

  • Charter flight in from Comodoro Rivadavia and transfer to Calafate

  • Fishing license

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic airfare

  • Hotels/meals/transfers in Buenos Aires and Comodoro Rivadavia or El Calafate

  • Fishing equipment

  • Laundry

  • Staff and guide gratuities (10% of the trip cost recommended)

 

 

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, charter flight in from Comodoro Rivadavia, ground transfer out to El Calafate, wine beer and alcoholic beberages ( except for the whisky selection for sale by shots or bottle ), guided fishing, fishing license.

 

Not Included: Airfare, hotels, meals, intra-country travel logistics (airport transfers, hotel, and domestic flights), fishing equipment, alcohol, staff and guide gratuities ( recomended 10% of the cost of the trip ). 

Note: Our direct Charter Flight departs every Saturday morning from Comodoro Rivadavia but special flights can be arranged to depart from other cities like El Calafate, Río Gallegos or Río Grande. Standard Packages are seven-night satays (Saturday thru Saturday), three-night stays (Saturday thru Tuesday) and four-night stays (Tuesday thru Saturday).

 

To book any of our trips give us a call to start the process