The season is from November through April.
The Traful is an exclusively catch and release fly-fishing river. At the beginning of the season the
river runs high and fast with the level dropping in December but usually with fast water till the
beginning or middle of January (depending on weather conditions, especially the winter snows),
it then runs slow till the first Autumn rains.
A typical mountain river of crystal clear water varying in width from 60 to 90 feet (20 to 30 meters)
with rapids and pools throughout its 10 miles course is home to rainbow and brown trout and land-locked
salmon. Although the average size of the fish is around 20 to 23 ins. for trout and 22 to 24 ins.
for salmon it is not uncommon to catch 28 ins. salmon, 30 ins. rainbows and a 29 ins. browns all
which have been caught recently, something to think about when you choose the tippet for your leader.
Also take into account that sections of the riverbank are lined with trees and shrubs making
casting more exciting and rather challenging!. Ernie Schwiebert loved Arroyo Verde and for over
50 years came to fish the Traful. Mel Krieger was also a fan of these waters and enjoyed spending
a few days with us.
Fishing the river Traful: as always a challenge.
The trout season is presented somewhat atypical compared to recent seasons; this is due to the good and
prolonged snowfall that extended almost to the end of the spring in Northern Patagonia.
The first months of the season (November, December and January) were and are still synonymous of
high water in our rivers, making it difficult to fish them, either due to the lack of accessibility
to the spots or the dispersion of the fish, this as a general rule affects mainly mountain rivers,
with great gradient and speed in their waters, and with less consequences to steppe rivers more
meandering and slow.
One of the most challenging mountain rivers for any fisherman is undoubtedly the mystical river Traful,
with its world fame, well earned for being one of the most technical and indecipherable even for the
most avid fisherman, with a unique population of Land locked Salmon, which because of its size
and combativeness it summons fishermen from all over the world in search of the ghost of the rivers.
Direct descendant of the Atlantic salmon the fish of the "thousand cast", it is undoubtedly the most
precious and difficult trophy in the world of the fly fishermen.
The high waters in this beginning of the season, added to the low temperament of the river made fishing
difficult, but every coin has another face, in short these difficulties of the beginning, will sponsor
a spectacular half and end of season, with ideal water levels and temperature, where the fish population
will concentrate and find its comfort without having to migrate to the large water mirrors.
The river Traful is not a river to look for quantities of fish, it is a river to look for quality of
catches, both in brown and rainbow trout, as well as the king of our waters the magnificent Land
Locked Salmon, in an environment that we could only define as "paradise on earth" and this privilege
can only be obtained by visiting Estancia Arroyo Verde.