Rio Manso Lodge is located in northern Patagonia near the border of Chile. Nestled in Argentina’s Nahuel Huapi National Park along the banks of Lake Hess and the Rio Manso, the team of professionals at Rio Manso Lodge will make your Patagonia experience a trip to remember!
Recognized as the Orvis 2015 International Destination of the Year, Rio Manso Lodge provides all the comforts of home. Each of the lodge’s 9 rooms face northwest with spectacular views of Lago Hess and the Andes Mountains. If the weather is clear, the mountains looks close enough to touch!
Fly fishing in the heart of Patagonia is a unique experience. When you visit Rio Manso Lodge, you will have the opportunity to fish a variety of fisheries including small streams, large rivers, intimate spring creeks, and deep lakes where monster brown, hefty rainbow and trophy brook trout swim.
When fishing the Rio Manso, a lot of your time is spent fishing with streamers and sinking lines. Hatches on most of the river are sporadic and the biggest fish are often enticed with streamers. There are several stretches of the river where nymphs are effective, especially on one of the beautiful spring creeks where sight casting to cruising fish can be a delightful change of pace.
Famous for its unique blend of big fish and technical fishing, the smooth, glassy currents near the channels of Lago Hess provide a great dry fly challenge to any angler. Similar in nature to a big spring creek, large fish often cruise the banks making this area a must-fish for any Rio Manso angler! Even though these fish can be extremely selective, many Rio Manso guests consider this their favorite area because some of the largest fish in the watershed are fooled in this area.
One of the jewels at Rio Manso Lodge is Lago Fonck. This four mile long stillwater offers big rainbows, browns and brook trout. Dragon flies, damsels, and caddisflies all hatch on the lake and trout cruise the lakeshore weed beds in search of a meal. This presents the perfect opportunity to fish with big dry flies or a streamer to fool these monsters. You’ll fish the edges from a Carolina skiff, working the structure where rainbow, brook, and occasional the brown reside.