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Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Estancia San Jose is located in the heart of Tierra del Fuego island, and home to some of the best pools of the famous Rio Grande River where we fish for the largest brown trout on Planet.


The best pools of the famous Rio Grande River where we fish for the largest brown trout on Planet.

Owned by billionaire Ted Turner this estancia has become one of Mr. Turner and his family’s favorite fly fishing destinations.


The lodge was designed to offer maximum comfort to host our guests during the fishing season. 





The ranch relies on wind energy to provide power for every house on the property. The technology was installed in 1999 and still works as the primary power source.


There are 5 double rooms with private bathrooms that can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests, however the Estancia is only permitted to have up to 6 rods fishing the river at once.


Because of this we limit occupancy to a maximum of 4 anglers and 4 non anglers making a total of 8 guests giving our guest a more personal and homey atmosphere in the lodge.

Skating streamers, nymphs or even dry flies into these San Jose pools are all possible ways to experience a violent fight with a monster Brown. Every year around mid-November thousands of these giant sea run trout start to return from the sea to their pools and by the end of January most of the population is on the river. 

Sea run trout are very aggressive and the fight to catch them is physically tough, which is very exciting to watch even if you are not the one fishing ... but imagine being the angler! 

The Rio Grande has a gravel bottom making it very easy to wade and safe for any age.  

We suggest the use of spey rods (7 to 9 weight and from 12 to 15 feet long).


On windy days spey rods are more comfortable and less tiring to use. Learning to use the spey rod is very easy.


If you are new with it, our guides are expert instructors and will help you to learn quickly with the most efficient techniques. 


Single hand rods (7 to 9 7 to 9 weight up to 10 feet long). With slow wind or with short casts can also be effective. 


You can adjust the length of your stay (3 nights minimum).


Day 1:
Overnight flight to Buenos Aires 

Day 2:
Tour the city of Buenos Aires

Day 3:
Depart on an early flight to the city of Rio Grande in Tierra de Fuego, a San José Lodge representative will drive the group to the ranch.
Fish in the morning. Return to the lodge at mid-day for lunch.
Fish the afternoon. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner, drinks and continued overnight accommodations at San José Lodge. 

Day 4-5-6-7:
Full day of fishing on the famed Rio Grande River. Return to the lodge to have lunch and dinner.
Drinks and continued overnight accommodations at San José Lodge. 

Day 8:
Depart lodge with your transfer to the Rio Grande airport. Take the morning flight to Buenos Aires and then overnight home. 

Services included

  •  All food and drinks at San José Lodge and on the river with fine wines, beer and open bar

  • Professional fishing guides (1 guide per every two fishermen)

  • All ground transfers between fishing areas

  • WiFi internet at the lodge

  • Private transfer: Río Grande Airport > San Jose Lodge > Río Grande Airport

Services not Included

  • International airfares.

  • IN/OUT assistance and private van transfer with English speaking guide in Buenos Aires

  • Fly fishing license: $ 160 subject to change

  • Domestic Airfares. We can assist with reservations.

  • Gratuities at the lodge for guides and lodge staff.

  • Extras at lodge such as “gift shop”, phone calls, etc. 

  • Additional travel services in Buenos Aires.



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"Thank you so much for the wonderful week of non stop fly-fishing. Not only the service was great, but the fishing was out of this world. Planning to rebook.  We will be back!!"


Tom Cook, USA.

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