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Jurassic Lake Lodge

Jurassic Lake Lodge
If we were put on the spot and asked specifically where the most prolific 100 yards of trophy trout water in the world was, our response would be instant and our tone would be confident. It is where Argentina's Rio Barrancoso flows into Lago Strobel.

Location:
Jurassic Lake is located in the Santa Cruz Province in Argentina. The lake is roughly six to seven hours north of Calafate by vehicle, but only about 380 kilometers (236 miles) away, and one hour southwest of Comodoro Rivadavia by charter flight.

Species:
Rainbow Trout
Average 10+ pounds
Countless fish in mid-teens
Good numbers into the 20 + pound class


Season: November - April
Capacity: 10 anglers


Program:
All fly fishing is done while wading or standing on the bank.

Described as lightly guided | although with several guides on hand, guides are a combination of camp hosts and guides. They will explain the general fishing program and fishing areas, give advice on fly selection and technique, help with landing fish, take photos, and assist you with whatever you may need.  Fishing will mainly be done without a guide at your side. 

Itinerary:
Full Week (7 Night/6 Â½ Day) | Fish 6 full days + half day.
First Half Week (3 Night/3 Day) | Fish 2 full days + possible 2 half days.
Second Half Week (4 Night/3 Day) | Fish 3 full days + possible half day.

Recommended Gear:
Below is a brief description of suggested tackle. Do note that the list is a general guideline and more options can be discussed for your specific trip dates. Lodge Equipment: Flies, tackle and fishing gear is not available for guest use. 

Rods: We recommend 9 to 10 ft. single handed rods in the 7 or 8 weight category. For the tributary river you may want a single-handed 9ft six weight rod. It makes sense to bring a back-up rod as well. Reels: A strong, smooth drag is a must. 

Reels:
Should have capacity for the fly line and 200 yards of 30 lb backing. For the inlet stream a direct drive trout reel is adequate for your needs. 

Lines:
Weight forward floating lines with a compact front taper are the most popular followed by full intermediate lines or intermediate shooting head type lines. Keep in mind that this is a windy place and any line that you feel will give you an advantage in the wind is worth packing. 

Leaders/Tippet:
15 and 20 pound fluorocarbon are the most popular with most folks using 20 lb. Also have knotless tapered leaders from 9 to 12 foot with 20 pound breaking strength. Umpqua’s Big Game fluorocarbon leaders are good choice here. 

Flies:  
Note: Having flies tied on strong heavy wire hooks in size 6-12 is critical. A wide variety of flies that work well, woolly buggers, zonkers, egg patterns, and assorted nymphs tied on heavy wire hooks being the staples.

Nymphs: Jimmy Legs, Bead Head Prince, Girdle Bugs, EM, Rubber Leg Copper Johns in red, green and copper, Morrish’s Super Pupa and Dirty Birds in hare’s ear and olive, Yuk Bug, Bitch Creek, Olive soft hackles, Glo Bugs, Scuds  Streamers: Wooly Buggers: Black and Olive; weighted and unweighted with and without rubber legs, Hobo Spey: Black and Blue and Black and Orange, Morrish’s Cold Medicine: Black and Blue, Silvey’s Tandem Tube: Black and Blue and assorted sting leeches and intruders in dark colors. 

Dries:
 Morrish’s Pom Skater, Nightshade, Chernobyl Ants in tan and Yellow, Assorted Bombers.

Waders & Boots:
Chest high breathable waders and rubber soled wading boots. We recommend a good quality Gore-Tex type wader like Simms. Keep in mind that you will be spending a lot of time in your waders, so have a pair you are comfortable with. Having waders that are loose fitting makes them easier to get on and off. 

Fishing Packs/Vests:
Fishing packs/vests are not required, but can be very useful if you do not want to be entirely dependent on your guide.


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