Useful items that you may need and some that we can provide


Generally, we experience warm days (70’s – 80’s) and cooler nights (50’s – 60’s). Shorts or light pants and a light shirt are comfortable during the day adding a sweater at night. However, the weather can be unpredictable so bring a couple extra layers just in case it turns cold, i.e., a fishing sweater or jacket and a pair of long underwear. Evenings are informal and casual clothes will be comfortable. For overnight float trips a warm jacket and hat and wool socks are a must.


A good quality medium weight breathable rain jacket with hood or separate waterproof hat.


Chest waders with felt or rubber sole shoes. Lightweight or breathable waders will work fine. Warm underclothes are recommended for lightweight waders. Stream cleats or studded soles are optional. Remember to check your waders for any leaks before your trip.

New felt sole boots are required, this is to prevent the spread of diseases in our water systems, rubber sole boots can be used if properly dried and cleaned before bringing to Argentina.

Other Useful Items:

  • Sun Hat  or trucker cap.
  • Quick drying pants.
  • Long sleeve quick drying SPF shirts.
  • Polarized glasses
  • Sunscreen (50 SPF or higher)
  • Chapstick
  • Digital Camera with charger
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Small flashlight
  • Fishing/Day bag
  • Wading staff (optional)
  • Personal medications, allergy medicines, etc.
  • Valid passport, and copy of passport


Fishing vest or pack with:

  • Hook sharpener
  • Pliers
  • Hemostats
  • Fly floatant
  • Clippers

Some brands of liquor can be difficult to find so feel free to bring your favorite drink for the end of the day.  Plastic containers, with a good cap, work well for traveling (eg: Nalgene water bottles). We can try to get your desired brand but it might incur in some extra cost.

Argentina has 220 volts power so match your chargers to that supply, transformer will be provided upon request.

The U.S. dollar is accepted throughout the country. Cash is recommended for purchasing a fishing license, gratuities, gifts, and mementos.  Traveler’s checks or personal checks are hard to exchange so it’s best to bring cash. If requested Chimehuin Safaris Staff can get Argentine pesos to you at the best possible rate. Avoid exchanging money at the Airports or nearby kiosks since they offer the worst possible rates. If you require assistance or more information about the exchange rate, please contact us anytime.

Fly Rods, Reels, Lines and Leaders:

A lightweight rod for dry fly fishing:

Rod: 4 or 5-weight rod 8 to 9 feet long. Even lighter weight rods are an option for windless days but should not replace a 4 or 5 weight.


Reel: Adequate drag system with 50+ yards of backing.

Line: Weight forward floating fly line to match rod weight.

Leader: 9 ft. – 4X, 5X tippets.

A medium weight rod for large nymph and streamer fishing:

Rod: 6 or 7 weight rod 9 feet long.

Reel: Adequate drag system with 100+ yards of backing.

Line: Weight forward floating fly line to match rod weight and a 200gr. sinking line or 24 ft. Fast sink tip.

Leader: 7½ ft. – 2X, 3X, 4X tippets. Also include tippet spools 1X (12 lb.) to 6X (3 lb.).

Fly Patterns:

Many of your favorite trout patterns from home may be effective in Argentina. A good hatch of caddis occurs throughout the season and could be matched with wet and dry. Mayflies hatch in a variety of sizes and colors, nymphs, emergers, and dries can all be used to imitate these flies. There is a variety of baitfish in the rivers as well as a healthy supply of Pancora crabs (Similar to crayfish), streamers work well to imitate these important food sources. Below is a list of flies that we have found successful.


Dries: Sizes 8 – 12:

  • Thunderhead
  • Stimulator
  • Madam X
  • Hoppers
  • Humpies
  • Hexagenia
  • Fat Alberts.
  •  Other large attractor patterns. 

Sizes 12 – 18:

  • Hendrickson
  • Adams
  • Cahill
  • Mahogany dun, traditional, compara dun, or parachute style
  • Assorted Wulffs and Stimulator
  • PMD and BWO
  • Slow water and Hemingway caddis
  •  Black ants. 

Sizes 18 – 20, 

  • Black, olive, or gray colored mayflies tied compara dun or parachute style.


Sizes 10 –16, 

  • Prince (regular and beadhead)
  • Hare’s Ear (regular and beadhead)
  • Pheasant tail (normal, flashback or bead head)
  • Teeny nymph
  • Assorted colors of caddis pupa and emergers
  • green inchworms
  • other attractor pattern like rubber legs or girdle bugs. 

Sizes 16 – 20, 

  • Pheasant tail, brassy, and serendipities.


Sizes 2 – 10

  • Woolly Bugger (olive, black, white, and yellow tail)
  • Matuka
  • Muddler minnow
  • Marabou muddler
  • rubber legs
  • Pancora imitations
  • Zonkers
  • Dalailamas
  • Any other streamer patterns that push water and have a good silhouette. Both with and without beadheads would work fine.

If you have any questions or need assistance with tackle and equipment selections, please feel free to call or email us.

Thank you.

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