Kooi Noom – Patagonia, Argentina

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A rare opportunity to fish near-virgin water for monster rainbow trout. Kooi Noom, the newest fishery in Patagonia, comprises three lakes, two rivers and a stunning creek with access to miles of untouched Argentinian fishing. The lodge caters for up to six anglers at a time.

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The fishing

The fishing at Kooi Noom is as varied as it is challenging. You can expect to catch rainbows of between 5 and 25lb from lake shores, bays, fast-moving pocket water, streams and everywhere in between. The fishing is highly technical, dynamic and seriously rewarding due to a combination of a steep gradient river and a rich lake system.

The trout in these waters have grown very big, meaning they fight hard and run repeatedly. A smaller spring creek can also provide great sport. The beauty of fishing Kooi Noom is its versatility. There’s a perfect mix of moving and still water, each holding different challenges. The fish here have hardly ever seen a fly.

Lodging & facilities

The location is a remote, pristine part of the western Patagonian steppe. It’s a working estancia with the majestic Andes in full view. A variety of wildlife inhabits this region, from the deer-like guanaco to eagles and wildflowers.

The traditional-style lodge caters for up to for six anglers, with three double rooms and newly decorated private bathrooms. There is also a warm living space to relax after fishing as well as a separate dining room. The lodge has two on-site wind turbines that provide 24-hour electricity. Wi-Fi is available.

Meals are prepared by the chef daily. Dishes such as lamb roasted on an open fire or an asado (barbecue) are typical fare. There’s plenty of top-quality Argentine produce on the wine list and an extensive spirit bar. Other activities include horse riding and hiking.

Rates & details

Season: November 1st – April 1st
Capacity: 6 anglers

Sat to Sat (7 night/6 day): $4,750
Sat to Wed (4 night/3 day): $2,650

Included: Standard ground transfer from El Calafate to the lodge, fishing licence, meals, all wines, beer and local spirits, professional guide service, laundry and Wi-Fi.

Contact info

General info: www.kooinoomlodge.com  
Booking info: www.farawayflyfishing.com

UK readers, for more info and bookings, contact Ben Etridge on benetridge@gmail.com or 07771824546

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