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Salty Saltzman Argentina
Guided & Unguided Fishing Adventures
in Patagonia since 1976

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Fly Fishing Guide in Patagonia

About Us

Salty Saltzman       Salty Saltzman first fished the Junin de los Andes area in 1954 with his son, Steve, and both have fished there since. Beginning in 1976, Salty and his wife Arleen built a home on the banks of the Chimehuin River, and spent four months every year fishing and guiding in Junin. In 1979 Steve took his own son, Adam, there for the first of many trips and in 2004 they returned to celebrate Adam's graduation from medical school. That trip was the 50th anniversary of Steve's first trip and Adam's 25th. The fishing has never been better.

      When Salty first began exploring the waters around Junin he developed close friendships with owners of estancias and convinced them that fishing was a good way to supplement their income from traditional agriculture and sheep operations. He also was instrumental in creating a conservation ethic where it had never existed before. “Catch and release” is now the norm in Junin.

      Salty died unexpectedly in December 2000 at age 82. He was planning a trip for that season with a slate of clients at the time of his death. Steve and Arleen are now running the business, using extensive contacts developed over three generations in the Junin area to ensure your trip is a pleasurable one and that you will experience Argentine warmth and hospitality and great fishing in full measure.

About the Trips

Fly Fishing in Patagonia       Getting to Patagonia is a lot easier than it used to be and you can make your own travel arrangements with our advice or we will do it all for you. Generally flights from the USA are overnight to Buenos Aires arriving in the AM with a transfer to the domestic airport for a non-stop flight to the local airport which is less than an hour by car from any place you want to fish. The connection in BA can be tight and a day and night in that great city is highly recommended if you have the time and inclination.

Fishing Options

      You have a choice of everything from a self-guided trip on public water to 20 miles of private water and world class food and accommodations-all at prices that are hard to beat in other parts of the world.

Here are some examples:

  1. Rent a car and stay in a famous hosteria on the banks of the Chimehuin. The rooms are clean and quiet. An excellent restaurant is two blocks away. The town is lovely, the people friendly, and you always feel completely safe. Great fishing is about 30 minutes away. Total cost is $50-$75 a day.

  2. Pick up at the airport and transportation to one of the loveliest estancias in Argentina with exclusive access to the best of the Chimehuin River. Fishermen will be guided. Horseback riding, birdwatching, and mountain climbing are available for those who don’t want to fish. $400 a day inclusive.

  3. A rustic 2 bedroom cottage on the private headwaters of the Malleo River in the foothills of the Andes. No guides but easy access to multiple sites on the river.in your rental car. All meals included for $150 a day.

  4. A magnificent estancia with private rights to over 12 miles of the Malleo so it is unlikely you will ever see another fisherman. Beautiful, spacious new rooms and elegant common areas. The food is gourmet and raised or grown on the premises. Cost is $250 a day and guides are optional.

  5. The Collon Cura River is comprised of the Malleo, Chimehuin, and Allumine Rivers. A lodge on the river offers top notch accommodations and float trips.

  6. The Rio Grande River in Tierra del Fuego arguably has the best sea run brown fishery in the world with accommodations and price to match. Expect to pay $600+ per day for the trip of a lifetime.

All the above can be mixed and matched
to customize your trip the way you want it.

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