Tenkara Patagonia: Join me for 6 days of fishing in Argentina

On December 13, 2014
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Here’s the opportunity for the trip of a lifetime. Join me for a week of tenkara in Patagonia, Argentina in March.
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Tenkara USA founder, Daniel Galhardo, will be hosting  a week-long Tenkara Week, in Argentina Patagonia. The Patagonia Tenkara trip will take place March 5-12, 2015.

If you’re interested in attending, please email us at info@tenkarausa.com, or go her to learn about booking.

Patagonia Tenkara WeekThe Patagonia Tenkara Week will be held at the Chime lodge, a fantastic lodge with amazing fishing. March is prime time for the smaller rivers of the area and should be very productive with tenkara. Fishing will take place on the Chimehuin River, the river that put Patagonia in the fly fishing map, and nearby tenkara-perfect Malleo and the Alumine tributaries.




  • Pick up at airport and transfer to the Lodge
  • Lodging with full board (all meals, drinks, open bar)
  • One guide per two anglers

Does not include airfare, gratuities for guides and personal expenses.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in San Martin de los Andes at Chapelco Airport (around 2 pm). Drive to Chime Lodge and float the Chimehuin River from town to Curva del Manzano (“Apple tree bend”).

Day 2
After breakfast at the Lodge we’ll drive to the Lower Malleo River. This section of the river is located in the Mapuche Reservation Amutuy Quime. It is wading only. There are hundreds of pools to fish all day long and then some. A lot of sight fishing is done picking the best and bigger fish.

Day 3
Our day starts at the Rinconada Bridge, which spans the Collon Cura River, with fish from 12 inches to several pounds. There are brown and rainbow trout and Perca, our native fish. Percas put up a nice fight, much like a brown trout, and eat whatever you throw at them.

Day 4
Fish a spring creek while waiting for an Argentinean Asado (barbeque). Catch brookies, or fish the outlet of the creek for trophy size trout up to 7 lbs or more. Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 5
Float the Chimehuin River, from Piedra del Viento (200 yards upstream from Chime Lodge) to the Military Bridge. Fish the pools that made Junin de los Andes a world class destination for fly anglers.

Day 6
Start the day at the confluence of the Malleo with the Alumine River. This is big water and we’ll cover tenkara techniques for that type of water catching fish from 12 inches to several pounds. There are brown and rainbow trout, some Atlantic Landlocked Salmon and Perca, our native fish.

Day 7
Go to San Martin de los Andes for some shopping and lunch (depending on time of departure flight) and then transfer to Chapelco Airport for departure.

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Here’s more information on the lodge

Some words from Daniel:

Tenkara anglers around a campfireThis will be a one-of-a-kind experience for all of us. I have dreamed of fishing in the tenkara-perfect waters of Patagonia since I first picked up a fly rod 16 years ago, and I’m excited to share that experience with you.
We’ll be counting on the support of knowledgeable local guides and Martin, the river captain for the lodge. While I have stayed away from becoming a fly-fishing guide, I have always loved fishing with people and teaching what I have learned.  I will be your host; we will fish together, share stories, enjoy the famous Argentinean barbecue (my parents in Brazil will hate me for admitting the deliciousness of the Argentinean asado!)


Perhaps one of the highest compliments I have received in terms of teaching tenkara has come from world-renowned fly-fishing author Dave Hughes, whom I spent a few days fishing with and says:

“Fishing with Daniel turned out to be an education in a couple of ways. The first was in the simplicity with which Daniel lives…The second was my first in-depth, rather than shallow, instruction in the art of tenkara fishing. Daniel has gone to Japan to learn from traditional experts there and has obviously become one himself.” – Dave Hughes

How to Book

2 options:

1) Book through Nervous Waters: 1.800.530.6928 or Info@nervouswaters.com

2) Send a 50% deposit ($2,475) to:
Tenkara USA
637-B S. Broadway St. #108
Boulder, Colorado 80305.
Once a deposit is received you will receive a detailed pre-trip packet with specifics on travel, etc. There will also be a number to call for help with logistics

* The final balance is due 60 days prior to the trip.

Terms and Conditions by Nervous Waters here

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3 Responses to Tenkara Patagonia: Join me for 6 days of fishing in Argentina

  1. David Kent says:

    Daniel, I would love to join you for this adventure – and I fully understand that your concerns now are focused on the current 2015 trip which unfortunately is not good for me, however if it looks like you might plan a similar trip in 2016 I would love the opportunity then to join that trip. Kindly keep me on file for that trip if it becomes a reality. Regards for the Season and the New Year. David Kent

  2. David Kent says:

    Daniel, thanks for the reply, hope your New Year sees continued growth of Tenkara in the USA, successful trip(s) and the opportunity to plan to return to Patagonia in 2016. Regards, David

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