The fishing at Jurassic Lake Lodge is pretty much indescribable. It's one of those things you have to experience to be able to appreciate. Even the photos and the videos don't do it justice. Waters accessible from the lodge are divided into beats that each have their own characteristics, but offer more options than could be filled by the ten room capacity of the lodge on any given day.
Mouth of the Barrancoso River
"La Boca", as this spot is called in Spanish, is the most famous and productive rainbow trout fishery in the entire Lago Strobel system (and also in the entire world). What makes this ecosystem produce the incredible density of massive rainbows it does is a function of very high food quantities combined with very limited spawning water, which means that the competition for that spawning water among the population of fish within the system is fierce. During the spring spawning run in late October/early November every mature fish in the lake is trying to get in and do its business, and only the biggest and the best are going to make it. Then throughout the rest of the season fish cruise in and out of this area constantly simply due to the flow of oxygen and food that is constantly pouring in from the only substantial tributary to the lake. Many anglers favorite season though is in April, the largely unsung favorite month of all our guides when the chromed fresh fish are pushing their way back into the river for the upstream spawn like the fall steelhead they truly are in their genes. And the battlefield where this is all going down sits right outside the front door of the lodge.
The Bay of Pigs
John F. Kennedy and the CIA would have had a lot more fun invading this water than they did Castro's, but you are welcome to make up for their loss. This bay is one of our go to spots for the 20+ pounders, which can be sight cast to as they cruise by the rocks along the shore.
A fifteen minute drive from the lodge, this spot is a favorite on windless days, as it offers incredible sight fishing reminiscent of the bonefish casting in the Bahamas as chrome torpedoes cruise the flats.
Lower Barrancoso River
The first two kilometers of the Barrancoso upstream from the mouth at the lake are accessible by walking from the lodge, and is always crammed full of bruisers. A classic mix of fast water, deep runs, and pools, with a staging area halfway up it we call the aquarium, there is never a moment regardless of conditions when we cannot find big fish to sight cast to in this stretch of river.
Middle Barrancoso River
The ten kilometers of river upstream of the spawning stretch is classic freestone water, with mostly fish maxing out in the ten pound range. While not the place to hunt the submarines we have stacked into the river below, this calmer section of river is great for throwing dries and nymphs at sighted fish all year round.
Barrancoso River Headwaters
Due to the rugged nature of the country and the need for lengthy walks the upper 35+ kilometers of the river are rarely fished and in some sections have barely been explored. For those looking to take a day or two to engage in true explorations, this area is well worth seeing and provides New Zealand style sight fishing to rainbows that have never even seen a fly.
In early spring Moro Creek connects most of the more than twenty smaller lakes within the estancia, providing sight fishing opportunities with light tackle and dries reminiscent of the spring creeks of the Western United States.