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The land of the gauchos, cattle, polo horses and great fly fishing

 

Situated in the southern hemisphere, Argentina is the second-largest country in South America and the eighth-largest country in the world. It covers a continental surface area of 3,8 million km² (including the Antarctic Argentinean area ) and its approximately 1,400 km wide (from east to west) and 3,700 km long (from north to south).

 

Argentina is formally named the Argentine Republic (in Spanish: República Argentina). It limits Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.

Argentina's culture has been primarily influenced by its foreign roots. Most of the population is made up of descendants of Spanish, Italian and other European settlers.(Immigrants from Europe came to Argentina in big waves especially around World War I and II).

The official language is Spanish. Nearly 37 million people live in our country, but almost half of it's population live in the autonomous city of Buenos Aires and adjacent localities.

Currency = PESO ARGENTINO (roughly 1 USD = 8.5 Pesos)
Voltage = 220 v.
Religion = Christian (Roman Catholic)

Argentina is typically known for being the land of the asados, gauchos, polo, soccer, agriculture, mate, wine and tango, must also be identify by being a "World Class Fly Fishing Destination".

What makes Argentina fit into this Category?

The answer is simple, and to explain it, we are going to focus on the big area known as Patagonia, where most of the trout fishing is done.

With a surface of approximately 787.000 km2 (almost the third part of the total surface of Argentina), Patagonia Argentina is located at the southern corner of the American Continent. As a region it includes the following provinces; Neuquen, Rio Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz, Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Islands on the Atlantico Sur (highlighted in the map in red).

 

Running along the west border, the Andes mountain range are the main fresh water source for all Patagonia, and the origin of some of most beautiful crystal clear rivers.

Trout & Salmon species are not native to Argentina. They were brought here years ago, more exactly in 1904, as an experiment conducted by the La Plata Museum.

No one knew exactly what was going to be the result of the stocking. The rivers and lakes looked like a promissing habitat populated at that point just by native species like the criolla trout ("perca"), the patagonian pejerrey or silver arrow, puyen and peladilla but none had real sport value.

The results were surprising. The adaptation of these fish was excellent, finding in our pristine waters an amazing habitat. Their numbers increased very fast, spreading themselves in all our Andean river system, and since those days, their genes remain wild and intact.

Thanks to those visionary people, today, our rivers hold a prolific healthy population of wild German Browns, McCloud-strain Rainbows, Sebago Land-locked Atlantic Salmon and Eastern Brookies providing some of the "finest fly fishing around the world"

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