Rio Manso Lodge

We admit it. We can be snobby when it comes to trout fishing

Because we live in Idaho where world-class streams are a short drive away. But Rio Manso Lodge made us go “whoa, check that out.”

It wasn’t just the trophy rainbows, browns and brook trout, nor the spring creeks with snow-capped Patagonian peaks in the background. It was also the fishing season, which in Argentina runs from the beginning of November until the end of April, opposite of North American trout destinations.

In fact, if you want summer fishing, it’s January through March in Argentina. (Yeah, it hurts wrapping our heads around that, too)

This is a full-blown, trout-fishing lodge experience with the big meals and fine spirits for which Argentina is famous, which you will need after a day of fishing with this crew.

They boast nine to 10-hour days on the water pursuing fish, so there’s no confusion where their priorities lie. Whether you’re casting a speck-sized dry fly or a bird-sized streamer, there’s a slab-sided trout lurking and waiting to do battle with you.

And about now you should be saying “yeah, bring it on.”

Emerald waters