The region around Calafate has become famous for the huge Rainbow Trout that can be found in the lakes and rivers of this region.

First there was Jurassic Lake and now the Kooi Noom Lodge provides a high-end angling experience where you will be casting to Rainbow Trout of proportions found nowhere else in the world.

  • Season: November-April
  • Fly-fish for Trophy Rainbow Trout
  • Ideal for individuals or groups
  • Lake and river fly fishing options
  • Remote wilderness location
  • Average temperature: 0℃ in winter, 14℃ in warmer months

Kooi Noom lodge welcomed its first guests in 2013/14 and hasn't looked back. Following years of scouting this vast region Kooi Noom was established as a fishing lodge to provide a new fishing experience: a fully serviced lodge plus access to trophy sized Rainbow Trout in miles of private streams and lakes all set in one of Patagonia's untouched areas - once the home of the Tehuelches, an ancient indigenous Patagonian community who lived in one of the Earth's most desolate environments. Old stone age tools and arrow heads can still be found today: walk in their ancient footsteps whilst chasing Trophy Trout.

Kooi Noom is located on a beautiful family-run estancia only a few miles from the fishing grounds. The lodge offers an authentic Argentinian fishing experience and is ideally suited to cater for small groups. There are three double bedrooms with twins beds and private facilities. There is a dining room, and a cozy living room where anglers can relax after a long day's fishing. There is 24-hour electricity and the lodge has wifi access.

All the meals are prepared by the resident chef using traditional Argentinian ingredients and recipes paired with a selection of fine Argentinian wines.

This is the lodge for anglers wishing to chase large powerful Rainbow Trout in a truly outstanding location. Spectacular scenery, crystal clear water where you can stalk double figure Rainbow Trout. During a week's trip to the lodge you will be able to fish two lakes and two main rivers each having miles of untouched water and Trophy Rainbow Trout that have never seen a fly. These water produce a lot of food for the Trout and as a result they get big. These fish are comparable to the Strobel Lake (Jurassic Lake) Trout in size except that the fish live in an open water system so that they are free to swim the lakes and rivers.

The Kooi Noom waters system is composed of the Quiroga Chico Lake set high on a plateau and linked by a steep river to the lower lake. The lower lake is fed by a main river plus several smaller ribbon streams all holding good numbers of large Rainbow Trout. Last year, the largest Rainbow caught was a staggering 25lbs. There is also a smaller lake called Toro that carries a good number of medium sized Rainbow Trout and crystal clear stream that links to it.

Fishing is in the two main rivers that drain the lakes and both hold very large Rainbow Trout. So the lakes, the main rivers and the smaller feeder streams hold big fish. Fishing some of these smaller streams can result in spectacular action with Trout ranging from 3-15 lbs, some of the largest Rainbow Trout in Patagonia.

With many of these fish having never seen a fly before, streamers, nymphs and dry flies are all effective. Most of the fishing is walking and wading with access to the rivers and lakes via a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a boat on the lakes to access some streams. Most of the fishing is with single handed rods ranging from 3 to 8 weight but there are places where a lightweight spey rod or switch rod can be used.

A typical day starts with breakfast at 7:00am and leaving for the river around 8:00am, fishing until 1:00pm, then a Gourmet streamside lunch with Argentinian meats, cheeses, olives, fruits and vegetables. After lunch, enjoy a siesta before commencing fishing again until about 6:00pm when you return to the lodge for a shower, cocktails and then dinner around 9:00pm.

We would advise all anglers to take all the gear they need for the trip—rods, reels lines, waders, jackets and base layers, leaders, tippet and flies.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence.

Fly direct to Buenos Aires and depending on arrival time, you usually stay overnight. Next day take the internal three and a quarter hour flight to El Calafate. From there you will be met by a lodge guide who will transfer you to the lodge.


Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305


Contact: Gilly Bate
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Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816