Barra Mansa, Pantanal, Brazil
Fisherman’s Quarters: A traditional farm in the Pantanal, the largest wetlands on the planet. From simple, comfortable accommodation, experience local culture, authentic Pantanal cooking and intimate encounters with nature.
What’s the Catch: Catch and release fly-fishing on the Rio Negro, home to an abundance of dourados, catfish, piraputangas, piaus and pacus. Head out for a peaceful day in 16ft motor-boats (limited numbers make this very exclusive) with expert guides who know every curve of the river.
Wow Factor: Take a private charter flight into the lodge for a breathtaking panoramic view over the Pantanal.
Whatever the Weather: April to June (Vazante Season) is the best time for sport fishing. The crystal-clear waters of the Vazante do Castelo flow behind the hotel – perfect for canoeing, refreshing river baths and spotting colourful fish.
Take a Break: Relax in your outdoor hammock listening to the mesmeric sounds of birdlife surrounding the lodge. For adventure; exclusive guides will take you canoeing, horseback riding through savannahs and salt-water lakes, and on gentle boat trips to bathe in the river – look out for the otters who love to play!
Fisherman’s Quarters: Rustic lodge overlooking the Chimehuin River on a 50,000-acre working cattle ranch in Northern Patagonia’s Lake District.
What’s the Catch: Fly-fishing for rainbow and brown trout – their typical fish average 14-20 inches, but each season they catch monster browns close to 30 inches.
Wow factor: More than 17 miles of private riverfront; the finest trout waters on the planet and the best guides in the business.
Whatever the Weather: For perfect fishing conditions in Patagonia, travel November – May.
Take a Break: Cattle herding on horseback with gauchos, hiking through forests to picnics on the lake and stag and boar hunting in March/April. Follow this with peaceful evenings reading and chatting by a roaring fire with Malbec aplenty.
Fisherman’s Quarters: Explore the Peruvian Amazon in style on board a luxurious 16-suite yacht, Aria Amazon, taking you far deeper into the forest than if you were to stay on dry land.
What’s the Catch: First-rate local guides lead expeditions in motorised skiffs to fish for piranha and spot a bewildering variety of birds and mammals.
Wow Factor: You’re in for a chance of spotting rare pink river dolphins.
Whatever the Weather: Travel from May to October when it’s dry and cool.
Take a Break: The Amazon is wonderfully rich in wildlife – don’t forget your binoculars as you take boat rides or hikes into the forest to spot monkeys, sloths, toucans and macaws. Your naturalist guide will teach you the wonders of the forest, pointing out flora and fauna unique to the Amazon.
Uman Lodge, Chile
Fisherman’s Quarters: Guests are completely spoiled by sensational Patagonian scenery through huge panoramic windows at luxury lodge, Uman. Warm and spacious with a relaxed atmosphere, this is a stunning rural escape where days are spent enjoying outdoor adventures and making the most of wild surroundings.
What’s the Catch: Fly-fishing for landlocked salmon and rainbow trout on the crystal-clear waters of the Futaleufu River (rarely occupied, its water doesn’t contain pression, which makes it easier to fish) and Lake Yelcho.
Wow Factor: White water raft over the Futaleufu’s thundering turquoise waters passing steep canyon walls, snow-capped mountains and pristine forests for an adventurous arrival into Uman Lodge.
Whatever the Weather: Fly-fishing season in Patagonia runs from November – May.
Take a Break: Stunning hiking and mountain biking in the Huemules Reserve Futaleufu, and full-day horse-rides through the woods to reach pristine beaches – perfect for a BBQ picnic.
Fisherman’s Quarters: Expect an authentic experience of Costa Rican culture and nature at this traditional farm-stay. Privately owned and run, you’re instantly part of the family, learning about life on the farm from the local Sabaneros (cowboys) and heading out on endless adventures into the surrounding national park.
What’s the Catch: Fresh-water fishing on a beautiful lake, just a short walk from the traditional farm house.
Wow Factor: Volcano views during fishing; sumptuous BBQ’s of fresh-catch after fishing!
Whatever the Weather: The best time to travel to Costa Rica is December – April (dry season).
Take a Break: We know from experience that Hacienda Montezuma offers the best horse-riding in Costa Rica. Explore beautiful forests at the foothills of nearby volcanoes and spot elusive wildlife in the trees. You can also enjoy hiking, picnics in the jungle, paddle boarding and yoga. Your host, Floriana Acosta, will take you to watch the bull-riding and music shows in town offering a real insight into local life.
Fisherman’s Quarters: Fly into this stylish lodge in the heart of the Ibera Marshlands, built specifically to enjoy the most exciting game fishing in the world; the freshwater dorado.
What’s the Catch: The lodge is strategically located in the southern tip of the Ibera wetlands; where the marsh and Corriente River ecosystems converge and the fish are positively teeming. With three million acres of largely unexplored marshland, including creeks, rivers, crystal-clear lagoons and freshwater flats, zoom off on flats skiffs in search of your catch.
Wow Factor: Exciting night expeditions into the marshlands.
Whatever the Weather: Travel between December and May to enjoy the Dorado season. December and January are the warmer months.
Take a Break: The wetlands are beautiful to explore on horseback. For a chilled afternoon, the swimming pool is the perfect spot. You might be distracted by the cacophony of over 250 bird species that call the wetlands home, decorating the skies with splashes of colour.
Location: At the southern-most point of Argentine Patagonia lies Tierra del Fuego, one of the great unspoilt wildernesses of the world and the ultimate location for sport fishing in South America.
What’s the Catch: Fly-fishing for sea-trout on the Rio Grande.
Wow Factor: Extraordinary scenery of snow-capped mountain peaks and crystalline lakes, immense glaciers and windswept steppe.
Whatever the Weather: For sport fishing in Tierra del Fuego, travel November – April.
Take a Break: This wilderness is calling out to be explored. Take an expedition across ice fields, or hop into the saddle and ride from estancia to estancia enjoying beautiful scenery.