The favorable conditions of the different habitats make them a popular choice for both keen anglers and experts at more sophisticated catch and release techniques.
Junín de los Andes is well-known for its wide range of sites where fishing is the main sport. The mere mention of Chimehuín brings to mind the most famed fly fishing river in the world for rainbow and brown trout.
Its expanse comprises really different, albeit excellent, angling locations. Three places stand out: the mouth of the Chimehuín and the upper and lower Chimehuín. The plateau or great rocky wall areas resulting in fast flowing waters and pools require varied techniques.
The source is accessed from the route. The most popular accesses are: the mouth, Piedra de los 11and Garganta del Diablo. Other frequently visited public accesses are: La Herradura fishing lodge, C.E.A.N. Curruhué, Curva del Manzano and Quilquihue. Parts of the lower stretch cannot be reached as they are in private property. Catch and release is mandatory as is the use of barbless hooks.
How to get here: You will find the accesses to the along Ruta Nacional 40 and Provincial 61 and 23.
Recommendations: Local outfitters are experienced floating and fishing guides for different methods and can provide the necessary equipment. They know the ins and outs of the season, the changes in the river and the rules and regulations. A fishing permit, granted by National Parks, is mandatory. It can be purchased at fishing stores and certain public offices.
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