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With no less than three rivers to choose from, anglers can select the type of structure and surrounding they fish each session. Why not start your day by chasing resident browns in the upper sections of Rio Penitente or Rio Rubens, and end your day trying your luck with the larger sea-run browns in Rio Gallegos?

Species: Brown Trout, Sea-Run Brown Trout

Something for Everyone

The latest addition to our trout programs in southern Patagonia is Estancia Glencross, located in the Santa Cruz province of southern Patagonia on the high slopes of the magnificent Cordillera de Los Andes. This iconic estancia spans 85,000 hectares of land and is an active farm. Within the estancia’s borders, anglers have three different river systems to choose from, all containing resident brown trout as well as the occasional and much larger sea-run browns. At this location, anglers choose between light single-hand tackle to target resident brown trout and sea-runs that make it all the way up the Gallegos River and into the Rubens and Penitente tributaries, or, choose to fish for the much larger sea-run Browns (seatrout) of Rio Gallegos. The Glencross section of the most upper part of Rio Gallegos has some amazing pools for spey fishing. Apart from fishing, our guests have the opportunity to engage in other activities including horseback riding, hiking, Condor watching, and other excursions on request.



Fishing the Glencross

At Estancia Glencross, our guests have the opportunity to fish three different rivers, all characterized by their own unique scenery and structure. These rivers include the Rio Gallegos (the mainstream) and the Rubens and Penitente Rivers (both tributaries to the larger Rio Gallegos). The larger Rio Gallegos is considered one of the best sea-run brown trout fishing destinations on the planet, whereas the smaller tributaries offer anglers an unmatched opportunity to target browns.

The sections of the Rio Gallegos accessible to anglers at this destination are characterized by varying structures. While the upper sections feature weed beds, rocks, and backwaters, the lower sections look more like a traditional southern Patagonian sea trout river with cut banks and gravel banks. For those wanting to fish these sections, a light spey rod will come in handy. The Glencross section of Las Buitreras includes the most upper part of Rio Gallegos and offers some amazing pools for spey fishing. 

While fishing the tributaries (the Rubens and Penitente Rivers), anglers typically use single-hand rods and may employ several different methods, including swinging flies, casting into pockets, and strip streamers. Both tributaries feature smaller pools that are easier to cover and the upper section of the Rubens is surrounded by lenga trees making one feel as if they are fishing in a tropical jungle. Although the trout in the upper parts of the tributaries tend to be a little smaller in size compared to those found lower in the system, the surrounding scenery is out of this world. 

Given the diverse structure and landscapes, this location has to offer, anglers will not only get a chance to practice several types of trout fishing and techniques but will also experience one of the most iconic estancias in the Santa Cruz province, as well as some of the most beautiful landscapes southern Patagonia has to offer.



Estancia Glencross

Estancia Glencross is located in the Santa Cruz region of southern Patagonia, right on the border between Argentina and Chile. Positioned high on the slopes of the magnificent Cordillera de los Andes, Glencross offers fantastic scenery and invites guests to explore the surrounding area on foot or horseback.

The 85,000 hectare estancia is an active cattle and sheep ranch complete with a number of picturesque buildings, including a school, a library, sheep shearing station, bakery, stables, and more. Our guests stay at the main house on the property, referred to as the Estancia, a beautiful structure built in the traditional southern patagonian style. Apart from guest rooms, the estancia is complete with a main dining area, a separate lounge, and a large outdoor asado area (where Argentinian barbeques are held).

Tackle & Technique

Tackle & Technique

Sneak and Succeed

As always when fishing brown trout in clear, mostly shallow water, a stealthy approach is required. In certain sections of this destination, this means avoiding wading completely and in other areas, it means crouching down when approaching the pool or section you are about to fish. We recommend you make a soft cast, let the fly sink and swing for a second, then strip, strip, boom!

When fishing for resident browns up here it’s hard to go wrong with a smaller streamer or leech imitation. Leeches in particular seem to bring out the worst (or best) in these fish. Just like in Rio Gallegos, rubber leg nymphs also work exceptionally well. On calm days, drifting a dry or skating a surface fly can also be ridiculously fun and extremely effective. We also recommend bringing heavier nymphs to be able to drop the fly into some of the deeper holes that usually hold some bigger fish.

You’ll want to bring a standard single-hand rod in weight class 5 or 6 loaded with an easy-to-cast floating line, which will enable you to cover and fish most of the water at this site. One exception is the lower part of the Rio Gallegos, where a 7 or 8 weight rod is to be preferred, alternatively a light number 6 or 7 spey rod. A little bit wider, this section is more exposed to wind and holds more sea-run brown trout which can weigh up to 30 lbs. Landing one of these is a hard enough task on any rod.

The Beginning of Everything

Estancia Glencross is located in southern Patagonia, Argentina, near the Chilean border. Here Solid Adventures offers a fly fishing program for resident brown trout as well as sea-run brown trout (seatrout). The estancia has private access to the most upper part of the Gallegos River (Rio Gallegos), as well as the two tributaries Rubens and Penitente that come together to form the Gallegos River. The season runs from late January to early April and can be booked as a half-week or full-week trip. It is popular to book Glencross as a combo trip with a week at Las Buitreras, which is located a 2-hour car drive from Glencross.

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Phone: +46 76-166 26 29