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After our stay at Challhuaquen Lodge at Los Alerces National park, we drove 150 miles north to the Rio Manso Lodge, in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National Park, near Bariloche, Argentina. Another adventure fishing, hiking, boating, bird-watching, and glacier gazing. We had an incredible time in Patagonia. Big trout, great food, welcoming staff and guides, beautiful lakes and rivers surrounded by the Andean peaks of Patagonia; what's not to love? Find these photos on Flickr here.

Nahuel Huapi National Park

Nahuel Huapi National Park

The park, located near Bariloche, is the oldest National Park in Argentine Patagonia. The lodge is 30KM up a dirt road from this entrance.

Chain of lakes

Chain of lakes

As we drove in to Rio Manso Lodge, we saw several large lakes

Razor Ridges

Razor Ridges

Typical of Patagonia

Mountain Lakes

Rio Manso Lodge

Rio Manso Lodge

Another log fishing lodge, this one had eight guest rooms.

Rio Manso

Rustic log lodge

Rustic log lodge

With an attentive staff, wonderful food, and great fishing.

Rio Manso & Lago Fonck

Rio Manso & Lago Fonck

On this map, you can see the Rio Manso, and Lake Fonck

Fog rolls in at dawn

Fog rolls in at dawn

This is the view from the lodge. You can see Tronador with its glaciers in the distance. It sits on the border with Chile. The fog rises from the lakes near the lodge.

Headed out to fish

Massive old growth forests

Massive old growth forests

Lake Fonck was surrounded by deciduous trees that have never been logged. Massive trees along the shore provide shade for the fish, Huge logs fallen into the lake provide cover.

Reflections of Tronador

Reflections of Tronador

Tronador is an extinct volcano in the southern Andes, located along the border between Argentina and Chile, near the Argentine city of Bariloche.

Lava tubes where condors nest

Lava tubes where condors nest

You can see the angular tubes formed by cooling lava. Andean Condors nest here.

Still waters of Lake Fonck

Still waters run deep

Sight fishing for Rainbows

Sight fishing for Rainbows

In the morning, big Rainbows troll along the shore feeding.

First catch of the day

First catch of the day

Throw a big black hopper in front of the cruising fish and watch him sip in the fly. Boom!

Ringed Kingfisher joins the fun

Kingfisher in flight

Try to cast here

Try to cast here

Our guide, Niko, said, "Put it in the shadows." Easier said than done.

Gnarly trees

Gnarly trees

The trunk of that branch is larger than most trees. Genie was in the boat again, taking pictures of the lake, the birds, and the fish.

Great Grebes swim by

Grebe in the lake

Rainbow time

Rainbow time

Sight-casting to big trout and catching them on the surface is as good as it gets in fly fishing. 22" Rainbow.

Andean Condor soars

Andean Condor soars

While out fishing, we saw this Condor swooping over the lake.

Andean Condor time

Immature Condor over Lago Monck

Immature Condor over Lago Monck

In these shots, you can see some white on his head, a sign of an immature condor.

Floating the Rio Manso

Floating the Rio Manso

On our second day fishing, Niko rows a raft down section six of the Rio Manso. Genie came along to take pictures, enjoy the scenery and the whitewater rapids.

Tero or Southern Lapwing

Tero or Southern Lapwing

We saw these guys everywhere

Small fry

Small fry

Incredibly productive river. I caught 35 or more Rainbows on the surface, and three Browns on a streamer. Three of the Rainbows were 12-15", the rest were under 10"

Black-Crowned Night Heron

Rio Manso carves through mountains

Ridges above the river

Cormorant on a branch

Neotropic Cormorant

I look scary

Off I go

Off I go

Check out his reflection in the river

Here come the rafters

Here come the rafters

One of the options for Genie besides fishing was rafting. She said, "I'm perfectly happy to ride in a fishing raft and let Niko row."

Fishing and floating

Lunch on the gravel bar

Lunch on the gravel bar

Each day, the guides would set a table, wine glasses and silverware, before spreading out our lunch.

Casting into the current

Ready the net

Green flowing waters

Peaks and clouds

Ready for the rapids

Torrent Duck in the rapids

Torrent Duck in the rapids

Genie spotted and photographed an endangered Torrent Duck fishing in the rapids.

Feeding in the Whitewater

Feeding in the Whitewater

This rare Torrent Duck only feeds in the fast water

Beautiful Torrent Duck

Rowing the rapids

What scenery

Casting to shore

Bathtub in the rock

Bathtub in the rock

Under the water, you can see a big round pothole that has eroded away in the current.

White ridges

Driving back to the lodge

Cara Cara on the water's edge

Wading the Rio Manso

Wading the Rio Manso

The next day we floated another section of the Manso. Here we stopped to wade a gravel bar. This was the only cloudy, rainy, windy day of the whole two weeks.

Slow fishing day

Slow fishing day

Only caught a couple of fish this day

Day of Birding

Day of Birding

The lodge arranged an guide to take us on a day of bird-watching while we drove up to the foot of Tronador.

Chimango Caracara

Tronador & it's glaciers

Tronador & it's glaciers

We drove up to the base of Tronador one day to see the origin of the Rio Manso.

Glacial Lake

Glacial Lake

We stopped halfway up the road to the Tronador Glaciers at a beautiful old lodge on this glacial lake.

Beauty of nature

Beauty of nature

The Rio Manso starts at the glacier on Tronador, and flows with silt through the first couple of lakes.

Flowers, lakes and mountains

Flowers, lakes and mountains

The silt drops out in these lakes, and below that, the river and lakes are clear.

Impressive views

Genie and Gregg in Patagonia

Peek at Tronador

Shades of Blue

Cara Cara looks on

Beautiful flower gardens

Red Beauty

Red flower against blue water

Red flower against blue water

Although it looks like the sky is the backdrop, instead it is the lake

Flower bushes

Love the yellow

Ridges and snow

Rio Manso flows with silt

Rio Manso flows with silt

Here there is not clarity in the river water, it is full of glacial silt. No good fishing here.

Speckled Teals and Yellow-billed Pintails on a pond

Rufous-backed Negritos

On to Tronador

Ashy-headed Geese

Soaring raptor

Flock of Geese

Bird Bath

Rio Manso & Tronador

Glacier View

Glacier View

At the end of the road, you can see the eight glaciers clinging to Tronador

Snow & Ice

Waterfalls coming off the glaciers

Waterfalls coming off the glaciers

With temps in the 90's, there were waterfalls everywhere coming off the various glaciers.

Retreating Glaciers

Retreating Glaciers

Just two years ago, our guide told us, the glacier extended to the left edge of this picture. Glaciers across the world are in retreat.

Black Glacier feeds glacial lake

Black Glacier feeds glacial lake

The locals call this the black glacier because of the rock and dirt covering the ice. Ground up rock released into the lake as silt, forming the headwaters of the Rio Manso

Hanging lake and waterfall

Waterfalls

Glacier pushes over a cliff

Flanks of Tronador

Glacial carved valleys

Glacial carved valleys

The U-shaped valleys show the glaciers once went far down the valley, scraping away the rock, leaving wide valleys.

Magnificent Mountain

Panorama of Tronador

Panorama of Tronador

Only a panorama can capture the whole mountain from here.

Chingolo

Patagonian Sierra Finch

Austral Blackbird

Back to Lago Fonck

Back to Lago Fonck

for a last day of fishing

John boat fishing

John boat fishing

With an odd number of fishermen, Genie could ride with me whenever she wanted. Glad she did, because she took most of the pictures in lakes and rivers.

Overhanging Tree

Reflections

Casting challenges

Casting challenges

Standing up on the deck of the boat, trying to cast under these overhanging branches into the shade proved quite the challenge.

Sight-casting

Sight-casting

Spotted this guy cruising, and laid a beetle on the surface in front of him

Avoiding the net

Avoiding the net

As soon as you reeled them close to the boat, they would bold. They did not like the net.

Nice Rainbow

Taking the fly

Fighting to get free

Another 20

And another

Beautiful in the water

Making a splash

Come to Papa

Crested Caracara looks for a handout

Crested Caracara looks for a handout

We had lunch each day on the same gravel bar. The birds came looking for a handout.

Sunset on Tronador

Moonrises in the Night Sky

Moonrises in the Night Sky

as we end our marvelous adventure in Patagonia.

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