Kooi Noom - Rainbow Trout, Argentina
An exciting new destination from which to fish for monstrous rainbow trout.
Nestled in the foothills of the Andes in the province of Santa Cruz in southern Argentina is a fantastic trophy trout fishery. Kooi Noom - literally translated as ‘the path of the fish’ - is for the adventurous angler who seeks the challenge of hard-fighting rainbows beneath a vast and sometimes unforgiving backdrop. The estancia is 50,000 acres of varied, rugged terrain offering an immense amount of private fishing - some of which is still be to unearthed.
Kooi Noom consists of three lakes, two rivers and a stunning creek offering access to miles of prime fishing. The season runs fruitfully here from November to April. Versatility is the main virtue here; Kooi Noom’s combination of moving and still water hold very different challenges. If the elements are against you and the famed Patagonian wind too high to fish the main lake, guides can relocate you to the rivers or creeks. If you would rather concentrate on highly technical pocket fishing then you can do so, or if an easier afternoon on a pool with less gradient or a creek near the estancia is in order than this can be found too.
The main lake (Quiroga Chico) offers shore and bay fishing along its coastline. Its inhabitants are hard-fighting rainbows of up to 25lbs which will run repeatedly. The main river (Rio Capitan) flows out of the big lake and flows some 5 miles dropping steeply towards the estancia. Numerous pools along its length hold fish in the 5 and 20lbs range. Two smaller lakes (Lagunas) can be sight-fished, especially later in the season when dry flies become the advised method.
The surrounding estancia is overlooked by the majestic Andes. The surrounding flora and forma is remarkable and we would happily put together a riding and hiking program for the non-fisher.
The comfortable lodge is reached by decent road from the glacial town of El Calafate. The traditional settlers house has a capacity for 6 fishermen in 3 double bedrooms with private bathrooms, all powered by two on-site wind turbines that provide 24 hour electricity. It has a fantastic wine list and the chef prepares delicious Argentine fare such as lamb on an open fire or an asado. Brothers Alex and Nico Trochine are behind the operation and their passion is almost tangible; time spent here would be well spent indeed.