Toon Ken Lodge
Toon Ken Lodge
The first brown trout were stocked in Tierra del Fuego by John Goodall in 1935. Shipped from Puerto Montt in Chile, 60,000 "Salmo Trutta" eggs survived the arduous journey, to be planted on the Candelaria and McLennan Rivers, both tributaries of the Rio Grande. These fish eventually found their way to the sea, possibly attracted by the rich nourishment of the estuary. These sea-run brown trout now complete the yearly migratory cycle of salmonids, spawning during the summer months in freshwater.
Salmo Trutta remain in the river for a period of time which ranges between 1 and 4 years until their first migration to the sea, where they will feed and grow for about 6 months before their first return to freshwater, weighing approximately 6 lbs. A trout which has completed four cycles of returning to freshwater can weigh over 20 lbs. The frequency with which they return to freshwater is also an indicator that the fish face very few threats whilst also providing a very real example of the benefits of Catch and Release.
Toon Ken Lodge was custom-built in 2003 to offer rods maximum comfort during their fishing trip, as well as easy accessibility to the pools. The lodge has a large living room that opens up to vistas of the Rio Grande river and accommodates up to 7 guests in 2 twin rooms and 3 single rooms, all with private bathrooms. There is also a large fireplace, well stocked bar, tackle shop, sauna, and outdoor Jacuzzi for guests to relax after a day outdoors.
Toon Ken offers wonderful cuisine based on local meats, fresh vegetable and delicious deserts. A traditional Asado (BBQ) will be held once during your stay, and you can sample different cuts of meat and wonderful salads. A full cooked breakfast will be available together with fresh fruits, yogurts, home baked breads and jams and a selection of cereals. Villa Maria's cellars feature a wonderful selection of fine wines from the Luigi Bosca Bodega, which will be served during lunch and dinner.
Transfer from Rio Grande airport to lodge (roundtrip); dinner wines; all fishing services including guiding, transportation, and fishing license where applicable.
To get to the Toon Ken Lodge, you will need to make reservations to and from Rio Grande, Argentina via Buenos Aires. You will likely need to overnight in Buenos Aires before departing on a morning flight to Rio Grande. A lodge representative will meet you at the Rio Grande airport and transport you to the lodge in a four wheel drive vehicle. Transfer from the airport to the lodge takes approximately 1.5 hours.
$5,795 per person per week