The Trafúl River flows out of Trafúl Lake just below Arroyo Verde’s magnificent lakefront cabin. From there it meanders through ancient forests and along striking volcanic cliffs before joining the equally-famous Limay River. Fishing on the Trafúl is strictly limited to guests of Arroyo Verde. Even the guides and staff don’t fish its turquoise waters. With so little fishing pressure, you might expect the fishing to be easy. However, the giant brown trout and landlocked salmon are notoriously picky, only heightening the experience for serious anglers.
Fishing the Trafúl is reminiscent of stalking wary trout in remote New Zealand. Clear water, long leaders, and spooky fish are the norm. The challenge of landing one of the Trafúl’s trophy fish doesn’t land there, however. Since much of the river flows through old-growth forest and only wade fishing is permitted, there is often little room for backcasts. Despite all the challenges, those anglers dedicated enough to spend time on this magnificent river are handsomely rewarded.
Guests may also choose to spend a day floating the nearby Limay. Well known for prolific insect hatches and plentiful pancora crabs, the Limay supports a very healthy trout population as well.