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August 19th, 2016 - steffen


Salmon Junkies hosted weeks in prime period January

Las Buitreras 2017

D. 7 – 14 Jan. – 10 rods

D. 14 – 21 Jan. – 10 rods

The matchless Rio Gallegos meanders more than 360km through desolate pampa wastelands before if finally merges into the raging Atlantic Ocean close to the straight of Magellan. In its ineffable beauty a journey worth itself, it becomes the cynosure of dedicated anglers worldwide as soon as the winter ice melts to expose the rivers so sought after Sea-run Brown trout. While their sheer size of up to 30lb+ leaves anglers and spectators alike overwhelmed, it’s their raging temper beyond compare that feeds the addiction of getting connected to these fish. Believe me when saying that no place you will find stronger and more broadsided Sea Trout than in Rio Gallegos. Las Buitreras lodge is home to the most productive beats on the Rio Gallegos, consisting of over 40 kilometers of both sides private water comprising over 50 named pools!

The Las Buitreras section of this stunning river is our own little chrome treasure and once it grab holds of you it never lets go. The fishing is exciting and varied with pools ranging from deep stony runs to cut banks and streamy shingle flats. Relatively shallow, the river makes for easy wading, obviating the need for fast sinking lines and creating an exciting and challenging fishing environment. Fishing is mainly done using 7 or 8 weight single hand rods OR light double hand rods in weight 6, 7 or 8. Floating or slow intermediate lines are the most used and efficient lines but it can be good to bring some sink tips as back up.


Estancia Las Buitreras offers a perfect blend between luxury and rustic atmosphere. The very comfortable estancia is located a 10 minute walk from the river offering a wind protected haven from the wind plagued open plains of Patagonia. The 6 double and 2 single-bed rooms are all equipped with private bathrooms with showers for your comfort and convenience. The lodge holds a wine cellar with a fantastic selection from the Mendoza and San Juan regions. Outside there is a huge veranda, perfect for the after fishing beer or glass wine, a spacious courtyard that is protected from the wind, and a large, stone grill and terrace for assado’s (barbeques). Beer and the high quality locally produced House wine is included in the lodge rate. Evenings are often spent in the very spacious lounge area where you will be served the beverage of your choice, along with food and snacks while sharing todays and probably some old but gold fishing episodes with your fellow guests. Wi-FI is available in the lodge 8 am to 6 pm every day.

Price 5950 USD per rod 6 days fishing / 7 nights accommodation, all meals, airport pickup/drop off in Rio Gallegos

2017 Dates for our two prime weeks

D. 7 – 14 Jan. – 10 rods

D. 14 – 21 Jan. – 10 rods

For more information please contact

If you´re looking for the biggest Sea run brown trout in the world I guarantee that Las Buitreras won’t disappoint you. The program contains everything a dedicated Spey Junkie is dreaming about – Let´s go guys.


The Biggest Sea run Char in the world – a guarded secret for a very limited number of rods

August 11th, 2016 - steffen


Fishing the Ekaluk is a yearly event and a guarded secret for a number of repeat guests from all over the world.

The Ekaluk is perhaps the most prolific fishery available to the traveling spey geek today. During a short few weeks, well in excess of 80.000 silver bright fish (DFO Statistics). in absolute prime condition enter the Ekaluk river. Some of the Char can reach 25 – 30Lb.

The overall experience is rare and remarkable — so much more than a fishing trip; an adventure every serious fly-swinger should put on their must-do-at-least-once list. This season Columbus Leth will join us our teams and during October / November Salmon Junkies will release a film from this unique and pristine place.

Going for the Green Water

2017 booking open for the biggest and strongest Salmon in the world

August 4th, 2016 - steffen


Chinook: Salmon Junkies offer the best Chinook weeks where you will be able to fish Skeena mainstem and select tributaries also in a full 6-day package, in company of some of the best and most hardcore BC guides available. In our search for the Biggest fresh Chinook Salmon in the world we target Classified water like Kalum, Copper, together with Skeena and Kitimat rivers for Chinook averaging 20 to 50 pounds and ranging up to 80 pounds, and beyond. (The biggest Skeena Chinook have been known to reach 100 pounds!). The Classified Copper river is a classic, mid-sized fly fishing stream with miles of great swinging water and boulder and cobble runs. The Copper hosts a prolific run of Chinooks and extremely hot early returning Summer-Run Steelhead. The Kalum (also Classified water) is a mid-sized river that holds fish tight to its seams and offers a chance at truly large Chinook beyond 50 pounds. The Kitimat is a small to mid-sized river with cobble and gravel pools well-suited to swinging flies Fishing for these powerful fish please make sure you bring a serious fly reel with min 300 meters of fresh backing line or be ready to have your butt kicked hard.

What to expect

Besides having the hottest, strongest Chinook in the world, there is so much to describe that is part of the total experience at the Skeena. We hope that we with our small films will give you a flavor of what to expect from this remarkable place.

Please also check our latest News letter

Open rods – Prime weeks 2017

24/6 – 1/7 – 3 open rods

1/7 – 8/7 – 2 open rods

8/7 – 15/7 – 3 open rods

For more information please contact Steffen Juhl –


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Why not “Switch” next season!

July 26th, 2016 - steffen

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What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you were fishing light and fine but you had the length and power of a Spey rod? What if you could cast a big juicy Salmon or Steelhead fly eighty feet without any fuss, and still had a feeling that your where fishing a single handled rod

There’s been a lot of talk in the past couple of years about switch rods – lightweight double-handed rods in the 11 1/2 to 12 foot range that are designed for both two-handed and overhead casting. To be honest, the switch rod thing seemed some years back to be a little gimmicky, but today it has become an awesome and very serious weapon in many Spey Warriors “weapon arsenal”

  • Switch rods are really fun. Most switch rods live in the 6 to 8 weight world, and small rods mean little physical effort. Add lightweight to a multitude of different Spey-oriented and overhead casts, and you get lots of variety and lots of fun – Here is some of the reasons
  • Switch rods are effective for more than swinging. The classic sunken swung fly presentation works great with a switch rod. Switch rods are great tools for fishing Dry flies and hitch patterns on floating lines. The extra length of a switch rod means incredible line control, whether slowing down a swing, steering that flesh fly into and out of a snag, or skittering that hopper all over the surface of the bucket.
  • You can fish small water with switch rods. You already know that we think spey casting is fun, but full-on spey outfits, even in light weights, are just too long for small rivers, side channels and small tributaries
  • If you have back and shoulder problems when casting your big Stick try a Switch rod – It is far effortless fishing a Switch rod and you will discover that you will get more fishing hours without muscle and shoulder pain
  • You can handle big Salmon and Steelies as easy as with any big Spey rod – by putting side pressure into the fish
  • Switch rods will make you a better spey caster, because you can do it more. Great, you fish a spey rod for a week in June on Grand Varzuga and then for a week in September on the Umba. What about the rest of the year? If you live near decent-sized trout water, you can fish a switch rod for a lot of the year. Making those spey casts year-round will make you a lot better at it.
  • Switch rods will make you a better spey caster, because these little rods are unforgiving. There’s no two ways about this one – it’s a lot easier to spey cast a big long stick for a 9 weight than it is to cast an 11 foot for a 6 weight. You don’t want to learn spey casting on a switch rod. So why in heck is this a good thing? Mistakes can be overcome with those big, long traditional spey rods. If you’re fishing a lightweight switch rod and you pull your anchor, or leave too much line on the water, or try to over-power a cast, or commit any one of a number of other spey casting sins, the cast just won’t work. Yes, it’s hard at first, but fishing light, switch rods will definitely make you a far better spey caster, because you pay for your mistakes.

Switch rods add a lot of charm back into the Spey world dominated by big rods – Today I´m using Switch rods during the entire season. So why not “Switch” next season – I guarantee you will get a tons of fun out there.


For the die hard Spey Warriors – The hottest Salmon fishing in the world.

July 15th, 2016 - steffen


Any sea run addicted Spey geek should try to fish for Chinook Salmon at Skeena watershed, where the average weight are far higher than anywhere else in the world. Pound for pound the Skeena Chinook are 20 – 25% stronger than any Atlantic salmon. The heavy pull of a giant Skeena whopper grabbing your fly is something your will never forget, just remember to bring plenty of backing line as the furious runs from an angry Chinook will test every element of your skills and tackle.

Lastly let us not forget the breathtaking surroundings and the super professional guides who will share their most closely guarded secrets with you for a price 30 – 40% lower than any high class Salmon destination in the world.

Browse through Columbus Leth and Ulrik Boel Bentzen epic photos after a trip to Skeena where they landed 18 Chinook between them.

Our top team Ulrik Boel Bentzen and Columbus Leth who normally both are very modest guys, went flipping crazy and caught some really nice fish.

Biggest for Ulrik and Columbus was:

2 Salmon between 35 and 40 lb

3 Salmon between 30 and 35 lb.

2 Salmon between 25 and 30 lb

2 Salmon between 20 and 25 lb

And as a bonus – 8 “small guys” between 14 and19 lb.

Biggest Salmon caught last week was a 45Lb beast by “The King of Terrace” Mr. Sky Richard

If you want to join us next year for the meanest Salmon fishing in the world and the best available fishing guides on Skeena please contact me

Best wishes

Steffen Juhl

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