Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Port Howard: 4 nights. San Carlos: 2 nights. Stanley: 1 night.
Day 1 - 4: Arrive Mount Pleasant Airport early afternoon, reception by International Tours & Travel Ltd., and transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 9-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Port Howard, a flight of approximately 25 minutes. The relatively low level flying provides passengers with exceptional views of the Falklands coastlines and inland scenery. Port Howard Lodge with its well-manicured lawns, including a putting green, will be the ideal location from which to experience some of the best sea trout and Falkland’s mullet fishing the Islands has to offer. The Warrah River, situated about a 40 minutes drive from Port Howard Lodge, will be your destination for two days fishing. This is quite a short river but offers great sport fishing with a reputation for the size of its fish rather than for the numbers of them. The Warrah’s main tributary, Green Hill Stream, offers an alternative with several excellent pools. The Chartres River, just over one hours drive from Port Howard, is known for its consistent numbers of 3 to 6 pounders rather than the size of its fish. A pool not to be missed on one of your two day’s fishing on this river is Mrs Mac’s. Closer to Port Howard settlement the tidal waters of Bold Cove and Many Branch Creek and Harbour can also be fished. This destination also gives a chance to see one the Falklands few remaining large farms (and one of the most picturesque) in action, with a guided farm tour of the settlement taking in a visit to the shearing shed where the 76,000 hectare farm’s 38,000 sheep are shorn, the main “terminal” for the passenger ferry on West Falkland, the 1982 war museum, and perhaps dolphin spotting in the harbour.
Day 5 - 6: Transfer by FIGAS to San Carlos where you will be hosted at Kingsford Valley Farm enabling you to fish the San Carlos River where the record sized sea trout weighing 22lbs 12.5ozs was taken by Alison Faulkner from on 25 March 1992. Kingsford Valley Farm has two well appointed self-catering cottages in the heart of the settlement. Enjoy the freedom of catering for yourself or alternatively we can request a full board option from your hosts and you will enjoy your meals in the Farmhouse with your host family, or a half way house of home cooked pre-catered meals which are sent from Stanley and which you can heat and serve at your leisure. Visitors can also wander on-foot to the British cemetery from the 1982 Conflict, or visit the well-appointed museum which covers everything from World Wars to native flora and fauna, and gaucho culture from yesteryear.
Day 7: Transfer by FIGAS to Stanley. Following arrival at Stanley Airport and prior to your arrival at the centrally located hotel a city tour will take in both the historic and most modern parts of this small and remote capital city, as well as a visit to the museum and picturesque Gypsy Cove. Spend the afternoon exploring this colourful town and its picturesque environs or request that we arrange a last short fishing trip to the Murrell River to round off your week.
Day 8: Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle. Your route will take you past many of the 1982 battlefields and, more historically, relics from the gaucho era of the 1800’s.
Included in the itinerary:
• Full board accommodation (all meals included) at Port Howard Lodge, Kingsford Valley Farm and San Carlos.
• Hotel accommodation including breakfast at The Waterfront Hotel or the Malvina House Hotel, Stanley.
• All domestic flights • Airport transfers as listed.
• Excursions as listed : - Three day guided fishing at Port Howard (roundtrip transfers, ghillie, rod fees) - Walking farm tour at Port Howard - One day guided fishing at San Carlos (transfer, guide and rod fees) - City tour & museum visit in Stanley.
The following link, page 44, contains an interesting article written by Paul Sharman on his adventures of chasing sea trout in the Falkland Islands http://fishing-and-travel.com/magazine/fishing&travel05/#p=1