Our Team

JERÓNIMO CANTÓN

A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE

Jerónimo’s journey as a fishing guide in Patagonia is deeply rooted in tradition and family legacy. Learning the craft from his father, a seasoned guide himself, Jerónimo began his professional career in 2002. His extensive experience includes working with renowned outfits like Raúl San Martín, Esquel Outfitters, and Estancia Tecka Lodge.

In 2001, his family established Krüger Lake Lodge in Los Alerces National Park, marking the start of Jerónimo’s guiding career alongside his father and the esteemed Raúl San Martín. This foundation paved the way for his collaborations with various top-tier fishing operations, honing his expertise and passion for Patagonian fishing. He is currently the President of the Chubut Fishing Guides Association.

Jerónimo’s interests extend beyond fishing; he’s an avid skier, whitewater kayaker, and rafter. His commitment to the river community is evident in his organization of river festivals in Patagonia, celebrating the love for rivers and promoting environmental stewardship and tourism.

In 2004, Jerónimo co-founded Adrenaline Frames, a leading company in Argentina specializing in aluminum frames for fishing and rafting boats. He manages this successful venture with his wife, Natacha. Together, they are the proud parents of Naomi and Zoe.

NICOLAS BOTTING

A JOURNEY OF ADVENTURE AND EXPERTISE

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Nicolás has always been drawn to the great outdoors. His early years were spent on his family’s ranch in La Pampa Province, where he developed a love for horseback riding and exploration. Summers in Esquel introduced him to fishing, while winters were filled with skiing adventures. It was in the early 1990s, while working at a lodge in the Esquel area, that Nicolás discovered his true calling as a guide.

Nicolás and his wife, Cecilia, share a mutual passion for adventure and service. Their journey took them to Chile and the Bahamas, where they gained invaluable experience co-managing top-tier fly fishing lodges like Bairs Lodge and Futa Lodge for Nervous Waters. After the birth of their children, they decided to settle in Buenos Aires.

Nicolás then took on the role of Manager at Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge, renowned for its location by Strobel Lake, famously known as Jurassic Lake. In 2023, he brought his wealth of experience to Patagonia Trout Outfitters, returning to his beloved Esquel area to share his expertise and passion.

NATACHA PARAMOSZ

The Heart of Our Operations

Natacha’s connection to nature began early, growing up in Argentina’s National Parks due to her father’s work. Her love for the outdoors was nurtured in Los Alerces National Park, where her father served as the park manager. Pursuing her passion for tourism, she studied Tourism Business Administration at the University of Patagonia and accumulated over 14 years of experience in both public and private sectors.

Today, Natacha is the operational heart of Patagonia Trout Outfitters, managing our office with a dedication to excellence and customer service that ensures every guest has a memorable experience.

DALMIRO CANTÓN

A LIFELONG ANGLER

Dalmiro’s passion for fly fishing ignited at the tender age of 6 in his native Cordoba. In 2001, at the age of 10, his family moved to Esquel and established the Krüger Lodge in Los Alerces National Park. Growing up in this idyllic setting, surrounded by experienced fishermen and guides, provided Dalmiro with the perfect environment to hone his skills. He took his first steps into guiding alongside his father and brother, learning the intricacies of the sport.

Dalmiro became a licensed guide in 2016 and spent several years working as a freelancer for various esteemed operations. In 2023, he joined the Patagonia Trout Outfitters team, bringing his wealth of experience and deep-rooted love for fishing. During the off-season, Dalmiro lives in Spain, where he has refined his hospitality skills as a maître. His dual expertise ensures that every guest enjoys a seamless and unforgettable experience.

MARTÍN MAJUL

MASTER ANGLER AND OUTDOORS ENTHUSIAST

Born in Córdoba, a region renowned for its challenging streams filled with rainbow trout, Martín Majul’s passion for fishing was ignited at a very young age. His summers were spent exploring the rivers and lakes from Esquel to El Bolsón with his uncle, which deepened his love for the sport.

While studying agronomy at the University of Córdoba, Martín worked as a professional rigger for local fly shops, further honing his skills. His guiding career began in the Trevelin area from 2005 to 2008. He then shifted to hunting pigeons in Córdoba and ducks in Santa Fe before permanently moving to Esquel in 2012. There, he worked as a guide for El Encuentro until 2019.

A fan of playing the guitar, Martín enjoys spending quality time with his young daughter, Malena, and continues to bring his extensive knowledge and passion for fishing to Patagonia Trout Outfitters.

FERNANDO BONFANTI

VETERAN GUIDE AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST

Fernando Bonfanti, a native of Esquel, has been immersed in the outdoors from a young age. He started his career as a fishing guide in 1990 and has been dedicated to sharing his love for fishing ever since.

Fernando’s expertise extends beyond fishing. With six years as a ski instructor and 16 years as a ski patrol, he has a wealth of experience in winter sports. Additionally, Fernando pursued his passion for flying and became a private pilot.

Known for his exceptional patience and guiding skills, Fernando is highly regarded in his field. He continues to provide unforgettable experiences for his clients, sharing his deep knowledge and passion for the Patagonian wilderness.

NICOLÁS JARA

FROM MOUNTAINS TO RIVERS

Born in Esquel in 1999, Nicolás Jara has always been a passionate athlete and nature enthusiast. His early years were spent mountain biking, following in his father’s footsteps, and cultivating a profound connection with the natural world. This love for the outdoors led him to discover a new passion—fly fishing.

Nicolás honed his skills during two seasons as an assistant fishing guide at Estancia Tecka Lodge, where he was mentored by exceptional guides, including Jerónimo Cantón. This invaluable experience paved the way for him to join the Patagonia Trout Outfitters team. Today, Nicolás is not only a dedicated fly fishing guide junior but also an accomplished fly tyer, committed to sharing his passion for the sport with others.

LEANDRO LEMA

STEWARD OF NATURE

Leandro’s deep-seated love for the great outdoors was nurtured from birth in Trevelin. Growing up in the National Park, where his father served as a park ranger, instilled in him a fervor for conservation and a profound respect for responsible fishing practices. This early exposure to nature ignited Leandro’s passion for fly fishing, which blossomed throughout his youth.

Leandro’s dedication to the sport led him to master the art of fly tying and develop the patience and skill required to guide others. His commitment to sharing the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia’s wilderness and his devotion to conservation make him an invaluable member of the Patagonia Trout Outfitters team.

NICOLÁS BESTENE

A LEGACY OF PATAGONIA

Nicolás, a fifth-generation native of Esquel, grew up amidst the rugged beauty of Patagonia. Raised on his family’s ranch, he embraced the lifestyle of cattle and sheep farming alongside his grandfather and brother. The vast steppes became his playground, teaching him the value of hard work and the profound connection between land and family.

During his teenage years, Nicolás assisted local veterinarians with horses and cattle, further deepening his bond with the land. At 17, he moved to Buenos Aires to study Business Administration and discovered a love for polo. The pandemic brought him back to his hometown, where he met his wife, Carolina, and they now have a son named Hilario.

Nicolás’s love for hosting horseback riding outings for friends and family at his family’s ranch developed the skills that he now brings to the Patagonia Trout Outfitters team. His rich heritage and deep connection to the land ensure that every guest experiences the true essence of Patagonia.

MARCOS FERRO

THE ESSENCE OF ENERGY AND INTENSITY

Marcos Ferro, embodies energy and intensity. As an Argentine adventure sports photographer, Marcos channels his passion and vigor into both his personal life and professional work. His profound love for nature and the people he encounters drives him to capture the communicative and aesthetic sides of landscapes and athletes in action, resulting in breathtaking images.

Marcos’s relentless pursuit of excellence began before he turned 20 when he left his native Esquel, Patagonia. Since then, he has traveled extensively, seeking opportunities to showcase the human spirit’s capacity to break boundaries in various disciplines.

As a mountain runner, Marcos’s passion for heights takes him to the snowy peaks of Latin America and Europe. He has participated in iconic trail running races like El Cruce de los Andes, The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail, Transvulcania, and Ultra Fiord, often with a camera in hand to capture the moment.

In 2023, Marcos joined the Patagonia Trout Outfitters team, bringing his expertise in photography and outdoor sports to enhance the adventure experience we offer.

CRISTINA BARTOLUCCI

BIRDWATCHING GUIDE AND NATURE LOVER

Originally from Buenos Aires, Cristina Bartolucci developed a love for nature early on, particularly for bird watching. She moved to Esquel in 2000 to pursue a degree in Biology.
Cristina has volunteered at Los Alerces National Park and worked as a trekking guide at Los Glaciares National Park. Since 2018, she has been a bird watching guide at Los Alerces National Park. She resides in Trevelin with her husband and daughter, who share her passion for the outdoors.

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