Fly fishing in Chile has dramatically improved over the past decade and the trout fishing shows no signs of slowing down. The seasoning of quality local guides, exploration of trout waters, commitment to excellence in service, and a variety of fishing options each adds to Chile’s fantastic trout fishing. Currently, the variety of fly fishing options includes luxury fishing lodges, a mother ship, helicopter fly outs, and rustic style accommodations. Today, the selection of trout fishing lodges and locations in Chile are almost as varied as New Zealand.
The best fly fishing lodges in Chile presently exist in approximately a 100-mile radius of Coyhaique, which is serviced by the airport in Balmaceda, a 2-hour flight south of Santiago. We represent a wonderful collection of outfitters in Chilean Patagonia, including El Saltamontes, Spanish for “The Grasshoppers,” an idyllic, private ranch with outstanding dry fly fishing on the Nireguao River; Posada de los Farios, a small, intimate lodge fishing the lower Cisnes River, which offers optional fishing trips to the coastal fjords of Chile for big sea run rainbow trout and salmon.
Experienced, energetic local Chilean fly fishing guides from the Coyhaique area, a strategic location, and a magnificent new lodge gives Cinco Rios Lodge it’s reputation of a top Coyhaique fly fishing lodge. In addition to their superior guides and luxurious accommodations, Cinco Rios has easy access to an amazing amount of potent trout streams, including (but not limited to) the Paloma, Azul, Magote, Blanco, Simpson, Deseques, Pica Fina, Aysen, Nireguao and Manihaules Rivers. There is enough water here to satisfy a lifetime of trout fishing.
Estancia del Zorro, the sister lodge to Cinco Rios, is located on a private ranch near the Chile – Argentina border. In addition to a productive spring creek on the ranch, which holds brown trout to 30 inches, Estancia del Zorro guests enjoy trout fishing Patagonia on a variety of small creeks and streams loaded with smaller brown and rainbow trout, as well as access to larger rivers in the Coyhaique area.
Paloma River Lodge, located in the beautiful Paloma River Valley, offers opportunities for big brown and rainbow trout on the dry fly. The fishing area starts 200 yards from the front door on the Paloma River and extends over a diverse watershed. To access the trout fishing, the lodge uses horses, four-wheel-drive vehicles, jet-powered skiffs, and rafts, allowing each angler to customize his fishing experience. Paloma River Lodge offers private rooms, and accommodates only 6 anglers per week.
Futa Lodge, located on Chile’s Futaleufu River, is a delightful, small, authentic Chilean lodge set in Southern Chile’s countryside. Futa Lodge primarily fishes the Futaleufu River for native brown trout, rainbow trout, and the occasional sea run trout, but also offers excellent trout fishing on some smaller nearby rivers and lakes.
Yan Kee Way Lodge is an exquisite facility in Chile’s lake district, on the banks Lago Llanquihue. Yan Kee Way has transformed into an exclusive retreat to meet the needs of guests who want privacy, exclusivity, and luxurious amenities. Yah Kee Way is perfect for larger groups who aren’t afraid to pay for the price of luxury and want quality trout fishing and eco-tour opportunities close at hand.
Tres Rios, located just outside of Puerto Montt in the town of Puerto Varas, offers a variety of fly fishing opportunities, including fishing around Lago Llanquihui and the Petrohue River, trout fishing road trips to the Chaiten and Coyhaique areas, and helicopter fly out trips. Tres Rios is great for adventurous anglers or groups looking for serious fishing and a family style hospitality.
Nomads of the Seas is an exciting luxury mother ship operation, providing exploratory fishing trips into the wild coastline of Chilean Patagonia. The custom-built mother ship, complete with heli-pad and a fleet of jet boats, allows trout fisherman access to the previously un-fished waters of coastal Chile and non-anglers extreme comfort and wilderness tours. Guests stay in super deluxe accommodations and anglers target brown trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon.
Call for details. We’ll be happy to help you decide which lodge and fishery is best for you.