SPORT FISHING HOLIDAYS IN THE CHILEAN PATAGONIA
Fishermen are often surprised that a region with no native salmonid species could evolve into one of the greatest trout and salmon destinations in the world. This is the case of the Chilean Patagonia. Countless rivers and lakes along the southern portion of Chile’s 6435 km of coastline provide ideal habitat for flourishing trout and salmon populationswhich were originally introduced.
In fact, while populations of chinook salmon are in decline throughout much of North America, they are flourishing and expanding throughout the Chilean Patagonia. For years Chilean fishermen and guides have fished for chinooks almost exclusively with spinning gear. However, in recent years as new fly gear and techniques have been introduced, they have begun to recognize the potential of many Chilean rivers for great fly fishing for chinooks as well.
In any case, if fishermen have discovered Chile as a world class sport fishing destination, it is primarily due to the incredible trout fishing in many of its rivers. Abundant rainbows and or browns on large dry flies have become the hallmark of Chile as a world class fly fishing destination.
Below is a selection of some of a few of our favorite fly fishing destinations in Chile.
OUR DESTINATIONS IN CHILE
The Paloma River offers excellent fishing for rainbow and brown trout on the dry fly. Average sizes range from 35 to 50 cm, with good chances for trout in the 60 cm+ category. Unlike other destinations in Chile which require a lot of driving to get to the fishing, here most of the fishing is just minutes away from the lodge.
Located in a region of temperate rainforests in nothernmost part of Chile’s Patagonia, the Puelo offers great fishing for chinook salmon and large rainbow trout. A fine lodge with friendly experienced staff roundout one of the best value fishing programs you will find anywhere in Chile.
Lake Yelcho has gained world-wide fame for fantastic dry fly fishing for very large trout during massive dragonfly hatches during the summer. The Yelcho River is the perfect complement to the lake providing fine fishing for enormous chinook salmon as well great sight fishing with small dries and nymphs for abundant rainbows and browns.
Located in one of the regions of Chile with the least sport fishing pressure, the Chucao Rosselot Lodge is a worldclass destionation. If you are looking for good fishing for trout and chinook salmon in one of the most beautiful prestine areas of the Chilean Patagonia.
Tierra del Fuego’s Rio GRande is probably the best place in the world to catch a trophy size sea-run brown trout. However, the Chilean side of the island also offers incredible fly fishing for resident trout in other rivers and lakes.
Located in one the most beautiful areas of the Chilean Patagonia, the Baker River is oneof the finest rainbow trout fisheries in the country. The extraordinary scenery around the lodge with the majestic turquoise colored Baker River surrounded by the intense green of the coigue forests and glaciar strewn mountains in the background is reminiscent of Alaska.