Paloma River, Patagonia – Chile
The Paloma River is very well known for providing stellar days of fishing and personal record trout being taken on dry flies. This area is known for it’s hatches of Darwin’s beetles, one of the largest beetles in South America. Fishing imitations of the beetle can be an extremely productive. The Paloma also provides some spectacular fishing on mouse flies even in broad daylight. Average sizes for Paloma River trout are between 14 and 19 inches, though there are many fish over 20 inches and it is not uncommon to get several shots at brown trout over 24 inches. A good day of fishing here will leave an everlasting impression on even the most experienced of anglers.
On the nearby Magote River, the trout are smaller, 10 to 16 inches but the action is fast and furious. Small dry flies and a light weight rod will provide you with a day to remember indeed. With 3 major lakes close by, we can go for some very large trout, if that is what you wish, sight casting to large cruising fish along the shores. With private access to a couple springs creeks, we can walk and wade for some technical stealth fishing, with small dry flies to large hidden browns. Close to the lodge there is an abundance of wild trout in a diverse habitat, providing great fishing for all, no matter the style of fishing you wish to do.
The lodge is an extremely comfortable 1980 square foot construction with 5 spacious client bedrooms, 3 with a queen size bed and private bathroom and 2 with 2 beds and private bath. Attending only six clients per week it is a great option to ensure small intimate groups. The bar is open to view from the dining room and the large living room, where fishing stories will be shared over a very nice selection of fine Chilean wines. The lodge is located in the Paloma River valley, just a one hour 25 minute drive northwest from the airport at Balmaceda and a one hour 30 minute drive southwest of Coyhaique.
We recommend the following gear: For the Paloma River: One #4 or #5 weight rod with floating line. An assortment of caddis fly imitations, especially elk hair caddis in sizes 12-16. Big dries that imitate big beethes and dragonflies. These can include bombers, big chernobyl bugs, madam X, stimulators and similar attractors, as well as your usual assortment of dries. Also be sure to bring some mouse flies. For lake fishing: One #6 or #7 weight fly rod with floating line and a wet-tip line equivalent to the T-130 or T-200 A standard assortment of Wooly Buggers and other streamers in hook sizes from 4 to 8 as well as nymphs such as hare’s ears, princes and pheasant tails in sizes 12-14. A few Clouser Minnows or other deep-running flies may attract a good trout from down deep. .
The lodge is an extremely comfortable 1980 square foot construction with 4 spacious client bedrooms, 2 doubles and 2 singles, all with heating and private bath. Attending only six clients per week it is a great option to ensure small intimate groups. The bar is open to view from the dining room and the large living room, where fishing stories will be shared over a very nice selection of fine Chilean wines. Guests may also enjoy unwinding in a traditional wooden hot tub while enjoying a beer. The lodge is located in the Paloma River valley, just a one hour 25 minute drive northwest from the airport at Balmaceda and a one hour 30 minute drive southwest of Coyhaique. .
To get to the lodge, you generally fly from Santiago to Balmaceda on a domestic flight of approximately two and a half hours. From the Balmaceda Airport it is an hour and a half drive
Everything was VERY good, lodging, food, guides, atmosphere, weather, fishing, lodge staff, location and best of all no connectivity (No Internet or telephone)! I don’t have much more to say, everything was perfect. The reservation process as well. The only thing I am sorry about is not having been able to enjoy the mice (fishing) like you did a couple of years ago!
Season: From the second Friday in October until the first Sunday in May.
Best dates: Middle of December thorugh the end of March.
Nº of rods allowed:
Technique allowed: Fly fishing only
Species: Brown trout and rainbow trout.
Note: Once you have reserved your trip we will provide a detailed list of equipment recommendations for the dates of your visit.