Kaweskar Expeditions bases its adventures in the breathtaking beauty of Southern Chile, in the land known as Patagonia. Representatives of the lodge will meet you at the Balmaceda airport, approximately twenty miles from Coyhaique. From there you’ll be taken to your destination for the first part of your stay.
Lodging location will be based on how you have chosen to structure your adventures with us. A typical stay of ten days (six-day packages are also offered) might include staying a few nights at the Domos (these are geodesic domes, set on platforms, right on the banks of the Manuelas River), then perhaps a transfer to either Picacho Lodge (this is a wonderful, remote lodge with all amenities and a wood-fired hot tub!) on the Picacho River, or into the village of Coyahaique where you’ll stay at the Minchos Lodge, a wonderful lodge with fabulous food, old-world charm with exposed wood and beams throughout.
Regardless of your location, you’ll enjoy wonderful Chilean food with fresh vegetables, pork, beef and chicken, cooked with traditional Chilean recipes. As always, superb Chilean wines and beer are included in your package. All modern amenities are included. Daily room service will have you returning each afternoon to a spotless room where a hot shower and a glass of wine await.
Read about our latest trip to this destination Patagonia Fishing Trip Report 2015
Fishing in Chile is fabulous, with brown and rainbow trout seemingly everywhere. Chilean trout are not leader-shy but as wary as trout typically can be. Depending on conditions and location, you will either be wading or fishing from Cata-rafts powered by jet-drive outboards. The list of rivers and lakes is endless. Many of Chile’s marquis rivers are located in this part of the country. You’ll fish the world-famous Simpson River, the Toqui, Manuelas, Heumales, Nerheau, Picacho, and others. Lake fishing may include Lago Copa, Las Torres, Las Tomas, and Lago Roosevelt. There is simply an unbelievable amount of water here available for your fishing pleasure.
The English-speaking Chilean guides are intimately familiar with all of the available waters and fly patterns. Terrestrials such as Chernobyl ants, Fat Albert’s, beetle patterns, and even small mice patterns will be successful. Caddis and mayfly hatches in season are prolific and nymphing can be very productive. Wooly Buggers in black and olive are standards here. Rod weights from 6-7 will suffice and both floating and sink lines are suggested. Carroll and Lila’s favorite fishing here is to cast from a boat to the massive reed beds, which are called Juncales. Dragon and Damsel fly patterns are the ticket in these areas. Watching a five –plus pound brown or rainbow come out of the water like a missile to pick a live dragonfly out of the air is an incredible sight to behold. Suggestions and advice about tackle before your trip are always available.
- 10 day and 6 day packages available
- Trip originates in Coyhaique, which is served with connecting flights from Santiago, Chile’s capital.
- Full accommodations at lodge including semi-private baths, hot showers, hot tub, native Chilean meals
- Fish an abundance of rivers and lakes accessible by jet boat
- Experienced english-speaking native Chilean guides, one guide for every two fishermen
- Your trip includes your choice of 10 days or 6 days of fishing.
- Transportation from/to Balmaceda Airport is also included. The trip from Balmaceda Airport to the lodge takes approximately 2 ½ hours via vehicle and boat.
- All meals and full accommodations are provided at the lodge.
- A Chilean, English fluent fishing guide is provided for every two anglers.
- Airfare to Coyhaique is not included nor is overnight accommodations in Coyhaique due to flight delays.
- Gratuities and any additional personal items.
- Fishing gear and associated equipment, as well as your fishing license which costs approximately $50 US.
Chile is absolutely one of the premier fly-fishing experiences available anywhere in the world! When most folks think of amazing fly-fishing for trout, Chile may not come to mind. You have to see this to believe it. The scenery alone is worth the trip and the fishing is nothing short of spectacular. Perhaps what sets this fishery apart from others is the fact that you are constantly surrounded by panoramas that have to be seen to be described. Terrain will change from mountainous to wide-open areas called Pampas that stretch for miles and miles. You literally are fishing in the midst of the Patagonian Andes. Life here is as though the clock was turned back a hundred years. Self-sufficiency is the lifestyle for locals here and cattle, sheep, tended by Gauchos on horseback are a way of life. The Chilean people are gregarious, warm people who greet friends and strangers alike with a smile and “Buenos Dias.”
Assistance with travel is provided upon request as is gear lists, itinerary information and travel tips based on our visits to this spectacular land of the brown and rainbow trout. Contact us today and we will customize your Chilean adventure around your desires!