Eduardo BarruetoChile Flyfishing Lodge – trout
October to November
Early Chilean spring flyfishing finds many rivers prime for fishing
Snow runoff has not begun; glacially fed rivers are in good shape; and spring creeks are at their best. The trout haven’t seen an imitation in months. This is a great time to fish for large rainbows. The most effective techniques are streamers fished on sink-tip lines, but nymph fishing can also be productive. The take can be quite aggressive, producing some of the biggest fish of the year.
Spring in Patagonia and prime time for streamer fishing the Rio Blanco. If you love throwing streamers this is the time to go experience Patagonia! The fish haven’t seen a fly in months and are aggressive as the temperatures begin to rise before summer. This river is perfect for throwing streamers and has endless holding water for large trout due to the many downed trees and structure along the banks. The spring creeks fish well this time of year and can offer some surface action on terrestrials or mouse patterns. Spring rains can cause the river to rise but still offers excellent fishing on the spring creeks and creek mouths even if the river were to blow out.
December through January
Days become longer and temperatures warmer
Insects are on the move, and the ‘winged versions’ begin to play a bigger part in the trout’s diet.
The first sight of fish rising to caddis flies happens during these months. Nymphing and dry fly fishing become more consistent, but don’t put away the streamers. All of the many fly fishing opportunities, including lakes, rivers and spring creeks, begin to produce at this time.
February through March
This is the premier dry fly fishing time – mid-summer in Chile
Predominant are mayflies in the morning and early afternoon and caddis late afternoon and evenings. Hoppers are also prevalent on many of our rivers and spring creeks. Lakes also produce more consistent hatches.
April through May
With a hint of autumn in the air, April brings shorter days and cooler nights
Summer is almost behind us and we begin to enter autumn. This is the time to view the spectacular Patagonia autumn colors and chase big browns. Lower water levels allow fishing in locations, otherwise not fished. Well placed flies annually produce trophy brown trout.
The nights start to become cooler bringing the river down to a great flow for fishing. Dry flies such as big mayflies, caddis, and large terrestrial patterns work well during this time! The opportunity at multiple trophy browns over 20” on a dry fly is very likely during these months. The browns also start to become more aggressive and bring on their fall colors as they near the fall spawn. Streamers also work well to entice some large fish during March and April.
Arrival at the Balmaceda (BBA) or Coyhaique airport on saturday afternoon and depart saturday morning. The outfitter will pick you up at the airport in Balmaceda (BBA), and there will be a one hour +/- drive to the lodge
- Transportation to and from the airport (Balmaceda – BBA)
- All meals, accommodations, and beverages, including alcohol (domestic beer, selected Chilean house wines, Pisco Sours, and soda)
- Guided fishing (two anglers per guide)
- International and domestic airfare
- Chilean Fishing License ($50 US per person, paid in cash on site)
- Fishing Equipment
- Trip Insurance
- Tips to guide and staff
See our suggested gear list for this trip.