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Northern Patagonia, Chile Fly Fishing: Los Lagos Region

Region Facts:

Target Species: Rainbow and brown trout, with occasional salmon and sea-run brown trout

Season: December – March

Major Fisheries: Yelcho, Futaleufu, Palena, Rosselot, Figueroa

Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, hot springs

Closest Major Air Hubs: Puerto Montt (PMC)

The southern half of the Los Lagos Region, along with a small section of the northern Aysen region, defines the non-political boundaries of what is commonly considered northern Chilean Patagonia. Anglers have been fishing in this area of Chile for decades. It is home to rivers, creeks, and fjords harboring rainbow and brown trout and occasional salmon and sea-run brown trout. Heading south from Los Lagos’ capital city of Puerto Montt, the connected mainland quickly transforms from forested and fertile agricultural lowlands dotted by broad snowcapped volcanoes, to rugged tracts of untouched, mountainous wilderness. This wilderness is further disjointed by blue-green fjords, steep glacially-carved valleys, and swaths of thick and temperate rainforest. This region has a coastal environment dominated by cool temperatures and frequent precipitation, similar to that found in Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

The area’s infrastructure has greatly improved over the last decade, yet most fishing destinations in northern Patagonia are still fairly remote and hard to reach by road from Puerto Montt. To access the best fishing lodges in this area, travelers typically fly to Puerto Montt, overnight in the nearby town of Puerto Varas, then take a short charter flight the following morning to either Chaiten or La Junta. Once on the ground, guests have relatively short drive times to the lodges and area rivers.

The lodges and outfitters in the area utilizing a combination of 4×4 trucks, Alaskan-style jets boats, lake boats, and rafts to access the area’s broad spectrum of remote and untouched waters. These waters include large lakes, powerful rivers, small mountain streams, and area spring creeks. Although there are some good opportunities to wade fish in small waters, the area’s waters are often most productively fished from the boat. Anglers typically find good trout fishing in eddies and foam lines with dry flies, fishing dragonflies on the lakes, and stripping streamers on big rivers. Consistent dry fly attractor fishing is the name of the game on the majority of the area’s crystal-clear waters.

Over the course of a trip, anglers can expect to catch good numbers of strong, wild brown and rainbow trout in the 12 to 20-inch range, with plenty of shots at fish exceeding 20-inches.

Although this region of northern Patagonia is primarily a fishing-focused destination, a variety of non-angling activities including hiking, glacier viewing, horseback riding, and visits to local hot springs can be arranged.

The Los Logos Region of northern Patagonia offers exciting fishing experiences that are perfectly suited for guests who enjoy boat and float fishing opportunities set amidst a dramatic backdrop of rugged and unspoiled mountainous terrain.

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