Experience the Diversity of Fly Fishing in Patagonia
Martin Pescador’s incredibly diverse program gives anglers the opportunity to fish twelve world-class rivers, eight lakes, and numerous streams throughout the region for rainbow and brown trout, and depending on the time of the season, the occasional salmon or sea-run brown trout. Martin Pescador’s well-trained and experienced guides utilize a combination of jet boats, lake boats, and rafts to ensure access to even the most remote and untouched waters. The program utilizes two carefully placed lodges, Puerto Cardenas Lodge and La Junta Lodges, allowing for flexible and convenient access to famed fly fishing rivers such as the Yelcho, Futaleufu, Palena, Rosselot, Figueroa, Pico, and many other lesser-known waters. A typical week-long stay is split between the two lodges with three days fishing the Lago Yelcho and three days fishing the Rio Rosselot regions, respectively. Adding to the already rich spectrum of fishing and environmental diversity, guests have the option to add a three-day trip extension to complement their standard full-week program at Martin Pescador’s third property, Lago Verde Lodge.
Puerto Cardenas Lodge
Upon arrival into the region, guests will be picked up at the Santa Barbara airport and driven to Martin Pescador’s riverside property, Puerto Cárdenas Lodge, located near Lago Yelcho. Guests stay and fish from this location for the first half of the week. Each day anglers will either leave the lodge directly by boat to fish Rio Yelcho or Lago Yelcho, or drive a short distance to other fishing opportunities in the immediate area.
La Junta Lodge
Mid-week before your final day of fishing at Puerto Cárdenas, guests pack their belongings before they head out for the day of fishing. After fishing guests and their luggage are transferred to La Junta Lodge which sits on a beautiful location along the Rio Palena where they will stay and fish for the remainder of the week. From this location, anglers will have easy access and the opportunity to fish the Rio Palena, Rio Rosselot, Rio Figueroa, Rio Pico as well as other smaller rivers and lakes in the area.
Lago Verde Lodge
Guests on the extended trip package transfer to this outpost lodge near the Argentine border which sits atop a rocky bluff with panoramic views of the Lago Verde. Each day guests leave by boat directly from the lodge and float or walk wade some of the area’s most scenic waters including Lago Verde, Rio Claro, Rico Pico, and Rio Precioso.
All three of Martin Pescador’s Lodges offer comfortable double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Cardenas and La Junta Lodges accommodate up to ten (10) anglers per week and Lago Verde Lodge accommodates up to four (4) anglers for the three-day extension trip.
Food and Beverages
Overseeing guests’ needs at the Lodge is Anna Jansen, a professional chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America. Meals are prepared by Anna and her staff utilizing locally grown produce featured in traditional Chilean and international dishes. During the fishing day, lunches are prepared and served riverside. After fishing, enjoy drinks on the decks overlooking unspoiled views of temperate rain forests and glacier-topped mountains. On the last night of each week, the lodge staff will prepare a traditional Chilean asado of slow-roasted barbecued lamb and local seafood.
Typical Length of Stay
Standard length packages are seven (7) nights / six and a half (6.5) days (Saturday-Saturday) and ten (10) nights / nine and a half (9.5) days (Saturday-Tuesday).
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Martin Pescador offers a great variety of non-fishing activities. These programs include horseback riding, bird watching, raft trips, hiking, and visiting any number of natural thermal hot springs in the area.
Internet / Communications
The Martin Pescador Lodges do not have Wi-Fi but they do have cell service-based internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones may work in certain areas throughout the region.
How To Get There
Guests take an overnight flight from the United States to Santiago, Chile, and take a connecting flight to Puerto Montt. Guests overnight in either Puerto Montt or the, preferred, nearby town of Puerto Varas and take a charter flight from Puerto Montt to the small town of Chaiten the following morning. Upon arrival in Chaiten, guests will be met by a representative from Martin Pescador and transported to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
After processing through customs and immigration in Santiago, you can easily catch a late-morning or early afternoon flight to Puerto Montt. This two-hour flight is incredibly scenic, traveling along the Chilean Andes. Once you arrive in Puerto Montt, most guests choose to overnight in the nearby town of Puerto Varas at one of several hotels. Yellow Dog will be happy to assist you with this. The following morning, you will take a taxi to a small airstrip in Puerto Montt to board a charter flight to Santa Barbara. Upon arrival in Santa Barbara, guests will be met by a representative from Martin Pescador and transported to the Puerto Cardenas Lodge.
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Expert fly fisherman and lodge owner Frans Jansen has used his years of experience in Chilean Patagonia to establish a one-of-a-kind fly fishing program. The lodge employs professional, well-trained, and experienced American guides and utilizes first-class fishing equipment and boats to access the variety of different waters throughout the region. The primary target species are rainbow and brown trout and depending on the time of season occasionally salmon and sea-run brown trout. Anglers can expect to switch techniques often to fish each piece of water most effectively including casting big streamers to the banks, nymphing, and sight fishing for large trout using both large foam patterns and at times small dry flies.
Río Yelcho and Lago Yelcho
Together, this river and lake encompass the home waters for Martin Pescador’s Puerto Cardenas Lodge. The Río Yelcho offers great fishing. Large rainbows cruise the surface, allowing you to sight fish with dry flies. Lago Yelcho can offer fabulous fishing around the reed fields, where large brown and rainbow trout are found cruising and feeding aggressively on large dragonflies and damsels.
The upper section of the river fishes well with a variety of different dry flies and is home to a tremendous number of rainbows and browns. Downriver, the Palena changes character, with classic riffles and runs slowly giving way to log-strewn banks famous for hiding large trophy trout.
This magnificent body of water is home to all three species of trout, and the sight-fishing here is unparalleled. The large rainbows living in this lake cruise just below the surface, ready to devour anything that hits the water.
This outflow of Lago Rosselot is an impressive river with equally impressive trout. A large diversity of fishing scenarios on the Rosselot provide anglers with ever-changing conditions and techniques. Popping and skating dry flies, dead-drifting dry/dropper combos, and streamer fishing the banks and shelves can all be fantastic.
Boats and Equipment Required
Equipment includes jet-powered boats, lake boats with outboards, drift boats, rafts with fly fishing frames, catarafts with jet engines, and 4×4 trucks with trailers. The Lodge does have a limited supply of loaner gear, although it is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including waders and boots.
Rates and Terms
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2023 Package Rates
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- Accommodations and meals at the lodge
- Beverages including beer, wine, and alcohol at the lodge
- Guided daily fishing
- All required ground transfers in Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas between hotel and airports
- Commuter flight to/from Chaiten and Puerto Montt
- Ground transfers to/from Chaiten airport and the lodge
- Laundry service at the lodge
- Fishing license
- Fishing equipment (if needed)
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare to/from Santiago and domestic airfare to/from Puerto Montt
- Hotel and meals in Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Use of flies provided by guides for $75.00 per angler for length of trip
Martin Pescador Lodge (Los Lagos Region, Chile)
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A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. In no event will the lodge or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays, flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. The lodge will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the lodge and Yellow Dog are not responsible for covering costs associated with alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals or any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, and because of the no refund and no credit policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be issued minus a $100.00 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Once again, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance all Chile packages.
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