Fly Fishing The Remote Rio Blanco System
For years, rumors of wetting a line in the remote and untouched Rio Blanco system filtered through circles of local guides and discriminating anglers around the Coyhaique area, Chile’s undisputed mecca of fly fishing. These tales spoke of catching wild and sizeable brown trout living in one of the most inaccessible and beautiful valleys in all of Patagonia. After years of dreaming about the mythical Blanco River, Magic Waters Lodge put the time and hard work needed to explore and gain reasonable access to this amazing and untouched system and created the River of Dreams Basecamp. With exclusive overland access to the valley and no possibility of accessing the area by jetboat, Magic Waters guests have over thirty miles of some of the most beautiful, untouched and wild trout water all to themselves. This is a trip for true adventurous anglers who seek to explore new waters for big browns well off the beaten path.
The River of Dreams Camp is located 75 miles northwest of Balmaceda airport and about 50 miles from the city of Coyhaique. The basecamp sits at the confluence of a wonderful spring creek and the Rio Blanco, providing easy and quick access to fishing zones. The camp was designed and constructed with minimal impact to this beautiful and sensitive environment and consists of three (3) comfortable wood-framed expedition style tent-cabins that include cozy beds, gear storage, and heating systems, kitchen and dining tent and two (2) fully equipped shared bathhouses complete with hot showers.
Food and Beverages
Meals consist mainly of organic beef, lamb, fish, seafood, and a mix of vegetables to create some of the best Patagonian dishes. Standard and simple breakfasts are served at the camp prior to departing for fishing, hot and cold lunch selections are prepared by the guides and served away from camp, and dinners consist of three (3) course dinners. Hearty stews and soups are a big part of the fantastic recipes, and even in camp, three-course meals paired with a wide selection of both white and red wines from some of the best vineyards in Chile.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical length of stay is seven (7) nights / six (6) days of fishing. However, trips can be customized for any length and easily combined with the main Magic Waters Lodge program. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.
This is a fishing-focused destination. However, bird watching, hiking, and horseback riding are all parts of the standard trip experience.
Internet / Communications
Satellite phone is available for emergencies.
How To Get There
Overnight flights from the United States to and from Santiago, Chile (SCL) are available on American Airlines, Delta or Lan Chile. From there, guests take a three (3) hour flight south to the Balmaceda Airport (BBA). Upon arrival, a representative from the lodge will transport guests 2.5 hours by car followed by a rugged 2 hour horseback ride to the Basecamp.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Arrival should be on Saturday afternoon and departure the following Saturday morning.
You will need a valid passport to enter the country of Chile. Citizens of the United States, Canada, and the UK do not need a visa unless they plan on staying for more than three months.
Yellow Dog can assist with travel logistics required for your trip and can recommend you to a preferred travel agent who can help you book airline tickets, hotels, transfers, trip insurance, and other travel needs. Contact us at 888-777-5060 for more information.
The fishing season at the River of Dreams runs mid-October through May. The prime months with best conditions are October – December and then March-May. October and November have excellent stonefly and mayfly hatches followed by the appearance of many different types of beetles and other terrestrials. In March-May brown trout become very aggressive, attacking big mouse patterns and large streamers. Spring creek fishing is great the whole season, with trout averaging 20 inches and daily catches upwards of 24 inches in shallow waters.
Boats and Equipment
4 catarafts powered by motorized jets provide access up and down the river.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Seven (7) nights / six (6) days fishing: $6,000 (Per Angler, Double Occupancy), $5,000 (Per Non-Angler, Double Occupancy)
Four (4) nights / three (3) days fishing: $4,500 (Per Angler, Double Occupancy), $4,000 (Per Non-Angler, Double Occupancy
- Transportation to and from the airport (Balmaceda – BBA)
- All meals and accommodations
- All beverages including alcohol
- All guided daily fishing
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person, paid in cash on site)
- Fishing equipment
- Trip insurance
- Extra activities
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- A medical evacuation policy is mandatory for this destination