Saturday: In Santiago, Chile, board the first available flight to Coyhaique (Balmaceda airport), this is either a direct 2:20 min flight or a 2:50 min flight including a 30 min. stopover in Puerto Montt. On arrival in Coyhaique, one of the lodge´s representatives will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area. Guiding you to your vehicle and driving you to the lodge. This is a beautiful drive North along the Austral road, one of Chile's most scenic routes.
You will drive through typical villages and andean valleys where you will see a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people of Patagonia.
An early direct flight out of Santiago allows you to arrive to the lodge in the afternoon, on time to enjoy a fishing. Your guide will take you fishing to one of the sections of river closest to the lodge.
After great dry fly or nymph fishing, we go back to the lodge where you are greeted with a welcome toast with "Pisco Sours", a typical Chilean drink.
After a hot shower, dinner follows complemented with the best Chilean wines. During dinner the head guide will explain the plans for the next day.
Sunday-Friday: Enjoy six full days of fishing at Estancia de los Rios. A typical day at this lodge is as follows:
After an early breakfast guests join their guide at the muddroom, then a short drive to the river. We usually fish our way upstream since we use mostly dries and nymphs. This river has a healthy population of Brown trout and excellent hatches. A good fish weighs from 2 to 5 pounds. Fish take the fly eagerly but delicately. Your guide will show you what to look for in order to locate fish. Once you've mastered your eye, you will be amazed at how many fish you will be casting to. The challenge here is to spot the largest fish within your range. After a good morning's fishing and depending on weather or your preference, we can return to the lodge or have a stream-side lunch.
Sitting in your chair under some trees, contemplating everything around you and finally hits you, you are actually fly fishing in Patagonia ! you have not seen a soul all morning while fishing almost two miles of river, all this beautiful water just for you, great ! you look up and see strikingly bright clouds moving against a deep blue sky which seem much closer than usual, you cannot believe the clarity of the air and the intensity of the colors. Below, brightly colored lupines and intensely green grass dance softly with the warm breeze. It is really difficult to take it all in at once but one thing is certain, you are very fortunate to be here having so much fun, surrounded by so much beauty and to top it off it is winter in your part of the world!
Your day will continue fishing a nearby spring creek and then to the main river to for the main hatch. As you well know, spring creeks require more patience and delicate work but they can be extremely rewarding as there is nothing like sight fishing and hooking a large trout in a gentle and peaceful setting. The hatch on the main river is always exciting, suddenly the river comes alive with fish feeding on the surface; when this happens, you want to be close to the largest fish and with the right fly at the end of your line. This is why observation of both the insects and the fish is paramount. Last summer during the hatch, our good friend Claudio hooked and landed four beautiful Brown trout between 3 and 5 pounds, all on dries, in a little more than an hour. After the hatch is over, we head back to the lodge, joining the rest of the group for cocktails, dinner, and fresh fishing stories.
Saturday: Departure. After breakfast a lodge vehicle will drive you back to the Coyhaique airport (Balmaceda) arriving on time for your flight to Santiago and your connection flight home.