Fishing

Fisherman holding a large fish

Imagine travelling back in time 60 or more years to fly fish the great rivers of the North American West. Picture yourself casting into pristine waters for huge wild rainbow and brown trout, some of which have never seen a fly. This kind of rare experience can still be found by fly fishing in Chile -- the 'South American West'! The enchanting land of Patagonia offers beginning through experienced anglers an opportunity to catch, photograph, and release the trout of a lifetime. 

Enjoy guided fishing in Chile, where from December through April, trout are the primary quarry. Dry flies are the main focus and exceptional hatches are a common occurrence. In the lakes and rivers of Chilean Patagonia, you'll be casting to some of the world's largest and most genetically healthy trout (originally imported from the U.S. West and Europe, and now being re-introduced to North America to bolster the gene pool).

While on your fly fishing trip you'll enjoy the magnificent South American scenery, enhanced by the warm Chilean hospitality of the town of Coyhaique. You’ll stay in the comfortable, quiet accommodations at Mincho's Lodge--a wonderful Bed and Breakfast style fishing lodge in Coyhaique--smack in the middle of some of the hottest trout fishing anywhere. It's an experience you will simply never forget.

Small streams or big rivers, wading or boating, dry fly or streamers, the variety of available options is what makes this part of Chile truly unique.  It is still possible to fish for a week and not see another fly fisherman the entire time! 

Coyhaique
Nobody forgets the view of Coyhaique at night as you come over the hill and see the city twinkling below. Nestled amongst the eastern foothills of the Andes, Coyhaique means "the joining of rivers" and refers to the Simpson and Coyhaique rivers. About 50,000 people live in this city, considered to be the heart of Chilean Patagonia. Coyhaique is ideally located for fly fishermen. The Simpson River, arguably the best in Chile, flows practically through town and the Ñireguao is a short drive away. Farming, lumber, mining, and salmon aquaculture are some of the primary industries. At a latitude similar to that of Portland, Oregon the climate is much more like Alaska. While an 80 degree day is not unheard of, 65 degrees and breezy is much more common in the summer.

The Lodges
For information about accommodations during your adventures, go to our Lodging page.

The Rivers
Learn about the main rivers we fish.