Tierra del Fuego, Chile
Fishing the Rio Grande in Chile is a lifetime experience...
Searun brown trout up to 20 pounds+,
resident brown trout and rainbow trout,
you'll catch them all!
f you are interested in flyfishing as a sport; if you have fun using the most diverse and fine techniques to achieve your goals; if you like to enjoy bautiful landscapes, woods, hills, mountains and abundant fauna in a truely last frontier; and, if you also want the chance to get into a dogfight with huge searun brown trouts as well as resident trouts, then Chile's Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego is the river, and Cameron Lodge is the place for you.
The lodge itself has six double bedrooms with private bathrooms, and a nice living/dining room with a cozy fireplace- very welcome after a long days fishing! The daily menu includes regional Chilean meals very rich in seafood, like king crab, mussels, scallops, calamari, clams, (collected at the Punta Arenas area) and, of course, the popular beef or lamb asado. Cocktails, like the typical Chilean "Pisco Sour", and the justifiably famous Chilean wines are served with dinner.
The lodge is less than one hundred yards from the most important tributary of the Rio Grande, the Rio Blanco, and within five hundred yards of the "Junction Pool". This Estancia has about fifty kilometers of frontage on the north side of the Rio Grande (all the way downstream to the Argentinean border), with Ted Turner's Estancia San Jose neighboring on the "other side of the fence".
You will especially enjoy the solitude of being on a splendid fishery without even seeing other fishermen, with the chance of fishing yet unnamed pools where few foreigners had fished.! It's an excellent river for fishing, requiring some different techniques and great finesse that makes for very challenging fishing.
In this section of the river there are searun browns averaging ten pounds, with monsters up to eighteen/twenty pounds, with some really huge fish well over twelve kilos (twenty six pounds)!!!
There are also river resident browns in the six pounds class with beautiful colors and taking readily our flys. Along these resident browns there are some healthy and fat silvery "lake run" browns, with a shape of a rugby ball, that enter the river from the Blanco lake for our joy. And, completing the "Grand Slam", there are rainbows too! You will see them some meters from you, down stream, feeding on the aquatic insects you will release from the bottom of the river. It's something to be seen!!! The fishing is also rewarding because there's always action.
It's a beautifull place, surrounded by wooded hillsides, with the snowy Darwin Range overlooking the region, The wildlife and birds are plentifull and on any given day it is not unusual to see groups of grazing guanacos, or observe magnificent condors soaring overhead, with and blue eagles or Magelan geese in flight.
Example Rates - subject to change by operator
November through mid-April
Rates are per person
Weekly Rate: $4,500, Non-anglers: $2,350
Daily rate: $750, Non-anglers: $390
This fishing package runs Saturday to Saturday and includes meet and greet at the Punta Arenas Airport, round trip by land or chartered flight to the lodge, all meals, accommodations (double occupancy), liquor (wine, beer, spirits), fishing permits/license, and daily guided fishing (two anglers per guide).
Not included: international and domestic airfares to Punta Arenas, accommodations at Santiago and Punta Arenas, gratuities, items of personal nature, tackle and equipment.
Getting There: International flights to Santiago, Chile and then connecting flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Ground transportation or chartered flights to the lodge. Or international flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then, connecting flights from Buenos Aires to Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego. Ground transportation from the Rio Grande airport to the lodge.
Example Chilean Patagonia ItineraryDay 1 Saturday
Meeting at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the lodge. After lunch a brief siesta (nap), and then a ride for the evening's fishing.
Day 2 to Day 7
Fishing the Rio Grande,
rotating pools along the more than 50 kilometers of available water.
Day 8 (Saturday)
Maybe early fishing, then transfer to airfield/airport.
FISHING SEASON. The fishing season on the Rio Grande runs from October through April. In November and December the fishing is very good, but the peak months are January, February, March and April. We encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible, as there is usually a great demand for the peak months on all of the river.
EQUIPMENT. Single and two-handed rods in the 6-9 weight category between 9 and 14 feet are ideal. Shooting heads and fast sinkers (such as the Teeny series of lines), as well as floaters or the new interchangeable tips lines, should all be brought. Tippet material should be in the 6-10 kg (12-20 lbs) breaking strain category. The most effective flies for the area will be available at the lodge at a reasonable price. Disc drag reels are recommended, and anti-reverse can also be an advantage.
CLOTHING. A layering system is mandatory, waterproof, breathable hooded wading jacket, polarfleece midlayer, capilene underwear or similar. Fingerless gloves, windstopper hat, polarized glasses (rated 100%uv protection). The ozone hole and corresponding increase in uv radiation is a problem in October and November. We recommend use of prescribed sun blocking creams. There might be hot weather in summer but that's unpredictable. For those days, light clothing with a windproof shell are a better option.