A 360,000-acre playground in Chilean Patagonia.
Estancia de los Rios
Estancia de los Rios, located just outside the fly fishing mecca, Coyhaique, is a dream come true for trout fishermen in pursuit of big, wild brown trout. This 360,000 acre ranch offers over 60 miles of private river, several spring creeks and multiple lakes that are exclusively fished by a small group of guests each week. This is an angler’s paradise with pristine scenery, large and eager brown trout, an authentic and very comfortable lodge and a professional staff that ties the entire experience together.
With many miles of trails, several rivers, lakes and mountain valleys on the ranch, this lodge provides the rare opportunity for diverse outdoor activities in one gorgeous private location; world-class dry fly fishing, Horse back riding, hiking and trekking, mountain biking, bird watching, wild life observation, nature photography.
January – April
Fishing is as good as I have ever been lucky enough to participate in. Translucent water, some big fish, wonderful dry fly spot.
Best fishing lodge I’ve ever stayed in – by some distance.
Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia Coyhaique.
The lodge is located just a few miles from the Argentine-Chile border which allows combination with fly fishing excursions in both Argentina and Chile.
Saturday: Arrival. From Santiago, Chile, board the first available flight to Coyhaique (Balmaceda airport)
2:20 min direct flight or a 2:50 min flight with a 30 min. stopover in Puerto Montt.
In Coyhaique, one of the lodge´s representatives will be waiting for you and drive you to the lodge.
This is a beautiful 4:30 min drive North along the Austral road, Chile’s most scenic route.
You will drive through typical villages and Andean valleys where you will see a glimpse of the lifestyle of the inhabitants of Patagonia.
Saturday: Departure. After breakfast, a lodge vehicle will drive you back to the Coyhaique airport (Balmaceda) arriving on time for your flight to Santiago.
Accommodation, facilities & services
The Estancia de los Rios lodge is comfortable timber lodge tucked away on a massive 360,000-acre private ranch close to the Argentine-Chile border with beautiful views of the surrounding valley. The lodge consists of six double occupancy rooms each with private bathroom, ample and comfortable mudroom, dining room, lounge area, and fly tying room.
After a long and satisfying day of fishing private water, everyone returns to a comfortable and spacious lodge for a gourmet Chilean dinner served with the best local wines and liquors available. The lodge features six double bedrooms with private bathrooms and mountain views, a living room, dining room, fly tying room, souvenir room, tackle room and access to a telephone, internet and fax. Although remote and tranquil, Estancia pays special attention to all the comforts and services of a first class lodge.
Dave Hughes describes the Cisnes as “the perfect trout stream.
You will enjoy six and a half days of fishing at Estancia de los Rios. Your guide will show you what to look for in order to locate fish. Once you’ve mastered that, 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. Although nymphs and streamers are very effective, the main method in this program is world class dry fly fishing. Miles of fishing in total solitude provide a truly soothing experience in today’s hustle with the exception of the occasional passing gaucho on horseback. There is a wide variety water from spring creeks with large fish for those wanting a technical challenge to stretches of water perfect for the novice- where instant success will build confidence in fishing techniques.
All fishing beats are less than 1 hour from the lodge. A day float trip on the larger rivers combines viewing of spectacular natural beauty with great fishing. The gravel-bottomed waters within the estancia make for easy wading. The experienced English-speaking guides not only provide great tips for taking trout but are knowledgeable of the history and geology of this remarkable land. The streams are loaded with Brown Trout. Often guests are wading in shin deep water casting to pods of rising trout. Hatches are excellent. Leave the sink-tip home (unless you want to go for the 10 pounders in a few of the deep pools). In addition to the Rio Cisnes, the Estancia has numerous spring creeks and streams (some to yet see a fly). This program offers optional horse trips to remote ranch streams overnighting at various cabins and campsites on the estancia.
While the idyllic Rio Cisnes is the centerpiece of the fishing program, you owe it to yourself to wade its tributaries and the Magdalena spring creek to experience the incredible fishing diversity found here. Try going gaucho-ride a horse to the river or to one of the lakes –it’s unforgettable.
Four and 5 wt. fly rods accompanied by a 6 wt. are preferred when fishing at the ranch. Weight forward floating lines and corresponding sinking lines for the heavier rod are ideal. In summer, wet wading is possible. Contact us for first-hand tackle and fly recommendations and a full gear list.