Christmas kicks off Summer in Chile, Patagonia’s finest fishing

Opening day in Chile is in November, and trout season continues until leaves turn crimson and drop with the arrival of winter in late April. The summers of Patagonia are abbreviated, much like those of Montana and Wyoming. Warm days often begin with cool mornings and can be interupted by a sudden thunderstorm. But for the most part, the best time to visit this fantastic part of the world is from mid-November through mid-April.

November is traditionally a time when North American fishermen are preoccupied with family and holidays. But Coyhaique-based, Nico Gonzalaz, of Patagonia Trouters, insists that the best fishing starts in late November, as the landscape sets ablaze with a mind-baffling wildflower display, known locally as “Chocho” (Chilean word for “Lupine Season”). European Lupine carpet the landscape in an explosion of violets, reds, purples and yellows. Fish are on the surface, targeting caddis and mayfly emergences, as well as blizzard hatches of small creamy moths.

El Saltamontes

There is a large menu of angling options and each day's fishing is tailored to mirror individual guest's interests. While wading or floating the Nireguao is high on most anglers itineraries, this breathtaking ranch also boats a number of private...
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La Posada de los Farios

The talented staff at La Posada de los Farios uses a combination of state-of-the-art rafts, four-wheel drive vehicles, strategically placed optional overnight "wilderness" lodging, and a wealth of knowledge. The action is sometimes fast and furious,...
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Patagonia ONE

This is an over-the-top cross-border fly fishing excursion to a seldom-seen portion of Patagonia and three very different fishing experiences on both sided of the Andes – all in one neat package. For the serious trout fisher, this has to be one of the...
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Patagonian BaseCamp

One of Patagonia’s most diverse fly fishing programs for wild trout is Patagonian BaseCamp, on the banks of the remote Rio Palena, owned and operated by Marcel and Carolina Sijnesael. Marcel traveled the world for several years before settling in...
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Trouters Patagonia

One of the beauties of Trouter's fishing program is the variety. On any given day you can walk and wade a small creek, casting traditional dries and nymphs to fast pockets and small pools; or choose to float down a larger river, tossing large foam dries...
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