One of Patagonia’s most diverse fly fishing programs for wild trout is Patagonia One, on both sides of the Andes, owned and operated by Marcel and Carolina Sijnesael.

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 ultimate fly fishing trips available today.

This exciting 13-night package begins with 6 days of terrific trout fishing near Las Pampas Lodge in the Río Pico valley, southwest of Esquel in one of the most isolated corners of the country. The Rio Pico is a small, intimate freestone river with wonderful hopper and dry fly fishing that actually originates in Argentina. It is a step back in time. The few roads in the region are gravel, and one is as likely to see residents riding horses as driving cars.

The first leg of this angling Odyssey, Las Pampas Lodge, is beautiful, remote, and only accommodates ten anglers each week. Fishermen return each evening to wonderful meals, fine wines, and a spectacular view from each of the well-appointed bedrooms.

Very early on the 7th morning, after six (6) full days of fly fishing at Las Pampas, guests depart on a scenic 4-wheel drive through the Andes, often stopping at creeks and streams, fishing their way for a couple of hours into Chile and ultimately arriving at TempleCamp on the Rio Figueroa and spend the remainder of that day and the next two floating one of the many reaches of the Rio Figueroa.

Temple Camp is a spectacular, centrally located outpost lodge linked at the hip to Patagonian BaseCamp. It is near the Argentine border that has several different rivers besides the often-spectacular Figueroa to fish. Anglers return each evening of their three-night visit to Temple camp after a full day of excitement to pre-dinner appetizers, fine wines on a raised deck overlooking the beautiful Figueroa River, hot showers, flush toilets, real beds inside spacious dome tents tucked into the trees, all of which are connected by a winding labyrinth of wooden staircase. Temple Camp has a small lodge/dining room and kitchen, and gives new meaning to the image of a camp. The place has to be experienced to be believed and is a guest favorite.

There’s no rest on the 7th day of this trip. Anglers are transitioned with a full menu of some “off-the-grid” small stream walk-and-wade trips back to the mother lodge – Patagonian BaseCamp – for another 3 days of superb trout fishing and welcomed at the end of each day by the top lodge in this remote part of the world.

Though it sounds complicated, the distances between the lodges are short; there is no loss of fishing time. The 13-night package allows you 12 full days of the most diverse fishing imaginable. For those wishing to combine the stellar wilderness day floats with, the Patagonia One program is an opportunity of a lifetime. With only one full year of experience under their belt, the Patagonia One program has been a huge success. There are only a limited number of these trips offered each January, February, and March and access able to only four angles at a time.

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Reservations & Rates

December 2, 2018 through April 14, 2019 -
• 14 nights / 13 days (Patagonia One, Patagonia sin Fronteras) fishing package $13,995 (Includes 6 days at Las Pampas, 3 days at TempleCamp & 4 days at BaseCamp)
• 14 nights / 13 day (Patagonia One Extended) fishing package $13,995 (Includes The Perfect Circle: BaseCamp / TempleCamp / Las Pampas, Argentina / Palena overnight float / BaseCamp)

These packages include the round trip charter flight through the Andes from Puerto Mott, fishing license, and every item and amenity imaginable beyond personal tackle.

Your angling package at Patagonia One includes the Meet-and-Greet at the Esquel, Argentina, airport the day of arrival to Las Pampas Lodge, all driving transfers from Esquel (at start of trip) and La Junta, Chile and the flight from La Junta to Puerto Montt at end of trip, and between various accommodations and daily fishing, breakfast, lunch and dinner and all drinks consumed (so called "open bar policy"). The Patagonia One Extended package begins and ends at Puerto Montt. In case of special drink preferences, we recommend you bring libations of your own taste, because they might not be available in Chile. All guided expeditions, by horseback, boat, raft, kayak, 4x4 vehicle, mini-van, etc. All necessary fishing licenses and flies. Limited laundry services.

Not included in your Patagonia One package are possible extra lodging, transfer, travel expenses or trip modifications as result of a delay, either planned or requested by the guest or as a result of an act of God. Fishing equipment, like waders, rods, and lines. Gratuities, which are customary though not required and should be an accurate expression of your feeling about the service received.

The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

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Seasons at Patagonia One

Spring in Chile begins in December. Trees have dropped their blossoms and warm summer weather lands in Patagonia before Christmas presents have been opened.

Trout season in Chilean Patagonia swings into high gear by the New Year, and 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 cools mornings and can be punctuated by sudden thunderstorms. But for the most part, the best time to visit this fantastic part of the world is from mid-November through mid-April.

Opening day in Chile is in November, traditionally a time when North American fishermen are preoccupied with family and holidays. Schools in South America release their students just before Christmas and the rivers of Patagonia don't see much pressure until after the first of the year.

The late Raul San Martin, one of the most highly respected fly fishing guides and outfitters just across the border in Argentina always insisted that the best fishing happens in December. The landscape is 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.

Their January is our June/July. Spring snow melt is gone, the weather's reliable temperatures are pleasant, and the hatches are predictable. Mosquitoes aren't a concern in most of Patagonia, but the Lake District of Chile can be plagued for a few weeks with Chulihuachos, a pest resembling a horsefly that has all but disappeared by the end of the month.

By the first of February trout begin to key on the caddis hatches and hoppers, stag beetles and other terrestrials that dominate mid-summer fly fishing action. Probably because of the weather, February and March are the most popular months to travel to and fish Patagonia. Too, our winter is a great time to escape to Chile's summer and trout fish for a week or so; something difficult to do when Michigan or Vermont is frozen solid.

April is the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. Kids go back to school and the traffic is light on the streams and rivers of Chile. Like the Rockies, the weather is less reliable in the fall; days are shorter and temperatures are cooler. Dress for a full range of weather possibilities and plan on some of the best mayfly hatches (especially callibaetis on overcast days) as well as streamer fishing.

The country of Chile is divided into 15 regions, with the vast majority of fly fishing taking place in the XI Region, called Aysén, which stretches from Puerto Montt to O'Higgins. Within this vast region of more than 109,000 square kilometers, fly fishing outfitters base out of the communities of Lago Verde, Coyhaique, Aysén, and Cisnes.

Weather in this part of the world is complex; a mixture of heavy maritime climate with cold water influences from the Pacific, switching to an increasingly dry continental climate as you head east toward the Andes and Argentine border. There are four different recognized climates with the Aysén Region; cold rainy temperate, Andean degenerating to steppe, cold steppe, and high altitude icy.

Getting to Patagonia One

Getting to and from Chile these days is relatively simple and painless with a wide choice of convenient, daily flights from Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and New York.

In the mid-60's, it took pioneer fly fishers, like Joe Brooks 22 hours to fly from Miami to Santiago and another twenty hours in the air with

numerous stops along way to reach the trout infested waters in and around Puerto Montt - now that's dedication!

Now there is a wide choice of convenient, daily flights from Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and New York. Most flights are direct, departing the States in the afternoon or early evening and arriving early the next morning in Santiago, the Capitol of Chile. Airlines that service Chile include LAN, Delta, United and American.

Arriving in Chile is simple, hassle free and safe. The flights are almost always on time, the new ulta-modern airport is clean, and the entire experience, from clearing immigrations and customs to connecting with domestic flights, is very smooth. Airfares from the U.S. to Santiago vary widely, with tickets from New York, Miami and Los Angeles ranging from $900 to $1,200 round trip. Usually the best fares can be had by flying LAN, the national airline of Chile. LAN is one of the largest air carriers servicing South America. Their modern, new air fleet has a superb record for reliability, safety and on time departures and arrivals.

We highly recommend the air and hotel reservation services provided by Alicia Regueiro at Holdy Tours in Walnut Creek, California. Alicia is very savvy, pleasant to work with, and, as she arranges travel for better than 80% of our South America-bound anglers, is intimately familiar with all the routings, lodge nuances, and best fares. Take the stress out of booking on-line and give her a call!
Holdy Tours, Alicia Reguiro, (800) 446-1111, alicia@holdytours.com

SATURDAY: BUENOS AIRES TO ESQUEL TO LAS PAMPAS LODGE, ARGENTINA:
Typically the day before your scheduled arrival to Las Pampas Lodge you will depart the States on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, arriving there early the following morning. Here you will need to arrange a driving transfer from the International Airport (EZE) where you arrive to the Domestic Airport (AEP) about an hour's drive away (Alicia at Holdy Tours can make this arrangement for you, as well the flights themselves).

From the Domestic Airport you will need to arrange flight down to Esquel, preferably arriving there mid-afternoon. Here you will be met by a representative of Las Pampas Lodge and driven the 2.5 hours to the lodge. You will be met with a refreshing drink and wonderful appetizers, and a delectable dinner – the first of many to come – is served at approximately 8:00 p.m.

THE ANGLING STAY:
You will begin your stay with 6 days fishing out of Las Pampas Lodge in Argentina. This is amazing country, true frontera, little-changed from the days that Butch Cassidy roamed the mountains and valleys. You have countless small spring creeks and freestone streams to walk and wade here, most of which are home to large, aggressive browns and rainbows that get almost no pressure. Expect large foam dries on the end of your leader, and memorable surface takes. Also available are a series of mountain lakes home to trophy brown trout and rainbows, many of which love to take huge dries from the surface. If you like big trout in small water with no-one else around, this place is for you.

On the seventh day, after breakfast, and saying your goodbyes, you will depart Las Pampas Lodge by truck (with your luggage) and drive straight to the border crossing where Patagonian BaseCamp Guides will be waiting to whisk you off for your first fishing day in Chile, Patagonia. Depending on the fishing and river conditions, this is typically either the Upper Temple Float or the Rio Pico Float. At the end of your fishing day you will end up at the TempleCamp for a hot shower, appetizers, and cocktails, followed by a delicious meal.

Finally, guests will finish their stay fishing out of the beautiful main Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge, on the banks of the Rio Palena. Each day guides will bring you out to choose between a huge variety of river floats, casting large foam dries to the banks for oversized browns and rainbows. There are also some "sleeper" lagunas here with trophy-sized brown trout, for those who enjoy mixing in a little stillwater dry fly action.

The Patagonia One Fishing Program (13 Nights / 12 Days):
• Seven Nights at Las Pampas - Rio Pico, Argentina
• Three Nights at TempleCamp – Lago Verde, Chile
• Three Nights at Patagonian BaseCamp – Rio Palena, Chile

Being blessed by innumerable rivers, creeks, lakes and lagoons in the direct vicinity of The BaseCamp and Las Pampas Lodge, the angling options are almost unlimited. The fishing program will be designed to your personal preferences, but always taking into consideration the prevailing weather and river conditions. Some of the most popular options include exquisite overnight float trips on the Palena and Temple Camp Rivers.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the lodges and camps and fine mid-day meals are served streamside. The after-angling cocktail reception always includes a full complimentary bar, and fine domestic wines. Dinners, like all meals at the lodges, are informal, superb, and accompanied by the finest local wines.

TUESDAY: DEPARTURE DAY FROM CHILE, PATAGONIA:
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip at Santa Barbara/Chaiten, Chile, for your flight back to the Paloma airport. From there you'll be transferred back to the Puerto Montt airport and onward connections.

Immigration Requirements for entry into Chile:
U. S. Citizens: When traveling to Chile, a valid passport is required with an expiration date occurring at least 6 months later than the day of arrival. Chilean Tourist Card: A Chilean Tourist Card Application will be handed out by your carrier during your flight to Chile. Please fill out the application and present it and your passport to Chilean Immigrations upon arrival into Santiago. Immigrations will take one copy of the Tourist Card and leave you with another which you must keep with your passport and present to Immigrations when you leave Chile. Loss of your tourist card may result in a penalty upon departure.

Inoculations and Health Concerns:
There are no formal requirements, or recommendations, for immunizations and very little risk of infectious disease in Chile. The risk would be about equivalent to what it would be for a trip to Colorado. You should check with your personal physician if you are concerned. We recommend that anglers be up-to-date on their Tetanus, Hepatitis-A and Hepatitis-B vaccinations.

Political Situation:
Chile is a safe, pro-American country and has been a democracy since 1989. On March 11th, 2006 the new president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, took office. Michelle Bachelet is Chile's first woman president. Chileans are overall a very friendly people and welcome foreign tourists. The hospitality of the campesinos (country people) in rural Chile (where all the fishing takes place) is renowned.

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Lodging at Patagonia One

You will begin your stay with 3 days fishing out of Las Pampas Lodge in Argentina. This is amazing country, true frontera, little-changed from the days that Butch Cassidy roamed the mountains and valleys. You have countless small spring creeks and freestone streams to walk and wade here, most of which are home to large, aggressive browns and rainbows that get almost no pressure. Expect large foam dries on the end of your leader, and memorable surface takes. Also available are a series of mountain lakes home to trophy brown trout and rainbows, many of which love to take huge dries from the surface. If you like big trout in small

water with no-one else around, this place is for you.

On the seventh day, you will fish your way from Rio Pico, "Las Pampas" cross the Argentina border into Chile, and eventually end up at the TempleCamp for the three days. From the TempleCamp you will have access to the Rio Figueroa, Rio Pico (on the Chilean side) as well as all the other regional fisheries in the Lago Verde, Chile region, all amazing fisheries that also see little to no outside pressure.

Finally, guests will finish their stay fishing out of the beautiful main Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge, on the banks of the Rio Palena. Each day guides will bring you out to choose between a huge variety of river floats, casting large foam dries to the banks for oversized browns and rainbows. There are also some "sleeper" lagunas here with trophy-sized brown trout, for those who enjoy mixing in a little stillwater dry fly action.

The PatagoniaOne Fishing Program (13 Nights / 12 Days):
• Seven Nights at Las Pampas - Rio Pico, Argentina
• Three Nights at TempleCamp – Lago Verde, Chile
• Three Nights at Patagonian BaseCamp – Rio Palena, Chile

Being blessed by innumerable rivers, creeks, lakes and lagoons in the direct vicinity of The BaseCamp and Las Pampas Lodge, the angling options are almost unlimited. The fishing program will be designed to your personal preferences, but always taking into consideration the prevailing weather and river conditions. Some of the most popular options include exquisite overnight float trips on the Palena and Temple Camp Rivers.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the lodges and camps and fine mid-day meals are served streamside. The after-angling cocktail reception always includes a full complimentary bar, and fine domestic wines. Dinners, like all meals at the lodges, are informal, superb, and accompanied by the finest local wines.

Departure Day From Chile, Patagonia:
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip at Santa Barbara/Chaiten, Chile, for your flight back to the Paloma airport. From there you'll be transferred back to the Puerto Montt airport and onward connections.

Recommended Travel Agent:
Make it easy on yourself. Alicia Regueiro and her expert staff at Holdy Tours (800) 446-1111 or alicia@holdytours.com are a full service travel agency. They've been our first choice for ticketing for years because Holdy professionals are intimately familiar with the intricacies of travel to Chile, Argentina and all South America. Holdy gets rave reviews from us for arranging reasonably priced flights as well as city tours, hotels, transfers, and optional add-on travel packages to our fly fishing trips. They know the best routes and connections for even the most complicated Patagonia angling destinations and they've teamed up with LAN to offer the best airfares and service to South America.

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Fishing at Patagonia One

The waters surrounding Patagonian One hold a very healthy population of brown and rainbow trout.

The Fishing at Las Pampas:
From their base Las Pampas Lodge guests strike out each day to fishing that might include Rio Pico, but is often well beyond that shoreline to a myriad of small spring creeks and freestone streams are choked with

trout that are, to be kind, a bit on the naive side. Most startling, many of these meandering little mountain meadow creeks are full of trout in the 16-23-inch range, fish seeming far too large for their environs. Even better, they show a marked preference for dry flies, in particular the oversized foam patterns made so popular in our own American West. Anglers can choose from a wide choice of fishing destinations daily. Most consist of easy, flat-ground walking and wading.

The area is rather arid, and Rio Pico and its tributaries provide a lush spiderweb of greenery to the region. Surprisingly, the hatches of caddis and mayflies are very much like those found in the American West, and the mid-summer (January-February) surface activity is buoyed by the presence of hordes of grasshoppers that move closer to the river edge as the summer progresses.

The Pico is a typical freestone stream with headwaters that begin in Chile and extend for more than 60 miles before entering a lake system in Argentina. It is easily wadeable and can be crossed without difficulty between the deeper pools. Small streamers, nymphs, dries and terrestrials are all productive at times, and the entire experience is reminiscent of an angling holiday in Montana or Idaho.

So, too, can the weather change quickly in this part of the world and anglers need to be prepared for everything from cool mornings, sunny days, and thunder storms.

The Fishing at Temple Camp and Patagonia BaseCamp:
Patagonian BaseCamp's lodge is located in the midst of a pristine evergreen forest on the banks of the Rio Palena and within easy striking distance of the best regional waters in the area. When designing the lodge, Marcel had only two things in mind: maximum comfort and as little impact as possible to the environment. The stylish and comfortable building is completely constructed of wood. The roof alone counts 34,000 wooden shingles. The lodge offers very comfortable accommodation for a maximum of 12 guests, or 8 fishermen. All of the seven double rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated and feature en-suite full bathroom with unlimited hot water showers, sink, vanity and toilet. As a courtesy to guests, body soap and shampoo are provided along with plenty of fresh towels and a robe. There is also daily laundry service available at the lodge, which really helps lessen the amount of clothes you need to pack and travel with. If you prefer, subject to availability, you may have your own private room at no extra cost.The main gathering room features a large central 360° fireplace, bordered by a huge bank of floor to ceiling windows that look out at the Palena River and surrounding mountains. There are plenty of comfortable sofas and chairs to relax in and enjoy a cocktail, pisco sour or glass of wine from the open bar. Other amenities of Patagonian BaseCamp include 24-hour electricity, heated wader/drying room, sauna and riverside wood-fired hot tub.

The food is a mixture of traditional Chilean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, home-grown, organic vegetables from the lodge's huge greenhouse, local meats, homemade bread and pastries, along with lots of fresh fruit. All of the food is grown or raised on the farm or purchased from local farmers. Carolina is a master chef and her attention to detail and tradition along with innovative cooking style is a real treat. Carolina is also very accommodating and adept at cooking any special cuisine, i.e. vegetarians, low cholesterol, diabetes, gluten-free, etc. American-style breakfasts are cooked to order and there is always, fresh fruit, cereals, fresh-baked breads and rolls, along with homemade yogurt and fresh raw milk for those who want the real stuff. Most lunches in the field are served streamside and include wine, beer, hot dishes cooked over an open fire with desserts, fruit, sodas and bottled water.

Marcel's wine cellar is extensive and guests can look forward to fine Chilean and Argentine varietals including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Carmenère, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and others. Marcel also stocks a good selection of spirits that include Bourbon, Scotch, Vodka, Gin, Brandy and Pisco. And finally, a good selection of Chilean beers are always on hand and cold for after a hard day of fishing.

Trout have not been stocked here for close to a hundred years and the fish have found their own natural balance in numbers and sizes. You will catch lots of wild and strong fish within the 12 to 20 inch range. Fish over 20-inches are caught almost daily and over 24-inches weekly. The lodge record for a brown trout is 32 inches, and the rainbow trout is 28 inches.

Patagonian BaseCamp is strategically located to access a surplus of rivers, creeks, lakes and lagoons - the fishing options are seemingly unlimited and it would take an entire summer season to see and fish them all. The fishing program will be personalized to the best of the lodge's ability, taking into consideration the prevailing weather, river conditions and other guests' desires. Each evening after dinner, Marcel will sit down and discuss with all of you the fishing options available. It could be a two day float down the Palena, or run to Lago Verde to explore the Rio Pico or Rio Cacique Blanco. Or maybe a horse trek or mountain bike ride to a secluded high-mountain lake where you sight fish to surface cruising browns and rainbows. It's up to you, Marcel and the guides to decide.

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Making Reservations to Patagonia One

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