Come fish South America in Chilean Patagonia for some of the largest Brown Trout in the world with TCO Travel!
Date: March 19th - 25th or March 26th- April 1st 2023 (4 People Per Week)
Price: $5,175 per person (excluding airfare & gratuities) Six nights / Five days fishing - Price based on double occupancy
Trip Host - David Bower
Exclusions: US passport (required), airfare, any additional accommodations outside this trip package and gratuities to staff
About: Our mission is to provide an authentic fishing experience in Chilean Patagonia with experienced guides and comfortable accommodations, without the inflated costs associated with international travel. Years of experience in the field, along with intimate knowledge of the region’s fisheries better ensure that your trip will be well-organized, educational and entertaining. We measure our success through our ability to convey our knowledge to our guests and the lasting relationships that come from our experiences together.
The streams, rivers and lakes in the region offer a wide variety of angling opportunities within a short driving distance. The scenery is diverse and provides a refreshing reprieve from the cold winters that many guests face in the Northern Hemisphere during the months of November through April.
Chilean Patagonia needs little introduction to the traveling angler. It is widely known as one of the world’s premier trout destinations. The remoteness and beauty of the region evokes the allure of the old American West. Coyhaique is the largest town in the region and serves as the cultural and trout fishing hub in Central Patagonia. The valleys that are positioned among the dry grasslands, the Andes, and the Pacific Ocean offer angling options that range from diminutive spring creeks to large glacial rivers. These waters are home to wild resident trout year round. Between Coyhaique and the surrounding valleys, there are over twenty lakes with both rainbow and brown trout. In addition, the fjords that barricade the mainland from the Pacific Ocean serve as an entrance point for migratory trout and salmon. This trip suites anglers of all skills and ‘tastes’. The trout/salmon season in the region starts the first weekend of October. Many rivers and lakes offer great conditions as fish have not been pressured by anglers for (almost) six months. Several precipitation-fed rivers, creeks and small tributaries are gin clear. A significant part of the fishing takes place with sub-surface techniques. The fish are hungry after the winter and eagerly take a well-presented fly. As our season advances, temperatures rise, and longer days generate an increase in aquatic and terrestrial insect activity marking the beginning of our ‘peak season’. Central Patagonia is known as the dry fly fishing ‘capital’ of Chile. Anglers that yearn to fish large surface imitations for eager browns and rainbows need look no further. Sight fishing opportunities in moving and still water environments provide excitement and satisfaction. As the season concludes, colder weather and/or inclement weather sets in. Nymphs and streamers are proven producers for fish unwilling to feed on or near the surface. We pride ourselves on the ability to adapt to the conditions at hand and adjust presentations accordingly to catch those ‘difficult’ fish.
Our South Central operation is based in and around the General Carrera Lake watershed. General Carrera is Chile's largest lake (700+ sq. mi.) and is the second largest lake in South America, only smaller than Lago Titicaca in Bolivia. The trout that inhabit this region, surrounding lakes, and their respective flowages grow large and can be caught in a variety of ways. Glacier rivers, gin clear outlets and small tributaries can all hold 'that fish' you've been looking for. A variety of techniques can be employed to catch these trophy-caliber fish which is correlated to water conditions, time of year and overall fish behavior. Anglers that wish to fish this area need to be flexible with their angling approach and be physically mobile as much of the angling efforts will be done on foot. Additionally, extra travel logistics are required to get to this location. We coordinate all ground transportations for our guests and it is included with the cost of each angling package. Our season in this area starts in early February and concludes in late April.
Friday: Depart USA by plane.
Saturday: Arrive in Santiago, Chile (SCL) early morning on Saturday. Go through Chilean Customs. Pick up bags. Recheck bags. Depart morning or early afternoon to Balmaceda, Chile (BBA) form the same SCL airport.
Saturday Afternoon: Shuttle from BBA airport to lodging accommodations will be provided by guides/assistants. Dinner on Saturday night at 6-7 PM.
Sunday through Friday: Guided fishing days. Start time-approx. 9:00 AM; End time-approx. 6:00 PM. Breakfast served at 8:00 AM, streamside lunches, appetizers/drinks at 7:00 PM, and dinner at 8:00 PM. Note: These times can be accommodated as per angler’s request.
Saturday: Depart lodging accommodations by 9 am (depending on flight). Shuttle from lodging accommodations to airport provided by guides/assistants. Arrival in SCL airport. Connecting flight back to USA.
Sunday: Arrive in USA.