Travel - Chile 2018

FLY FISH CHILE - Hosted by George Costa from TCO Fly Shop - State College
April 22 - 28, 2018  |  
Cost: $2,995 per person


This fly fishing trip is based inside the General Carrera Lake watershed in Chilean Patagonia- offering some of the most remote, ‘off-the-grid’ angling opportunities for trophy brown and rainbow trout in the world.

General Carrera is Chile’s largest lake (700+ sq. miles) and is the second largest lake in South America, only smaller than Lago Titicaca in Bolivia.  The trout that inhabit the Carrera grow big and thrive in the lakes deep cold waters.  Our trip will target these fish as they transition from the lake into the headwaters of the watershed to begin their spawning process.

While this trip may be initially attractive, it should be reserved for those who wish to cover large amounts of water on foot over rugged terrain.  Additionally, the techniques used to target these fish often require advanced angling experience, a conditioned casting arm, and the ability to navigate in and around boulders/pocket water.  We will be covering 4-6 miles of water a day on foot so be prepared for a hike!



We will be targeting large migratory Brown trout. This is a trip not about numbers of fish, but quality and size.  These large trout will get you into your backing and will be the fish of a lifetime.  22-30” fish are common and will be our target.


Our guides for this trip will be Lance Wilt and Juan David Vera of Outcast Anglers, a professional fly fishing guide service with over two decades of combined experience in both Chile and central Pennsylvania. 

Six through eight weight rods in the 9-10’ range matched with a weight forward floating line are ideal, although carrying a few integrated sink tips or versi-tips can be useful as well for some of the fishing situations.   Most of the fishing will be with large streamers although the opportunity to throw terrestrials and mouse patterns is always a possibility.  There’s nothing like taking a 24” brown on top with a size 4 beetle! 

Quality waders and studded boots as well as cold weather gear will be a necessity, this is mid-fall in Patagonia so temperatures can fluctuate.



Saturday April 21st:  Depart USA by plane.

Sunday April 22nd:  Arrive in Santiago, Chile (SCL) early morning with enough time to go through Chilean customs, then depart morning or early afternoon to Balmaceda, Chile (BBA).

Our guides or assistants from El Engano will meet us at the Balmaceda Airport and shuttle us to lodging (around a 3.5 hour ride).  We will arrive with enough time to settle in and have dinner around 8:30.

Monday 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 8:00 PM, and dinner at 8:30 PM.

Saturday April 28th:  Depart lodging accommodations by 8:15 AM.  Shuttle from lodging accommodations to airport provided by guides/assistants. 

Sunday April 29th:  Arrive back in USA



We will be staying at El Engano located on the banks of General Carrera Lake, one of the most comfortable accommodations in the area. The cabins are all modern and based on double occupancy with standard 220v power.  A restaurant/bar and spa are on the premises for when you just need to relax.


  • 5 days of guided fishing / 6 nights of lodging
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, wine and beer
  • Ground transportation (truck and ferry) to and from Balmaceda Airport (BBA)
  • Chilean fishing license
  • Flies are provided


  • US Passport (required)
  • Airfare to and from Balmaceda, Chile
  • Any additional accommodations outside this trip package
  • Hard alcohol
  • Gratuities to staff

For more information contact George at: or 814.689.3654 xt 3

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