Chilean Patagonia Part 2 The Fishing 1227023651433199 9
Chilean Part 2
Patagonia The Fishing
(koy – high’ – kee)
Fly Fishing Capital
Idaho – 7,500 mi.
Santiago – 1,025 mi.
Puerto Montt - 383 mi.
Cochrane - 214 mi.
Punta Arenas – 406 mi.
Travel Time from Idaho – Approx. 24 hours;
Local Time – Eastern Standard Time;
Weather – Located on 45th Parallel South; Very
similar to Portland, Ore. – 45th Parallel North.
(6 months later)
Elevation – 900 ft;
Population – 55,000;
Airport – Coyhaique/Balmaceda (BBA);
– 35 miles south of Coyhaique;
Health Care – Coyhaique Regional Hospital;
Restaurants - A Few Very Good Ones;
Shopping - Many retail shops and markets;
Internet Access - Yes.
Coyhaique is a Very Safe and Clean City.
Trout in Patagonia
First trout were introduced in 1904;
Brook trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon
Roe came from United States
Serious plantings were made in 1905;
Browns and Rainbows
Roe came from Germany
Many farmed salmon entered the river
systems during floods in 1994 - 5;
Experimental steelhead programs are
now underway in some areas.
Very few trout have
been planted in Chile
75 Years Ago!
Step 1, Talk to your outfitter each day
about your fishing preferences for the
Quantity or Quality (Numbers of fish or Size
of fish – or Both)
Lakes and Lagunas, or Moving Waters?
Streams, Rivers, or Spring Creeks?
Walk and wade, or Drift?
Dry flies, Nymphs, or Streamers?
You will be given several options…
Pick One (or two).
Some Optional Rivers
Blanco Emperador Guillermo
…and many more.
PLUS – many lake outflows and
Step 2, discuss with your guide….….
• Layered clothing; Be ready for anything
– especially wind;
(weather can vary 30 - 40 degrees in the same day)
• Breathable waders or wet wading are
both options, depending on weather.
Rods and Lines
• 6wt. rods work for everything; 4 or 5wt.
OK for some smaller waters;
• Have floating and sink tip lines for all
Leaders: 7 and 9 ft – 3X and 4X;
Tippet: Fresh 3X, 4X, and 5X;
• Attractors – Chernobyl Ants (Black &
Anything Sandwiches!) - Tan, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue etc.)
Stimulators, Sallys, Turks, Hoppers, etc.
(Big is Good - Rubber Legs are Good)
• Other Dry Flies - Caddis, Parachute
Adams, Mayflies, Damsels, Madam X,
Midges, PMDs, etc.
• Nymphs – Prince, Pheasant tail,
Copper Johns, Stone Flies, etc.
• Streamers – Wooly Buggers – Black,
Olive, Brown, White (with and without
beads), Bunnys, Zonkers, etc.
In general, the fish are not too picky.
Idaho/Montana patterns work well.
NOTE: Take good supply of flies, leaders, tippet, and
floatant as they are quite expensive if purchased locally.
For almost 60 years, I have been a serious fly
fishing devotee, with considerable experience fishing
waters in the western United States.
Through our many trips to Chile, my family and I
have become enchanted with Chilean Patagonia and
have made many friends there. We are currently
undertaking the task of building a vacation home in
All questions, suggestions, and comments are welcomed
dpierose @ gmail.com
Also go to:
CHILEAN PATAGONIA - Part 1 – The Country
Regions X, XI, and XII
CHILEAN PATAGONIA - Part 3 – The Trip
Scenes of the Area
When to Go
Lodging and Outfitters
Flight Options from U.S.
Cost of Trip