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Fly Fishing and relaxing in Patagonia - Chile
The geography of Chile, with its unique diversity, is what some people call ‘crazy’. The country extends 4300 km from north to south and only 200 km from east to west. It is 6000 m above sea level.
The variety of landscapes – rocky peaks, volcanos, deep canyons, deserts, fjords, glaciers, emerald lakes and golden beaches – are what makes Chile so unique. This is where we invite you to discover the region of Palena and ,in exclusivity, the Yelcho Lodge.
Lake Yelcho is famous for fly-fishing thanks to the abundance of trout and to its temperate climate. The biggest trout caught to date was 17 kilos! ( a national record on the fly).
Welcome to this region of Patagonia where rainbow and brown trout, Chinook and Coho salmon abound. A new place in paradise in the southern hemisphere with fishing between November and April. Lake fishing or river fishing in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Yelcho or the rivers Palena, Yelcho and Futaleufu.
With its twenty years of experience, the Yelcho Lodge is one of the best in the south of Chile. The friendly staff are all nature lovers and will make sure you have an unforgettable stay. The Lodge offers different types of accommodation and you can choose between a hotel room or a chalet.
The hotel has 8 comfortable rooms overlooking the lake with bathroom en-suite.
You will find a bar, a restaurant, a lounge, a pleasant deck where you can relax after a good day’s fishing and a souvenir shop. You will also have access to satellite TV and internet.
The well-stocked tackle shop is a good place to buy material specific to the region or to replace any lost or broken equipment.
The lodge also has 6 chalets which are located just a few metres from the most beautiful beaches on Lake Yelcho. These are ideal for groups or families and are available for a minimum of 4 people.
Each chalet has a fully-equipped kitchen, a lounge with fireplace, a deck overlooking the lake and a barbecue. These wooden chalets are a real home from home and each is separate from the others.
Good food and excellent wines are an essential part of Chilean culture and the restaurant will provide you with both. The menus combine traditional dishes with international food with a wide selection of meat, seafood, patés and local produce. All meals are served with wine, chosen among the 65 types of Chilean wine.
As well as these menus, the Chef will also propose his ‘dish of the day’ made with the best ingredients. The restaurant also has its own ‘Quincho’ – the traditional roast lamb (usually prepared for your last evening). A custom not to be missed!
At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than exchanging your stories with your friends, old or new, over a drink. You are sure to appreciate the local cocktails served at the bar.
White or red, the Yelcho has one of the best wine collections in the region and once a week they organise a wine-tasting evening with local cheeses.
Lake Yelcho is famous for fly-fishing thanks to the abundance of trout and to its temperate climate. The river Futaleufu flows into the lake in this vast area of unspoiled nature and, as you cast, you will be able to admire the landscapes: stunningly beautiful glaciers, dense forests, and emerald waters.
The Yelcho river runs out of Lake Yelcho and then flows to Chaiten Bay in the Corcovado Gulf. This river is fed by the rivers Futaleufu, Correntoso, Cascada, Enredadera and Malito and runs for 46 km. With its 360 m3/sec, it is perfect for big trout. The Yelcho river is the ideal place for the experience of a lifetime: just make sure you take some photos as proof when you go home!
There are other places to explore in the region. The Futaleufu , which flows into Lake Yelcho, is famous for its rapids and an excellent spot to cast your line.
The Michinmahuida is interesting at the beginning of the season before the snow melts and is excellent for fishing from the bank. Several small lagoons near the lake are home to big specimens.
All your outings at Yelcho are accompanied by a professional fishing guide.
Fishing in Patagonia is varied. You can catch rainbow, seatrout, brook trout (salvelinus fontinalis) as well as Chinook, Atlantic and Coho salmon, depending on the season.
Those fly-fishing will target brown trout or rainbow with a chance of catching an Atlantic salmon or a silver. The choice of fly depends on the species you are fishing…. But dry flies work well on brown trout and rainbow while streamers are good for salmon and big brown trout.
In the lake big dragonfly-style flies are used. Sometimes the lakes are covered in them and at this moment dry flies are the best way to catch a trophy trout of 5 to 10 kg.
Fishing on the lakes and rivers can be done from one of the boats or rafts available at the Lodge. There are 3 fibreglass 6 m boats with 50 HP engines, 2 rafts for the Yelcho river and 2 aluminium Triton boats with 20 HP engines.
The season in Yelcho runs from mid-November to the end of April and during this time you can fish for rainbow, native trout and seatrout.
For Chinook, fishing is from early February to the end of April when you will have a chance of catching a specimen of over 25 kg
shared room - double occupacy EUR 2.120
FFTC Voucher available - 100 USD off for FFTC Members / fisherman / booking
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