Fly fishing in Chile was first
made know to North American anglers in the writings of
Roderick Haig-Brown and A. J. McLane in the early 50ís.
Then, a fishing trip to Patagonia Chile was a major
event as travel to remote areas was difficult and services
few. The trout were
there but not the infrastructure to reach them!
In the last 10 to 15 years, with the improvement of
air and road transportation, Chile has opened up and now
has some of the top lodges and guide services in the fly fishing world.
The best fly fishing is found from Puerto Montt, within
the lake district, and south.
The southern part of Chile is a narrow ribbon of land that
falls from the glaciated
mountains and volcanoes of the
Cordillera to the coast of the Pacific.
The Andes here catch the moisture laden clouds from
the Pacific and it is this precipitation that feeds the
rivers that cascade down through the lush temperate rain
forests of this region. The
geography and feel of this land is similar to that of the South
Island of New Zealand, Southern Alaska and British
Rainbow and brown trout were introduced to many of these
waters in the early 1900ís, and like Argentina, the food
conditions were ideal with freshwater crab as the main
staple of their diet. The
trout rapidly became established and spread throughout the
Due to the remoteness and lack of fishing
pressure in this region the fish have thrived and Chile
offers great trout fishing.
To add to this, Chile now has an established trout
and salmon commercial farming industry that contributes in
numbers, by way of escapees, to the wild population. Although rainbow and brown trout are predominant, king
and coho salmon along with sea run browns can be an
occasional surprise at the end of your fishing line.
Whether floating or wading, fly fishing Chile can be a true
adventure in a part of the world that nature retains as
wild. It is truly beautiful, unpopulated, and full of
fish! Contact Guided Connections and let us use our hard
earned knowledge and experience to help arrange your next
fly fishing adventure to the incredible, unspoiled country
In order to keep some of our locations
exclusive we have chosen not to list all of our destinations.
If you are interested in our arranging the trip of a lifetime for
you please read on and then give us a call.
For more specific information and photos on various Chilean
destinations follow the links below: