Coihaique is a small town of 40,000 inhabitants founded in 1929 to encourage settlement to this sparsely populated region of Chile. The town is situated in a valley with a great panoramic view of the mountains and is the trout capital of this region.
This area is a transitional zone for weather and much drier then Puerto Montt. It is situated at 46º south on the edge of the coastal forest zone. To the east is the dry steppe and Argentina. Coihaique boasts many rivers and fishing opportunities, with stunning scenery in all parts. Anglers can river fish by boat or walk/wade the many small streams and lakes. Guided Connections works with a number of outfitters in this region providing a variety of fishing options, including the only fly-out operation in Chile located south of Coihaique. They fish in spectacular wild country reminiscent of Alaska.
The Coihaique area and south is territory that has only been a destination area for international fly fishermen in the past decade. It had previously received visitors, but only recently has become know as a prime area for fishing vacations. It’s waters hold surprises including the possibility of hooking various species and some true trophies. For Guided Connections this area is one of the favorite places in the world to fly fish!
As mentioned above, the Coihaique region abounds with fly fishing opportunities. Rivers to fish include Rio Simpson, Rio Aysen, Manigaules, Rio Torreones, Rio Azul, Coihaique Alto, Lagos Pollux and Frios, Rio Baker, Rio Cochrane and many more. The Heart of the Andes Lodge has access to many unknown rivers and seldom fished waters including the O’Higgins area to the south.
Guided Connections has spent much time in the Coihaique region and is uniquely qualified to customize a tripto this varied area based on your personal needs and desires. Contact us and let us use our hard earned knowledge and experience to help arrange your next fly fishing adventure to the incredible, unspoiled country of Chile.