Patagonia offers anglers some of the world's best fly fishing, and some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in which to do so. The water ranges from tranquil lakes and streams to whitewater rivers. Pataogonia is most famous for its Trout (mainly Brown Trout), but there's also opportunity to fish Salmon, Carp and the native Perca. Generally the season runs from mid-November to mid-April.
We partner with a number of fishing lodges and guides across the region. If you let us know what kind of fishing you are into, what kind of wilderness experience you are after, how long you've got and whether you'd like to combine fishing with any other activities we'd be delighted to help you find the best lodge or guide for your needs. Please get in touch.
Here you can out more about the opportunities across different regions and rivers of Patagonia.
Best places for Fishing in Patagonia
Junin de los Andes and the Rio Alumine
In the north, Junin de los Andes was the birth place for trout fishing in Patagonia. In this region you can use a wonderful working Estancia as a base for your fishing trips (and possibly combine with horse riding) or explore several of the region's different rivers with a guide who has been fishing here for over 30 years.
Esquel and the Rio Corcovado and Rio Grande
Large trout, over 10 pounds, are not uncommon in this region, and between November and April there's a beautiful lakeside lodge that you can use as your base. The lodge is owned by a very talented and creative guide who has been fishing in Patagonia for over a decade.
In addition to float fishing on the Rio Corcovado and Rio Grande, there are a number of spring creeks which will test even the most experienced of fishermen.
Just a couple of hours across the border in Chile lies the Futaleufu River which extends all the way down to the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the world's great rivers for white water rafting and offers some spectuacular white water fishing as well. This Futaleufu fly fishing trip offers a week of fishing along the best sections of the river.
Aisen and the Baker River
In Chilean Patagonia the Aisen region, with the infamous Carretera Austral running through it, is one of the least explored parts of Patagonia. The Rio Baker runs 170km through the region and offers very varied fishing opportunities. In the lakes (for example Lago Bertrand) you can catch trout, and the emerald green rivers offer salmon catches of up to 13kg.
Torres del Paine and the Rio Serrano
Torres del Paine National Park is best known for its trekking, but the Rio Serrano (which flows from the glaciers surrounding the Paine Massif) and the lakes between Torres del Paine and its nearest town of Puerto Natales offer spectacular fishing (mainly salmon) in a dramatic landscape. Itineraries can last from a couple of days to over a week, for example this Torres del Paine fishing trip.
We partner with a number of fishing lodges and guides across the region. If you let us know what kind of fishing you enjoy , what kind of wilderness experience you're after, how long you've got and whether you'd like to combine fishing with any other activities we'd be delighted to help you find the best lodge or guide for your needs.
Guide to Patagonia
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