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Patagonia Trouters- Patagonia, Chile

Patagonia Trouters

Fly Fishing in Patagonia, Chile

featuring Nicolas Gonzalez

Specializing in custom fly fishing trips to Patagonia, Chile!

*bookings November- April

The landscapes of the Chilean Patagonia are of an overwhelming natural beauty. The mixture of the natural elements- wind, water and sun- continuously transform this magical landscape, giving it life...and making this region a unique and unforgettable corner of the world.

Not to mention, Coyhaique Town, our base of operations, is also known as the "brown trout capitol of the world". That’s where we come in...

Patagonia Trouters is a family owned, local business in Coyhaique, Chile, that is now offering it’s expertise..... gained from years of experience in the fly fishing and regional tourism business.

Nicolas Gonzalez... or Nico as we call him... is a native of the Aysen Region, where he has been a professional fly fishing guide for more than 15 years now. Nicolas is a pure pleasure to fish with and knows the waters in the region as well as anybody. He is licensed by the regional guides association, is certified in First Aid, and also speaks perfect English! Flip Pallot, who fished with Nico for the filming of two "Walker’s Cay Chronicles", declared Nico to be one of the best guides he had ever fished with! Nico also works with some of the best guides in the region when larger groups require.

Nico’s wife, Ilsie Wolf, is the "Woman behind the details". She came to the region from Santiago and decided to stay. She has combined her organizational and business skills with Nico’s fly fishing reputation and together they are working hard to make the Patagonia Trouter’s dream come true!

Nico and Ilsie have teamed up with Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters/Mad River Media and will be offering very exclusive, custom trips to the Patagonia Region of Chile. One of our specialties will be couples trips, offering a non-fishing alternative for those who wish to bring spouses or non-fishing others. This exciting "tour" package has been put together by the partners..but Brian and Nico also promise not to lose sight of why we are there... trophy trout on dry flies!

Below is some further information on the trips but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Upon sign up you will receive detailed information on our trip options and will be required to select your "choices" so that we can tailor the trip to your needs.

We will be happy to consult with you, at no charge, on trip options so that we assure you have the kind experience you are looking for!

Just give us a call- 888-451-0363- toll-free if you have any questions whatsoever

The Lodge- Coyhaique, Chile

The Coyhaique River Lodge

In the Heart and Soul of Northern Patagonia

Coyhaique River Lodge is located on 40 acres just 5 miles outside the city of Coyhaique on the banks of the Coyhaique River. The 10,000 square foot lodge is designed to greet and host our visitors who have come to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the region.

Two Queen-size beds in each of the eight large guest rooms will spoil even the most particular of guests. After a full day of fly fishing and adventures, the large deck overlooking the picturesque Coyhaique River and endless mountains beyond, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a sip of the local Pisco Sour or a glass of the finest Chilean wine.

Exquisite regional dishes are prepared by local chefs and served in the main "quincho" right there in the lodge. You will dine with other guests and be served by the attentive staff, who take great pride in making you feel warm and welcome.

"Our goal is to toast the very best of service so that our guests take home with them wonderful memories of their visit to Patagonia."

View more pictures of the Lodge and these trips

We are honored to be able to host the guests of Trouters at the Coyhaique River Lodge and know that you will feel a part of their family as well. We feel that it is one of the nicest lodges of it's kind in the area."

The Fishing- XI Region, Chile

In the Aysen Region, there are countless rivers and lakes of diverse dimensions and qualities. This offers the angler an un-paralleled variety of fishing options. Plus, our spirit of adventure constantly drives us to discover new fishing locales, giving us the opportunity to access places where very few people have visited. Our geographic area of operations is vast and it's multiple resources allow us to offer fly fishing tours anywhere from the Rio Nirehuao in the North to the Baker River in the South.

Patagonia is famous for it's Brown Trout fishing. So much so, it is often referred to as the "Brown Trout Capital of the World". You will also encounter some rainbow trout as well.

The focus in the region is Dry Fly Fishing! Some of the best to be had on the planet as a matter of fact! We throw tons of terrestrial type flies with foam and rubber-legged patterns being the standard fare. In recent years, the streamer fishing has been catching on and we catch some enourmous fish on these big flies. All-in-all, you would be hard-pressed to find better trout fishing anywhere on planet earth!!!

A typical week would be as follows:

  • 2 days walk-and-wade- smaller/spring creeks
  • 2 days float trips- larger rivers
  • 1 day lake trip
  • 1 day you decide

As stated, we want to work with you to put together a fishing experience that matches your needs and wants. If you don't like boats....we walk all week. If you can't get around so well, we float! We take great pride in putting together a custom week for you and your group, a service that other lodges and outfitters simply do not offer.

You need to have some basic fly fishing gear and some flies. Bring along a 5 and a 6wt rod with floating lines, maybe a sinking line if you are into streamers. A handful of 2X-4X leaders and trippet...throw in your waders and boots and you are all set. A detailed equipment listing and fly recommendation will be sent upon reserving your week although if any questions, don't hesitate to call.

We don't want to be the biggest.....just the best!" - Nico Gonzalez

Mad River Outfitters/Patagonia Trouters Fishing Packages -

per angler- double occupancy, two anglers per guide

per angler- single with guide (price for solo or solo angler with non-fishing partner)

Packages include: transportation to and from the Balmaceda, Chile airport, 7 nights loding, all meals, beer and wine with dinner, 6 days of guided fishing

Packages do not include: air transportation to Balmaceda, Chile, reciprocity fee when entering Chile (approximately $130.00 U.S.), hard liquor, fishing tackle and flies, gratuities to guide and lodge staff

Non-Fishing Packages

One of the things we most often hear anglers say is that they "Need to bring their wives back to see this wonderful place". Well... now they can!!

Patagonia Trouters, along with the help of Mad River Outfitters, has put together a great package for the non-angler.

Five of the six days can be spent traveling around the region, with an English speaking, yet native tour guide. We will have many activites to choose from and can tailor a week to meet your specific needs or interests. It is our goal to share with you this wonderful culture and scenery in Patagonia.

A typical week would include:

Day 1 - drive to Cerro Castillo, light hike to famous "Hand Cave" National Monument, lunch, visit Cerro Castillo village, drive to Puerto Ibanez, shopping for handcrafts of Puerto Ibanez, sightseeing of lakes rivers and lagoons in the area

Day 2 - city tour of Coyhaique, vies, Piedra del Indio (stone Indian monument), wind mills, town square downtown, museum, cathedral, lunch at a local restaurant, handrafts and vendors, Dolbek Beer factory tour (local brewer), tea or coffee at Ricer (local downtown "hangout")

Day 3 - to the state nature preserve of Coyhaique for some sight-seeing and light hiking, lunch in preserve, drive to Coyhaique Alto, horseback riding at campo equesture for the afternoon

Day 4 - day off for relaxation......or join in for some fishing? The lodge is a great place to spend a lazy day!

Day 5 - drive to Aiken del Sur Park, 1 hour drive will stop at Puerto Aysen and Chacabuco, lunch at Leberias del Sur Hotel (best hotel and restaurant in south of Chile), tour and hiking in Aiken del Sur park.

Day 6 - Agri-Tourism- you will spend a day with a famly from the "Countryside" and see how they live and work in this land. Activities like making cheese, shearing sheep, gathering water, getting the children to school....everyday life things. You will be treated to a typical Patagonian lunch put on by the family. This day will give you a deep respect and love for the people of this land.

As stated, this is just a sample itinerary and upon making your reservation, you will be contacted by Patagonia Trouters to help you put together the perfect "tour" whether it be for you or for your group.

Non-Fishing Prices

basic non-fishing package- lodging and meals- no tour package

tour package- lodging and meals- 5 days "touring"

* Above prices are based on double occupancy- rooming with a "Fishing Partner"

Please remember to give us a call if you have any questions whatsoever! 614-451-0363

Individual or Group Trips to Coyhaique, Chile
"The Brown Trout Capital of the World"

Bookings December 1st- April 1st

Give us a call at 614-451-0363
or e-mail at [email protected]

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Mad River Outfitters
Full-Service Outfitters for Fly Fishing in Chile
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