This was a trip of a lifetime for me. I am an avid fly fishing person and have fished the western US and Alaska. The opportunity for me to go to the Chilian Patagonia and fish in beautiful surroundings on both river and lake was the best fishing experience of my lifetime. The fact that I caught a huge rainbow trout (over 20 lbs) on a streamer fly was just the icing on the cake.
The trip involved 4 legs of air travel. The lodge provided support from Santiago to the lodge with people meeting each flight and transport to the lodge. That in itself was wonderful for a person that is saddled with only one language (english). The lodge is remote and only approached by boat from the river. A team of oxen transport your luggage to the lodge where I stayed. There are individual cabins at the lodge as well. The fireplace was going and food was wonderful. Everything was cooked on a wood stove and a generator provided electricity with back up batteries for electric use at night. You never realized that you were off the grid. After about 20 hours traveling I deposited my luggage into my room, found a guide and went fishing an hour or so before dinner. Never was a problem catching fish the whole trip and the surroundings were breathtaking. I fished every one of the 10 days I was there. After fishing on the river for about half of my stay we went to the Yelcho Lake by little boats and stayed on the floating lodge mother ship and fished the lake. The mothership would find a spot, anchor and the fishing parties would go out in small boats. Most of the fishing was with streamer flies and a sinking line while I was there. There were a couple of days of dry flies on top, which is my favorite. One of the problems fishing this area was that the scenery was so spectacular that you found yourself looking around and missing the strikes while fishing. Sometimes i just spent time looking.
The Lodge's website tells the story better than I can, ( www.pumafishing.com) but the experience of being there is one that I will never forget. A memorable trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High end fishing lodge operation consisting of a land based lodge which accommodates 8 in 2 private cabanas and 2 suites in the main lodge on Rio Yelcho. Non-fishing activities include treks to Pumalin Park and glaciers. ... more less