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Coyhaique River Lodge in Chile
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Discover the uncrowded and unspoiled Aysen Region of Northern Patagonia,Chile, best known for it’s world class fly fishing, enchanting beauty and warm hospitality. Let our personal guides take you on a unique journey into the local culture, deep history and exciting outdoor adventures of Coyhaique, Chile. No matter how much time is spent at our first class Coyhaique River Lodge, it is never long enough to experience all the wonders of this ultimate destination.
The new lodge is a brilliant addition to the marvelous fly fishing trips the Urrejola brothers have run for many years. Now it allows their team of experienced guides the ability to offer guests many other exciting adventures during their stay in Patagonia. No need to use up your vacation time by traveling from place to place when you can relax in luxury and experience it all right out your front door.
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 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.
We offer All-Inclusive one week and daily packages
6 days and 7 nights
All meals in the lodge and the river
Daily fishing excursion with bilingual guides
All transportaIon in 4WD vehicles.
Boats: McKenzie ́s, rafts and motor boats
One bilingual guide per 2 anglers.
Other services as described in the iInerary
Day 1: Balmaceda / Coyhaique
Coyhaique River Lodge staff will meet guests at the regional airport of Balmaceda. Guests will be driven to the lodge in Coyhaique on the banks of the Coyhaiquer river. Welcome cocktail and lunch will be waiIng at the lodge. Depending of the Ime of the flight, guests can start the first a^ernoon of fishing, then back to the lodge for dinner.
Day 2 – 6: Fishing Schedule
Breakfast and dinner are served at the lodge. Lunch is served at the river or surrounding area. Each evening the hosts and guides will discuss the best angling opIons for the next day. The schedule will depend on guest preferences, the best locaIons, weather, and water condiIons.
Day 7: Coyhaique / Balmaceda / Santiago
Breakfast then choice of either spending the morning fishing, or go into town and shop for some, arts and crafts of the region. Lunch will be offered at the Lodge. Transport to Balmaceda airport where guests will be flown back to SanIago in Ime to connect with their internaIonal flight.
The Coyhaique River Lodge fishing program offers walk and wade fishing as well as float trips on the following rivers:
Rio Coyhaique: The lodge property has a mile of river frontage plus additional private access points to miles of easy wadding and large quantities of excellent fish. This river gets better every year and is still great fishing when the weather isn’t so great elsewhere.
Rio Huemales: The river is wide with sandy bottom where you can wade down the middle and fish towards large browns hiding in the undercut banks. Many deep pools are fun to pull streamers and watch the big guys chase it all the way to your feet.
Rio Simpson: It tends to fly fish like a classic Montana freestone and has significant caddis and mayfly opportunities. It is most often floated but, several wade options exist also. Browns and rainbows average 14-22 inches. However, trout up to 30 inches have been caught on a fly. This river has more fish per mile than perhaps any river in the southern hemisphere. A substantial run of King Salmon return to this river starting in November.
Rio Nirehuao: This is perhaps the area’s most famous fishery. It is a mid-sized freestone wading stream renowned worldwide for its fantastic hopper fishing during mid-summer exclusively for wild brown trout. The lodge’s head guide Alejandro has guided this river for 12 seasons + and knows it like no one else. Fish average in the 12 -20 inch range but, those over 24” are present.
Rio Emperador Guillermo: It is one of the jewels of the area, with many pools and riffles loaded with hungry trout that average 12 to 16 inches. Other Rivers:
Rio Mañihuales: The Manihuales has a little of everything including a lot of big trout! It is most often floated but, some good wade fishing is available on it very upper reaches. It has a healthy population of both Brown and Rainbow trout as well as a strong run of King Salmon. The Manihuales often surrenders fish well in excess of 20 inches during an average day with the Brown trout usually being the largest. This river has structure like no other and an incredible amount of prime holding spots making it a favorite amongst local guides.
Several spring creek options are also available in the remote ranch land areas near the Argentine border. There are unlimited lakes, large and small, where you’ll never see another boat or fisherman the whole day.
Many private still water options are offered by Coyhaique River Lodge and are highlighted by the incredibly productive lakes of the Cerro Castillo area. If you wish for a shot at that 10 lb trout of a life time, this would be the place.
In addition to owners Gaston and Claudio being among Chile’s finest guides, the lodge also contracts several of the top guides from around the Coyhaique area. Always a favorite for guests is Alejandro Trepiana, who not only is a passionate angler who knows the surrounding waters like no one else but, also a talented professional guitarist who often entertains guests in the evenings. Have a favorite Beatles song? Alejandro surely knows it.
Contact us for details and pricing on our weekly packages or extended vacations. We tailor your trip to fit your desires.
Our season runs from October 15 to April 30 (Chilean spring-summer)
Since weather can be unpredictable in Patagonia, we recommend guests bring wind jackets, rain jackets, shorts and pants, good walking and hiking shoes, cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen.