Coyhaique River Lodge
Season: December through March
Capacity: 12 Anglers
Included: 7 Nights / 6 Days Guided Fly Fishing. All meals, Lodging, and soft drinks and most alcoholic beverages, Airport transfers in Balmaceda, Chile
Not Included: Airfare, licenses, gratuities, laundry, phone calls or fishing gear.
Coyhaique River Lodge is located on 40 acres just 5 miles outside the city of Coyhaique on the banks of the Coyhaigue 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. 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.
“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. “
Not only is the lodge a brilliant addition to fly fishing trips, but it allows their team of experienced guides the ability to offer guests many more exciting adventures during their short stay in Patagonia. There is no more need to use up most of your vacation time by driving from place to place when you can relax in luxury and experience much more all within an hour or two of your first class accommodations.
Experience world class fly fishing in Chile with Coyhaique River Lodge on expeditions to the finest Patagonian fly fishing locations. Our first-class accommodations and experienced guides will make your travels smooth and your adventures unforgettable. We only book two fishermen with each guide for additional personal attention.
Coyhaique River Lodge has many special waters for guests to choose from each day. Whether it be the world famous Rio Simpson, a small stream meandering from a glacier high in the Andes Mountains, or a high country lagoon with monster brown trout, we always offer you a broad range of angling opportunities during your stay with us. The pure natural beauty of Patagonia is reason enough to visit us. “Give us a chance to share with you our great fishing and rich culture”.
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 Desague: It drains from Lago Elizalde and runs for about five miles until it enters Lago Caro. Within this short stretch of river, browns and rainbows in the 17-23 inch class abound with many larger trophies lurking. Jet boats are used to access this remote and scenic dry fly fishery.
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.
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.