PUMA FISHING LTDA. operates in Chilean Patagonia's fjord land region based in the Yelcho watershed which is considered by many anglers and fish biologists to be home to the largest resident Rainbows and Browns in all of the Patagonia. In addition, this area also has significant populations of Brook trout, Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Chinook (king) Salmon, and Coho (silver) Salmon. In 2017 we began fishing in the Pacific Ocean and were catching Slender Tuna and Snoek (Snake Mackerel), and submitted IGFA world records on these two species. We were one of the very first operations in this region with our floating lodge/mother-ship, PUMA, in Lago Yelcho in 1985.
We have two bases of operation: A custom 60 ft yacht, PUMA II (christened in 2009) in Lago Yelcho which is a 28 mile long lake with 7 rivers flowing into it (including the Futaleufu) and Rio Yelcho coming out of the lake on its 50 mile journey to the Pacific Ocean near Chaiten. In 1998, we built a beautiful lodge on the Yelcho River halfway between the lake and the ocean. From these two base operations we fish various rivers, lakes and estuaries; therefore we have a wide range of options available for the time of year and weather conditions to maximize your angling experience and address your fishing preferences in a positive manner. All of this in a breathtaking setting of virgin forests, glaciers, magnificent mountains, waterfalls and volcanoes!
PUMA LODGE is adjacent to Douglas Tompkins' PUMALIN PARK, considered one of the finest eco-parks in the world. This park with its numerous trekking trails to beautiful waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and a hot springs as well as a forest of gigantic Alerce trees is available for non-fishing activities.
The original custom built lodge/mother-ship was retired in 2006 and a new custom built yacht was ready for clients during the 2009 season. The 60 ft. yacht, PUMA II handles 6 fisherpersons in double occupancy cabins and a crew of 5. Each cabin has its own bathroom and shower. PUMA II travels the entire lake fishing the various rivers and bays from skiffs pulled behind the PUMA II-a most efficient and relaxing way to fish this magnificent lake. Thus you can fully experience some of the most incredible dry fly lake fishing in the world to cruising and rising Rainbows, Browns, and Brooks. The average size of the Rainbows and Browns in the lake is 2 - 7 lbs with double digit fish not uncommon and true monsters possible. The salmon species are also present periodically for your enjoyment. Fishing this lake has been called "the best flats fishing one can experience in fresh water" by several of our clients that shallow salt water fish - AND IT IS USUALLY DRY FLY FISHING! Besides the beautiful scenery, fantastic fishing and the ability to move the lodge to protected bays and river mouths there are two additional advantages of the PUMA - the fisherperson that is unable or prefers not to walk and wade only has to walk a few feet to the back of PUMA II and get in the skiff and go fishing. AND the fishing is only a few minutes away-no long auto rides!
Land Based Lodge
Set along the banks of Rio Yelcho, our lodge offers the angler a wold class experience from comfortable rooms and cabins, outstanding food, and incredible cocktails. wake up in the view of some of the most majestic scenery Chile has to offer!