Fishing in Chile with Roxtons
South of the Chilean lake district, Futaleufu is a stand alone fishery and Futa lodge offers immediate access to some of the finest parts of the river.
As well as the mighty river where trout are free rising and plentiful there are beautiful lagoons and lakes that can be accessed from one of the nicest lodges in the country.
The famous Futaleufu river grows healthy stocks of rainbow and brown trout that are fed by abundant hatches of mayfly, caddis and stoneflies. A heavy resident stock of fish and great hatches combined with classic fly water make the Futaleufu a trout fisherman's paradise.
Average rainbows and browns are in the 14"-16" class but much larger fish are caught regularly. There are even the occasional sea-run fish, guaranteed to put a bend in your rod! In truth though, whilst the chance of a big fish is a daily occurrence, it's hard to be totally focused on the fishing in a place this special.
The fishing is a combination of floating and stripping wet flies back from the bank where trout wait to ambush and wading and stalking the edges of the current where back eddies provide a constant source of food. For the more adventurous the lodge offers remote fishing that can only be accessed on horseback where you can pretend to be a mix of gaucho and fisherman in the same day.
Futa lodge stands high on the river bank with an excellent view of the river. It is one of the prettiest lodges in Chile and has a uniquely warm atmosphere.
The Futa lodge has a capacity of 6 rods and is particularly cosy and comfortable. The food is wonderful with a real emphasis on local produce which means it is always fresh.
The lodge's inaccessibility through the Valle de las Escalas makes this part of the river unique, lazy horseback trails wind down to the river´s edge - a riot of Lupins and other wild flowers cover the banks of each side of this amazing river; no engines pollute the river here chemically or audibly, and time appears to have stood still. Futa is a true and total wild fishing experience.
Fishing in Patagonia's clear rivers requires rods ranging from 8ft to 9ft for 4 to 7 weight lines depending mainly on your preference. It is always worth while taking two rods just in case one breaks.
Floating lines matched to your rods weight are usually the normal choice to fish these clear rivers with a dry fly. We suggest lines from 4 weight through to 7 weight, these will cope with almost any conditions that you will encounter. Although not usually needed it is always worth have an intermediate line or sink tip cover any and all eventualities.
Nylon / Leader
Tapered trout leaders starting at 10ft in length are suitable. Your tippets do not need to exceed 5lbs breaking strain.
A selection of flies that are successful here include
- Goddards Sedge
- May Fly
- Grass Hoppers
- Red Humpies
- Royal Wulf's
- Damsel Nymphs
- Stone Flies
Please take your own fly box as well, as you will have your own favourites that you might like to try.
- Wading stick
- Layered clothing because of changeable weather
- Wader repair kit
- Polarized sunglasses
- Forceps / clippers
- Hand and face moisturizer
Other activities that one can do at Futa are as follows
- White-water rafting and kayaking in the Futaleufu River.
- Horse-riding through the magical coyhue forests.
- Hiking to local waterfalls.
- Bird watching.
January until April.
Time Difference from GMT
- 4 hours.
Electricity runs on a 220V current. To use your chargers and other electrical items you will need an adapter.
The official currency of Chile is the Peso but the US$ is the currency of choice in the lodge.
We suggest a gratuity of $60-$80US per day per person. All tips are evenly distributed among the guides and staff. Should you feel inclined to give a gratuity to someone personally, you are welcome to do so, this should be done outside of the general gratuity.
Visa requirements for UK citizens
There are no required inoculations for travel to Chile, though you are advised to check with your doctor prior to departure regarding any vaccinations that may be recommended. If you are taking prescription medicines please ensure that you bring enough for the duration of your stay.
Biting insects in Patagoinia are as a general rule not a problem. However we do suggest that you take good repellent to prevent any irritating bites.
Futa Lodge is situated in the Valle de las Escalas on the Futaleufu River, about half way between Puerto Montt and Coyhaique, 40 minutes drive from the village of Futaleufu.
How to get there:
- From Buenos Aires there are weekly flights to Esquel. You will be met by a lodge representative, cross the border to Chile and driven to the lodge (approx 1 1/2 hours)
- By air from Santiago and Puerto Montt to Chaiten. You will be met in Chaiten and transfers to the lodge by 4WD vehicle (approx 4 hours).
- From Puerto Montt you can also charter direct to the Futaleufu airport, where you will be met by a lodge representative and driven to the lodge (approx 40 minutes).
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A unique experience for those wanting to combine great sport in a wonderfully atmospheric lodge.
Prices start from £4,000 per person for 6 days fishing including international flights.