Fishing in Chile with Roxtons
This is one of the finest fishing destinations in Chilean Patagonia, and offers a tremendous amount of geographical and angling diversity, including spectacular dry fly, streamer, and nymph fishing.
Rex Bryngelson has worked and guided for 14 years pioneering angling projects in Chilean Patagonia, and has chosen the Rio Cisnes (Swan River) and its tributaries near the Argentine border as his home.
The river directly in front of Los Farios is slow flowing and easily waded for a mile or two in either direction. There are two creeks that enter the river downstream and a number of small lakes, lagoons and lagunas nearby. There are also productive waters in the Lago Las Torres and its surrounding rivers.
Fishing on the Cisnes is a combination of floating and wading. Floating whilst stripping wet flies back from underneath the bank is an amazing experience and very unlike any trout fishing that you are likely to have encountered before.
A further advantage is the option to ride on horseback to the lodge's remote, privately owned lake, brimming with large brown trout. Day trips can also be arranged to the Queulat National Park to fish spectacular sea run trout and salmon locations along the coast.
This ranch home is just a stone's throw from the river and accommodates a maximum of six guests in comfortable guest rooms.
Rex Bryngelson hosts at the lodge with his chef serving typically Chilean meals with the dining schedule organised around the day's fishing.
A hot tub in the garden is a very relaxing way to end the day and sited as it is in the middle of the Andes, it is unlikely that you will ever have had a better view from a hot tub.
Meals are always accompanied by freshly baked bread, salads, and garden-fresh vegetables, complemented by fine Chilean wines.
Fishing in Patagonia's clear rivers requires rods ranging from 8ft to 9ft 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
Posada de los Farios is a paradise for non-fishers. Options include birdwatching as condors, parrots, kingfishers, ibis and woodpeckers zip past or wheel overhead. Alternatively, following horse trails through the spectacular mountain vistas and virgin forest is the perfect way to unwind after white-water rafting the Rio Cisnes.
Birdwatching: Condors, parrots, kingfishers, ibis and woodpeckers, to name a few.
Cultural Visits: A visit to some of the neighbouring farms and villages is a fascinating day trip. It is often the most memorable part of a guest's trip to Chile. The local rural people live a lifestyle like one would imagine it to have been like in the Western U.S. a century ago.
River rafting: There are many spectacular sections of the Rio Cisnes to raft. Most parts of the river are easy with little dangerous whitewater. However, challenging whitewater trips can be arranged for the adventurous visitor.
January until April.
Time Difference from GMT
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.
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 surgest that you take good repelant to prevent any irritating bites.
3 hours drive North from Balmaceda (the nearest airport) and it is a stunning drive through the Andes - past the famous Simpson river and Manuales town.
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A wonderful setting in the middle of the Andes with excellent fishing and an endlessly popular host and lodge.
Prices start from £4,000 per person for 6 days fishing including international flights.