Chilean Patagonia offers some of the finest trout fishing opportunities in South America. Outcast Anglers primary program is based in Southcentral Patagonia around the General Carrera Watershed. In addition, Outcast Anglers has been hosting trips with Cinco Rios Chile and Estancia del Zorro for the past decade. These two exclusive lodges are strategically located at both ends of the central region.
Southcentral Patagonia - Migratory Trout : This fly fishing trip is based inside the General Carrera Lake watershed in Chilean Patagonia- offering some of the world’s most remote, ‘off-the-grid’ angling opportunities for trophy brown and rainbow trout. General Carrera is Chile’s largest lake (700+ sq. miles) and is the second largest lake in South America, only smaller than Lago Titicaca in Bolivia. The trout that inhabit ‘Carrera’ grow big and thrive in the lake’s deep cold waters. Our operation targets these fish as they transition from the lake into the headwaters of the watershed to begin their spawning process.
Dry fly, nymph, and streamer strategies can all be used with success. Typically, stripping streamers with a single-hand rod or swinging streamers with a switch rod prove to be met with the most reward. Water conditions and sunlight can have an effect on the level of fish activity, and it is important that each angler understands that a good day can be made out of three or four fish ranging from 20 to 30 inches.
While this trip may be initially attractive, it should be reserved for those who wish to cover large amounts of water on foot over rugged terrain. Additionally, the techniques used to target these fish often require advanced angling experience, a conditioned casting arm, and the ability to navigate in and around boulders/pocket water.
Estancia del Zorro: The Ranch of the Fox is located 23 miles from Coyhaique (Koi'aike) - the cultural and trout fishing hub of Central Patagonia. The remoteness and vastness of the region creates the allure of the American West, 100 years ago. Sitting on a 15,000-acre private ranch near the Argentina border, this rustic lodge offers traditional cuisine prepared on a wood stove.
Within walking distance from your room, anglers can experience the solitude of fishing large wild brown trout that inhabit the Zorro Spring Creek, and the nearby Pedregoso Creek. The trout that lurk in the undercut banks and weed beds aren’t easy but rival the size of any resident trout on earth.
Within driving distance, Nirehuao Creek-famous for its terrestrial fishing-provides great dry-fly fishing opportunities using grasshopper and beetle imitations. Anglers that wish to cross the Argentinean border have the opportunity to fish Mayo Creek, which supports over 6,000 Rainbows per mile.
Cinco Rios Lodge: Cinco Rios Lodge overlooks the banks of the Simpson River and sits at the base of the Andes, 10 minutes outside the town of Coyhaique. This established operation features modern accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and an endless variety of fishing opportunities.
The Simpson River serves as the lodge’s ‘home water’ and is arguably the most famous stream in the region. Healthy populations of insects, a variety of habitat and eager trout make it entertaining to anglers of different tastes and skill levels. In the normal course of a day, anglers may have the opportunity to cast dry flies, nymphs, and streamers to hefty rainbows and browns.
The Paloma Valley's glacial rivers and lakes offer the most diverse water structures Chilean Patagonia has to offer. Five large lakes interconnected by its outlets and main river- the Paloma, grant adventurous anglers a lifetime of fishing and exploration for eager trout that are often caught on large terrestrials and streamers.