Things to consider
- Fly fishing is available all over Patagonia, but for a more special experience, consider a more specialised trip to go helifishing or catarafting
- If you have a particular catch in mind, take a look at our guide below to make sure you're going to the right place at the right time
- Those with more experience may relish a longer itinerary fishing in a few different places, but beginners can build in just a day or two into their longer itinerary
- Some of the best fishing experiences come from secluded lakeside and mountain lodges, but our partners will pick you up from pretty much any accommodation
What types of fishing can I do in Patagonia?
- Fly fishing – with single or double-handed fly rod for trout or salmon
- Spinning – Advisable for Chinook Salmon which are harder to catch on fly
- Shore fishing – Easily wadable waters, either guided or self-guided
- Cataraft – Always guided with floating raft covering plenty of otherwise inaccessible waters
- Boat (or jetboat) – Fast access up rivers to rich fishing areas
- Heli-fishing – An exciting option giving entry to remote and untouched fishing areas
What and when can I fish in Patagonia?
- Brown and Rainbow Trout in most locations across Patagonia – these are resident fish, although local factors affect population sizes throughout the year
- Brook Trout in a few lake locations, such as the Argentine Lake District – present most of the year, but they stay deep during the warmest months (December to February)
- Chinook Salmon at certain times of year – spawning season is February to April
- Sea-run Brown Trout spawn in Tierra del Fuego at the end of April/beginning of May
To the fly fisherman, Patagonia offers an opportunity to step back in time and to enjoy fishing wilderness almost untouched by man.
Fishing trips in Patagonia
Types of trip
1. Stay in a fishing lodge for a multi-day fishing experience
2. Book a day or two with a private guide as part of a tailor-made trip
3. Experience self-guided fishing, staying in accommodation close to the action with the support you need from our specialists.
Casting my first fly in Patagonia was special. In these pristine waters reside trout and salmon renowned the world over, for the abundance, size and ferocity. It is quite simply fishing heaven!
Peter StanleyJones Patagonia Specialist
- Torres del Paine – the Rio Serrano and the lakes between Torres del Paine and its nearest town of Puerto Natales provide spectacular fishing, especially for salmon, in a dramatic landscape
- Aysen – the Rio Baker runs 170km through the region and is host to very varied fishing opportunities. In the lakes, for example Lago Bertrand, you can catch trout, while the emerald green rivers offer salmon catches of up to 13kg
- Northern Patagonia – just a couple of hours across the border in Chile lies the Futaleufu River. Combine fishing with white water rafting in one of the world's great rivers for the sport. Visit the birth place for trout fishing in Patagonia, Junin de los Andes, or other world-famous rivers like the Chimehuin, Quilquihue, Collon Cura and Alumine
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