Why go with Expediciones Chile?
A Variety of Fly Fishing Options:
Our Patagonia fly fishing itineraries cover
the entire Futaleufu River Valley from Parque
Nacional Los Alerces in Argentina to the Rio
Yelcho in Chile. With Expediciones Chile you
can: fish the areas below the Futaleufu River
from the Isla Monita Lodge, including Lago
Yelcho and Rio Yelcho, fish the Futaleufu
River and all its tributaries from the CondorNest
Ranch, of fly fishing in Argentina in Los
Alerces National Park and the headwaters of
the Futaleufu from El Encuentro Lodge in Argentina.
Years of Experience:
We have been in business and operating in Patagonia, Chile and Argentina since 1986. Our long history in the region has provided us with an unsurpassed knowledge of both countries to smooth the way for all of our guests.
We guarantee departures on most of our fly fishing trips! We won't cancel a trip at the last minute due to lack of people. We can also accommodate last minute bookings on many of our lodges and have run trips with as few as one or two people. If you are planning a fly fishing trip in our area that is not guaranteed departure (participation dependent) keep Expediciones Chile in mind as a back-up. We might be able to save your vacation.
Our guides are professionally trained and certified with many years of international guiding experience on their resumes. We hire only the most personable guides who are gregarious, well-informed, supportive, patient, conscientious, clean-cut, and safety oriented.
Fly Fishing Instruction:
For those who want to learn to fly fish , we offer a week of world class instruction from the Isla Monita Lodge based on the upper shores of Lago Yelcho.
Multisport Options for Non-Fly Fishers:
For those non fly fishers in your group check out our extensive multisport menu for yourself, or for your fishing companions. On many of our trips you will have the opportunity to add horseback riding, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, whitewater kayaking an trekking to your Chile fly fishing itinerary.
Because we are based in the United States in Sun Valley, Idaho and Futaleufu, Chile, we take care of you every step of the way! Our staff will get back to you within a short time of your call or email - no matter where you are in the world!
Frequently Asked Questions:
do you pronounce Expediciones Chile? and Futaleufu?
The correct pronunciation is:
is the Spanish version of the English word
"Expeditions". In North America
we are inclined pronounce "Chile"
the the same way we pronounce "Chili"
but the correct pronunciation is "She-lay".
Futaleufu is pronounced: "Foo-tah-lay-oh-foo".
Futaleufu is a Mapuche indian word meaning
Big Big River - the two "fu"s, one
at the beginning and one at the end, connote
kind of fly fishing gear and tackle do you
is recommended that you bring all of your
own gear while fishing in Patagonia with us.
The Isla Monita lodge will sell some flies
and replacement equipment if things break,
but all anglers should try to be self sufficient
as possible. For people learning to fly fish
we do provide some gear (rod, reel, flies)
but this equipment will probably not be satisfactory
to expert anglers. We do ask that everyone
signed up for our fly fishing Chile trips
bring chest waders. An inexpensive pair will
do just as well as the expensive kind.
I need a fishing license to fish in Argentina
Yes. However, some of the time
the Chilean and Argentina governments do not
have fishing licenses available to issue in
the remote regions we fly fish. When the municipalities
have licenses on-hand we do purchase them
for our anglers.
a beginner fly fisher come go fly fishing
Our Patagonia fly fishing vacation packages
are fully guided and for those needing lessons
or instruction, a guide will be more than
happy to assist you. Learning to fly fish
is easier than you think!
kind of fish can we expect to catch?
native Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout,
Sea Run Browns, Steelhead, Coho Salmon, King
Salmon, & Chinook Salmon - depending on
the time of year and waters we fish. See our
page on the Fish
of Patagonia for more information.
size of fish can we expect to catch?
and rainbows can reach 10-15 pounds. While
fish this size are caught with some frequency,
it is the 4-8 pound trout that are consistently
landed. In Los Alerce the fish tend to be
somewhat larger. Our Salmon can run upwards
of forty pounds.
temperature is the water?
Futaleufu River averages between the fifties
and high sixties depending on the time of
year. The surrounding tributaries usually
run colder and the lakes warmer.
will the weather be like?
The weather along the Patagonia
coast can be unpredictable, even in the high
summer, storms can roll-in and stick around
for few days. It is best to be prepared for
all types of weather conditions - please follow
carefully the recommendations provided in
our packing lists. To read more about the
weather and seasons in Patagonia, Chile see
What flies and rods do we bring for
fly fishing Chile?
download our fly fishing packing list or visit
our web page on Fly Fishing Gear & Tackle.
How many fly fishing guests do you
accommodate at one time?
CondorNest lodge accommodates six anglers.
Isla Monita accommodates fourteen anglers.
Our lodge in town accommodates six anglers
(not including multisport participants). Our
lodge in Argentina. El Encuentro accomodates
is your fishing policy?
practice "Catch-and-Release" at
all of our lodges. We are trying to work with
the local government to make "Catch-and-Release"
the law in our area. Please see our Catch
& Release webpage about the specifics
of our policy.
is the Patagonia fly fishing season?
official fishing fly fishing season in Patagonia
starts in September but our lodge is not operational
until November 1st . Our season ends on April
15 th .
far are we from the fly fishing?
Futaleufu Lodge is located directly on the
Espolon River . The Condor Nest Ranch is located
on the Futalefu River. Isla Monita is an island
at the confluence of Rio Yelcho and Lago Yelcho.
Encuentro is located
in Argentina on the upper Futaleufu. There
are some longer drives or boat rides to get
to different areas but anglers are within
walking distance of great Patagonia fly fishing
waters at all locations.
spin fishers welcome on your trips fly fishing
Yes, but hosting spin fishers
is a rarity for us. Occasional spin fishers
usually come along with a group of fly fishers.
Spin fishers must adhere to the same catch
and release policy as our fly fishermen. Please
be sure to let us know if there will be spin
fishers in your group. We also would be happy
to teach spin fishers how to fly fish if they
types of Fishing do you do?
& dry fly fishing. We use rafts and catamarans
for the Futaleufu sections along with traditional
wading. At Isla Monita there fare float tubes,
pontoons, Hyde drift boats (MacKenzie River
boats) and jet boats, as well as sturdy local
lake and river boats, so that the angler's
fishing preferences can always be accommodated.
can I do if I don't want to go fly fishing
in Patagonia but want to join others on this
Chile has a wide variety of activities for
non fly fishers. Whitewater rafting &
kayaking, sea kayaking, horseback riding,
trekking, mountain biking, canyoning, and
our kayak school are all options. If you want
how to fly fish that is also an option.
Please check our website for further details.
are not expected, but if you feel that your
team has provided you with exceptional service
tips will be greatly appreciated.
Fly Fishing in Patagonia
options include: Fly
Fishing in Chile at the Isla Monita Lodge,
Fly Fishing from the CondorNest Ranch,
Fly Fishing Lodge - Multisport Vacation,
Fly Fishing in Los Alerces, Chile
Fly Fishing Lodge Instruction.
of our programs adhere to our Catch
& Release Guidelines for Fly Fishing in
Downloadable pdf Brochure Chile Fly Fishing