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Fly Fishing Chile: Catch & Release Guidelines

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Fly fishing in Chile goes back more than 100 years, but it is a relatively new activity in the Futaleufu River Valley and the fishery in Patagonia, Chile is spectacular and unspoiled. Human presence in the Futaleufu Valley goes back only seventy years so there has been very little fishing pressure from the few locals who call this region of Chile home.


Everyone at Expediciones Chile is fanatical about catch and release fly fishing in Patagonia. The rivers and lakes of our Patagonia valley are our livelihood and spiritual support - and our fish are not terribly well educated. Taking fish for trophies, or for the frying pan has a negative impact that far outweighs the benefit of a mount-on-the-wall, or a great meal. And once you are at home, you can rest easy knowing that the trophy that you caught while fly fishing in Chile is living well, and still a part of the spectacular environment that you just experienced.

To aid us in protecting the Patagonia fly fishing fishery, we ask that you try to use barbless, crimped or flattened, single hooks if possible, and always carefully land a fish as soon as you can, to minimize injury and aid in its recovery. As always, our Chile fly fishing guides will be there to assist you in landing and releasing your catch, and to take pictures of those once-in-a -lifetime catches that you may encounter while fly fishing in Chile with us.

The Futaleufu Valley is one of the most incredible areas on earth – and the spectacular fishery in Chile is just one part of it. Your cooperation will help preserve it for your next visit, and for future generations of fly fishers.

Chris Spelius

Expediciones Chile Founder

Afterword - Argentina Fly Fishing: The fisheries of Chile are not the only ones endangered by non-catch and release sport fishing. The fly fishing waters Los Alerces Park in Argentina also need the same protection and we practice catch and release fly fishing in Argentina as well. Recently the Goverment of Argentina has designated the Los Alerces National Park region as an official "catch and release area" which is enforceable by law. We feel this is a great victory and we hope that the Chilean government follows Argentina's example.


Trout Unlimited: Catch & Release Basics

Trout Unlimited councils and chapters provide an invaluable outlet for catch-and release education. Through demonstrations, printed materials, video productions, Web sites and word of mouth, TU promotes catch-and-release to its members and other interested anglers. We have taken this to heart for our fly fishing Patagonia vacations. Here are the basics:




1] Don’t play fish to exhaustion. To prevent a fatal lactic acid build up, bring fish in quickly and use a landing net.

2] Handle fish with wet hands, grasping them across the back and head.
Don’t remove swallowed hooks; just cut the line.

3] Don’t keep the fish out of the water for more than 10-15 seconds.

4]When placing fish back in moving water, face them upstream in their natural position.


Other Chile Fly Fishing options include: Fly Fishing in Chile at the Isla Monita Lodge, Chile Fly Fishing from the CondorNest Ranch, Patagonia Fly Fishing Lodge - Multisport Vacation, Argentina Fly Fishing in Los Alerces, Chile Fly Fishing Lodge Instruction. All of our programs adhere to our Catch & Release Guidelines for Fly Fishing in Chile.

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