Arrive at Balmaceda Airport where a lodge staff member will pick you up and drive you to the lodge. It’s a scenic five hour drive through some of the most breathtaking mountains in Chilean Patagonia. Although you may choose to take a charter flight, the drive is spectacular and we recommend it to all visitors. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you.
A brief stopover will be scheduled about halfway through the trip so you can get a hot coffee, soft drinks or a snack. You will be welcomed at the lodge with a traditional Chilean Pisco Sour cocktail. If you feel like fishing right away, you will only need to walk a few steps.
If you choose to charter an airplane to get to the lodge earlier, the lodge’s guides will be ready to take you out in a zodiac for your first encounter with the Rio Baker’s trout. The sun sets between 8 and 10 pm, with great hatches at dusk.
During these full fishing days you will have the chance to fish many of the Baker’s most productive spots. You will also spend time on the Rio Cochrane, whose upper stretch resembles a large spring creek. As the river gets closer to the Pacific Ocean it starts to look more like a typical Pampas river.
Several other smaller rivers and streams will be visited, depending on the time of the year and fishing conditions: the Maqui River, Maiten River, Bertrand Lake and Cochrane Lake are all options that this unique part of the world has to offer anglers lucky enough to visit.
After breakfast one of the lodge’s vehicles will return your group to the airport in Balmaceda. This is another chance to see the magnificent mountain ranges, lakes and forests from a different perspective. Don’t put your camera away just yet. If you are flying out by charter aircraft, you will have enough time for some morning wade fishing near the lodge.
Although daily schedules are prepared according to the angler's preferences, the following is a typical routine:
This is a remote and pristine fly fishing paradise. Patagonia Baker Lodge was built by anglers, for fly fishers. It offers all the comfort and amenities that any angler may need and then some. All of the guides are professional, properly trained, English speaking guides with several years of experience in the region. This experience will ensure safe access to even the most remote fishing spots.
Patagonia Baker guides use mostly catarafts, but also have a McKenzie style drift boat and zodiacs. The lodge and its staff is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and rewarding fishing experience. The fishing program includes the Baker, Cochrane, other smaller rivers, streams and some lake fishing. Bertrand, Carrera and Cochrane Lakes all produce incredible fly fishing for stillwater anglers. However, the focus at Patagonia Baker Lodge is primarly on fishing the area’s numerous rivers and streams. Although boats are used for fishing, most of the rivers are wadeable, providing opportunities to get out and stalk wild trout. The rivers around Patagonia Baker Lodge support one of Patagonia's most abundant and interesting populations of wild rainbows and resident browns. Anglers can expect to catch good numbers of acrobatic rainbows and colorful browns. Virtually every season big fish, up to 18 pounds, have been landed by skilled anglers.
A number of recreational activities can be coordinated for the enjoyment of accompanying non-anglers. Examples include things like horseback riding, bird watching, rafting, kayaking, trekking, sightseeing, motorboat tours in Lakes General Carrera, Bertrand and Cochrane. These are unforgettable half-day or full-day experiences that include transportation and lunch. Non-fishing activities are subject to advance planning and weather conditions.
The lodge is located 170 miles south of the airport in Balmaceda, about 2 miles from the small and picturesque town of Puerto Bertrand. The main lodge has ample room; two great rooms with fireplaces, full sized bar, dining room so guests can relax while enjoying the beautiful view of the glacier from the picture windows. Built specifically for fly fishermen, Patagonia Baker Lodge features six double rooms with heat and private bathrooms. Each room has a view of the turquoise green waters of the Rio Baker just outside the window. If you need to stay in touch with the rest of the world during your vacation, Patagonia Baker Lodge has WiFi. Please read our Chile fly fishing trip reviews to learn more about this Patagonia lodge.
February 20-27, 2016 (Saturday - Saturday)
7 nights, 6 days of fishing
$5,390 angler, double occupancy*
$5,980 angler, shared guide, private room (1 private room shared guide package)
$6,220 angler, private guide and room (1 private room & guide package)
A $300 per person deposit will hold your space.
Single anglers traveling alone will not pay the private room or guide supplements, as long as they are willing to share with another single angler. The single supplement can only be waived on this special departure, when booking with Orvis Travel. A single angler traveling to Patagonia Baker Lodge outside of this special departure would pay several hundred dollars more, and would not receive a free Helios 2 rod.
Orvis Travel Special Offer:
Book early and each angler will receive a free Helios 2 trout rod of their choice, and a discount certificate good for 15% off of Orvis merchandise!
Ground transfers between Balmaceda airport and lodge. Local transportation. Lodge accommodations with private bathroom. Guided fishing (fly fishing only, catch and release). Breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Meals include selected Chilean wines, domestic beer, or soda. One excursion for accompanying non-anglers, per stay. Fishing license (issued directly at PBL). WiFi internet available (small bandwidth), laundry.
Air charter transportation between Balmaceda airport and lodge (optional), trip insurance, fishing equipment, flies, and gratuities.
Orvis Travel Special Offer:
Book early and each angler will receive a FREE Helios 2 trout rod of their choice.