Price: $4,995 per angler, double occupancy
In the heart of Chile's Patagonia region, Cinco Ríos Lodge is a new, cutting-edge fly-fishing lodge with stunning views of the majestic Andes and the meandering Simpson River in the valley below. This region of Chilean Patagonia is known for its big fish opportunities on the nearby rivers and lakes. You can chase these fish each day within an hour of the lodge, and then return home to the exceptional hospitality of the Cinco Ríos Lodge staff.
Luxury accommodations, fine Chilean cuisine, spectacular views and fantastic fishing experiences for large brown and rainbow trout, best describe Cinco Ríos Lodge. Homemade pisco sours, local draft beer, and an unparalleled selection of fine Chilean wines will be waiting for you upon your arrival.
Imagine yourself relaxing on the deck, taking in views of glaciers and the Andes Mountains, while enjoying a pisco sour or a glass of Chilean red wine, planning the next day's adventure. Cinco Ríos Lodge is situated in the Coyhaique valley overlooking the famous Simpson River, one of Patagonia's finest freestone rivers at the center of the region's river and lake systems.
The Lodge itself could not be better situated to access the best rivers in the region. It is only an hour drive east to the open pampas area rivers on the Argentina border, and equal distance to the awe-inspiring glacial rivers and lakes to the west. The location is nothing short of perfect. With access to 10 different rivers, anglers can fish a different river each day of the week. Some systems also include river and lake combinations where multiple rivers are fished the same day with the use of our fleet of jet rafts to get anglers deep into the remote areas of several river systems. Fishing under the majestic Cerro Castillo peaks on Lago Azul is worth the price of admission alone.
Anglers fly into the capital city Santiago, and then take a domestic flight to their final destination, Balmaceda airport (BBA), a two-hour flight south. There are multiple daily flights from Santiago to Balmaceda. A representative from Cinco Ríos will be waiting outside baggage claim to take guests by van the final 45 minutes to the lodge. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by lodge staff with fine wines and freshly made empanadasthe perfect way to settle in.
The fishing season for the region begins October 1st, and finishes May 30th. The best fishing in the rivers is from December 1st to April 15th, when rivers are at their optimum height for float trips. Wade fishing trips start November 1st at Estancia Del Zorro, our sister lodge. The dry fly fishing is excellent most of the season, and anglers can always expect trout to rise to dry flies. The early and late weeks of the season, however, often see more streamer and nymph fishing than dries. That said, trout are caught on top all season long. The region's huge terrestrials ensure that trout are always in some way looking up, no matter what. The Cantaria beetle, prolific to these waters, is an enormous terrestrial beetle and contains enough protein to entice trout to the surface to feed even in the cooler periods of the season.
Cinco Rios Lodge is located on the Simpson River banks, only 10 minutes from the historic city of Coyhaique. The lodge has six custom-designed rooms, each with two king-sized beds and a magnificent view of the Andes. Fine linen sheets, top-quality duvets, handcrafted furniture, all add to the ambiance. All rooms are equipped with luggage storage, heated towel rails, bath robes and closet space. A large deck with comfortable outdoor couches and a wood fire hot tub are also available to guests.
You'll enjoy the culinary delights of Chile, prepared by our trained chef. Wine is served with dinner each night and is included in your package as is the open bar in the lodge. Cinco Rios also has it's own draft beer, brewed locally and is available at the Thirsty Trout Bar in the lodge.
Wi-Fi is available at the lodge and there is good cell phone service.
7 nights and 6 days guided fly fishing: $ 4,995. per person, based on double occupancy (2 anglers share room and guide). For a shorter, or custom package please contact Orvis Adventures.
Brown trout and rainbow trout are the main species. Atlantic salmon are available and can be targeted in March and April and King Salmon are also targeted in spring with a program called 'The Game Changer'.
The trout season in Chile opens October 1st, and end May 31st. The peak season is from December 15th to April 15th.
In early season, there is wonderful wade fishing on the private spring creeks at our sister lodge, Estancia Del Zorro
The mountains of the southern Andes are nothing short of spectacular. The Andes are the longest mountain range in the world, and once seen, each angler will soon realize they have finally arrived into Patagonia! From the mountain rainforests to the open pampas, there is a postcard view around every corner. The majestic peaks of Cerro Castillo hang over Lago Azul, a spectacular lake that every fly fisherman needs to experience. As you enter the foothills on your way to the rivers the terrain begins to steepen and the view becomes more rugged and even hostile looking at times, then just as abruptly, you corner a bend to find a heart-stopping, majestic view of a sapphire green lake—a view that could not be more different than the view 10 seconds prior. Every bend and turn in the road yields something new and exciting.
Daytime highs range from 40°F - 80°F throughout the season. The climate in Chilean Patagonia is similar to that in the western United States, so it can change rapidly. Anglers should always be prepared for variable conditions throughout the day and week. It is best to dress in layers to adequately adapt. The mountains experience more rain than the open pampas on the eastern slope, so being prepared for rain is a must.
Ground transfer from Balmacaeda to Cinco Rios Lodge
All meals and accommodations at Cinco Rios Lodge
All beverages at the lodge, including alcohol and wines
Guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)
Chile Fishing license (1 week)
Transportation to and from fishing locations
International and domestic air fare
Fishing equipment rentals /flies/waders/leaders
Tips to guide and lodge staff
Also available is a combination week with time at both Cinco Rios Lodge and Estancia Del Zorro. Please inquire with Orvis Adventures about these special packages.
Heavy rain jacket (wind and rainproof)
Fleece or wool sweater
Polarized sun glasses
Wading shoes, full felt on the bottom, studded or cleats are not recommended.
Sunblock lotion factor 30 USP, waterproof
Fly rods: The most common are 9 foot, 5- or 6-weight. We recommend to always bring extra rods 4-, 5- or 6-weight. There are different kinds of rivers, from the small meandering spring creeks to bigger rivers where we float. You could be using, a 4-wt. on one day and a 6-wt. the next.
Fly Lines: Weight forward/floating. Sinking lines, shooting heads, or full sinking. Range 150 to 250 grains. The most common is 200g or similar.
Leaders: 7 ½ feet long, 2x diameter and 9 feet long, 3x, 4x diameter. For tippet materials, we use 2x, 3x, 4x and 5x diameter.
Flies: The most common family of flies we use in Patagonia are dries. Streamers and nymphs are necessary too, depending on fishing conditions. For a list of flies contact Orvis Adventures.
Non Fishing activities:
Cinco Rios Lodge can take guests on a wide variety of activities, such as:
Different activities can be arranged upon request, such as Spanish lessons or cooking classes. Please inquire with Orvis Adventures if you would like to experience something outside the list above.