The small city of Coyhaique is the mecca of dry fly fishing in Chilean Patagonia. It is often compared to the American West 100 years ago with less people with non-educated, larger than average sized fish. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, it has more fishable waters that you can imagine. The landscape of the Aysén region is incredibly diverse; you can travel from the dry, arid pampas (Patagonian Steppe) to the temperate rainforest (Paloma River) in just over an hour. One day you can fish a meandering Montana type spring creek while spending the next day in a gin clear river system of Pacific Northwest style in a temperate rainforest.
The main watersheds are the Simpson and Paloma Rivers, both famous for the finest dry fly fishing in Chile. Wild brown and rainbow trout are the main species targeted in these rivers, as well as a short, but decent run of King and Coho salmon during the summer months. The salmon are not easily caught on fly, but the runs are significant enough to give the occasional shot at one or two on a trip if they are in the river system.
Fishing season in Coyhaique starts in early October, ending the first week of May. Early season can provide anglers the opportunity to fish for big migratory, lake run rainbows. This is very good time to swing big streamers and look for big aggressive trophy fish looking for some action after winter. The dry fly fishing and hatches historically start during late November early December. With longer and warmer days, the hatches become more intense and the fish start to look up. Between the hundreds of species of beetles, dragonflies, grasshoppers, caddis, mayflies and stoneflies, the dry fly fishing is pretty steady until April. In the Patagonian fall, the weather gets cooler, days are shorter, but the migratory brown trout start to move. There is always a chance to get hooked into one these fish if the weather and water levels cooperate.
Eduardo and his guides will do whatever they can to help fulfill your fishing expectations. Magic Waters has private access to rarely fished spring creeks if you enjoy wade fishing. The lodge is also within an hour drive of some temperate rainforest waters where you can sight fish for rising fish or target the aggressive fish with streamers. Anglers can also float the freestones and navigate the rapids of the Simpson casting to fish with dries or streamers. This region of Chile also has some of the best dry fly, lake fishing in the world for wild browns. The lodge has a couple small lagunas that you can fish after dinner to catch the evening hatch.
7-night, 6 full days of fishing
*Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Fishing locations and schedules are arranged by the lodge in accordance to weather, water levels, and guest fishing preferences.
Arrival at Balmaceda Airport, a lodge staff member will pick you up and drive you to the lodge. It’s a scenic hour drive through the Simpson River Valley. You will be welcomed at the lodge with a traditional Chilean Pisco Sour cocktail, after introductions to the Lodge staff.
After settling in, lunch or dinner will be served. If you feel like you can´t refuse the opportunity to fish, the lodge will arrange to take you to one of their “lagunas”. Before you retire to your room to rest for your first day of fishing, you discuss your fishing plans with the guide or lodge manager. You will have many choices of fishing and depending on fishing reports, weather and water levels, your guide will give you your options. All of the rivers are accessed by vehicle and you can expect to drive a minimum of 30 minutes, and up to 1 ½ hours, depending on what you would like to do. There are a multitude of fishing options and Magic Waters employs some of the region’s best and most experienced guides. Each guide is bilingual and will help customize your fishing trip to assure that you have a great experience.
Each morning starts with hot coffee ready in the kitchen at 7:00 am. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am with homemade bread, fruit, yogurt, cereal, cheese, sausage, ham, marmalade and pancakes. Departure is generally at 8:30 am. You will drive to your fishing destination and return anytime between 6:30– 8:30 pm. When you arrive back you will be greeted with a cocktail and appetizers before dinner and discuss the following days plans with your guide. The guides and staff are very flexible, so if you want to leave earlier or later to match your fishing expectations, they will.
Breakfast is served at 8:00 am. Depending on departing times, you can have lunch at the lodge or depart to the airport right away in the morning. The lodge is more than willing to take you into Coyhaique to see the Patagonian City and then drive to the airport if you have an afternoon departure.
Although daily schedules are prepared according to the angler's preferences, the following is a typical day at Magic Waters:
A number of recreational activities can be coordinated for the enjoyment of accompanying non-anglers. Examples include activities such as; horseback riding, trekking to glaciers, rafting, kayaking, sightseeing, thermal spas, shopping tours and cooking classes. These can be unforgettable half-day or full-day experiences that include transportation and lunch. The costs of some of these excursions/activities are not included in the cost of the stay. Non-fishing activities are subject to advance planning and weather conditions.
Magic Waters is located at 35 miles northwest of Balmaceda airport and about 20 miles from the city of Coyhaique. The lodge is located at the end of a gravel road situated at the outlet of Barroso Lake in a small mountain valley, overlooking 2 small “lagunas”. Built in recent years by the Barreuto family using local wood and stones, it was created to give a relaxed atmosphere so that all guests will feel at home. From the great room, you will be able to take in the beautiful Patagonian panorama while a fire is burning in the fireplace made from local stones. The lodge has a fly tying area, room for drying waders and fishing gear as well. They also offer laundry service, telephone and an internet connection (please do not rely on this connection for daily e-mail or VOIP calls as it is very slow and often does not work).
Your hosts for your stay are Eduardo Barrueto and his wife Consuelo Balboa. Both are avid cooks, excel in guest service and have a good taste for wine and Chilean cusine. Food and meals are a very important part of the experience at Magic Waters. The lodge chef is Sandra, Eduardo's mother. She prepares and cooks favorite recipes coined in her family for generations. She has been the chef in various lodges and restaurants in the area, and has developed a fusion cuisine between typical Chilean and Patagonian cuisine, bringing an identity to each meal. The family grows all of their own vegetables, purchases lamb and cattle from local ranchers and buys fresh seafood from family friends in the area. All of the food at the lodge is locally sourced and organic.
Chile is famous for good wines and Magic Waters is proud to have a large selection of great red and white wines from the best vineyards in Chile and Argentina. Every night, excellent wine will be paired to match your evening cuisine.
2019-2020 Season & Rates: October 1 through May 1
|7 nights/6 days fishing||$5,500||$4,500|