Price: $5,495 per angler, double occupancy
Join us for Orvis Week at Cinco Ríos Lodge and enjoy an unforgettable group fly-fishing trip in Chilean Patagonia. Cinco Ríos 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. 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 (SCL), and then take a two-hour domestic flight south to their final destination, Balmaceda Airport (BBA). 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 empanadas—the perfect way to settle in. 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, and planning the next day's adventure.
Your Patagonia fly-fishing trip begins at Balmaceda Airport (BBA), where a representative from Cinco Rios will pick you up for the 45-minute drive to the lodge. Flights from Santiago Airport (SCL) arrive in Balmaceda multiple times per day. Please schedule your flight to arrive in the early afternoon. You will settle in and freshen up before dinner, drinks, and relaxation.
After breakfast each morning, you will head out for your day of fishing. Cinco Rios has access to 10 different rivers within one hour of the lodge, as well as many lakes and spring creeks in the area. Since there are so many great options in the region, it is likely that you will fish a different body of water each day. Throughout the week, you will work with your guide to decide where to fish the following day based on preferences and conditions.
After breakfast or lunch, you will gather your gear together for the drive back to Balmaceda and your flight back to Santiago, or on to your next adventure! If a week at Cinco Rios is not enough, you may want to extend your trip with “The Game Changer” to explore some of the least fished parts of Patagonia. Call Orvis Adventures for details, 800-547-4322.
The lodge is located on the bank of the Simpson River, only 10 minutes from the historic city of Coyhaique. The lodge has six large rooms, each with two king-sized beds and a magnificent view of the Andes. Fine linen sheets, top-quality duvets, and handcrafted furniture all add to the ambiance. All rooms are equipped with luggage storage, heated towel rails, bathrobes, 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 paired with some of the best regional wines. Wine, beer, and other beverages are included in your package, as is the open bar in the lodge. Cinco Rios also has its own draft beer, brewed locally, and is available at the Thirsty Trout Bar in the lodge.
The fishing at Cinco Rios Lodge is primarily for brown trout, with some rainbows mixed in depending on the fishery. Whether you love to wade or float freestone rivers, walk the banks of a spring creek, or fish lakes for the trout of a lifetime, Cinco Rios has what you’re looking for. The diversity of the fisheries in this part of Patagonia is remarkable. The dry-fly fishing is consistent due to abundant terrestrial life in the region on both the rivers and lakes. You can almost always entice a fish to rise to your fly. Streamer fishing is also very productive and can help bring that fish of a lifetime to the net. The lodge’s central location in the region means you’ll rarely drive more than 45 minutes to fish any of the rivers, lakes, or spring creeks.
Any skill level is welcome.
Moderate. Wading and light hiking.
Children are permitted. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.
You'll enjoy the culinary delights of Chile. 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 its own draft beer, brewed locally, and is available at the Thirsty Trout Bar in the lodge.
Brown trout and rainbow trout are the main species. King salmon are also targeted in spring with a program called “The Game Changer.”
The mountains of the southern Andes are nothing short of spectacular. The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world and once seen, each angler will soon realize they have finally arrived in Patagonia! From the mountain rainforests to the open pampas, there is a postcard view around every corner. The majestic peaks of Cerro Castillo tower 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 one only ten-seconds prior. Every bend and turn in the road yields something new and exciting.
Daytime highs range from 40°-80°F in March. 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 adapt adequately. The mountains experience more rain than the open pampas on the eastern slope, so being prepared for rain is a must.
Fly rods: The most common are 9 foot, 5- or 6-wt. We always recommend bringing extra rods, 5-, 6-, or 7-wt. There are different kinds of rivers, from the small meandering spring creeks to bigger rivers where we float. You could be using a 5-wt. on one day and a 7-wt. the next.
Fly Lines: Weight forward floating, sinking lines, shooting heads, or full sinking. Range 150-250g. The most common is 200g or similar.
Leaders: 7½ ft., 2X and 9 ft., 3X, 4X diameter. For tippet materials, use 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X. Flies: The most common family of flies in Patagonia are big foam dries. Streamers and nymphs are necessary too, depending on fishing conditions.
Non-fishing activities include sightseeing, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. 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.
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|Days Prior to Trip||Fee|
|+ 90 days||$300 per person|
|89 days or less||100% of cost|
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