There’s no question that Patagonia is one of the premier freshwater fly fishing destinations in the world – a productive, one-of-a-kind region in South America that is home to dozens of lodges, experienced and professional guides, and more rivers, streams and lakes that can possibly be fished in a lifetime. The options and choices are endless, which is why deciding on where, when and how to fish Patagonia can at times be overwhelming. This is especially true when planning or researching a first-time trip to the region.
Here at Yellow Dog, we receive a steady stream of inquiries from anglers interested in fishing South America, and usually the conversation begins with, “Should I be looking at Argentina or Chile?” and “Can you tell me the differences between the two?”
There are a lot of variables to consider when planning a fly fishing trip to Patagonia. Among the most common - and arguably the most important - question is, "When is the very BEST time to go?" With a long fishing season that typically extends from early November all the way through April, there are of course seasonal transformations to be aware of when planning a trip. From eager, early-season eats and unpressured characteristics of the early season in November and December, to the abundant hatches brought during the warm summer months of January to mid-March, all the way through to to the fall streamer season of April, Patagonia offers something for every trout angler. While we realize that the “best time to go” can be subjective and largely based on specific schedules and windows of availability, we have nonetheless put together a general summary and reference guide to help you choose the best time for your visit to Patagonia.Read More
Golden Dorado are often viewed as the apex predator fish in South America and despite their ferociousness, strength and brute power, they are exceptionally beautiful creatures to target on the fly. Fly fishing for golden dorado has grabbed the imagination of many anglers over the past decade and for good reason; they provide terrific sight fishing opportunities, incredibly aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights.Read More
While traveling down to Patagonia on your fly fishing adventure or returning home, you may end up having a layover day in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With a full day to explore the city, figuring out how to make the most of it may be challenging. Buenos Aires has fine dining, art, dancing, everything any large metropolitan city has to offer.
With a population around 14 million navigating the large city and knowing where to go can be daunting unless you have some pointers. Here is a list that we put together to help you decide how to make the most out of your time in Buenos Aires and how to navigate the city- from touchdown to takeoff.Read More
Working with Yellow Dog means that we will always put you in a lodge that best fits your needs and preferences. Where some booking agencies are in the business of filling beds, we are in the business of selling experiences, and something that may work for one angler may not work for another. When it comes to fishing, we realize that not everyone enjoys sitting in a boat and would rather walk and wade. We know one size doesn’t fit all so we’ve put together a short guide of Patagonia fly fishing trips perfect for walk and wade anglers.Read More
“How do I combine a fly fishing trip with a vacation that my non-angling significant other can also enjoy?” That is a question that we’re asked all the time here at Yellow Dog, as such we appreciate the challenge that many anglers face when balancing their fishing addictions with the vacation demands and desires of a significant other. If you’re trying to plan a trip where you combine great fishing with a “couples escape,” then the answer is “YES – We CAN make this happen!” We help hundreds of couples craft these types of packages and itineraries each year, and feel uniquely qualified to assist you in finding the destination that best suits you and your partners vacation needs.Read More
We love fishing large fly patterns – mice, hoppers, streamers, salmon flies, if it’s big, we want to cast it. Aside from breathtaking mountain ranges, friendly people, and delicious food, Chile offers anglers a chance to catch trout on beetle patterns. But unlike the beetles of the western United States, the Cantaria Beetle of Chile can reach sizes up to 2 ½ inches! If you’re like us and get a rush from big fish taking big flies, then you’ll want to put Chile on your angling bucket list.Read More
Fly Fishing the Lago Yelcho in Patagonia, Chile
Do you like fly fishing on lakes? I’ve heard from people more times than I can count that fishing a lake is just not nearly as fun as a river. I even admit I was in this party for a time as well. However, as I learned the nuances of lake fishing, and started having some success, I became a believer. What sealed the deal for me was Lago Yelcho.
Chile as a fly fishing destination has grown in popularity through the years and offers trout anglers the chance to land trophy-sized fish in a beautiful setting. Patagonia, Chile is home to some of the best trout fisheries in the world. These fisheries include both rivers and lakes and Lago Yelcho ranks among the best of them.
Ready to get excited about lakes? Let’s go!Read More
Few fishing destinations on earth have a more geographically diverse landscape to explore than the country of Chile. Situated south of Peru and west of Bolivia and Argentina, the country extends for over 2,880 miles as a long, skinny stretch of land along the western coast of South America. With its inspiring landscapes and inviting culture, Chile is a Yellow Dog favorite and considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for freshwater fly fishing.Read More