Ever wonder what fly fishing in the western United States and the southern Canadian Rockies was like in the 1950's or 1960's? At Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures we do and we're excited to feature several of our favorite destinations where walking and wading in pursuit of trout is still the norm, not the exception. We know one size doesn’t fit all so we’ve put together a list of the 7 Perfect Wade Fishing Destinations in Patagonia trips for anglers who enjoy getting out of the boat and pursuing trout on foot.
Working with Yellow Dog means that we take the time to learn what you want and we will always put you in a lodge and book you on a fishing experience that best fits your needs and preferences. If you enjoy float fishing, please visit our post on the 6 Unique Float Fishing Destinations.
Chile Wade Fishing Destinations
Pablo Neruda penned Chile was created by a poet, but we think Chile was also created for the angler. If you’ve never traveled to Chile and you enjoy fishing on foot, then now is time to make your first trip or plan for a return visit. Running the length of South America’s western coast for over 2,880 miles, Chile is a country of beautiful diversity that holds some of the top freshwater fisheries on Earth.
For any angler excited about wading, the country provides a seemingly endless number of possibilities. Here are some perfect Chilean wade fishing destinations.
This beautiful 15,000-acre Estancia offers guests the chance to fish and explore private, productive waters in both Chile and Argentina. You’ll fish for brown trout on the Estancia’s two private rivers and on a 15-mile spring creek that holds brown trout up to an astonishing 10 pounds. If you love small-water, spring creek fishing, then you’ll love the Estancia’s fishing program. The typical fishing program hosts guests in both Chile and Argentina experiencing the terrific waters of the region.
Estancia de Los Rios is located north of Coyhaique tucked away on a massive 360,000-acre working ranch in the heart of central Chilean Patagonia with vast uninhabited valleys surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Andes mountains. With access to more than 60 miles of rivers, spring creeks, and numerous lakes on this private ranch, Estancia de los Rios offers world-class dry fly fishing for wild brown trout with unparalleled seclusion. With so much private water available guests are assured to fish well-rested water each day without fishing the same water twice or seeing another soul.
Operating at the southernmost tip of Chile, Lakutaia Lodge is a one-of-a-kind, heli-fishing operation located on Navarino Island – a wild, remote and undeveloped wilderness area in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere. Utilizing safe and reliable helicopters, Lakutaia provides anglers with access to some of the most remote and unreachable lakes and river in all of South America, with abundant wade fishing opportunities for browns, brook trout, and rainbows, as well as the occasional sea-run brown trout. In many respects, Navarino Island can be considered one of the last of the great unexplored freshwater trout fisheries on the planet.
Argentina Wade Fishing Opportunities
Argentina is a country full of friendly people, juicy fire roasted steaks, delicious wines and some of the best trout waters found on planet earth- it’s a fly angler’s seventh heaven. The country is home to world-class fisheries that are still largely unpressured by modern day standards and opportunities for wading are numerous. Here are some ideal spots to pursue trout while on foot.
Las Pampas Lodge boasts a large number of relatively untouched world-class trout fisheries on a variety of waters from small to mid-sized freestone rivers to intimate spring creeks. Trout found here usually range from 16 to 22 inches and most of the time eager to take a dry fly. The caliber of available fisheries combined with an incredible staff make Las Pampas Lodge a destination that has a broad range of appeal to adventuresome fly anglers.
In terms of access to private water, Estancia Tecka is among the best. Both the Rio Corcovado and Rio Tecka meander across the ranch providing exclusive access to over 90 miles of carefully managed water with robust populations of rainbow, brown, and brook trout in the 15-22 inch class. Additionally, a smaller spring creek provides intimate wade fishing from its grassy banks.
One of the greatest things about the PRG fishing program is that every fishing day features a different river or spring creek. PRG utilizes both private and public waters and they have miles of streams and access points under lease for the exclusive enjoyment of their guests. Each of these trips is 100% custom designed and structured around your desires and expectations.
The Lago Strobel region in the southern portion of Patagonian Argentina offers the most consistent fishing for large rainbows found anywhere in the world. This fishery holds so many large rainbows it’s something that has to be experienced to be believed. Fish often average 8 to 10 lbs and fish over 20 lbs are caught on a weekly basis. The lodge sits near the inlet of the only significant tributary of the Strobel Lake: The Barrancoso River. Undoubtedly, this is the best location in the world for trophy rainbow trout fishing.
Whether you enjoy your trout fishing while on foot or from the boat, or a little of both, Yellow Dog has a destination to meet your expectations and preferences. For those anglers that enjoy walking and wading, Patagonia offers some terrific destinations. Depending on your preferences Yellow Dog is able to cater each trip to your needs. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or expectations you’d like in your fly fishing trip.
Contact us today with any questions or to discuss with us your expectations for your next Patagonia fly fishing trip.