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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 and non-educated, larger than average sized trout. 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. Between the hundreds of species of beetles, dragonflies, grasshoppers, caddis, mayflies and stoneflies, the dry fly fishing is pretty steady until April. 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 customer 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 been introducing you with our 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 employees 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, fruits, yogurt, cereals, cheese, sausages, ham, homemade marmalades, cookies, pancakes, etc. Departure is generally at 8:30 am. You will drive to your fishing destination each day 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 day 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 into Coyhaique to see the Patagonian City during 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 routine:
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 35 miles northwest of Balmaceda airport and about 20 miles from the city of Coyhaique. The lodge is 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 the recent years by the Barreuto family using local wood and stones, it was created to give a relaxed atmosphere so that all visitors 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. They 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).
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, purchase 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. South America is famous for great wines and Magic Waters is proud to have a large selection of red and white wines from the best vineyards of Chile and Argentina. Every night, excellent wine will be paired to match your evening cuisine.
February 10 - 17, 2018
March 3 - 10, 2018
|7 nights, 6 days of fishing|
|Angler, double occupancy*||$4,900|
|Angler, shared guide, private room
(limited availability of 1)
|Angler, private guide and room
(limited to 1 private room & guide package)
*Single anglers traveling alone will not pay the private room or guide supplements, as long as they are willing to share with another single angler (limited availability). The single supplement can only be waived on this special departure, when booking with Orvis Travel. A single angler traveling to Magic Waters Patagonia outside of this special departure would pay several hundred dollars more.
A $300 per person deposit will hold your space.
Transportation to and from the airport (Balmaceda – BBA) and on all fishing trips, all meals, accommodations and beverages, including alcohol (domestic beer, selected Chilean house wines, soda and Pisco Sours), guided fishing (2 anglers per guide), laundry service.
International and domestic airfare, Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person, paid in cash on site), tips to guide and lodge staff, fishing equipment, trip insurance, extra activities.