Nestled against a lush green hillside, in a stunning Andean valley on the banks of the magnificent Rio Palena, Eleven’s casually elegant lodge is your ultimate fly-fishing and adventure retreat. The central location in a region famous for large wild trout—browns and rainbows—is highlighted by the home waters of the Palena; where you can wade and float glass-clear aqua-colored water right out the front door. And these special super-charged trout thrive in the glacial waters of the myriad of lakes, rivers, and streams all over this slice of Patagonia, providing anglers with a diversity of experiences.
A Letter From Your Guide
Moose Hofer, Director of Global Fishing Operations
Fishing in Patagonia should top every fly anglers bucket list. The river systems are vast, and the season is the ideal complement to the Northern Hemisphere, creating a year round trout season. The browns and rainbows are similar to the fish found in the Rockies, but on steroids– wild, strong, powerful fish. Some days we’ll target quantity, as the boat can hold well over 20 fish. Other days we’ll search for monster browns and rainbow that rival any trout in Iceland or New Zealand. Most of the fishing in Chile is based out of rafts, drift boats, jet boats, or one-man inflatables. You’ll wade plenty, yet these big systems make boats a necessity (along with 4wd and possibly a heli) to cover the vast potential of the Lagos region.
Day 1 - Departure from Hometown
Overnight flight, Saturday morning arrival in Santiago, Chile. Clear customs. No need to transfer airports. LAN jet flight to Puerto Montt. (Note: As an option, you can arrive earlier in Santiago and spend time in the city, visit the wine country, or the nearby Pacific Coast beaches.)
Day 2 - WELCOME TO PUERTO MONTT AND PUERTO VARAS
Greeting by Eleven staff at the Puerto Montt airport, 30 minutes transfer to the gorgeous lake-side town of Puerto Varas. Check in at the hotel, relax, dinner on your own, overnight.
Day 3 - arrival at the lodge and let’s go fishing
Breakfast at the hotel, 8 am transfer to the airport, 9 am one hour and twenty minute charter flight to Alto Palena airport. Greeting by the lodge staff and guides. You’ll be driven to the river, to float and fish your way down to the lodge. What a great way to start you fly fishing adventure, by hooking up with the Palena’s resident rainbows and browns and enjoying a streamside lunch. After your day on the water, be welcomed with cold beer, wine, and Pisco Sours. Relax, settle in, chef-prepared appetizers, followed by a sumptuous dinner paired with fine wines from Eleven’s extensive cellar.
Day 4 - 9 - full days of fishing on the Palena, futaleufu, yelcho, area lagunas and streams
Chef-prepared breakfast each morning, with flexible fishing start times, then it’s all about being on the best waters at the time of your trip. Eleven’s professional guides are in tune with the conditions that change throughout the season, and vary with the weather. They know when and where to hit the best hatches, which stretches are at the perfect levels to float, and how to change the pace by fishing prime stillwater. The guides are also all about learning what type of fishing you prefer. Want to hurl big streamers, fish dries, nymph in the riffles? No problem. Need to work on your casting, or care to learn about reading the water? The guides are excellent, patient instructors. Figure in short drive times to each location, or putting in and taking out right at the lodge, and that means you have more time on the water. And of course there will be leisurely streamside lunches and vino tinto, and even a siesta if you like.
Day 10 - Departure Day
Wake up to a hearty breakfast, then transfer to the Alto Palena airport for your charter flight to Puerto Montt, with arrival around 12:30 pm. Flight to Santiago then home, or on to your next adventure.
Most arrivals are by commercial flights into Puerto Montt airport, via a 1 hour 40 minute commercial flight from Santiago. Then you will take a charter flight to Alto Palena airport. A second option would be a charter flight to Chaiten.
• Puerto Montt charter flight to Alto Palena (1 hour 20 minutes)
• Ground transfer to the lodge (20 minutes)
• Ground transfer Chaiten to lodge (3 hours)
• Ground transfer Futaleufu to lodge (3 hours)
• Ground transfer Esquel, Argentina to lodge (5 hours)