A Letter From Your Guide

Carlos Adriazola, Lead Guide

Just thinking of Patagonia can stir your blood, and it should top every fly angler’s bucket list. The culture is centuries old, the people ready to greet you with a smile. The wild scenery is stunning, snow-capped volcanoes seemingly around ever bend in a river, and impenetrable bamboo forests that cover mountainsides of black volcanic rock.

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. And at times we hunt for brook trout, sea-run browns and Pacific salmon.

Some days we’ll target quantity, racking up lots of fish caught and released. Other days we’ll search for monster browns and rainbows that rival any trout in Iceland or New Zealand. To cover these big rivers and glacier lakes we mainly use drift boats and jet boats, though you’ll have chances to wade, especially on the smaller streams.

And when is the best time to go? Every month offers something different, and at Eleven we customize each trip to meet your needs. November and December (equivalent to May and June in North America) is early season, but no run-off like the States, so rivers are crystal clear. Trout are hungry and aggressive. Streamer fishing is on, especially for those huge browns. Dry fly fishing is with large attractors, and the hatches improve as we move into summer. January and February are prime summer months, warm days, and excellent dry fly fishing. March turns to autumn, leaves change colors, river levels are lower and fish more concentrated. The perfect month to mix streamers, dries and nymphs. And April, beginning of the spawning season for the browns, time to wader up and search for those truly large trout that can create life-long memories.

What will your trip look like?

Day 1 - DEPARTURE FROM YOUR HOMETOWN

Overnight flight, Friday 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 charter flight to Alto Palena airport. One hour twenty minute flight. Greeting by the lodge staff and drive to the lodge. The Eleven staff is waiting to welcome you. Relax, settle in, have lunch, lodge orientation, wade fishing in front of the lodge. This evening, chef-prepared appetizers and your favorite beverages, followed by a sumptuous dinner paired with fine wines from Eleven’s extensive cellar.

Day 4 - 9 - 6 FULL DAYS OF GUIDED FISHING - PALENA, FUTALEUFU, YELCHO, AREA LAKES AND STREAMS

Chef-prepared breakfast each morning, with flexible fishing start times. Eleven’s professional guides will put you on the water fishing best at the time of your trip, including remote areas for your helicopter fishing. The guides are also keen to learn your interests. Want to hurl streamers, fish dries, hunt big browns? No problem. Need to work on your casting? The guides are patient instructors. Figure in short drive times to each location, or putting in/taking out right at the lodge or outpost, and that gives you more time on the water. And of course there will be leisurely streamside lunches with vino tinto. Après snacks and drinks and special dinner creations from the chef each evening.

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.

Packing List

  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Fly rod and reel if you prefer to use your own
  • Fishing vest or pack
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Windbreaker
  • Insulated jacket or vest
  • Warm layers for top and bottom: capilene, wool, fleece
  • Heavy wool socks for inside of waders
  • Sandals, clogs or Birkenstocks (for inside the lodge after fishing)
  • All necessary wading gear will be provided by Eleven