Nestled against a lush green hillside, in a stunning Andean valley on the banks of the Rio Palena, Eleven’s casually elegant lodge is your ultimate fly-fishing and adventure retreat. Our professional guides know every river, stream, and lake in the region, and they will put you on the water fishing best at the time of your trip. The lodge accommodates only 8 guests per week in 7 guest suites, with the Eleven commitment to unparalleled comfort and service. In addition, Eleven’s riverfront outpost on the lower Futaleufu River provides quick access up and down stream to magnificent stretches of the Futa, along with the exciting dragonfly fishing in Lake Yelcho. And for truly remote angling, a day of helicopter fishing will put you on trout that have rarely, if ever, seen a fly.
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.
Day 1 - DEPARTURE FROM YOUR HOMETOWN
Day 2 - WELCOME TO PUERTO MONTT AND PUERTO VARAS
Day 3 - ARRIVAL AT THE LODGE AND LET’S GO FISHING
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
- Polarized sunglasses
- Fly rod and reel if you prefer to use your own
- Fishing vest or pack
- Rain jacket and pants
- 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