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The fishing

At Chapelco Lodge expert guides will introduce you in world famous rivers for trout fishing.

These are the waters we typically fish from the lodge. We may change your specific itinerary according to your fishing preferences and prevailing weather, temperature, water levels, fish migration and the opinion of our guides.

Chimehuin River

This river is floated in 3 sections:

From the famous mouth of the Chimehuin River to the military base of Junín de los Andes, traveling 13 miles/20 km. Full day program.

Upper River:

From the famous mouth of the Chimehuin River to the military base of Junín de los Andes, traveling 13 miles/20 km. Full day program.

Middle River:

This stretch of the river includes the area behind Junín de los Andes to the Manzano Bridge. There are approximately 6 miles/10 km of float and this can be done throughout the day or in half a day.

Lower River:

From the first days of November to mid-January, always depending on the water flow required to carry out this float in one day.
Fishing starts no later than 8:00 a.m. as it is a very long float. We´ll fish riffles and pools in addition to the estuaries area in front of large private properties. Then, at the confluence with the Collon Cura River, we will fish until we get to “Balsa Vieja”, finishing at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Collon Cura River

We start at the Rinconada Bridge and travel 10 miles/16 km till we reach “Balsa Vieja”, where our vehicle will be waiting for us.

Alumine River

This float takes place from November to January, from the confluence with the Malleo River to the Rinconada Bridge. This outing includes 14 miles/22 km of floating and fishing.

From January to April, when the river flow falls, half of the route is done from the confluence with the Catan-Lil River to the Rinconada Bridge. This is a full day program starting at 8:30 a.m. and finishing at around 8:00 p.m.

Floating & Camping

The Camp

Camping is a choice for those who prefer a more adventurous fishing experience reaching very productive, unpressured waters that are difficult to access.

The camp is very comfortable: spacious tents with insulated mattresses over cots, blankets, a bath tent, led lights, VHF radio and of course very tasty food cooked by the chef, who prepares the meals on the fire next to the river. You´ll live a few days unplugged and enjoying nature like in no other place. A sky full of stars and a crispy fire is the perfect atmosphere to share with your friends the fish of your lifetime.

Where we fish & camp?

Chimehuin River

From “El Manzano” to “Balsa Vieja”. This float is done in two days, camping halfway and fishing very slowly the area of the estuaries and the lower course of the river this will allow you to fish un-pessured waters.

Alumine River

From the Pilolil Bridge to the confluence with the Malleo River, traveling 27miles/43 km. This float is done in 2 and 3 days.

Caleufu River

Traveling 40 miles/63 km, this river is only floated with camping. The main characteristic is that there are no access areas during the entire float, making it a river with very little fishing pressure. This program can be done from the opening of the season until the end of December.



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Fishing Equipment


Use 9-foot, 5- and 6-weight rods, reels with good disc drags, and pack a selection of floating lines and sink-tip setups (200-grain integrated tips work great). Back-up rods are always recommended.


They should have a minimum of 100 yards of backing and an adjustable drag.


Weight-forward floating fly lines are the norm in the rivers we fish in Northern Patagonia. Also bring one or two integrated sinking lines for streamer fishing. These lines should have anywhere from 10 to 20 feet of 200- to 300-grain sinking tips. For still waters, think of full-sinking and clear intermediate lines for streamers in deeper water. And always include a floater for dries.


9-foot 1X for streamers and 9-foot 3X to 5X for dry flies. You will also need extra 5X to 1X tippet spools.


We recommend a typical Western trout fly selection for local rivers: hoppers, Chernobyl ants, stimulators, humpies and wulffs in #8-12; beadhead nymphs in #14-20, tan and olive caddis patterns in #14 – 16; mayfly parachutes, emergers, and cripples in #14-20; and a selection of streamers (conehead buggers, matukas, muddler minnows, and bunny leeches).



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210 767 3383

emergency phone

549 11 5376 2524