The fishing

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

Chimehuin, Collon Cura, Alumine, Filo Hua Hum in between many others, are just some of the very productive waters we typically fish from the lodge. This variety gives you the chance to explore new rivers every day. We can personalize your experience according to your fishing preferences and prevailing weather temperature, fish migration and of course the opinion of our guides.

Chimehuin River

Collon Cura River

Alumine River

Chapelco Lodge is strategically located, having close access to many famous rivers, providing hundreds of miles of incredible fisheries. Throughout the season the fishing conditions vary, but Chapelco Lodge counts with seasoned guides in its staff, with more than 18 years fishing these waters, that will take you where the great fishing is at the time of your visit.

November has the highest water levels of the season due to late spring rains and snow thaw. It is the time to fish some waters that won’t be possible to later on in the season, like the amazing Caleufu River. This will be a perfect time to fish with dries and nymphs in small creeks and streams, while streamers with a sinking tip line will be the choice for most of the time during float trips.

Between January and March, without any doubt, is the time to enjoy the best dry fly fishing because of the waters are plenty of bug life.  As water warms up and its levels decrease, we need to change our fishing floating bigger rivers, sight fishing in gin-clear water using myflies, caddis and stoneflies, longer leaders and thinner tippets.

During April the weather gradually starts getting cold again, however, you should consider this late season time if you are a serious fisherman in search of big fish!

You can also combine the lodge’s base fishing with an adventurous fishing camp reaching areas with very difficult access.

The chance to get a 10-pound fish is possible in every month of the season at each riffle or pool, sealing those fond memories forever.

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.

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).


Contact information


South Pioneers

Ramiro de las Carreras

US Phone

210 767 3383

Whatsapp – emergency phone

549 11 5376 2524


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