In the majestic province of Palena, nests Lake Yelcho, an iconic fly fishing paradise that dazzles globally
X LOS LAKES REGION, CHILEAN PATAGONIA
Lake Yelcho owes its excellent fishing to the great diversity of formations that its coasts present, highlighting the bays of reed beds, where rainbow trout completely take their bodies out of the water trying to capture the gigantic lice killers (odonata) that hatch in the place.
The lake receives the Futaleufú River in its southeastern corner and flows into the Atlantic Ocean through the Yelcho River, which begins
in the northwest part of the lake. Fishing in the river mouths is spectacular. The wide and short deltas
deep eddies provide sight fishing for brown and rainbow trout, while huge eddies make it
in excellent, highly technical dry fly fishing. But the greatest attraction for Lake Yelcho comes from the
extensive cane fields. On sunny days, lake browns and rainbows ply the shoals seeking to intercept the
dragonflies as they maneuver overhead. A casting day for these jumping giants could be a highlight
of your fishing trip, or year of fishing.
On cloudy days when insect activity is minimal, the lake presents the trawler with a catch of
large fly without equal. The coasts alternate between steep cliffs and shallow waters, and the clarity of the water
It means you will see your prey chasing, even from a distance.
The excellent fly fishing of Lake Yelcho is thanks to the natural diversity along its shores. Among the high
bay reeds, rainbow trout leap into the air to catch the giant dragonflies that hatch here. It is recommended
use floating lines, deer hair dragonflies, and foam to fish these waters.
5 minutes from the Hotel.
Dry fly fishing can be
exceptional among the reeds of the lake where
rainbow trout stalk dragonflies
beginning of the season.
Full day Fishing at the south end of the lake
Yelcho and the Boca de Futaleufu river. We went out
At 9 am. from the hotel and after
30 minutes into the trip we arrived at this area.
The return is around 7
p.m. by car (about 40 minutes
10 minutes from the Hotel.
With a background
covered mainly with brown algae and
a green expanse of reeds on its banks,
It is home to some types of insects
aquatic, which are models of some
recognized patterns of artificial flies,
Caddis, Damsel and Dragonfly, the latter of the
order of the Odonates, among the most
abundant during the first months of
each year in its nymph and adult stage, along with
the no less famous Puyes, as one of
the main foods during the same
The Yelcho River forks from Lake Yelcho as it makes its way to Chaitén Bay at Corcovado Golf. is
fed by the Futaleufú, Correntoso, Cascada, Enredadera and Malito rivers and extends throughout the Chilean landscape for 46
kilometres. The Palena River drains a separate, nearby watershed; It is the smallest and shallowest river of the group.
Together, these three rivers offer endless miles of world-class rope fishing for big, aggressive brown trout and
rainbow. Look for rainbows to hold in deeper areas near steep shorelines, with brown trout patrolling
Banks undermined and registry jams. The size, depth and power of the rivers means that it is a boat to the
drifting rather than a wading fishery. Feel free to leave your waders at the lodge.
Recommended tackle for gallop fishing in the region includes aggressive sinking lines, jointed streamers in
white, black, yellow and olive, and 6-8 fast action bars. The upstream reaches of the Yelcho River also boast of having
Great dry fly fishing in its wide eddies, so be sure to bring your 5 weight and plenty of patterns.
of 18-20 parachutes too.
There is also the Michinmahuida River, which fishes best in the first season before the ice and snow melt.
Fishing for Sierras and tuna is usually close to the surface, and the birds that dance in the air are what show us where
These monsters are attacking. When we approach the flocks, that is when we can appreciate the violent attacks in
the surface. If you manage to cast within 5 meters of the 'rise'...get ready for action!
For this type of fishing, we use a rod no. #10, with 300-350 grain lines, a 30-40 pound fluorocarbon tip
resistance and a Palomar or 'Non Slip Mono' knot that leaves the fly free of movement at the moment of the strip The "strip" more
productive is bought quite slowly with what we use in tuna fishing in other places. The fight is the usual...
Spectacular races back and forth...but once the show is over you have to watch your fingers and hands not
They must be crushed.
Favorite flies are divided into two classes, depending on what water you are going to fish. Sardine imitations tend to
work better in waters further from land (Clouser Minnow Blue or Red and white 1/0) between 6 and 8 Cm, and of course, the
Gummy Minnow #2 - #$ with blue back.
Here is a top ten of the best ones we suggest:
- Fat Albert size 8-12
- Chernobyl Ant size 8 - 12
- Dragonfly size 6 and 8
- Caddis size 10 - 14
- Goddard Caddis size 10 - 14
- Dragonfly nymphs size 6 - 10
- Woolly Bugger olive green and black size 6 - 10
- Sculpins size 10
- Sex Dungeon size 6
- Puye imitation
- Egg flies (late season)
Shop / Fly Fishing Shop
OUR STORE HAS TOP QUALITY PRODUCTS, ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR FISHERMEN, WHETHER THEY ARE AMATEURS OR EXPERT SPORTSMAN. OUR STORE IS LOCATED ON THE SECOND LEVEL OF OUR MAIN LIVING ROOM, THE SAME WAY YOU CAN FIND SOUVENIRS AND SOUVENIRS.
YELCHO IN PATAGONIA HAS 3 50 HP BOATS FOR FISHING IN THE LAKE, ALSO HAS 2 LUND ALUMINUM BOATS