• Fishing in Chile
    Palena Camp - Chile

Fly Fishing in Chile is the ultimate experience for wild fishermans.

After a couple of centuries of sutainable growth, Chile is becoming one of the best fishery in the world.

English explorers started first to discover these awesome wild fishing spots, and nowadays we are able to fish Trouts in a breath taking landscape, among lakes, rivers, creeks…

The long and narrow shape is one of the caratteristic of Chile, from the the driest place in the whole planet, to the Antartic.

Everything is possible here, Browns, Rainbows and Broke Trouts are the gunsters of the chilean environment.

After years of passionate research Wild Sea Expedition is proud to offer a fantastic trout fishing experience in a safe, really local and untouched and base location, Palena (X Region).

The area we are operating is located in to the Northern Patagonia, along the Carretera Austral, and is really far from other villages ; in addition bad conditions of the roads and the relative absence of Transportation services make these spots’ enviroment still pure and pristin.

You are totally out of the mass tourism and feel like an old timer sometimes, tasting the best part of the past while fishing in Chile.

For us, one of the best part of trout fishing in Chile is the environment and technics variety that you come across, and here the options are many and really different every day swopping from a 4 wt to a 8/9…


Rio Tigre is a nice walking river located up north to Palena, very close to the argentinian mountain side; hosts some really good broke trouts fishery and a massive ammount of 30 cm.

Hence tough action is waranted with those aggressive guys around !

For istance in our last exploratory trip we had the pleasure to found and hook some really big one, up to 45 cm enough to give you a proper fight on a 4wt rod.

Raft fishing in Chile lakes, those hidden lakes are almost unknown to fishermans and here aggressive rainbows and brown are sitting under structure like trees and bamboo grass or just under the edge few meters down waiting for something, so it will be up to you the choice between a big terrestrial on the surface or a little streamer close to the bottom.

Palena river where you will touch the essence of the wilderness rafting down for 3 days, camping and sleeping in tents on the river banks at night.

Certainly constance is necessary if your target is the trophy; actually the ammount of big browns is impressive so the size of your streamer must to be big enough to avoid the smaller one down in the pools.

However a more delicate approach with lighter set up is very productive, but average size is so much smaller.


The lodge is located in a very wild propriety just few meters from river Palena reachable only by 4×4 car.

The entire structure was build few years a go only with chilean materials and it keeps a very nice traditional style with no impact in to the nature.

The main house it is provided of a very big saloon, kitchen and relax area with a comfortable fire place that will keep the atmosfere dry and comfortable during a raining day.

The fisherman house is a wood structure with 2 double rooms plus 2 private bathrooms.


Fishing in Chile is an amazing experience both for Enviroment and Fishes.

The trip is 10 days long since we get to the airport to when we drop you in the airport again; a total of 8 full days fishing in Chile; according to weathercast we will decide fishing spots day by day.


  • Day 1 transfer to lodge from Esquiel Airport
  • Day 2\3 Rio Tigre
  • Day 4\5 Lakes fishing
  • Day 6 Session upper Palena
  • Day 7\8\9 three days down to Palena River where we will pack everything in the rafts and we will spend two nights camping on the river and back to lodge for last night.
  • Day 10 back to Airport .


All the meal, all the nights in the lodge, all the transfers, all fishing permission


Alcool, soft drinks and tips


Palena is not connected with any airport; the closest place to arrive is Esquiel ( Argentina )

There are easy connections with Aerolinea Argentina from Buenos Aires or Santiago del Chile to Esquiel.


The whole country is totaly safe; all our customers are asked to arrive already covered by travel/medical insurance because we will operate far from any civilizated place.


None vaccinations request


No VISA is request for Chile, the permit as a tourist is valid from 3 to 6 months accordind to your passport origin.


Fishing in Chile is quite good from December to March; however we consider January and February perfect time with longer days and warmer tempratures.


To win the Chilean challenge is very important to be shure of a big choice of rods and different fly lines.

Therefore we recommend a 3\4 wt for the creeck fishing with floating line.

A 5\6wt with floating line is a must for fishing in Chile

A 7\8wt with full sinking fly line (300 grain more or less) is raccomended for lakes and Palena River.

Fly list

All the dry flyes like stone fly, caddis, may flys. Hourse fly are good in all the sizes.

Chernobil hunt of any colors and mouses imitations are necesary to fish structures like woods and grass.

In addition about streamer we reccommend to bring a big selection of small on hook size 06\08 with naturals colours for istance, from grey to olive to brown; those little flyes are very good above all in the lakes.

For Palena River we reccommend to fish with big streamers for big browns, those trouts are really predatory so most of the time are feeding on small raimbow.

Size reccommended from 7 to 11 cm, raimbow imitation is a good one or any naturals colours as for the small streamer.

Hook is important for this kind of fishing specialy because we will use a 7 or 8 wt with a 20 pound tippet.


From 4 to 20 pound more or less


Normally for ethical reasons we don’t fish to much with spinning tackle; However the results are impressive; the ammount of strikes that you can have in a short session is really incredible, above all using the right lures.

Therefore we reccomend is a 7/8 ft rods with 20/30 pound braid line on the reel and a bunch of minnow from 10 to 18 cm.

We use are long and thin tip of minnow, better with a magnetic sistem to cast agains the wind; similarly all kind of sea bass lures in any naturals colours are very good.

General equipment

Dry backpack

Fishing waters

Hiking shoes

Termal underwear

Long sleeves termal t shirt

Rain jacket

Underwear\ socks\ towel \sun glasses\sun cream

Head light

Camping bottle to store water avoiding plastic

In conclusion remember that Patagonia can be cold even during summer time, so you must to be ready in case of a raining week.