Fly Fishing the Patagonia Trip Highlights

  • World-class fishing and private guiding
  • Remote, comfortable lodges
  • Gourmet cuisine
  • Book with Knowmad for guaranteed best pricing at these partner properties

Itinerary Overview

In addition to natural beauty that leaves visitors speechless, the Northern Patagonia is home to incredible fly fishing waters. Our partners at El Saltamontes and The Patagonian BaseCamp are industry leaders offering unmatched fishing and lodging experiences.

Fly Fishing in South Amerca

PATAGONIA BASECAMP You’re invited to Patagonia’s most diverse fly fishing trip at Marcel and Carolina’s Patagonian BaseCamp on the Rio Palena. Marcel traveled the world for years before building his dream lodge in a hidden corner of Patagonia, an area as wild as it is beautiful. This remoteness means you’ll most likely see no other fishermen during your stay, but you will see lots of brown and rainbow trout. Patagonia Basecamp’s location affords an incredible diversity of waters and fishing experiences. In addition to using inflatable catarafts and outboard boats, Marcel can organize two and three day overnight float trips into wilderness rivers, spending nights at small riverside cabins or camping under the Southern Cross. In addition, access high mountain lakes teeming with heavy-shouldered trout by an oxcart-pulled carriage or by horseback. These fish are wild and untouched.

The lodge is designed for maximum comfort and minimum environmental impact. With only seven rooms, it is a cozy affair inviting you to unwind by the 360-degree fire-place after a hearty dinner is served by professional chef Carolina.

EL SALTAMONTES Jose and Erica Gorrono are your hosts at their cozy lodge nestled along the banks of the Nireguao River. Fewer than 100 anglers fish the 5,000-acre ranch every year. Exclusively brown trout angling, most fishing at El Saltamontes is done on the Nireguao River and its oxbow lagoons, with some of the best waters a stone’s throw from the lodge. Browns actively feed on grasshoppers (saltamontes means grasshoppers in Spanish) and other terrestrials which abound in the high grasses bordering the river. The lodge is intimate and luxurious, welcoming a maximum of ten fishermen and four non-anglers each week. Made entirely of local timber and stones, the attention to detail makes this the quintessential lodge experience. The gourmet meals of a talented chef and an impressive wine cellar are the only way to get you to come back from the river when the fishing is this good!

Is It For Me?

Fishing the Patagonia at our partner lodges is ideal for anglers looking for world-class fishing in a spectacular setting found nowhere else in the world. Non-anglers will be delighted as well with activities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and more…

Knowmad has vast knowledge and operations in Chile; this is a private trip and we are happy to modify excursions, accommodations, and the flow of the itinerary to perfectly suit your travel style and interests.

Have questions? Talk to an expert: 612-315-2894

Important Info

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Listed prices are approximations. All Knowmad trips are custom and exact pricing is provided in your trip proposal.

  • From $5,285 per person / includes 100% of meals & alcohol 

TYPE Flexible Date Private Departures


DEPARTURES Jan – April [ask about special rates in Nov & Dec]

LENGTH 8 days            BEGIN / END La Junta, Chile



Listed prices are approximations. All Knowmad trips are custom and exact pricing is provided in your trip proposal.

  • $5,520 per person / includes 100% of meals & alcohol

TYPE Flexible Date Private Departures


DEPARTURES Jan – April [ask about special rates in Nov & Dec]

LENGTH 8 days              BEGIN / END Coyhaique, Chile

Air Travel

INTERNATIONAL Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. You may arrange your international airfare independently, or we are happy to offer our feedback and assistance in helping you book it.

REGIONAL If booked by Knowmad Adventures, internal airfare for this trip (Santiago/Puerto Montt/puddle jumper/Puerto Montt/Santiago) averages around $500, however this is an approximation and the airfare is subject to change upon booking. If you would like to arrange your own regional flights, please consult us prior so we can verify the departure and arrival times.

What's Next?

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Signing up is easy. Call us at 612-315-2894 or email [email protected] and reserve your spot. Or simply download our registration form, fill it out, and send it back to us along with your trip deposit. Please refer to registration form for terms & conditions.

Weather & When to Go to Patagonia

The Southern Hemisphere the seasons and climate are reversed from those in the Northern Hemisphere. While the United States and Europe are experiencing winter, in Chile it is summer. Patagonian weather is unpredictable. Expect sunshine as well as some rainy, windy South Pacific weather. The average temperature in this region from October through April is about 55 °F. Please also note that some of the activities are weather dependent.

Northern Patagonia

Prior to your departure, you are provided a detailed pre-trip information packet including a recommended pack list, information about the regions you’ll be visiting, suggested readings, up-to-date health information including any recommended vaccinations and more.


Our trips feature comfortable accommodations that complement their surroundings. We seek out intimacy and character, but never sacrifice cleanliness and security. We also find the best value for quality. In general, our physically moderate to vigorous trips feature hotels classified as 3+ to 4 stars, while less physically demanding trips feature 4+ to 5 star hotels.

As South American travel specialists, we’re experts and have inspected hundreds of properties. Knowmad is happy to suggest upgrades and alternative hotels based on your preferences to ensure your trip is perfect for you. Photos below are from this itinerary’s preferred accommodations. For more specifics, call or write to request more info.

Extend Your Adventure

Wine Country

Bike from vineyard to vineyard on gentle country roads, tour the cellars, taste fine wines, eat gourmet cuisine and stay in charming boutique hotels. With premier wine growing valleys just an hour from Santiago, a few days in wine country is an ideal extension to your adventure and a good example of the diversity of landscapes and lifestyles within Chile.

Atacama Desert

Looking for unique? Earth’s closest thing to Mars, Atacama will not disappoint. Your trip to this surreal landscape offers countless cultural and adventure excursions to choose from during the day, while spending nights in a true oasis, the Tierra Atacama boutique hotel and spa. Return for a dip in the pool and enjoy a local cabernet with gourmet cuisine. Don’t forget to take advantage of the world’s best moonscape and stargazing. 

Easter Island

A tropical paradise with history, culture and mystery at every beautiful turn, a visit to Easter Island – the world’s most isolated speck of land – will captivate any traveler. Meander through the picturesque countryside dotted with volcanoes, and learn about the mysterious Moai statues erected by the original Polynesian tribes who inhabited the island. Still today little is known about the statues or their creators. While circumnavigating the island on visits to the diverse Moai sites, you’ll have opportunities to relax on deserted, white-sand beaches, explore volcanic caves with petroglyphs and walk the rim of a seaside volcano. 

Let The Journey Begin

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Planning a trip to South America might seem a little overwhelming at first. Knowmad offers door-to-door trip planning: first, we listen, and then we help you navigate the seasonal differences and itinerary options, resulting in a holistic, seamless, and custom-crafted experience, all at a guaranteed best value.

The simplest way to get started is to give us a call at 612-315-2894or to fill out this short form so we can learn more about your travel preferences.