Since 2015, rumors of dime-bright, fly-caught 30- to 50-pound Chinook on a stunning river in a remote region of Patagonian Chile have echoed through the spey fishing community like seductive siren songs. With phrases like “the perfect salmon river” or “the best chinook fishing today” traded in hushed conversation, the destination has assumed the aura of a modern day salmon fishing paradise. Could the rumors and speculation actually be true? After an exploratory season and two full client seasons, the answer is YES! With a legitimate chance to hook a bright salmon over 50 pounds in any week of the season, this fishery is absolutely not a fantasy.
To make this opportunity available, our associates at Salmon Junkies have signed a long-term contract with the landowner of Austral River Lodge. Situated on the river’s tidal reach, this charming Chilean-style facility is positioned perfectly to take advantage of each tide’s bounty of kings. This exclusive fishing program available to only four rods weekly in the capable and experienced hands of two North American guides will focus on the river’s lower 20 kilometers where primary resting and holding pools provide optimum water for targeting these magnificent salmon at their fresh-from-sea best.
We invite you to join us at what we believe may be one of the world’s last great venues to swing flies for trophy salmon. But do come prepared. These very real and rugged austral kings will test your angling skill, as well as every element of your tackle. No, it won’t be easy such glories never are. But yes, here you could very well reach the summit of your angling life. Indeed, we believe we are offering passage to a magical land.
Steelhead Flyfisher is excited to handle North American bookings for this very intriguing and promising program. Please inquire for full details.
2019 season: Late January through mid-March; inquire for availability
2019 rate: 6300 USD plus 675 USD private air transfer fee per person, including meet and greet at Puerto Montt airport and all ground transfers in Puerto Montt, for a 7-night/6-day single occupancy package
Included: Accommodations and meals, including beer and wine at the lodge, transfers between Puerto Montt and/or Puerto Varas and the lodge, and daily guided fishing
Not Included: International and domestic airfare, hotel and meals in Puerto Montt and/or Puerto Varas, gratuities
1) Payments made by personal check, cashier's check, or money order in US dollars are preferred.
2) Credit card and wire transfer payments are available on request. Additional fees may apply.