Saturday, February 2, 2013

Chilean Patagonia Adventure March 23rd.

Thought I would add these videos to get you excited. It's a great overview of what you will see and do during your trip to Picacho Lodge in Chilean Patagonia. Streamer fishing is my favorite, but we also have excellent dry fly fishing as well. These fish are pretty easy for the most part, although we do have some spring creek like fishing as well.  So Take a look at these videos for an overview of an adventure destination in Patagonia, Chile.

Well the dates have changed but we are finally ready to go. We will actually depart March 22nd and return on March 30th. I have room for one more on our trip so if you are interested, contact me at

I can't wait to escape the snow and fish for huge trout on pristine rivers, lakes and small streams. All remote with beauty that is breath taking.

Some of the Patagonian Beauty

A Beautiful Brown from Lago Roosevelt

Since we are heading to Chile during their fall months we should be prepared for weather in 70's as well as weather in the high 40's. The air will be crisp in the morning hours to gentle temps in afternoon. The weather here is similar to Northern British Columbia during their fall months.

The fishing should be superb with fish sporting their fall colors. During this time period, we will be fishing Big Ugly floating patterns and big meaty streamers.  See this streamer article for streamer fishing primer.

Below is more or less a check list for you regarding fishing gear and clothing.

A Picacho River Brown


  • Fly rod for casting streamers with 150gr to 250gr lines 6 to 8wt
  • Fly rod for fishing dries and nymphs  5 or 6wt
  • Flies (Streamers, nymphs, and dries) I'll get you a list of what you will need.
  • Leaders and tippets. Bring 9' tapered to 3 or 4X. Bring at least 3.  Bring Mirage tippet in 4 and 5X.
  • Waders and boots
  • Raincoat
  • Wading belt
  • A small day back (water resistant if possible)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Nippers and forceps 
  • If you use a fishing vest bring it.
  • Camera
  • Binoculars if you want.

Clothing / Misc

The weather will be similar to Fall in British Columbia. It can be very pleasant with temps in the low 70's or could be as cold as mid 40's
With that in mind, be prepared. I suggest the following layering.
  • No cotton against the skin.
  • On colder days wool or poly material long johns against the skin
  • Fleece or wool over the long johns
  • Good breathable rain coat
  • Scarf
  • I wear nylon socks and wicking or wool socks over the nylon.
  • In your pack bring dry clothes to put on if needed. You can always add layers or reduce layers.
  • Fingerless gloves 
  • Warm hat and baseball hat
  • Small flash light
  • Chargers with converters and adapters
Warm weather clothes can be anything including cotton against the skin. Just bring a day pack to layer up if necessary during the day. We will be gone all day and will not be close to the lodge.

Travel Info

Repeat Visitors
We will fly out of Cleveland early Friday afternoon to Santiago where we will clear customs. Then board a plain bound for Balmaceda. We will be met in Balmaceda by the Picacho lodge personnel who will transport us to the Jet Catarafts.  Here we'll get into our waders and boat into the Lodge. 

We will finalize our flights over the next few days and provide detailed travel itineraries.

Stay tuned for more prep information and don't forget to stop back to see the results of our trip.  We have good fisherman going on this trip so we should have some great grip and grin pictures along with some great shots of the beauty surrounding us.

Good fishing to all,

Scott McClintock