Cinco Rios



Overview


Fly Fishing in Chile – Cinco Rios

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia and 10 minutes away from Coyhaique, Cinco Rios Lodge opens its doors to invite you to an enjoyable, unforgettable stay. Our unique location on the banks of the Simpson River and spectacular view of the majestic Patagonian Andes gratifies our visitors with the pleasure of an endearing setting.

It has a very unique combination of spring creeks rivers and lakes that you could explore for months. HUge browns in tiny little creeks, free rising trout on freestone rivers, lakes with large trout cruising the weed line, a wide variety of terrain not found elsewhere in the world. Their sister lodge, Estancia del Zorro is not too far away so you can vist both lodges in one trip – getting in 10 full days of fishing!

Accompanied by the hospitality of its owners, our comfortable rooms, our exquisite cuisine, outstanding wines, the professionalism of our staff, and the various activities offered, Cinco Rios Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy your next vacation!

Come and live the experience of Cinco Rios Chile! Fly Fishing Heaven in Chile.

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Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

Due to the cool temperatures and prolific rivers in the Asyen region of Patagonia, the trout have found ideal habitat to live and reproduce. Lots of insects, lots of water and lots of big trout, this really is a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts in Chile. Each year the waters of Patagonia are calling fly fishermen from all over the world to an unforgettable experience at Cinco Rios Lodge. Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysén region in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, is the center of sport fishing in the region,and is not far from our Estancias.


Lodging


Lodging

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

Cinco Rios Chile, located above the historic city of Coyhaique is a full service lodge and can accommdate up to twelve guests each week. A main Quincho or Great Room invites guests to relax with a large fireplace and plenty of seating, a prefect place to swap fish stories, and make plans for the next day’s angling. Also located in the main building is the dining room where both breakfast and dinner will be served.

Our customers have referred to our chef as an artist in the kitchen. With lots of fresh fruits vegetables and meat from the immediate region he creates both artful and delicious meals. Breakfast and lunch are served here while lunch is served stream side. The dining room looks out over the river valley as most of the lodge does. This is also where the guests prepare their individual lunches and meet for social hour after fishing.

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.The guest rooms are large rooms comfortable rooms with queen or twin beds, sitting area and a private full bathroom. Each room has a beautiful view of the valley below the lodge.

Peaceful and secluded, the Rio Simpson area is a bird watcher’s paradise for Andean condors, Chilean Southern-ringed kingfishers, eagles, ibis, torrent ducks, and parakeets. Tropical wild plants abound: bamboo, fuchsia, lilies, honeysuckle, nasturtium, lupine, and mammoth rhubarb only begin the list. Nature’s wonders abound for fly fishers, photographers, and hikers. You encounter glaciers, tropical flowers pollinated by bees, and temperate rainforests without the dangers of poisonous snakes, spiders, and other creepy crawlies. Explore the city of Coyhaique with it’s woolen goods, other items, and historic places of interest.


Fishing


The Fly Fishing at Cinco Rios

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

Each of our guides has many years experience fishing and exploring these waters. They are both native Chilean and Americans. We operate drift boats, rafts, 4 wheel drive vehicles and jet boats to take advantage of all the different waters we have nearby. You’ll be walking a 6 foot wide spring creek with some 3-10 pound brown trout population one day and drifting down the Simpson pounding the banks with big ugly dry flies the next.

Streams and fishing in this area are within 45 minutes from Cinco Rios Chile. Many of the streams have seldom, if ever, been fished; some have been discovered only recently. The streams offer diverse fishing; incredible, exciting dry fly action; and, challenging sight fishing in pristine, clean waters. Some brown trout, only accessible by our jet boats because of limited roads, have never seen a dry fly. Large fish abound with many Browns over 18 inches. Most fish are 15-18 inches but we land some 8 -10 pound browns and rainbows every season.

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.King Salmon and Silver Salmon have started to spawn and reproduce naturally in the rivers of the area and offer some great fishing towards the end of the season.

We drift and wade-fish to Rio La Paloma; the upper, middle, and lower Simpson; the rios Mañihuales and Aysen; lagos and bocas of the Azul, Desierto, Elizalde, Frio, Castor, and Pollux; and excellent small freestone streams such as the Megote, Guillermo, De Leon, and other unnamed streams. Lodge anglers do two jet-boat fishing days on the Paloma and Azul, two raft-float days on the Simpson or Mañihuales, and two walk-in days on the small freestone streams.

The Waters Around Cinco Rios

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

Simpson River
It is probably the most famous river in the Aysén region; the Simpson River tends to fish like classic Montana freestone and has significant caddis and mayfly opportunities. Browns and rainbows from 14-22 inches are your usual catch. However, trout up to 30 inches have been caught on a fly. King Salmon run this river from early January through mid March. We’ve taken Kings from the Simpson that push 45+ pounds. Our Lodge is located right on the Simpson River banks, then on top of enjoying the most gorgeous views of the Simpson River with the Andes peaks as a background, you will be able to finish a great drifting and arriving right in front of the lodge, where the Pisco sour will be waiting for you.

Paloma River
The Paloma River is a river that begins at the Desierto lake and runs northwest until it meets the Desague River about 15 miles away. A glacial freestone flows iridescent blue water and provides fantastic dry fly and streamer action. Predominantly a brown trout fishery, the introduction of rainbows in the late nineties has proven to be a success. Fish from 14-23 inches are taken from the crystal, clear Paloma. We generally drift at the Paloma River.

Azul River
Located between Lago Azul and Lago Desierto, the Rio Azul is accessible by boat as it gets you into a remote area. Flowing beneath the shadows of Cerro Castillo, it is probably one of the world’s most beautiful fishing locations. Browns from 17-21 inches are quite common with even larger fish that are taken. Jet boats take you to and from the Rio Azul, however, we prefer to wade once we arrive.

Desagüe River
The Rio Desague drains Lago Elizalde and runs for about five miles until it enters Lago Caro. Within this short stretch of river are browns and rainbows 17-23 inches with many larger trophies lurking in its depths. Jet boats will run into this remote river for some spectacular scenery and dry fly fishing.

Emperador Guillermo River
It is one of the jewels of the area. There are many pools and riffles loaded with hungry trout, averaging 12 to 16 inches, sometimes over a 100 fish a day.
Other Rivers
Mañihueles, Ñirehuao, Mogote, Río Blanco, Río Aysén, Río Coyhaique, Lago Elizalde, Lago Azul among many others.

Fishing Photo Gallery

Tackle & Gear

Buy your gear at Pro guide direct and help your local guide - Me!!Here is a list of the basics you will need for your trip. I have organized this list on Pro Guide Direct where you can actually purchase the brands and items that I have found to be the best of the best. Any Items that you purchase from Pro Guide Direct will help us earn a living and help you by being ensuring that you have the right gear for the trip. Many of our destinations are pretty remote with no chance to buy things on site.

Chile Gear List

SpeciesRodsReelsLineLeaders
Rainbows & Browns9 foot, 5-6-7 wt. Medium or Large Arbor with 150 yards of 20 pound backing#1 Floating easy to mend line,
#2 Floating with 8-15 fast sink tip (Type 6)
9 ft leaders with 5-12 lb. for floating setups, 3-5 foot leader 10-15 pounds with the sink tip for streamer fishing tippet.
King Salmon9 foot 10 WtLarge Arbor with 200 yards of 30+ pound backingFloating with 8-15 ft. fast sink tip (Type 6)3-5 foot leader 20-25 pounds
Silver Salmon9 foot 8 WtLarge Arbor with 150 yards of 20 pound backingFloating with 8-15 ft. fast sink tip (Type 6)3-5 foot leader 15 pounds

Fly List

Chilean Fly List

FlyColors SizeQty
Elk hair Caddis   Tan, Olive, Brown 12,1412
Royal Wulff   10,12,1412
StimulatorTan, Olive, Brown4,6,812
Griffiths gnat 16,18,2012
Caddis Nymphs    Prince, pheasant tail, hares ear12-1812
Egg sucking leech Pink /purple  2,4,6  24
Woolly buggers, Krystall buggers Black, Olive, white,brown, cone head and regular 2,4,6  18
Wool head sculpin Black, olive,    2,424
Marabou Muddlerblack/yellow,brown, black/white,black 2,424
Beady leechbrown, black4,6,8,12
Scudsolive, gray14,16,1812
Mice:    Grayish brown  2,44

Bring some of your favorite big and ugly dry flies or streamers with you, they will work!

Packing List

Chile Packing List

Packed?ItemPacked?Item
 Airline Tickets  Photo Id/Passport
 Cash Prescription Medicines
 1 Gortex waders & repair kit  - neoprene is not advised Traveler's Checks
 1 Wading Shoes – no studs please Boat Bag
 1 Rain jacket w/hood (top quality breathable )  Bug Spray
 1 Heavy fleece jacket Sleeping bag (if camping)
 1 Medium weight fleece top  Camera / film/ batterries
 2 Lightweight fleece or Polypropylene tops or turtlenecks Reading & writing materials
 2 long sleeve lightweight fishing shirt  Bandana/ face sun protector
 3-7 pair underwear  ( synthetic is better than cotton) Persription glasses
 4 pair wool/ blend insulating socks for under waders spare perscriotion glasses
 1 wool or fleece hat (ski type)-  Toiletry Kit
 1 cap with brim  Zip lock bags (for lens cleaning cloth,, cash, etc)
 light fleece pants (under waders) – Fly Rods
 2 - Pants (Long) Fly vest, or chest pack
  1 Folding wading staff (optional) Reels
 1 spare pair polarized sunglasses ( cheap is OK) Flies/Fly box
 Clippers Fly Lines
 Hemostat Tippets / leaders

Rates


Cinco Rios Pricing

Dates7 night 6 day
Fishing adventure
Single Location
11 nights 10 day
visit both Cincos Rios
and Estancia del Zorro
7 night 6 day
Photo Safari
Single Location
December 15th to December 31st $3620 per person$5000 per person$2680 per person
January 1st to March 31st $3975 per person$6250 per person$3350 per person
April 1st to April 15th$3620 per person$5000 per person$2680 per person

The week is scheduled from Saturday to Saturday. Sunday being the first day of fishing, we start the morning with breakfast, which varies from day to day. Later, one of our guides will take you in a truck to the scheduled fishing beat. Every day you will enjoy exquisite lunches served on a beautifully arranged table, with good wines, soup, a main course and dessert which can be served on the bank of the river.

Late afternoon we return to the Lodge so you can rest and recover for the next day. An exquisite dinner is held in the evening, with wine and an open bar included, the perfect way to end your day.

Prices Include: round trip ground transportation from Coyhaique or Balmeceda, Chile to the lodge, lodging, three meals a day, guided fishing each day ( for fishing packages),Soft drinks, beer and wine. It also includes all taxes. Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars.

Prices do not include: Imported alcoholic beverages, fishing license or gratuities for your guide and resort staff

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A 10% deposit is required if you are booking more than 6 months in advance, 50% deposit is required when less than 6 months until departure date with the balance due 60 days prior to departure. If you are forced to cancel with more than 60 days notice, you may keep full credit towards another trip or receive a refund less a 10% service charge. Deposits on cancellations with less than 60 days notice are not refundable unless your spot can be filled. MC, Visa, and checks are accepted. We recommend travel and or medical emergency insurance for all our trips.



Seasons


The Fly Fishing Seasons in the Coyhaique Area

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

The fishing season officially opens in mid October and runs until the first Sunday in May. The best dry-fly fishing generally occurs from January to the end of March, although Nov. and Dec. are great spring months and very large trout on the move, generally taken on steamers, can make an angler’s dream come true. March brings cooler mornings and evenings and the rivers reach their lowest volume, but the cooler days bring the truly big fish out of the lakes and into the rivers for spawning. The pre-spawn streamer fishing can be incredible from mid March to mid April. Those that want lots of big fish will endure fishing the shorter days in April, to have an experience of a life time going after very large trout with large dries.

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Activities


Non-Fishing Activities near Coyhaique and Cinco Rios

Queulat National Park Tour
Located about 220 km north of Coyhaique, we find the Queulat National Park, discovered in 1767 by a Jesuit monk Jose Garcia Alsue, who sought the mythical lost city of the Caesars.

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

General Carrera Lake Marble Caves Tour
They are found on the General Carrera Lake, located in the town of Puerto Tranquilo, 223 kilometers (139 miles) South of Coyhaique. General Carrera Lake is shared by Chile and Argentina, but in Argentina the name is Buenos Aires Lake.



Day out in the country, Estancia del Zor
Located 45 kilometers from Coyhaique and in the Coyhaique Alto sector, the Estancia del Zorro allows visitors to enjoy a day out in the country where you can engage in different activities from our region.

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

Hiking
Cinco Rios Chile, may provide the visitor different trekking routes for the day, in which you can enjoy beautiful views of the region. Each of the routes to travel is unique and special.

Bike Tours
For those who love bikes, we can offer equipment renting as well as show you the best routes in our city or region in order to perform this sport.

Bird Watching
Cinco Rios Chile invites you on a journey to see a variety of birds in the wild. The beautiful flight of the Condor gliding through the Patagonian heavens captivates every visitor.

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

City Tour and Shopping
Coyhaique, with more than 50,000 habitants charms its visitors. Founded in 1929, makes it one of the youngest cities in our country. It is nestled in the mountains of the Patagonian Andes, near Cinco Ríos Lodge.

Horse Back Riding
Horses are a way of life here in Chile. Ride with some real gauchos and help with a round up!


Travel


Getting to Paloma River Lodge

Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region are hundredss of miles af spring creeks filled with big trout all within easy reach of Cinco Rios Lodge.

Air Travel: Guests fly to Santiago, Chile and typically overnight there to relax and spend a day touring the city and its nightlife. The Lodge can then be accessed from Santiago via commercial airline to the local airport of Coyhaique or Balmaceda. From Coyhaique or Balmaceda you will be transferred to the lodge, by a lodge representative, via a 20-40 minute drive.

Passport and travel Documents: You will need a valid passport to travel to Chile. No visa is required for U.K or U.S.A citizens, other nationalities should check with their local consulate.

Packing List

Chile Packing List

Packed?ItemPacked?Item
 Airline Tickets  Photo Id/Passport
 Cash Prescription Medicines
 1 Gortex waders & repair kit  - neoprene is not advised Traveler's Checks
 1 Wading Shoes – no studs please Boat Bag
 1 Rain jacket w/hood (top quality breathable )  Bug Spray
 1 Heavy fleece jacket Sleeping bag (if camping)
 1 Medium weight fleece top  Camera / film/ batterries
 2 Lightweight fleece or Polypropylene tops or turtlenecks Reading & writing materials
 2 long sleeve lightweight fishing shirt  Bandana/ face sun protector
 3-7 pair underwear  ( synthetic is better than cotton) Persription glasses
 4 pair wool/ blend insulating socks for under waders spare perscriotion glasses
 1 wool or fleece hat (ski type)-  Toiletry Kit
 1 cap with brim  Zip lock bags (for lens cleaning cloth,, cash, etc)
 light fleece pants (under waders) – Fly Rods
 2 - Pants (Long) Fly vest, or chest pack
  1 Folding wading staff (optional) Reels
 1 spare pair polarized sunglasses ( cheap is OK) Flies/Fly box
 Clippers Fly Lines
 Hemostat Tippets / leaders



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