Futa Lodge



Overview


Fly Fishing Chile – Futa Lodge

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

Fly fishing Chile, sounds like a dream? Some of the best fly fishing in Chile is found at Futa Lodge. Futa Lodge is located near the border of Argentina in a very remorte area of Chile. The Futaleufu river is only accessible through our Estancia where we use rafts to access other parts of the river by floating and wading. The dry fly fishing for trout is incredible with 15-20 inch fish crashing large attrator patterns like a Chernobyl ants or Madam X . One of the favorite foods of these trout is a large beetle that is present through out the season so like hopper fishing, a wel placed cast near the edge of the river can bring a large fish to the surface.

Futa Lodge is located in the most secluded valley in the Patagonia region of Chile. The lodge is quite charming with its old world chilean style, it sleeps a maximum of six anglers, it is remote and surrounded by stunning mountains, and free rising browns and rainbows. Fishing at Futa Lodge is like stepping back in time… The countryside is reminiscent of Montana or Colorado at the turn of the last century. The fishing reflects this as well with trout that have not been fished over as our Estancia has the only access to miles of the river.

Fly Fishing Heaven is Fly Fishing Chile!

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Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

The magnificent Coyhue forests around the lodge have never been harvvested and the fields are still cut with scythes. The fly fishing itself is some of the purest wild fly‐fishing for rainbows and browns anywhere in the world. Each and every trout that you catch is a perfect representation of its species in perfect condition. The Futaleufu has a multitude of different types of water to suit many styles of fly fishing. One minute your guide will be rowing you down faste stretches where you’ll fish a streamer to overhanging trees to tempt big browns from their hiding places and the next you’ll be fishing from the bank having stalked a wary pod of rainbows as they sip tiny dry flies from the surface.

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

We can also access the river and some smaller streams via horseback, which is a real treat as you can admire the scenery and wildlife at a slow pace. The Futaleufu valley is a place to be close to nature and to be part of a way of life that is increasingly hard to find anywhere in the world. It’s a place to forget the mundane pressures of everyday life, while enjoying some of the world’s best wild trout fishing and staying in comfort and style at Futa lodge. FLy Fishing Chile in style!


Lodging


The accommodations at Futa Lodge

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

The lodge´s remote location through the Valle de las Escalas makes this part of the river unique, lazy horseback trails wind down to the river´s edge – Lupins and other wild flowers abound – no engines p to pollute the river either chemically or audibly, and time appears to have stood still. Futa lodge stands sentinel on the river bank wishing you well on your daily fishing adventure, its lights twinkling a greeting in the evening as you return from the river. Fly Fishing Chile should be on everyone’s list, and Futa lodge should be at the top.

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

The main lodge is an old estancia house with three cabins scattered as you head down to the river, one next to the main lodge and two right on the edge of the river. The main lodge consists of a cozy living room with a fire place and two more double bed-rooms. This means the lodge can hold 8 peple but we only allow 6 fishermen at any one time to keep pressure at a minimum. Like all Nervous Water properties FUta Lodge has the ultimate service for any fishing lodge in the world.

The food is designed and created by hand each day with a full selection of fine Chilean wines to enjoy.

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Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

Across the border from Esquel in Argentina, and deep into the coyhue forests of the tenth region of Chile flow the azure depths of the Futaleufu river. A world away from the hustle and bustle that even sleepy Esquel represent, the “Big River”; (for this is how Futaleufu translates from the tehuelche tongue) rolls along, amid some of the most unspoilt mountain scenery on the planet.

South of the Chilean lake district Futaleufu is a stand alone fishery. The freestone giant grows healthy stocks of rainbow and brown trout that are fed by abundant hatches of mayfly, caddis and stoneflies. A heavy resident stock of fish and great hatches combined with classic fly water make the Futaleufu a trout fisherman´s paradise. Average rainbows and browns are in the 14″-16″ class but much larger fish are caught regularly. There´s even the occasional sea-run fish, guaranteed to put a bend in your rod! In truth though, whilst the chance of a big fish is a daily occurrence, it’s hard to be totally focused on the fishing in a place this special.

Lodge Photos


Fishing


The Fishing Around Futa Lodge

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

The fishing at Futa lodge is largely based on the Futaleufu River which flows right by the front door of the lodge. In addition, there are also some smaller rivers and lakes close by that may be fished. The Browns and Rainbows of the Futaleufu River, and the Catchments of Chile as a whole, were stocked from European and American stocks in the early 19th Century. The fish on the Futaleufu River, in particular, have gone on to establish an extremely healthy population that is envied among wild trout fisheries the world over.

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

The premise of Futa lodge is to live beside one of the most productive trout rivers in Patagonia and do it in style, Chilean style. Dry fly fishing is available through out the season for wild rainbow and brown trout. These are the same trout that went on to spawn some of the stocking programs throughout Argentina as well.The water runs clear and cold from the start of the season to the end.

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Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

Since only our guests are fishing the river in our estancia this means you are assured of pristine under-fished water. The rainbows and browns are 15-24 inches and pretty abundant. Most of the fishinf is dry fly fishing but some streamer and nymph fishing is productive as well. Weh we are floating the casts are usually right to the edge of the river or under overhanging trees and willows.

There are no pancora crabs on the Chilean side of the andes so most of the food for these trout is insects or baitfish. The waters have an emerald green tint from the glacier at the headwaters of the river.The river ranges form 50 feet wide to over 100 feet wide in some spots and is a true freestone river. There are areas where the rive divides into channels that offer a small stream experience to the big river feel.
We also can fish several of the tributaries and reach some other streams by horse as well. there are several lakes that have a generous supply of trout for fun – hatching dragon flies can make this fishing a blast in early January.

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


Package Prices at Futa Lodge

7-night/6-day program:
$4,900 per person double occupancy, $7840 for a single.

Non-fishing rate is 40% less than the weekly fishing rate.

Prices Include: 7 nights lodging, three meals a day, guided fishing each day , all wine, beer and local spirits while at the lodge. It also includes all taxes. Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars.

Prices do not include: ground transportation from either Esquel, Argentina ( Add $150 round trip per person) or Chaiten Chile ( Add $250 r/t per person), Imported alcoholic beverages, fishing license or gratuities for your guide and lodge staff

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Payment and Cancelation Polices

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


Fly Fishing Chile – the Seasons

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

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.

Gallery


Photo Gallery

Please take a look at the  photo and video galleries related to the lodgee.

Fishing Photo Gallery

Lodge Photo Gallery

Scenic Photo Gallery

Video Gallery






Activities


Non-Fishing Activities at Futa

Fly Fishing Chile at Futa Lodge deep in the patagonia region, where wild trout eat dry flies with abandon

Another top notch service lodge from Nervous Waters means you will lack for nothing as far as food and service goes. Non fishing activities woud include horseback riding, relaxing and reading. There is not a lot of organized tours or activities from this remote location. For more activities I would suggest looking at CHile’s Yan Kee Way lodge (under the Freshwater Trips>Chile> Yan Kee Way on the main menu near the top of the page.


Travel


Getting to Futa Lodge

map of southern Chile

There are two ways to get to Futa since it is near the Argentine border: Through Santiago Chile flying to Chaiten, or through Buenos Aires flying to Esquel.

Through Chile: 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 Chaiten. From Chaiten you will be transferred to the lodge, by a lodge representative, via a 4 minute hour van transfer.

Through Argentina: Guests fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina and typically overnight there to relax and spend a day touring the city and its nightlife. The Lodge can then be accessed from Buenos Aires via commercial airline to the local airport of Esquel. From Esquel you will be transferred to the lodge, by a lodge representative, via a 1 hour van transfer.

Special Instructions for those coming through Argentina:
US citizens must pay a “reciprocity fee” to enter Argentina. This is not a visa, since a visa is not required for US business and tourist visitors. It is a fee based upon the fees that Argentinian citizens pay for a visa to the United States. The fee amount will be subject to change.

The National Immigration Agency (Direccion Nacional de Migraciones) has added a new online form of payment of this reciprocity fee (visitor visa- rate for Americans of USD $160), through the Provincia Payment System. Online payment may now be made in advance for arrival at all airports.

How to pay the reciprocity fee on-line:
Enter the web site https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/ and register to start the process.
Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information.
Print the payment receipt.
On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the traveler’s entry to the country registered.

Effective October 31, 2012 for arrivals to Aeroparque and effective December 28, 2012 for arrivals to Ezeiza International airport, all U.S. tourist or business visitors must pay the reciprocity rates (USD $160 for Americans) with their credit card through the on-line system before they arrive in Argentina. After these dates, payments will NOT be accepted at the airports.

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

Argentina 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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