Chile King Salmon Fishing
Yan Kee Way Lodge
Plus, Coho and Atlantic Salmon - Fly or Lure Fishing Trips
Yan Kee Way Lodge is located on the lakeshore of Lago Llanquihue (pronounced Yan Kee Way), near the small town of Ensenada, Chile, and has breathtaking views of Volcano Osorno and some of the best king salmon fishing in the world.
Yan Kee Way King Salmon Fishing
Fly or lure fish for monster kings up to 50-pounds in the Lodge’s home river—the Petrohue River. Single and double-handed rods are employed.
Yan Kee Way is conveniently located to estuary fisheries for large rainbow and sea-run brown trout and steelhead, as well as silver,
Atlantic, and king salmon. Fishing spots on the Rio Petrohue are approximately 20 to 35-minutes from the Lodge. Rivers and streams on Lago Todos and Los Santos are only 15-minutes away.
Monster Kings: In the river, you’ll be spin casting, and in the salt, you’ll be trolling. Flyfish for monster kings in the Petrohue River, with single and double-handed rods. Catch-and-release fishing. The run starts mid-January, and they spawn until mid-April. They also fish for them in the small feeder streams of the Petrohue, the San Antonio, Cobre, and Saltos Rivers. Numbers are higher for catching in March, but they are starting to color up a bit. For gear anglers wanting more chrome-bright and hard fighting fish per day, you’ll go to the salt and fish in the Reloncavi Estuary, a 30-minute drive from the Lodge. Troll the best areas employing fishfinders and great equipment.
Trout Fishing: Brown and rainbow trout fishing is also good in the Rio Petrohue and a variety of other streams, lake inlets and outlets, and spring creeks.
Catch and Release: The Lodge is a catch-and-release operation for all species.
Fishing Season: The Lodge freshwater brown and rainbow trout fishing season runs from November through April, with peak salmon fishing from February to April.
Boats: Fishing is accessed via jet boat and float craft from run to run and then walk and wade. The Lodge uses Catarafts, two jet sleds, and an 18’ Lund Alaskan. The Catarafts consist of two 16-foot inflatable tubes and a rowing frame. Ultra-mobile catarafts allow guides to hold anglers over the fish by back-rowing against currents, which would otherwise be impossible to resist in any other type of float or drift boats. Float tubes are also available.
Two anglers per boat and guide. The Lodge caters to 12 anglers per week.
Guides: Professional English-speaking Chilean guides. The Lodge also has a few US guides who are here seasonally.
Fishing Equipment: For salmon fishing, the Lodge provides all equipment and lures. They use Edge Rods custom-designed by Gary Loomis for the Lodge, teamed with Shimano Reels, plus Brad’s Lures and Cut Bait plugs. No fly-fishing equipment is provided. Waders and boots are available for anglers to use. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: A fishing license is included in the package and issued on-site.
Sample Itinerary: A hearty breakfast is served at the restaurant between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The start time depends on visibility, weather, and where you’d like to fish. They'll drive you to your destination for a full day of fishing (seven to nine hours), with shuttle times averaging 30-minutes to the estuary or up to two hours when saltwater fishing. A streamside lunch is prepared either at the river or prepacked to your order. You'll be off the water between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 8:00 p.m. Before or after dinner activities include: fly-tying station, spa facilities, watching the news, and Wi-Fi access.
Yan Kee Way Lodge
“Yan Kee Way Lodge is the nicest lodge that I’ve ever seen anywhere in the World.”
- Jim Teeny - Jim Teeny, Inc.
The resort complex sits at the lake’s edge in a small twelve-acre forest in the shadow of Volcano Osorno. You'll stay in 750-square-foot bungalows with central heating, a living room, and a Jacuzzi-style bath. Five-star mattresses, goose-down comforters, free W-Fi, and on-site spa. The Lodge's hot tub has a spectacular view of the volcano and lake. There is also a small gym with workout equipment, saunas, and a massage room. (The Sauna is a one-time charge of $40.00 for unlimited use. The hot tub is a one-time charge of $40.00.) This is an excellent trip for couples with an extensive list of non-angler activities.
Fabulous Meals: Breakfast and dinner are served at Yan Kee Way’s famous restaurant, Latitude 42. The Latitude 42º restaurant received Frommer’s highest rating and is featured on their Chilean countrywide list of “Best Places.” The restaurant overlooks the lake, with a view of the volcano.
Meals: A nice angler breakfast. The Lodge staff prepares a boxed lunch of soup, sandwiches, empanadas, fruit, and cookies. Dinners at the restaurant feature international and Chilean cuisine served with Chilean wines. Premier Chilean wines from their wine cellar are available for purchase.
Power: 220V/50 cycles. Two-prong (round) plug (European standard adapter). For US citizens, a converter is required.
Getting to the Lodge:
You'll fly to the Santiago Airport (SCL) in Santiago, Chile. From there, you’ll take a 90-minute minute flight to the Tepual Airport (PMC) in Puerto Montt, Chile. (No airfare is included in the package.) There is a baggage weight limit of 50-pounds for this flight. Upon your arrival at the airport, you'll be greeted by a Lodge representative who will drive you to the Lodge in a Mercedes Sprinter bus, a scenic 70-minute drive.
2022 USD Rates:
Estuary Expedition Package:
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $6,000.00 per person
You’ll fish the Petrohué River Estuary. Travel time is a 40 to 45-minute drive from the Lodge.
Add Extra Day for Anglers and Non-Anglers: $1,200.00 per person
Non-Angler package: $3,000.00
Saltwater Expedition Package6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $6,750.00 per person
You may choose to return to the Lodge each evening and be driven to the ocean early each morning, a 90-minute drive, or you may choose to stay in accommodations near the ocean to avoid the longer travel times. As there are two anglers per boat and guide, both anglers in your party must agree on the location where you choose to overnight.
Add Extra Day for Anglers and Non-Anglers: $1,350.00 per person
Non-Angler package: $3,375.00
Best Expedition Package6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $7,500.00 per person
You’ll have the opportunity to choose the area you’d like to fish each day—estuary or ocean. Daily fishing reports aid in selecting your next destination. If you choose not to travel back and forth to Yan Kee Way on saltwater-fishing days, the Lodge will arrange for local accommodations.
Add Extra Day for Anglers and Non-Anglers: $1,500.00 per person
Non-Angler package: $3,750.00
Roundtrip ground transfers from the airport in Puerto Montt to the Lodge, lodging, meals, house wines and Pisco Sours, ground transfers to fishing areas each day, guided fishing, fishing license, use of conventional tackle gear, boots and waders.
Non-Angler Packages Include:Roundtrip ground transfer from the airport in Puerto Montt to the Lodge, lodging, meals, wine and piscos sours.
Packages Do Not Include:
International airfare to Santiago, roundtrip airfare to and from Puerto Montt, premium wine, well drinks, beer, liquors, phone calls, gratuities, fly fishing equipment, non-angler excursions and activities, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. The Sauna is a one-time charge of $40.00 for unlimited use. The hot tub is a one-time charge of $40.00.
Non-Angler Activities: There are many non-angler activities available at Yan Kee Way Lodge – photographic tours to the nearby national parks and Osorno Volcano, hiking to spectacular waterfalls, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, touring the scenic Chiloé Island, and shopping in nearby Puerto Varas.