Chile Fly Fishing - Cameron Lodge
The Rio Grande Sea-Run Browns
Tierra del Fuego, Spanish for Land of Fire, is a cluster of islands covering about 18,000 square miles. The main island—Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego—is divided between Argentina and Chile. Estancia Cameron Lodge is on a large working sheep and cattle ranch, covering over 373 square miles. The Lodge overlooks the Darwin Mountain Range and is less than 100 yards from the Rio Grande. Cameron is the only lodge on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego with total access to the Rio Grande River, as well as access to other very productive lakes, creeks, and lagoons, where resident browns weighing up to 12-pounds reside.
Fly Fishing the Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is regarded as the best river in the world for sea-run browns. Sea-runs average 10-pounds in size. Many 18 to 20-pounders are landed here, with some reaching up to 26-pounds.
The Rio Grand is the largest and widest river in Tierra del Fuego, originating in Chile before traveling west to the Atlantic on the Argentinean side.
The Rio Grande is only about 30 meters wide, so you’re able to fish both sides with a nine-foot fly rod. The river is also great spey rod water. If desired, the guides can teach you how to handle a double-handed fly rod. The river is not for beginners, as the wind can blow hard, and in some pools, long casts are required to reach the fish.
All fishing is from shore, with no need for boats. Guides drive you to the fishing areas via well-kept 4WD trucks. The Lodge has access to up to 55-miles (90 km) of the Rio Grande.
Night Fishing is allowed. Unlike Argentina, you can legally fish after dark in Chile. When the fish start rolling, stay on the water and fish to your heart’s content.
Resident Browns and King Salmon
Season: Cameron Lodge is open from November through April.
Sea-Run Brown Fishing runs from November through April, with peak fishing from late February through April.
King Salmon Fishing: The Lodge offers guided king salmon fishing. They’ve had some promising runs in the past couple of years. Fly fishing and spin casting are both welcome. King salmon fishing peaks in November.
Guides: Two anglers per English-speaking guide. Whether you want to fish a small stream, lake or stay on the Rio Grande for the week – you call the shots. Each evening, the lodge manager will discuss your fishing options for the next day.
Fishing Rods: They recommend two-handed rods to effectively cover the pools in big water years and help combat the wind that usually blows downstream. The wind is a fact of life on the Rio Grande, and any advantage they can get in keeping the flies wet is welcome.
Fishing Equipment: No tackle is provided. A detailed list of what to bring is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: You will be fishing on the Lodge's private land, so fishing licenses aren't required.
Fly Tying Desk: The Lodge has a fly tying desk, and some materials are provided.
About Cameron Lodge
The recently refurbished lodge is less than a hundred yards from the Rio Grande River. The area is stunning—close to the mountains, trees, flowers,
and wildlife, such as guanacos, condors, even parakeet flamingos, foxes, and, if you're lucky, armadillos. The Lodge host up to six anglers in seven bedrooms with private baths and central heating.
Meals: Regional dishes, seafood such as king crab, scallops, and beef or lamb asado (barbeque). Cocktails such as the typical Chilean Pisco Sour, and their famous Chilean wines, accompany meals and are included in the package.
Power: The Lodge has diesel-generated electricity at 220 voltage. An adapter is required for U.S appliances.
Communication: The Lodge has Wi-Fi available in the great room area, and guests often use WhatsApp for outside calls.
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Getting to the Lodge:
The best option is to fly to Santiago, Chile, and connect to Puntas Arenas on the same day—which is approximately a 3.5-hour flight. A Lodge staff member will greet you at the Punta Arenas Airport and drive you to the Lodge in a heated and air-conditioned truck, a six-hour drive.
Rates valid thru April 2022
Minimum booking is two anglers
One angler per room.
Sea-Run Brown fishing:
7-nights at Lodge
and 6-days guided fishing
$4,500.00 per person
King Salmon fishing:
4-nights at Lodge
and 3-days guided fishing
$2,000.00 per person
Add a day of fishing
$600.00 per person
$500.00 per day
Ground transfers from Punta Arenas to the Lodge, meals at the Lodge, snacks, Chilean wines, liquors, laundry, and guided fishing.
Packages Do Not Include:International airfare, optional charter flight, extra days, gratuities, hotels and meals in Santiago or Punta Arenas, items of a personal nature, tackle and equipment, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Other Activities include kayaking the nearby rivers or lakes, visiting archeological places, photography opportunities... For anyone hankering for the gaucho lifestyle, there are opportunities for horseback riding, join in sheep shearing, and cattle and sheep mustering on the working farm.
For peak sea-run brown fishing months, daytime temperatures average at 50º F and drop to the 40’s at night. The average daily wind speed is about 14 mph. You can expect to see rain or drizzle falling about 14 days each month, with a monthly amount recorded at around one inch. It usually snows one day in March and April. (This is the recorded climate for Porvenir, which is 150 miles from the Lodge.)