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 fisheries in the world. The Lodge is open year-round.
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 are 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.
Group Size: The Lodge caters to six anglers per week.
Fishing Season: The Lodge freshwater brown and rainbow trout fishing season runs from the second Friday in November through April. Salmon fishing runs from February through April. Saltwater fishing is available year-round.
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 ft. Lund Alaskan aluminum boats. 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 and wade-fishing trips are also available.
Guides: The Lodge has professional English-speaking guides. Local guides for estuary fishing and Pacific Northwest and Alaskan guides for saltwater salmon fishing. Two anglers per boat and guide. The Lodge caters to 12 anglers per week.
Fishing Equipment: The Lodge provides all equipment and lures for salmon fishing. Custom Edge Rods designed by Gary Loomis for the Lodge are teamed with Shimano Reels, plus Brad’s Killer 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 Fishing Day:
Between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m., a hearty breakfast is served. (The time varies depending on visibility, weather, and where you’d like to fish.) Shuttle times average 30 minutes to the estuary or up to two hours (one-way) when saltwater fishing. Guides drive anglers in a Nissan Terrano 4WD or a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van, depending on the number of anglers in your group.
At midday, you’ll enjoy lunch at a picturesque spot. Lunches are prepared on the river or prepacked to your order.
Between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., you’ll return to the Lodge. Relax and enjoy pre-dinner appetizers.
At 8:00 p.m., dinner is served in the Lodge’s famous restaurant.
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
Yan Kee Way Lodge complex sits at the lake’s edge in a small twelve-acre forest in the shadow of Volcano Osorno. The Lodge hosts 12 anglers per week. 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.
Yan Kee Way Lodge
Fabulous Meals: Enjoy morning and evening meals at the Lodge’s famed restaurant—Latitude 42. (Anglers will take a nice boxed lunch for the day.) Dinners are served at Yan Kee Way’s famous restaurant, Latitude 42, which has 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.
Dress Code: Comfortable and casual attire.
Alcohol: Complimentary Pisco Sours are served at the cocktail hour before the evening meal. House wines are included with dinner. There is an added fee for premium wines, well drinks, hard liquors, and beers (both foreign and domestic); they are added to your tab and paid at checkout.
The Lodge has eight bungalows and two chalets, with central heating, a living room, and a Jacuzzi-style bath, five-star mattresses, goose-down comforters, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi.
Power: 220V/50 cycles. Two-prong (round) plug (European standard adapter). For US citizens, a converter is required.
Main-Level Queen-Sized Bed
Two anglers per bungalow.
Two Twin Beds Upstairs
The Bungalows have one bedroom on the main floor and a bedroom upstairs with two twin-sized beds.
Getting to the Lodge:
You'll fly to the Santiago Airport (SCL) in Santiago, Chile. From there, you’ll take a one-hour and 45-minute flight to the Tepual Airport (PMC) in Puerto Montt, Chile. The baggage weight limit runs from 44 to 51 pounds, depending on your carrier. (No airfare is included in the package.) 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.
Departure Day: After a leisurely breakfast at the Lodge, a staff member will drive you to the airport in Puerto Montt for your return flight to Santiago.
2024 USD Rates:
Estuary Expedition Package:
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $7,000.00 per person
You’ll fish the Petrohué River Estuary. Travel time is a 40 to 45-minute drive from the Lodge.
Add an Extra Fishing Day: $1,400.00 per person
Saltwater Expedition Package6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $7,500.00 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 an Extra Fishing Day: $1,500.00 per person.
The Best Expedition Package6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $8,500.00 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 an Extra Fishing Day: $1,700.00 per person.
Non-Angler package: $3,500.00
The Angling Packages Include:
• Ground transfers between Puerto Montt and the Lodge
• 6-nights Lodging
• Meals at the Lodge and a sack lunch on the boat
• House wines and Pisco Sours
• 5-days guided fishing
• Fishing license
• Daily ground transfers to fishing areas
• Use of conventional tackle and gear
• Saltwater and BEST Expedition packages include optional hotel accommodations (instead of the Lodge) continental breakfasts, packed lunches, and dinners with wine.
Packages Do Not Include:
• Airfare to Santiago, Chile, and return
• Roundtrip airfare between Santiago and Puerto Montt
• Premium wine, well drinks, beer, and liquors
• Fly fishing equipment and flies
• Phone calls at the Lodge
• Gratuities to guides and Lodge staff
• Non-angler excursions and activities
• Spa services ($35.00 per 45-minute massage session), use of hot tub ($40.00, unlimited use), and use of sauna ($40.00, unlimited use)
• Global Rescue
• Travel insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.
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 Mt. Picada, whitewater rafting, mountain bike expedition, and more.