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Nic Fin Outfitters Overview
Different than the Usual Chilean “Lodge” Program
Unlike the traditional fixed lodge concept, Nic Fin Outfitters runs a program designed to expose clients through the lessor known areas of the Aysen Region of Chilean Patagonia. Head guides, Skip Mullen and Adam Henderson, are two of the most experienced and enthusiastic fly fishing professionals you will ever find.
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Mobility & Flexibility = Huge Brown Trout on Terrestrials
Their six night / five day program accommodates a maximum of only six guests per week. Anglers spend a week fishing out of the lakeside Tamango Lake Lodge in the Cerro Castillo National Park. Nic Fin Outfitters is a mobile program, covering many of Chile’s finest rivers and stillwaters every week. 80% of Nic Fin guests land the biggest trout of their lives, trophy brown trout on terrestrial patterns is their specialty.
Custom Boats & Unparalleled Exploration
Nic Fin employs special boats (part jet boat / part cataraft) designed, manufactured, and used by Nic Fin Outfitters are a valuable asset that is part of what makes their program so unique. Anglers utilize the comfort and stealth of a modern drift boat going downstream, and enjoy the convenience and versatility of large jet propelled outboards running upstream. These custom built craft allow for Adam and Skip to access water on both rivers and lakes which is simply impractical for their competitors. Seriously, Nic Fin is the real deal!
Nic Fin Outfitters
Nic Fin Outfitters offers a extremely fishing intensive experience and is best suited for those anglers who really want to enjoy long days on the water and exploring the most secluded corners of Chilean Patagonia. They are a very small operation, and do not base their program on a crisp schedule or itinerary like the bigger lodges. Head guides, Skip Mullen and Adam Henderson, are two of the most experienced and enthusiastic fly fishing professionals you will ever find. Nic Fin Outfitters is a mobile program, covering many of Chile’s finest rivers and stillwaters every week. 80% of Nic Fin guests land the biggest trout of their lives, trophy brown trout on terrestrial patterns is their specialty!
Following eighteen + years exploring and fishing Chile working with some of the area’s greatest lodges, Adam and Skip have recently launched Nic Fin Outfitters. Also a part of the team is Skip’s wife, Viviana, who is a native Chilean and has over a decade of experience in the local eco-tourism industry in Chile. Their first few seasons have been a smashing success. With only six guests per week, Nic Fin is a true “Mom and Pop” operation that offers a truly unique and intimate experience for North American anglers who are accustomed to the polished & high profile lodges the region. Guests of Nic Fin will gain a true understanding and appreciation of Chile, its people, Patagonia, and its wildest reaches.
Unlike the traditional fixed lodge concept, Nic Fin Outfitters runs a program designed to rotate clients through some of the lessor known areas of the Aysen Region of Chilean Patagonia. Nic Fin’s six night / five day program accommodates a maximum of only six guests per week. Anglers spend a week fishing out of the lakeside Tamango Lake Lodge in the Cerro Castillo National Park.
Nic Fin employs special boats (part jet boat / part cataraft) designed, manufactured, and used by Nic Fin Outfitters are a valuable asset that is part of what makes their program so unique. Anglers utilize the comfort and stealth of a modern drift boat going downstream, and enjoy the convenience and versatility of large jet propelled outboards running upstream. These custom built craft allow for guides to access water on both rivers and lakes which is simply impractical for their competitors. Complete with swivel seats, hip brace in front, and modern anchor system, some will testify that these boats are as or more comfortable than modern drift boats. Adam and Skip also utilize comfortable and reliable four wheel drive vehicles for traversing the extremely rugged and remote road system in Chilean Patagonia.
Anglers with Nic Fin need to be prepared for long days on the water covering lots of ground by truck and boat. The reward for all of the effort is tremendous! Adam and Skip pride themselves in offering up the best dry fly fishing in Chile for true trophy sized browns and rainbows.
Nic Fin Outfitters is not your typical fished fishing “Lodge”. Anglers enjoy authentic Chilean people, cuisine, wine, and culture at the newly refurbished Tamango Lake Lodge - well off the beaten path from many of the operations in Coyhaique.
Guest stay in the beautiful Tamango Lake Lodge, located in the Cerro Castillo National Park area. Each room has a fire place, two queen sized beds and private bath. Breakfast, dinner and cocktails will be prepared by their chef and served Chilean style in the main lodge. Tuesday night guests enjoy a traditional Asado Patagon (barbeque), and all meals of course accompanied with the finest Chilean Wines.
6 Anglers Per Week Maximum
Nic Fin operates on a 6 Night / 5 day (Sunday - Saturday) schedule with travelers from the USA departing on the Saturday preceding and arriving home the following Sunday.
Anglers first travel to Santiago, Chile (SCL) via direct overnight flight (9 hours from DFW) from several U.S. cities including Miami, Houston, New York, and Dallas/Ft. Worth international airports. After an early morning arrival the next day, travelers connect on to Balmaceda Airport in southern Chile with Lan Chile Airlines on a three hour flight with one brief stop in Puerto Montt en route. Upon arrival into Balmaceda around 4:00PM, guests are collected by Skip or Adam and transferred approximately 1 hour forty-five minutes to their lodge in Cerro Castillo National Park.
Many guests will prefer to overnight in Santiago on the way down to relax after the long plane ride and see the city. Another option is to push southward to the town of Puerto Montt halfway between Santiago and Balmaceda. The nearby port town of Puerto Varas is a very pleasant and affordable venue to get over jet-lag and hang out before making the onward 1 hour flight to Balmaceda the next morning. Please ask us for details if you are interested.
Nic Fin Outfitters operate a 6 night / 5 day itinerary arriving at their first lodge on Sunday and returning home the following Saturday as follows...
Afternoon (red-eye) departure from the United States to Santiago Chile. Arrival into Santiago the next morning (Sunday)
Upon arrival into Santiago, guests connect from Santiago on to Balmaceda, Chile with Lan Chile Airlines arriving into Balmaceda at approximately 4:15PM. From Balmaceda, anglers are met and driven approximately one hour forty-five minutes to Tamango Lake Lodge.
Monday - Friday
Fish the lakes and river in and surrounding Cerro Castillo National Park. Continued overnight at Tamango Lake Lodge.
On the day of departure, a Nic Fin Outfitters driver will take you to Balmaceda Airport for your flight. There is no guided fishing scheduled on the day of departure. Depending on connecting flights, you may need to leave very early that morning, so we recommend packing the night before. As transferring from the lodge to the airport can take up to two hours, we suggest anglers do not schedule commercial departures from Balmaceda any earlier than 12:00 Noon on departure day.
Flights from Balmaceda airport to Santiago should also be coordinated with your international flights to the U.S.A. allowing sufficient time (three hours in advance) to check in to your international flight.
Arrive USA early morning.
When to Go
Nic Fin Outfitters are open December through April.
Spring in Chile begins in December.
Trees have dropped their blossoms and warm summer weather lands in Patagonia before Christmas presents have been opened. Trout season in Chilean Patagonia swings into high gear by the New Year, and continues until leaves turn crimson and drop with the arrival of winter in late April. The summers of Patagonia are abbreviated, much like those of Montana and Wyoming. Warm days often begin with cools mornings and can be punctuated by sudden thunderstorms. But for the most part, the best time to visit this fantastic part of the world is from mid-November through mid-April.
Opening day in Chile is in November, traditionally a time when North American fishermen are preoccupied with family and holidays. Schools in South America release their students just before Christmas and the rivers of Patagonia don’t see much pressure until after the first of the year. landscape is ablaze with a mind-baffling wildflower display, known locally as "Chocho" (Chilean word for “Lupine Season”). European Lupine carpet the landscape in an explosion of violets, reds, purples and yellows. Fish are on the surface, targeting caddis and mayfly emergences, as well as blizzard hatches of small creamy moths.
Their January is our June/July. Spring snow melt is gone, the weather’s reliable temperatures are pleasant, and the hatches are predictable. Mosquitoes aren’t a concern in most of Patagonia, but the Lake District of Chile can be plagued for a few weeks with Chulihuachos, a pest resembling a horsefly that has all but disappeared by the end of the month.
By the first of February trout begin to key on the caddis hatches and hoppers, stag beetles and other terrestrials that dominate mid-summer fly fishing action. Probably because of the weather, February and March are the most popular months to travel to and fish Patagonia. Too, our winter is a great time to escape to Patagonia’s summer and trout fish for a week or so; something difficult to do when Michigan or Vermont is frozen solid.
April is the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. Kids go back to school and the traffic is light on the streams and rivers of Chile. Like the Rockies, the weather is less reliable in the fall; days are shorter and temperatures are cooler. Dress for a full range of weather possibilities and plan on some of the best mayfly hatches (especially callibaetis on overcast days) as well as streamer fishing.
The country of Chile is divided into 15 regions with the vast majority of fly fishing taking place in the XI Region, called Aysén, that stretches from Puerto Montt to O’Higgins. Within this vast region of more than 109,000 square kilometers fly fishing outfitters base out of the communities Lago Verde, Coyhaique, Aysén, and Cisnes. Weather in this part of the world is complex a mixture of heavy maritime climate with cold water influences from the Pacific to an increasingly dry continental climate as you head east toward the Andes and Argentine border. There are four different recognized climates with the Aysén Region, (cold rainy temperate), (Andean degenerating to steppe), (cold steppe) and (high altitude icy).
Fishing is the predominate activity with Nic Fin Outfitters.
6 Night / 5 Day Package
$4,200 Per Angler
(based on shared room/guide)
6 Nights double occupancy accommodations; 5 Days guided fishing with shared guide; Daily transportation to rivers, streams and lakes; Daily housekeeping; Three meals per day; Alcoholic Beverages; All transfers between the Balmaceda Airport and Lodge
What's Not Included
Round-trip Airfare to/from Balmaceda, Chile; Use of fishing equipment and flies; Fishing Licenses ($75); Gratuities; Items of personal nature including telephone calls; Laundry service; $140 Chilean Entry Fee; Departure taxes; Meals, Hotels, Ground Transportation & other travel expenses before/after the fishing portion of the trip in Santiago
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents. Nic Fin Outfitters’ policy follows: A fifty percent non-refundable deposit will secure your reservation. Deposits must be received within two weeks after the reservation is made or the due date as specified on the invoice provided upon reservation. Full payment is due by October 30th 2010 for the 2011 season.
In the event that you find it necessary to cancel your trip every effort will be made to help find a replacement angler. However, finding a replacement angler on short notice can be very difficult. If a replacement angler is not found then the deposit and final payment are non-refundable. If a replacement is found, the deposit and final payment will be refunded minus a service fee of $150.00 US. Please notify us immediately if you find it necessary to cancel. In the event it is necessary to cancel the trip due to extreme weather or unforeseen circumstances, your payment will secure a week for the following season. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company for all bank charges incurred. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.
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