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Cinco Rios Overview
Great Option for Larger Groups & Couples
With a brand new lodge built overlooking the Rio Simpson near Coyhaique, Cinco Rios offers perhaps the most upscale accommodations in Chilean Patagonia. The team of American and Chilean guides operates a sophisticated fleet of rafts and jet boats to fish and explore all over the region’s vast expanse of rivers and lakes. Our clients have enjoyed fishing with Cinco Rios because of their guides’ willingness to move to where the fishing and weather is best. Guests at the lodge can expect the same large bedrooms, excellent service, and generous hospitality that is found at Cinco Rio’s sister operation in Dillon, Montana; Five Rivers Lodge.
Numerous & Flexible Fishing Options
Depending on the conditions and angling preference, guests with Cinco Rios can float or walk and wade the Simpson for big browns and rainbows. Later in the season there is typically a very reliable King Salmon run as well. Cinco Rios guides also fish an uncountable number of named and unnamed rivers, creeks, and lakes in the area. A typical week long itinerary would encompass rivers such as the Paloma, Rio Azul, Rio Blanca, Manihuales, Rio Megote, Rio Nireguao, Rio Deseque, among many others. Those interested in lake fishing can have a dynamite time chasing HUGE rainbows up over 30 inches on lakes such as the Pollux & Lago Frio.
Cinco Rios Lodge is owned by Chilean partner Sebastian Galilea, and Jay Burgin and Mary Jacques of Five Rivers Lodge near Dillion, Montana. Jay and Mary have imparted their decades of experiences operating their fine operation in Montana onto their brand new lodge facility in the Aisen Region of Patagonian Chile. Although the Cinco Rios Lodge structure is new on the scene, Jay and Mary have been lodge owners and operators in Chile for over a decade dating back to their beautiful Paloma Lodge, which unfortunately burned down a few years ago. Fortuitously for our clients, Jay has replaced Paloma with the ground up construction of his incredible new lodge with all the amenities. The lodge is located at ground zero of some of the region’s best trout fisheries, and only a few miles from the lively and stylish Patagonian town of Coyhaique.
Chilean Patagonia is absolutely beautiful and in many regards vastly different from Argentine Patagonia to the east. Being on the Pacific side of the Andes, many of Chile’s regions receive an enormous amount of precipitation annually… unlike the dry and high mountain dessert in Argentina. Combine all the rainfall with dramatic changes in altitude and he result is an almost endless number of micro-climates ranging from arctic glaciers, tropical rainforest, evergreen hillsides, sprawling grasslands, and everything in between. One thing is for certain, the geography in Chilean Patagonia is perhaps the prettiest in the world, and the trout fishing is even better!
The enormous Aisen region of Chilean Patagonia is host to every kind of trout fishing venue imaginable. Cinco Rios’ mixture of Chileno and American guides have experience on dozens of the regions endless rivers, creeks, and lakes and are extremely mobile, ensuring flexibility the ability to find quality fishing. Their guides are continuously in search of new water to fish for their guests, and depending how adventurous you are, the options are truly endless. Unlike fixed base Estancias, Cinco Rios has the flexibility to move in the event conditions are poor in any one area. We encourage first timers in Chile to consider Cinco Rios, as they will receive an education and sampling of all the different types of fishing options and geography available in Chile.
We are most attracted to the Cinco Rios operation because of their incredible fleet of well maintained boats and vehicles. The lodge employs traditional inflatable rafts with comfortable frames for float trips, spacious aluminum boats with reliable outboards for lake fishing, and inflatable zodiacs equipped with jets for exploring and fishing some of the most remote and inaccessible areas.
The lodge facility overlooks the famous Rio Simpson, the mainstay fishery the Cinco Rios program is founded on. The Simpson is broken up into multiple sections with varying style and character making it a very dynamic and user friendly, long freestone. Depending on the conditions and angling preference, guests with Cinco Rios can float or walk and wade the Simpson for big browns and rainbows, as well as a very reliable king salmon run typically later in the season. In addition to the upper and lower Simpson, Cinco Rios guides fish an uncountable number of named and unnamed rivers, creeks, and lakes in the area. A typical weeklong itinerary would encompass rivers such as the Paloma, Rio Azul, Rio Blanca, Manihuales, Rio Megote, Rio Nireguao, Rio Deseque, among many others. Those interested in lake fishing will have a dynamite time chasing HUGE rainbows up over 30 inches on lakes such as the Pollux and Lago Frio. Lake Elizalde is also a cool option for a longer day trip through some of the most stunning scenery imaginable. Anglers typically fish the lower end of the lake as well as the lake outlet.
The average sized Chilean brown trout is around 17 or 18 inches, and the vast majority of the fishing is done with cumbersome, high floating dry flies. The typical Chileno fly box should be loaded with lots of foam and deer hair, as juicy terrestrial patterns such as beetles, hoppers, ants, crickets, etc are a huge part of the trout’s diet in Chile. Although the guides are happy to explore further, the average drive times to fishing venues do not exceed forty-five minutes under most circumstances.
The brand new lodge, opened for the 2007 – 2008 season, is absolutely stunning. With six double occupancy bedrooms, the lodge will accommodate twelve guests maximum. Each room has twin king sized beds, is very tastefully decorated, spacious, has air-conditioning a private bath. The view of the Simpson river valley is stunning from the front veranda or dining room, and is an excellent spot to enjoy the sunset over a glass of Chilean wine or a Pisco Sour.
As is the case at Five Rivers Lodge in Montana, meals at Cinco Rios are wonderful with international and local cuisine on the menu. All meals and beverages and a generous wine list are included in the trip cost. The service and hospitality of the lodge is truly first class, with a team of attentive and dedicated staff ensuring your stay is comfortable.
It is a perfect lodge for a group of couples to enjoy fresh and spacious common areas, patios and wood decks during cocktail hour, and is only a few minutes from the shops and restaurants in Coyhaique City.
12 Anglers Max in 6 Double Occupancy Bedrooms
Cinco Rios Lodge operates on a weeklong Saturday – Saturday schedule with travelers from the USA departing on the Friday 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, guests are collected by a representative of Cinco Rios Lodge and driven forty-five minutes towards Coyhaique and the lodge.
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.
7 Night / 6 Day Fishing Package
Afternoon (red-eye) departure from the United States to Santiago Chile. Arrival into Santiago the next morning (Saturday).
Upon arrival into Santiago, guests commute via an early flight from Santiago on to Balmaceda, Chile with Lan Chile Airlines. From Balmaceda, anglers are met and driven approximately forty-five minutes to the lodge.
Sunday - Friday
Six full days of fishing with Cinco Rios!
Following a leisurely morning hanging around the lodge, guests are returned to Balmaceda in order to catch the afternoon flight to Santiago in time for the late evening connection on to the United States.
Early morning arrival back into the U.S.
When to Go
Cinco Rios Lodge is open from the first week in November through the first week in May.
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).
Trout fishing is the predominant activity at Cinco Rios Lodge, however anglers enjoy a myriad of casual non-angling distractions. The city of Coyhaique is loaded with excellent shops and restaurants and offers a nice break from fishing to explore town, grab lunch, or enjoy the café. There are also professional river rafting guides in the area, an endless number of hikes, mountain biking, horseback riding, and the more photographic opportunities than you can imagine.
7 Nights / 6 Days
$3675 per angler
(based on double occupancy)
7 Nights accommodations at Cinco Rios Lodge; 6 Full days of guided fishing; All meals and beverages including wine, cocktails, and bottled water; Applicable ground transportation; Fishing Licenses
What's Not Included
Round-trip Airfare to/from Balmaceda, Chile; Use of fishing equipment and flies; Gratuities; Items of personal nature including telephone calls; Laundry service; $140 Chilean Entry Fee; Airport departure taxes; Meals, Hotels, Ground Transportation and other travel expenses before and after the Cinco Rios portion of the trip in Puerto Montt or Santiago
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents. Cinco Rios’ policy follows: A fifty percent refundable deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your reservations with Cinco Rios, Chile. The remaining balance is due 60 days from arrival. Deposit is non-refundable unless written cancellation is received 90 days or more prior to departure. Cancellations made within 90 days of arrival are non-refundable unless a replacement angler is found. However, please note that a $100 handling fee will be charged to all customers to process all cancellations. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. 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. 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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