Chilean Patagonia's Most Diverse Fly Fishing Program
Magic Waters Patagonia Lodge offers some of the most diverse fly fishing opportunities in the world. Anglers can fish emerald green mountain rivers in a lush forest one day and small spring creeks in the arid pampas the next. Expect to fish a different water every day of your trip. This region offers spectacular dry fly fishing and the fishing pressure is virtually non existant. Huge attractor beetle patterns, hoppers and mouse patterns rule the day and big browns are common.
Our host, Eduardo Barrueto and his family have spent their lives in the valley and have access to an incredible amount of private water on numerous massive estancias. The lodge also sits near a huge national park with spectacular wilderness rivers. Eduardo and his team of guides are extremely experienced and are on par with the very best Montana guides - they are easily the best we have fished with in all of Patagonia. The lodge is in a spectacular remote valley and sits on a chain of private lakes filled with wild trophy trout.
Magic Waters Overview
The Coyhaique region of Chile offers some of the most incredible diversity of fly fishing options for wild trout in the world. Some days you are floating large freestone rivers in a rainforest setting and on others you are in drier pampas with sweeping views. At the end of the day you return to the rustic yet very comfortable lodge on a private lake to enjoy some wonderful Chilean wines and a delicious gourmet dinner. On most visits you will fish a different body of water every day of your trip. When fishing conditions warrent or if you are on a longer trip Eduardo and his guides will often take you to other regions that are seldom visited to stay at rustic cabins on beautiful lakes. Our host Eduardo grew up in the valley and his family has extensive access to many smaller private fisheries. After studying international cuisine and also attending law school he returned home to start Magic Waters with his wife Consuelo.
Past trip reports to Magic Waters
$4900 for 7 nights and 6 days of fishing double occupancy
($200 per night single occupancy fee for guests that request a single room)
Montana Angler hosted trips to Magic Waters
We host several trips to Magic Waters each season - call us to inquire about joining a Montana Angler host to Chile
Rates include airport transfer, all meals and alcohol, all equipment, fishing licenses
Deposit, Final Payment and Cancellation Policy
A 50% deposit is required within 10 days of the booking to secure and hold your reservation. Your reservation cannot be guaranteed without a deposit. The balance of the trip (full payment) is due 90 days prior to your departure. All deposits are nonrefundable unless client is replaced. Full payment is not refundable unless client is replaced. Full payment or deposit may be transferred to another client for the original dates. We the right to charge a minimum handling fee of $500 per person for date changes after the initial reservation has been made. It is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance from your travel agent in the unforeseen event that you have to cancel. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant/angler has read and accepts the DEPOSIT, FINAL PAYMENT AND CANCELATION POLICY written above.
When fishing with Eduardo and the rest of the Magic Waters team you target rivers, spring creeks, lagunas, and lakes. This is one of the most diverse fishing programs in the world and the team at Magic Waters will customize your trip to target multiple areas of Chilean Patagonia as conditions permit.
Rivers and Spring Creeks
From Magic Waters Lodge you can wade and float some of the region's best rivers. During the summer months anglers can engage plenty of sight fishing to "hunt" large browns with dry flies. Some of the rivers fished include the Paloma, Simpson, Blanco, Huemules, Emperor Guillermo, Ñireguao, and many other unnamed and unknown streams and spring creeks.
Lakes and Lagunas
The guides love to float lakes, casting big dry flies toward shore, waiting for quick and violent strikes. The big summer browns wait all day to consume huge Cantarra beetles. There are several terrific lakes and lagunas within 15 minutes minutes of the lodge. Additionally, there are two private lagunas in front of the lodge that contain brown trout 18’ to 24”.
Typically, guests can fish lakes such as: Tamango, Ardillas, Zapato, Fontana, Barroso, and the ‘five star lakes’ - Misterioso, Los Juncos, and Lapparent.There are also many other ‘unknown’ lakes and lagunas and many days are all about ugly dry flies. Most of these resemble the wide variety of large beetles found in Chilean Patagonia. Here, there are 7 different kinds of beetles – some of which are 2-3 inches long! Trout take these big flies with a vengeance! Sometimes the weather dictates that streamers are fished, which are also very productive in lakes and lagunas. At dusk, some of these waters produce very large caddis hatches.
Your guides out of Magic Waters include our host Eduardo and several other highly experienced local guides that have spent their lives targeting trout in the region. All guides are bilingual or trilingual. These are some of the finest guides we have had the pleasure to fish with and we guarantee you will be impressed.
Magic Waters Lodge is located just beyond the north end of Lago Barroso – about 25 miles southwest of downtown Coyhaique. The Lodge has a very strategic location. At less than 1 hour drive, we have access to the prime rivers and spring creeks of Coyhaique area. The rustic and comfortable lodge built of native woods and stone, provides 6 bedrooms for 10 anglers, kitchen, great room, and fly tying facility. A stone’s throw from the lodge’s front porch is the first of two private lagunas – each with wonderful fishing. The bedrooms include 2 rooms with 2 king beds, 1 room with 1 king bed, 1 queen room and 2 rooms each with 2 twin beds.
The meals at Magic Waters Lodge are prepared by one of the best chefs in the area, Miss Sandra Guarda. She specializes in regional dishes, using the finest ingredients available to create exciting Patagonian and Chilean cuisine. Each meal is accompanied by a choice from their excellent collection of Chilean wines.