We are hosting a week long flyfishing trip to Patagonia in 2018. It is going to be a great trip to an incredible place. There is a lot of information below but email us or call us with any questions! eben@hubya.com Eben's cell: 602.228.8775.

  •   Arrive March 10 and depart March 17
    • Arriving some time in the afternoon is good and plan on departing some time in the morning on the 17th. There is plenty of flexibility, too.
  •   We will be staying at Magic Waters Patagonia
    • This is a great lodge in Coyhaique, Chile. www.magicwaterspatagonia.com. They are the 2015 Orvis International Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year. It is a family run lodge with 7 guest rooms.
  •   This trip is appropriate for all skill levels
    • There are so many fishing options that they can put everyone in a position to succeed and have fun. Last year we were there with a family with mostly first time fishers and they had a great time. And there was plenty of sight casting and other chances for experienced fishers to take advantage of their skill and knowledge.
  •   Couples and families will fit right in
    • Magic Waters is a great destination for everyone. Eduardo's parents, wife, and children joined us for dinner many nights. The accomodations are new, clean, and comfortable. !
  •   Fly into Balmaceda, Chile (BBA)
    • Balmaceda is just outside of Coyhaique. Flights to Balmaceda originate in Santiago, Chile. Santiago has a couple of different non-stops from the United States. A member of the group has recommended Alicia Regueiro at Holdy Tours (800.446.1111) for airline reservations.
  •   The lodge will pick us up at Balmaceda
    • We will forward our flight information to Eduardo at Magic Waters and they will pick us up and drive us to the lodge. It is about 45 minutes away.
  •   We will stay 7 nights and fish 6 guided days
    • The lodge is full on either side of our trip so extending your stay would be difficult. The week before our trip has been booked by Orvis Travel so we could talk to them if anyone is interested in a longer stay. Our days usually start around 8:00 am and we get back at 6:00 to 8:00 at night. The guides will stay late or come back early if you like. Some places are over an hour and a half drive each way but most are much closer.
  •   The base cost is $4900 for double occupancy
    • And shared guide. A single room is $200 per night extra, and a single guide is $300 per day extra. The lodge recommends 15 to 20% for gratuities total for guides and staff. Tips are pooled and need to be paid in cash directly to Eduardo and he will distribute them.
  •   A 50% deposit when you book
    • And the balance is due 30 days before the trip. Cancellations 90+ days before are fully refundable. 30+ days and they will refund 50% of the deposit or apply the entire deposit toward different dates. Less than 30 days cancellation and the deposit is forfeit. All deposits/payments are transferrable if someone can come in your place. Orvis uses AprilTravelProtection for travel insurance. They also offer medical insurance including getting you back to the US if necessary.
  •   Payments can be made to us
    • Lodges in Patagonia generally do not accept credit cards because of very large fees. Wire transfers are the normal method of payment. Because of this we can collect payment and transfer it to Magic Waters for you. You are also welcome to deal with them directly if you prefer.
  •   We recommend bringing your own equipment
      We recommend both waders and something to wet wade in. The lodge has loaner waders, rods, flies for purchase, etc. But we do recommend bringing your own if possible for peace of mind and counting on the lodge equipment for backup.
  •   A nine foot five weight first then a streamer rod
    • The first priority is a dry fly rod for big dries so the nine foot 5 weight is good but a six weight is also a good choice. A streamer rod with a sink tip for the rivers and a full sink line for lakes is great to have. And there are a few spots you can choose that would be fun with a small stream rod but this isn't as important. Not only will the lodge have rods to loan out but I will bring quite a few myself.
  •   3x and 4x tippets and leaders mainly
    • I will definitely bring a bunch of leaders. Probably 9' 3x and 4x primarily. And some heavy stuff for streamers.
  •   Clothing is layers, of course
    • Typical fishing clothes with a good fleece and even some long underwear if we get cooler weather. Good rain gear because we will almost certainly see some rain. I like a down piece, also. Dinner is casual dress. They have great laundry service. Every room has a laundry basket and it magically gets done while we fish!
  •   Meals are Chilean and great!
    • Breakfast is a mix of local cuisine and their interpretation of American items. Lunch revolves around hot soup and other items. Appetizers are phenomenal tion of American items. Lunch revolves around hot soup and other items. Appetizers are phenomenal every night and dinner is great. If you have specific dietary requests I recommend contacting the lodge directly - Eduardo Barrueto <eduardotehuelche@gmail.com>
  •   Beer, wine, and liquor are provided free of charge
    • Local beer and great Chilean wines flow freely. The liquor choice is varied - if you have a favorite you might request it ahead of time or even pick up a bottle or two at duty free while you travel.
  •   We will float, wade and fish stillwaters
    • They have a great variety of water and much of it is private. We didn't see any other anglers while fishing and only a few others while driving to and from. The lake fishing is especially good. Early March should be mainly large dry flies. There are a lot of beetles down there so we throw a lot of big foam flies. Big hoppers are good, too. I will work up a fly list soon and post it here. Drop me an email if you want me to send it to you. eben@hubya.com
  •   We might ride horses up to fish one day
    • Definitely an optional trip so don't think you will have to ride if you don't want to! I did this trip last time and it was great. A real adventure and great fishing.
  •   Very few mosquitos
      This area has very few mosquitos in general. And we should be there after the biting fly season.
  •   How to sign up!
      First, get in touch with me, Eben Schaefer, to confirm availability. eben@hubya.com, cell:602.228.8775, lodge:406.848.7755. There is a 50% deposit. Check payable to Hubbard's Guide Academy is great, credit cards work, or you can do a wire transfer directly to Eduardo at Magic Waters. If you pay me, I will handle the wire transfer.
  • Great rainbow from a nearby lagoon

  • A guest room - another bed and a sitting area is behind the river rock wall

  • a fiesty brown from the lagoon in front of the lodge

  • Yes, I did catch some fish!

  • Cool looking brown!

  • The great room and fireplace at the lodge

  • Our guide Guillermo on the Rio Guillermo

  • We pulled streamers behind all these rocks for some great browns

  • One of the prettiest rivers I have ever fished

  • The pups at the lodge

  • Such a great stretch of water and beautiful

  • Fresh Chilean sea bass for dinner

  • This was a strong fish!

  • such a cool place

  • Like something from a Tarzan movie but with trout at the bottom!