With over 25 years of guiding, outfitting and lodge experience, Nic Fin Lodge offers one of the most diversified, personable, small-lodge fly fishing programs in all of Patagonia. Since Nic Fin is not locked into one single river system, they are more mobile and flexible than many of the traditional “fixed lodges.” As a result, guests can expect to fish a huge variety of still and moving waters during their stay in Chile. From the stunningly beautiful National Park of Cerro Castillo to the Simpson Valley and throughout the Valley of the Moon, there is so much water that it would be virtually impossible to fish it all in a single season - much less a single week!

Typical Length of Stay

A standard package at Nic Fin is Sunday through Saturday (6 nights and 5 days of fishing). Contact Yellow Dog for full details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Nic Fin Outfitters AccommodationOn Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each lodge week, guests will stay at Nic Fin’s private Tamango Lake Lodge, located in the Cerro Castillo National Park area. Each room has a fire place, two oversized double beds, and a private bath. All with water and mountain view.

From Wednesday night through Saturday, you will be in the town of Coyhaique, a small city that is similar in many ways to Bozeman, Montana. Wednesday evening you arrive at Nic Fin’s family lodge in Coyhaique. Each room has a fire place and two oversized twin beds.

Food and Beverages

Breakfast, dinner and cocktails will be served in the lodge each day “Chilean style.” Monday night you will experience a traditional Asado – the Patagonia version of a barbeque. Chilean and American-style breakfast will start at 7:30 AM each morning. Dinner will start around 8:30 PM with great appetizers and fine Chilean red and white wines.

Fishing Information

Chilean Brown TroutGuests can expect to fish a variety of still and moving waters during their flyfishing adventure with Nic Fin in Chile. Their guide service is extremely flexible, and the guides carefully consider the weather and various factors that govern the daily and weekly choice of waters and the techniques that are most productive. One of the strongest attributes of this operation is that Nic Fin Outfitters is not locked into one single river system; they are much more mobile and flexible than the traditional “Fixed Lodge” concept. Nic Fin covers the waters from the stunningly beautiful National Park of Cerro Castillo, through the Simpson Valley and through the Valley of the Moon. These places mentioned might not mean anything to you now, but they will after a big brown trout comes completely out of the water to eat your dry fly! Nic Fins overall fishery consists of floating down some of the most spectacular rivers in the world, as well as covering some of the region’s aqua-blue glacier-fed lakes. Dragonfly patterns and beetles produce unbelievable takes by some of the biggest browns you will ever see. Sight-casting to rainbows sipping mayflies on the seams and throughout the tail-outs can be deadly as well.

Boats and Equipment

Nic Fin has developed a specialized method of river transportation with custom built-jet “catboats.” These boats have been designed for the angler's comfort, offering superior river navigation and maximum safety. Some will testify that these boats are as - or more - comfortable than modern drift boats. Complete with swivel seats, knee brace in front, and modern anchor system, these boats are stealthy and go where no other boat can. Propelled with an outboard jet engine, these boats can float quietly downstream and return upstream when desired. With these boats, the guides of Nic Fin will provide transportation, fun, and a full day of flyfishing up and down each river!

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Nic Fin "Catboat"Patagonian Chile has much to offer the non-angler, and there is a great deal more to explore than just the trout fisheries. The guides and owners of Nic Fin can offer fun-filled and interesting activities and experiences for the non-fishing guest as well as for the angler. Some of the many activities include flora and fauna tours, horseback riding, hiking, scenic raft trips, and general tours throughout the region. More relaxing pursuits include wine-tasting, bird-watching, local shopping, cultural tours, and photography safaris. It is definitely worthwhile to spend a day in the town of Coyhaique, walking the streets of this small city, exploring the local craft market, shopping, and visiting numerous bars and restaurants.

How To Get There

Overnight flights from the United States to and from Santiago, Chile are available on American Airlines, Delta or Lan Chile. From there you fly by Lan Chile 737 jet to the Balmaceda airport, three hours south from Santiago. When you arrive, a representative from Nic Fin will be waiting for you at the airport and will transfer you to the lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Most guests take an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile, arriving early in the morning. After processing through customs and immigration, you can easily catch a late morning or early afternoon flight to Balmaceda. This domestic flight usually makes a quick stop in Puerto Montt. This three hour flight is incredibly scenic, traveling along the incredible Chilean Andes. Once you arrive in Balmaceda, you will be met by Nic Fin representative and transferred to the lodge.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

Price is per person and based on a double occupancy room and a shared guide. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days -------------------------------------------------------------- $4,200

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All transfers to and from Balmaceda Airport, the lodge, and Coyhaique, Chile
  • All accommodations Sunday through Saturday morning
  • All meals while at the lodges
  • All liquor, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily guided fishing based on two anglers sharing one guide
  • Chilean fishing license

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to Santiago Chile and domestic airfare to Balmaceda, Chile
  • Tips and gratuities for lodge staff and guides
  • Rods, reels, flies, and other items of a personal nature
  • Additional overnight accommodations and all meals and transfers in Santiago
  • Chilean entry tax and/or departure tax

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.


The trip is six days and six nights, from Sunday evening to Saturday afternoon every calendar week from January through mid-April.

Sunday - You will arrive early Sunday morning to Santiago in time to catch LAN Chile Airlines 1:00 pm flight to Balmaceda airport. This connection is easy with most major airlines. Guests should arrive in Balmaceda at 4:15 PM Sunday afternoon and will be met by one of Nic Fin’s guides or the host at the Balmaceda Airport that services Coyhaique, XI Region, Chile. From there, it is a one hour, 45 minute drive to the secluded lake lodge in the shadows of Cerro Castillo mountain range. Dinner and cocktails will be served upon arrival.
Monday - Early Monday morning fishing in or around Cerro Castillo National Park, where records brown trout are caught every season. Breakfast, daily streamside lunch, dinner and cocktails.
Tuesday - After a full day of fishing in the Cerro Castillo National Park area, there will be an Asado (Chilean barbecue) at Nic Fin's Tamango Lodge.
Wednesday - After a full day of fishing, you will head to the Coyhaique lodge. Breakfast, daily streamside lunch, dinner and cocktails.
Thursday and Friday - Floating and fishing some of the most spectacular rivers in the world, and covering some of the area’s aqua-blue glacier-fed lakes. Wading up behind and sight casting to huge Browns just waiting to crush your frog pattern! Dragonfly patterns or beetles produce unbelievable aerial takes by some of the biggest browns you will ever see. Breakfast, daily streamside lunch, dinner and cocktails.
Saturday - Late breakfast Saturday morning, and then depart for Balmaceda airport to catch the 2:00 pm flight to Santiago.

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