PATAGONIAN BASECAMP LODGE - CHILE

 

PATAGONIAN BASECAMP LODGE - CHILE

Situated on the banks of the majestic Rio Palena, the Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge serves as a comfortable, elegant “home away from home” for visiting anglers. The lodge is centrally located in close proximity to world-class fly fishing on numerous different waters and a variety of distinctly unique river systems. The trout - both browns and rainbows - are wild, and have found their own natural balance in numbers and sizes. You can expect to catch lots of strong, wild fish in the 12 to 20-inch range. Generally, fish over 20-inches are caught daily, and fish over 23-inches are caught weekly. The beautiful, hand-built main lodge features six double rooms and can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests per week (8 anglers). The heart of the lodge is the lounge and the lodge's stunning, hand-crafted fireplace. Guests congregate around the fireplace to unwind, share stories, and enjoy evening cocktails.

Typical Length of Stay

A standard package at the Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge runs from Friday to Friday (seven nights and six fishing days). Packages are available in lengths of either seven, ten, or fourteen nights. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Patagonian BaseCampThe beautiful, hand-built main lodge at Patagonian BaseCamp is perfectly situated on the banks of the Rio Palena. With six double rooms, each complete with en-suite facilities, the lodge offers very comfortable accommodations for a maximum of 12 guests per week (8 anglers). If you prefer, subject to availability, you may have your own private room at no extra cost. The heart of the lodge is the main living room and lounge area and the lodge's stunning, hand-crafted fireplace. Guests congregate around the fireplace each evening to unwind, share stories, and enjoy evening cocktails. With impressive vistas surrounding the lodge, the views from the lounge and all of the guest rooms are spectacular. The location of the BaseCamp Lodge was chosen specifically to showcase this beauty. Towering green walls of trees line the emerald green waters of the river, and the snow-capped peaks are beautifully framed from each window at the lodge. You will awake each morning amazed at the sheer beauty that surrounds the lodge.

The Temple Camp
In 2008, Patagonian BaseCamp was able to purchase an incredible piece of waterfront property on the upper stretches of the Rio Figueroa, close to Lago Verde. At the edge of the dense forest on the banks of the raging river just below “El Diablo”, they have built a unique and comfortable camp with spacious igloo-shaped tents and a main eating a gathering area. The views are spectacular. The Temple Camp program and overnights at this locations are only available as an add-on to the standard BaseCamp program.

Food and Beverages

Your hostess, Carolina, cooks up delicious and amazing meals every morning and night. The best of Argentine and Chilean wines are served with lunch and dinner, and the open bar is always fully stocked. Lunches are enjoyed on the river each day, and each afternoon guests return to the lodge for appetizers, drinks, and gourmet meals.

Fishing Information

Fighting a Chilean Rainbow TroutBeing blessed with innumerable rivers, creeks, lakes, and lagoons, the fishing options at the Patagonian BaseCamp are almost unlimited. The trout all throughout this area - both browns and rainbows - are not stocked, having found their own natural balance in both numbers and sizes. You will catch lots of strong, wild fish in the 12-20 inch range. Generally, fish over 20 inches are caught daily, and fish over 23 inches are caught weekly. The lodge record for both brown and rainbow trout is 32 inches.

From the boulder-strewn whitewater of the upper Rio Figueroa, to the classic, placid pools of the Palena, to the reed-lined shores of the numerous “secret” lakes and lagunas, the fishing at Basecamp offers something for everyone. The crown jewel of the program is undoubtedly the “Temple Camp”. This overnight trip provides guests of Patagonian BaseCamp a unique opportunity to spend two days on the upper Rio Figueroa, a section that until recently was considered inaccessible for fishing. Guests will also have the option of a shorter overnight experience at the new Rio Palena Camp. The overnight camps make a fantastic addition to any trip! Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Guests of Patagonian BaseCamp experience the best Chilean Patagonia has to offer. From the main BaseCamp lodge, the main river systems that are fished are the Palena, Rosselot, Figueroa and Yelcho. Numerous tributaries will also give you the chance to fish on smaller creeks. From the Temple Camp you can fish the upper stretches of the Rio Figueroa and the waters around Lago Verde. Every river and lake has its own characteristics and secrets. Depending on the season and water levels you may be fishing with huge dry flies like Fat Alberts and Gypsy Kings, heavy streamers, traditional dries, and even small bead-head nymphs. Or you might find yourself sight-fishing for surface-feeding rainbows with size 20 beetles, ants and emergers.

Rio Palena - The Palena is the lodge's “home river” and an integral part of the fishing program at the BaseCamp. The upper section of the river fishes well with a variety of different dry flies, and is home to a tremendous number of rainbows and browns. As you proceed down river, the Palena changes character and the classic riffles and runs slowly give way to log-strewn banks famous for hiding large, trophy trout.

Lago Rosselot - The largest lake in the program, Lago Rosselot rarely disappoints. This magnificent body of water is home to all three species of trout, and the sight-fishing is unparalleled. The large rainbows that live here cruise just below the surface of the lake, ready to devour anything that hits the water.

Rio Rosselot - This outflow of Lago Rosselot is an impressive river with equally impressive trout. A large diversity of water types on the Rosselot provides anglers with ever-changing conditions and techniques. Popping and skating dry flies, dead drifting dry/dropper combos, and streamer fishing the banks and shelves can all be fantastic.

Rio Figueroa - “The Fig” is arguably the highlight of the program. From its beginning in Lago Verde to it's end in Lago Rosselot, the word that best describes the Rio Figueroa is stunning. The Basecamp fishes two distinctly different sections of the Figueroa, the very upper reaches near the confluence of the Rio Pico, and the last several miles into the lake.

Rio Quinto - This hidden little tributary, accessible only by boat, ranks very highly among guides and guests alike. Flowing through farmland and dense forests, far from any road, the Quinto provides solitude uncommon even in Patagonia. This medium-sized river is easily and effectively fished, protected from the wind and full of “fishy water."

Rio and Lago Yelcho - The Rio Yelcho offers great fishing. Large rainbows cruise the surface, allowing you to sight fish with very small flies (size 18 to 22). Large browns hide deep, hidden behind boulders, and size 2 and 4 streamers offer a marked contrast to the tiny little dry flies fished earlier in the day. The lake can offer fabulous fishing around the reed fields, where large brown and rainbow trout are feeding aggressively on dragon flies and damsels.

Patagonian Adventure
A thirty minute horseback ride (or hike) will take you to a remote, picturesque lake where your guide will show you some great fishing from a driftboat. This is a real Patagonian adventure with beautiful scenery, unspoiled wilderness, and trophy trout fishing. The lake holds very large brown and rainbow trout which cruise the extended reed fields, weed beds, and creek mouths.

Boats and Equipment

Equipment includes jet powered boats, rubber rafts with high-back seats, Zodiacs with jet engines, and good 4x4 vehicles with trailers. The lodge does have a limited supply of demo and loaner rods and reels, although it is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including waders. PLEASE DON’T BRING WADING BOOT TO BASECAMP LODGE! BaseCamp supplies free-to-use boots to protect the waters from imported aquatic diseases.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Chilean Wine TastingNext to world-class fly fishing, The Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge offers a great variety of non-fishing activities. These programs include horseback riding on the lodge's property and in the surrounding area, bird watching, hiking, mountain-biking, and visiting any number of natural thermal hot springs in the area.

MATETIC VINEYARDS
A stay at Matetic Vineyards makes for a great addition to your fishing trip to Patagonia. You will see a very different side of Chile in a stunningly beautiful valley. Matetic Vineyards is a magic and inspiring place that combines high quality organic wine production with top class accommodation and restaurant services. Matetic is located in the San Antonio valley, one hour from Santiago and 45 minutes from Valparaiso and the central coast.

Matetic offers lodging in their luxurious colonial “Casona” guesthouse, complimented by great Chilean food and world class wines. “La Casona” is an original colonial-style house with more than 100 years of history. The building was fully remodeled and redecorated in 2004. It has a reading/living room, pool table, large fireplace, and a great bar. Relax in or around the spectacular swimming pool, surrounded by beautiful gardens, enjoying the views over Matetic’ vineyards. The guesthouse offers 7 beautifully decorated suites, all with a private terrace.

The price per guest for the add-on Matetic Vineyards package is $600.00 (based on double occupancy).
Shorter or longer stays are available. Included in this special add-on stay:

  • Two nights in a double suite, with either a king size bed or twin beds
  • Breakfast and dinner with wines
  • Exclusive wine tour and tasting in the vineyard’s cellar
  • Horseback riding tour at the vineyard (subject to previous reservation)
  • Tour to the house/museum of Chile’s famous poet Pablo Neruda in Isla Negra
  • Transfer from and to Santiago airport

How To Get There

Overnight flights from the United States to-and-from Santiago, Chile (Airport Code: SCL) are available on American Airlines, Delta or Lan Chile. From there you fly by Lan Chile 737 jet to the Puerto Montt Airport, approximately two hours south of Santiago. Usually, guests will overnight in either Puerto Montt of nearby Puerto Varas (recommended and included in your package) and fly out to the Santa Barbara air strip the following morning. Upon arrival in Santa Barbara, guests will be met by a representative from BaseCamp and transported 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 Puerto Montt. This two hour flight is incredibly scenic, traveling along the Chilean Andes. Once you arrive in Puerto Montt, most guests choose to overnight in the nearby town of Puerto Varas at one of several hotels. Yellow Dog will be happy to assist you with this. The following morning, you will take a taxi to a small airstrip in Puerto Montt to board a charter flight to Santa Barbara. Upon arrival in Santa Barbara, guests will be met by a representative from BaseCamp and transported to the Lodge.

2012 - 2013 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Packages are available in lengths of either seven, ten, eleven, or fourteen nights. Please call Yellow Dog if you wish to design a different package.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
Spring Chinook / Trout Season - Nov. 2, 2012 to Dec. 21, 2012
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,495
Trout Season - Dec. 21, 2012 to April 15, 2013
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $5,495
10 Nights / 9 Fishing Days $7,995
11 Nights / 10 Fishing Days $8,795
14 Nights / 13 Fishing Days $10,485
  • Single supplement rate is an additional 50% of the double-occupancy price.

* 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

  • One night hotel stay in Puerto Varas at Hotel Bellavista on Thursday night prior to arrival at BaseCamp
  • All ground transfers in Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas Hotel, Hotel / Charter Airstrip, Santa Barbara / PBC Lodge
  • Round trip charter flight to/from Puerto Montt and Santa Barbara/Chaiten.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner each day at the lodge
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage, including all wine
  • All guided fishing and expeditions by raft, jetboat, cataraft, horseback, 4x4 vehicle, etc,
  • Chilean fishing license
  • Laundry service
  • Use of sauna, hot tub, and all other lodge amenities

What's Not Included

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

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 info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

PLEASE DON’T BRING WADING BOOT TO BASECAMP LODGE! BaseCamp supplies free-to-use boots to protect the
waters from imported aquatic diseases.

Patagonia is a region of south America shared between Chile in the west and Argentina in the east. Chilean Patagonia is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, twisting peninsulas, and islands. It contains the world's second largest temperate rain forest blanketing the near impassable wall of the Andes. fed by an extensive network of mountain lakes and rivers this area provides some of the world's best fly fishing. Dense hardwood forests of beech, bamboo, and fern are home to abundant bird life and various game including deer. Glaciers and waterfalls provide a wonderful backdrop for fly fishers. Chile is one of south America's greatest success stories currently enjoying an economic boom. A long narrow country running north to south along South America's south western coast. Chile is approximately 2,700 miles long, but never wider than 260 miles. Chile is a democracy enjoying good airports and infrastructure, rich agricultural lands, friendly and law abiding population, and a 96% literacy rate.

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