Patagonia is a vast, wild region spanning between the 40th and 55th parallel south. It is made up of both Chile and Argentina and, at over 400,000 square miles, it is more than twice the size of California. While its signature feature is the incredibly dramatic spine of the Andes, Patagonia is comprised of an unparalleled variety of landscapes, including arid high desert, glaciated granite spires, lush semi-temperate rain forests and virtually every bioregion in between. Adding to the intrigue, it is also home to six of the world’s most sought-after freshwater gamefish: rainbow, brown and brook trout, sea-run browns, steelhead and king salmon. To fish all of Patagonia’s countless rivers, lakes and spring creeks would take the most dedicated angler multiple lifetimes, as it would to fully explore its mountains, coastline and trails.
For all of us in North America, this magical, sparsely populated region of our sister continent to the south is a long haul from home. With an average travel time of 24+ hours from departure until you take your first step through the door of a Patagonian lodge, it seems almost remiss to spend only a week per visit exploring this incredible playground. Just because most lodges focus on week-long stays, it doesn’t mean that you need to pack up and head home after six days. With inter-country travel becoming more reliable and comfortable due to improved infrastructure, it’s now easier than ever to coordinate multi-lodge itineraries, allowing travelers and anglers to seamlessly explore different regions of Patagonia in a single trip. The majority of our seasoned guests who are on to the benefits of extended South American travel spend 10-14 nights in the country. Travelers either divide their time between multiple fly fishing lodges, increase their stays at a single lodge or combine fishing experiences with other activities like touring in Torres del Paine, Fitzroy or Buenos Aires, taking an Antarctica cruise, wing shooting, wine touring or adding a few days of dorado fishing up north.
Why Fly Water Travel? The simple answer is that we have paid our dues and spent the important time needed to create a vast network of unique lodges and professionals that we enjoy, respect and trust. Likewise, if you are in Patagonia and ask outfitters which of the North American fly fishing travel companies they feel the same way about, you will quickly hear mention of Fly Water Travel. We have been extremely fortunate to have visited all of Patagonia’s major regions including stays at over 30+ lodges, compiled hundreds of days on the water and fished over 60 different rivers, lakes and streams. As a result, Fly Water Travel is uniquely qualified to help our guests best understand all the destination options, transfers and travel details and to customize trips that best suit their travel and fishing needs. The possible trip combinations are virtually endless with the following selections of extended trips are just some examples of how you can best experience Patagonia.