Yelcho Lake is located in the Los Lagos (The Lakes in English) Region, southern Chile in the Palena Province. The lake is fed by the Futaleufú River and is one of the deepest lakes in Chile. It is a popular location for fly fishing enthusiasts who are rewarded with catches of brook, brown and rainbow trout; or the lucky ones at least.Season open at October and end at April.

To fish Yecho properly you need to carry a few rods rigged with specific flies and be ready to switch at a moments notice.  If you get the opportunity to smack your foam dragonfly into the rings left by a feeding monster you will see a take that will send shivers down your spine.  These fish are extremely fat with unparallelled strength.  The quality of the fishing is beyond the imagination.


The  recommend equipment is the following:


5 -6 weight, 8ft 6' to 9ft.  8 weigth


Reels should hold 100 metres plus of backing and have a good drag system.

Fly Line

Floating line to suit the rod weight, with double taper or weight forward most suitable.

We recommend the use of dull natural colours such as olive, green or grey.


Should be 9ft to 14ft tapered down to 10lb (3X), tippets would vary from 6lb to 2lb (5X) depending on the water being fished.


Good quality breathable waders.

Wading Boots

Studded rubber soles rather than felt soles are now required on Chilean waters.


We recommend vests with natural or camouflage colours as with any other type of clothing.


Your fly fishing guide will provide advice on which fly to use on each occasion,

and flies will be available from the Lodge.

 The Lodge has an extensive fly tying station for guests who would like to tie their own special flies.


Polaroid glasses, insect repellent, wide brim hat, raincoat, sunblock cream, and a camera to capture the unforgettable moments.


The summer (November - April) weather in Chilean Patagonia can most aptly be described as variable. Conditions can range from hot and sunny (80°F+) to cool and rainy (40ºF). Anglers should be prepared for either type of condition. Bring warm clothing that can be layered and maybe a pair of shorts if you want to work on your tan. Wet wading conditions are possible during mid summer (Jan-Feb).



Puerto Cardenas

Carretera Austral Km. 98

Lago Yelcho, Chile

+56 9 8361 4521


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