Fly Fishing Chile -2002
Puerto Montt & Tierra Del Fuego - Patagonia
March 27 2002 our party of eight people, six fly fishers, accompanied by a professional photographer and distinguished Chilean publisher met at Santiago International Airport.
Within a couple of hours we were on board a Lan Chile flight to Puerto Montt, which means mountain port in English. From Puerto Montt we drove for several hours to our destination, the Victoria Lodge on the Rio Puelo.
We fished Rio Puelo for a day and a half and departed for another fine lodge by the Rio Petrohue. We had a fabulous meal at the Llanquihue (yan kee way) lodge and had the pleasure of meeting General Chuck Yeager. We all fished Rio Petrohue the next day.
After fishing glacial fed rivers in the Andes for 2 1/2 days we headed back to Puerto Montt airport for a Lan Chile flight to Punta Arenas, Patagonia.
Upon arriving in Punta Arenas we boarded a charter flight on Patagonia Airlines, a Twin Otter aircraft to fly us across the Straight of Magellan to Cameron airstrip.
We immediately departed in 4 wheel drive vehicles to Cameron lodge. The reception, food and wines were greatly appreciated.
Overall the trip was incredible! Magnificent scenery and amazing fly fishing, coupled with friendly expert guides, proved to be a perfect combination.
Chile is a fabulous country to visit, the spirit, scenery, wildlife, people, food and wine are some of the best in the world.
I brought two small point & shoot cameras, one digital and the other film. Almost all of the film photos were apparently cooked and destroyed by airport x-ray machines, this trip was taken shortly after 911.
Someday I hope to repeat this trip, with better cameras!
Morning fishing on the Rio Grande was great
Evening fishing was fantastic
The sea run brown trout were incredibly strong
The weather was perfect
My smallest fish caught on the Rio Grande
These fish are as powerful as they are beautiful
These fish had muscles instead of fat
My largest fish, an amazingly powerful sea run brown trout, weighed 21 pounds
My favorite fish of the trip!
I'm about to release a nice fish while Keith is in the middle of a battle
Keith with a strong fish
Another nice fish
My friend Jim Teeny fishing at sunset
the evening bite was as good as the morning bite
Luckily i had a window seat on the flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas
We arrived at Punta Arenas airport in Tierra del Fuego
Transferring to Patagonia Airlines Twin Otter for a flight across the Straights of Magellan
Cameron airstrip in Tierra del Fuego
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