- Plan and Research. It’s part of the trip and more than half the fun. Google “Fly Fish Patagonia” and see what pops up. Most sites show the basic information in English and lead to further Chilean or Argentine information sources. Best to book six months in advance to ensure availability.
- Ask for Help. Here is a short list of some good resources for Information on travel and fishing in Patagonia. Frequently smaller fly shops & niche brands who have the time and sensibility are great places to start. Immediate good ones in Colorado which come to mind are Trouts and Front Range Anglers in Boulder. Both offer comprehensive expertise on local fishing and travel options to Chile. Usually there are one or two fly shops in every major city offering rich personalised service. An added benefit is frequently you’ll make new friends by simply walking in and chatting! The American Fly Fishing Trade Association AFFTA has a comprehensive list of shops and resources in your area. It’s best to check out at least three different shops as personality, style and know how vary. You will begin to hear common names pop up:
FishPond For top of the line accessories, gorgeous imagery and deep know-how the Fishpond time are wonderful folks.
Abercrombie & Kent - Combining your Fly Fishing trip with a Private Wine Tour or sunrise Balloon flight over the Atacama desert, after your short hop down to Torres del Paine national Park or Parque Pumalin after your week at the lodge requires logistical local know how. A&K can help.
- In Chile: Rod and Gun , one good option and the go to Fly shop is Rod and Gun run by long time Chilean Resident Mark Whittakar.
- On Line Agencies. Fly Water Travel and Yellow Dog and Frontiers Travel are larger outfits in US offering many trips with global reach
- Trout Clubs & Trout Unlimited. Join the fun and help steward fishing and water resources in your area. Many members will have traveled to Chile and should be able to share the experience and offer a tip or two.
- Thought Leaders and Influencers. Follow on Instagram, Facebook the photographers, writers, and guides who seem to fit your style. Guys like Val Atkinson and Nic Price will lead and inspire! Fly fishing authors like John Gierach will delight and make you laugh. Too many to list. Here’s an Author’s Link.
- Fly fishing Fishing Magazines. So many! The Drake, Anglers Journal , FlyFish Journal are great headwaters to start from.
- Direct Contact/Word of Mouth; Contact me. Happy to help answer logistics and questions.