Salmo Patagonia Lodge rests in a magical place of high mountain vistas, breathtaking blue and bottle-green water and amazing numbers of big, colorful trout that have never seen an artificial fly. This pristine environment hosts many different micro-climates with an amazing abundance of plant, animal and bird species.

World famous fly fisherman, author and guide, Luis Antunez, owns and operates Salmo Patagonia Lodge. Luis grew up in Spain and developed the first fly fishing clubs there and petitioned the government of Spain for the first catch and release waters in Europe. He has now spent more than twenty years in Patagonia pursuing his dream of making his passion for fly fishing his profession. He has fished with and guided celebrities and fishing personalities such as Dave Whitlock, Marc Bale, Billy Pate, Darrell Martin, and many others. Luis has spent a lifetime in the fly fishing industry formulating new fly lines, leaders, and fly rods, working extensively with Sage.

The key to his phenomenal fishing is that Luis has carefully developed more than twenty private access waters with many miles of streams and lakes where you will see no other fishermen.

Years of experience in this singular place has allowed Luis and his staff to create programs that are adventurous, exciting and fulfilling, but at the same time relaxing and uplifting. The highly professional and experienced staff, from management and guides, to chef and service, is the best Chile and Patagonia offer.

Dear Luis,
My job at Sage takes me to a lot of places around the world and it certainly puts me in a position to have a comparative opinion on what constitutes a good lodge and outfitter.

I want to compliment you enormously on the job you have done over the years at Salmo Patagonia Lodge. I must say that you have created what I believe is simply one of the very best lodges on Planet Earth. The setting of your lodge, the comfort, the attention to detail, the staff, the room, the fishing, the scenery, the guides, the food and, most importantly, the feeling of your place are all just simply the best—not to mention the incredible giant browns and salmon you have in your private waters.

Let me wish you the very best of luck for the future

Marc Bale
Vice President Marketing and Sales
Sage Manufacturing Co.

Fishing here provides the best opportunity in all of Chile (or Argentina) to access huge fish in smaller environments—spring creeks, mountain lakes and small rivers. Resident brown trout up to 30 pounds are here in good numbers, along with migrating salmon, steelhead and amazing numbers of chunky rainbows.

The lodge's experienced guides enjoy fly fishing and know what anglers want. The staff offers more than twenty years of experience working with fly fishermen from all over the world. This tenure of service has developed an organization featuring excellent personnel, technical expertise, and first-rate vehicles and equipment.


COST: $4995 for six nights/5+ days fishing (depending on air schedule)

PRIME TIME: November through mid-April.

HOW TO GET THERE: American and Delta offer daily service to Santiago Chile, as does Lan Chile, the Chilean national airline. All of the flights depart in the evening and arrive early in the morning at the Santiago International Airport. A one-time $100 entry fee is collected at customs. After receiving your luggage and clearing customs, you'll be met and walk a few minutes over to the domestic terminal where you'll connect with a 2 1/2-hour flight to Balmaceda. In Balmaceda, you will be met and transported in a private vehicle one hour to the lodge.

DETAILS: References are available. You might also find our Salmo Patagonia Pre-Trip Planning and Packing Information helpful. Check out our Chile Fishing Blog to read about the fishing experience from pros and our clients.