For Salmon in Patagonia, Argentina/Chile
Salmon fishing has become more popular in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina
in recent years (see Fishing Report). With the increase of the migrating Atlantic
andChinook salmon in many of the River systems of Chile.
Patagonia Adventures has set up the Dos Rios Salmon Fish Camp. These salmon are
incredible fighters and are a challenge to any experienced fly fishing enthusiasts.
During our fishing season many rivers in Chile receive
groups of Atlantic and Chinook Salmon. They come up their
favorite river to look
for spawning beds to lay their eggs. There
is a spring run of Chinook Pacific
Salmon start running in Late spring, early summer and are in the rivers until
late May, which is late Autumn. The fish pictured below is a large Atlantic Cock
Salmon that had been holding up in the low waters for many months . Although having
lost much of its body weight, because of being so long in the river, yet this
beautiful fish still leaped to take an egg sucking imitation leach wet fly. The
leech fly was fished just under the surface, allowing it swing in the current.
The Atlantic salmon fought hard and made two good jumps and then gave in.
The Atlantic Salmon that come
up the Rivers in Chile, originally from the fish pens
in the Pacific coastal bays around Puerto Montt. Those
that escaped, matured and reached upthe rivers and spawned.
We are now seeing each year not the rounded tailed pen
fish, but the wild Atlantic salmon. Most
of these salmon are from nine to twenty-five pounds. The
average being around fifteen pounds. They take well to
the fly, fight hard and make spectacular leaps.
For the last 15 years, Chinook salmon have been colonizing The Chilean River systems.
They have crossed from Chile into the Argentine Patagonian Rivers, traveling as
much as 100 miles, although this is not much for a Salmon. They have been the
most successful of the Salmons in colonizing the different rivers flowing into
the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile. Although much harder in getting one
to take a fly, still their size of between 30 to 50 pounds is a temptation for
any angler and if hooked a job to land not to say the least.
Records and Contacting Us
have been keeping records of these returning salmon for
the last 10 years. Each year is different as to numbers,
but we are seeing larger salmon more often now. It is
now a fact that they have become successful in establishing
themselves and it looks like they are here to stay. They
are wonderful to catch and certainly stir your emotions
when they take your fly.
your interested in some great salmon as well as trout
fishing in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina,
contact us today. Our guides the best and the lodges are
in the heart of the glacier and snow filled Andes Mountains,
creating a great backdrop for a fly fishing experience
of a lifetime.