Coyhaique Area/Chile (www.www.cincorios.cl)
Within one hours drive of the lodge there are dozens of rivers that are loaded with wild brown and rainbow trout that are eager to take a fly. The name Coyhaique literally means "meeting of rivers," in the native tongue. Over the last ten years I have seen the fishing pressure increase significantly but Cinco Rios has access to areas that are seldom visited by other anglers. They, for example, have jet boats strategically placed on remote rivers which allows them to motor into areas others can not. They also have agreements with landowners that allow the guides access through private property. This access makes a huge difference in terms of the quality of the fishing experience. I am still learning about new areas from the guides that I did not know existed. Some of the rivers on the menue include the Paloma, Simpson, Manihuales, Nireguao, Mogote, and many, many more. For the angler that wants to fish a different river everyday, using different techniques, this is one of the best places in all Patagonia. As an added bonus, the lake fishing is outstanding. Most of the clients that I have traveled to Patagonia with for the first time will tell me that they want to fish rivers and that lake fishing is of little interest. Fishing the lakes around Coyhaique to large cruising browns that slowly rise up out of 10 feet of gin clear water to inhale a size 4 fat albert beetle will most likely change your mind in a hurry. It can be site fishing at its best!