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PALOMA RIVER LODGE GENERAL INFORMAION
The Paloma Lodge is an extremely comfortable 1980 square foot construction. There are 4 spacious client bedrooms, each with a queen size bed and private bathroom. Attending only four clients per week, each will have their own private room. The bar is open to view from the dining room and the large living room, where fishing stories will be shared over a very nice selection of fine Chilean wines.
This quaint flyfishing lodge is located in the Paloma River valley, just a one hour 25 minute drive northwest from the airport at Balmaceda and a one hour 30 minute drive southwest of Coyhaique. We are just minutes from our fishing destinations, with a walk and wade trip starting just 200 yards from the front door of the lodge itself. We are well off the power grid, deep in the Chilean Patagonia, but have our own generators and small hydro turbine. Fly fishing for brown trout and rainbow trout is our main goal, with very short transfer times to and from our float and wade trips, average time 15 minutes, we spend our day on the water, not getting to it. We will be happy to take clients to visit Coyhaique, but believe that flyfishing lodges should be located on flyfishing waters, not in cities.
Yes, our fertile waters provide you with a virtual bonanza of flyfishing action and plenty of angling options!
About your hosts at Paloma River Lodge:
Long time friends, Rene Yefi and Paul Kinney, have put together what they feel to be one of the best flyfishing experiences available in Southern Chile. Paul purchased the land and buildings of The Paloma River Lodge in October 2005. After extensive renovation and purchasing the proper equipment necessary, the lodge opened for their first group of clients in March 2006. Rene is considered by most in the profession, as the best Chilean fly fishing guide in the country. He has been guiding professionally for over 20 years and has been a leader in teaching many young Chileans the art of fly fishing and guiding. Paul has lived in south Chile since January 1996 and has been working in the luxury tourism lodge business since November 1997. Both are very exited to have the opportunity to host fly fishing enthusiasts at Paloma River Lodge. They know what a great fishery it is and the rewards that a client can achieve dry fly fishing, in the pristine environs of The Paloma River Valley. They will host only 6 rods per week, because their philosophy is to maintain a small group size with personal service and friendly atmosphere.
FLYFISHING INFORMATION AT PALOMA RIVER LODGE
While at The Paloma River Lodge you will be fishing with either streamers or dries, with about 80% of your fishing done with dry flies. Dry flies that are big and ugly will work best at this lodge. Because of the six different types of beetles in the area, the trout are accustomed to pounding large bugs on the water surface. This is the dry fly fisherman's paradise in every respect, since most of the dries that we use are between sizes 4 and 10 all summer long.
Streamers are productive all year round but their key roll is in the lakes and during the fall season. Nymphs can be productive in the crystal clear lakes when sight fishing. Anglers that can cast 40 feet will be able to reach most of the fish in our rivers. We have a very good mix of float fishing and walk and wade fishing. For the clients that like a bit more adventure, we offer a horse back trip, to access a high mountain stream, for a day full of action using dry flies and light weight rods, 4 weight recommended. We also use a jet boat to access some hard to reach areas in the Paloma River and a small lake with very large trout.
The average trout that you will catch during the week will be from 14 to 19 inches, with many in the 20 inches range, but you will have the chance at some in excess of 24 inches. During the past 4 years many our clients have caught their own personal record trout, and have the photos to prove it. Within minutes of the lodge we have access to rivers, lakes, lagoons, spring creeks and high mountain streams, providing a tremendous variety and selection of fishing opportunities for all skill levels.FLYFISHING SEASON AT PALOMA RIVER LODGE
The fishing season officially opens on the second Friday in October and runs until the first Sunday in May. The best dry-fly fishing generally occurs from December to the end of March, although Oct. and Nov. are great spring months, and very large trout on the move can make an angler’s dream come true. March brings cooler mornings and evenings and the rivers reach their lowest water volume, but the cooler days bring the large fish out of the lakes and into the rivers for spawning. The pre-spawn streamer fishing can be incredible from mid March to late April. Those clients that want lots of big fish, will endure fishing the shorter days in April, to have an experience of a life time, going after very large trout, with large dry flies.
HOW TO GET TO PALOMA RIVER LODGE
Arriving Chile Santiago, connecting flight to Balmaceda, where you will be met by lodge staff for a one hour and twenty-five minute transfer to the Paloma River Lodge.
2012 RATES AT PALOMA RIVER LODGE
mid December, 2011 through mid April, 2012, Saturday to Saturday packages.
$3250.00 - private room, shared guide
$4250.00 - private room, Private guide
WHAT'S INCLUDED AT PALOMA RIVER LODGE
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED AT PALOMA RIVER LODGE
To reserve your space, call with your 50% deposit.