The Lodge You Want in Patagonia
Having fly fished for over 30 years and having stayed at great lodges all over North America and beyond, I must highly recommend Coyhaique River Lodge. After receiving a pitch on Cinco Rios Lodge, I did quite a bit of research and was able to find multiple people who had stayed at both. These references pointed me to Coyhaique River Lodge and they did not steer me wrong. Built and run by former fly fishing guides, Gaston and Claudio Urrejola, these brothers obviously know what works and what doesn’t for avid fly fishermen. The Lodge – The Lodge is beautiful. I wondered at first if it was brand new as it certainly looked and felt as such. The Great Room sports a full floor to roof alpine window displaying one of the most beautiful views in Chile. When you return after your day of fishing, drinks and hors d’voeuvres wait for you which are first class. Rooms – The Lodge has two first floor wings off the Great Room, each holding two guests. The rooms are very large and have a wall to wall window displaying the same incredible view as the Great Room. The design is obviously the result of the former fly fishermen who built it. The beds are separated at opposite ends of the rooms with the heads at opposite walls. Each guest has a whole floor to ceiling set of shelfs about 5 feet wide. You can unpack all of your gear and have plenty of room. You’ll never have to dig through your bags. Each also has a writing desk and chair, as well as a closet for those items you wish to hang up. The bathroom is elegantly tiled and looks and feels like an expensive hotel. Outside each room door is a nice wader rack for drying your waders overnight. (The guides will take your boots at the end of each day, clean them, and have them ready for you the next morning). Food – The food is stellar and plated like gourmet entrees by a gourmet chef. You won’t go hungry. The breakfast every morning is on a breakfast bar and includes everything you would want including eggs, bacon, pancakes, assorted cheeses, fruits and the lighter fare for those that prefer that. In the afternoons and evening, If you are a drinker, Julio is there when you need him at any time to make you your favorite drink. If you enjoy wine, you will enjoy an unlimited supply of various Chilean wines. The Guides, Equipment and Fishing – The guides are first class as is your transportation in 4 wheel drive, 4 door pickups which are always clean. There is so much water around Coyhaique most days you won’t even see another soul. They will take you wherever the best spots are considering the time of year or the weather. Although you will catch many large rainbows, I hope you like Brown trout !! I so enjoyed catching so many brownies, many of which are huge. TIP- While my son and I stayed at the Lodge (my son is a professional guide in Wyoming), we hired an outside guide who was recommended to us. While it wasn’t a disaster, my next trip will include using the regular guides who work full time at the Lodge. Not only are they very professional and knowledgeable, we got great information every night from the other guests and it was clear that regular Lodge guides know where to take you so you catch quality fish. Net, net, use the guides at the Lodge. I could go on and on. Email me through Trip Advisor if I can answer any questions. I’d be happy to.