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Description: Worlds away from the hustle and bustle, Futa Lodge sits on the "Big River" (Futaleufu translated from the Tehuelche tongue). The river slices through some of the most remote and breathtaking countrysides on the planet. The only tweets here are sent by birds, and oxen still ply the gravel roads hauling straw and firewood to remote outposts.
Experience nature before man left his imprint. Futa Lodge presents a landscape as untouched as any in the world. And a Patagonia fly fishing experience equal to the magnificent setting.
South of the Chilean lake district Futaleufu is a stand alone fishery. The freestone giant grows healthy stocks of rainbow and brown trout that are fed by abundant hatches of mayfly, caddis and stoneflies. A heavy resident stock of fish and great hatches combined with classic fly water make the Futaleufu a trout fisherman´s paradise.
Average rainbows and browns are in the 14″-16″ class but much larger fish are caught regularly. There´s even the occasional sea-run fish, guaranteed to put a bend in your rod! In truth though, whilst the chance of a big fish is a daily occurrence, it’s hard to be totally focused on the fishing in a place this special.
Accommodations: The lodge´s inaccessibility through the Valle de las Escalas makes this part of the river unique, lazy horseback trails wind down to the river´ s edge – a riot of Lupins and other wild flowers -; no engines pollute the river here chemically or audibly, and time appears to have stood still. Futa lodge stands sentinel on the river bank wishing you well on your daily fishing foray, its lights twinkling a greeting in the evening as you return from the river.
The lodge can host up to 8 guests (6 anglers and 2 non-anglers). There are three cottages, one next to the main lodge and two right on the edge of the river. The main lodge consists of a cozy living room with a fire place and two more double bed-rooms.
Transportation/Getting there: Guests fly to Buenos Aires and typically overnight there to relax and spend a day touring the city and its nightlife. The Lodge can then be accessed from Buenos Aires via commercial airline to the local airport of Esquel, which is located in Argentina with close proximity to the Chilean border.
Guests flying into Santiago, Chile will need to fly to the Chaiten airport. From Chaiten you will be transferred to the lodge, by a lodge representative, via a 4 hour car transfer.
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Rates: Call for current rates
Dates: December through April
Included: Lodging, Meals, all wines, beer, and local spirits at the Lodge, Professional guide services, Fishing Licenses
Not Included: Transfer from Esquel or Bariloche, Gratuities for guides and house staff, Airfares, Laundry service, Fishing equipment (rods, reels and lines: $25.00 per person per day).
Approximate license cost: included in your package pricing