La Posada de los Farios "The Inn of the Brown Trout"


Established in 1994, "La Posada de los Farios" is located in Chilean Patagonia 2 hours north of the small city of Coyhaique and situated on a peaceful working cattle ranch overlooking the beautiful Rio Cisnes (Swan River), widely recognized as among the finest brown trout fly fishing streams in Chilean Patagonia. Remote and well separated from other regional lodges and outfitters and in range of a huge variety of productive and unspoiled trout waters, yet still within a reasonable distance of the local airport of Balmaceda (no charter flights needed), makes this perhaps the very best location in all of Chile. The fishing is primarily for wild and agressive resident Brown Trout, hence the name: Los Farios, "Fario" being the name used in Chile for Brown Trout. Rainbow Trout and Pacific Salmon are also available. Read: "What sets us apart"


The scenery from the lodge is spectacular and the fishing options are varied and abundant. The lodge itself is the original historic 60 year-old ranch house, modified to comfortably handle a maximum of just 6 guests per week. We strive to maintain a relaxed down-home atmosphere around the lodge, with delicious meals served family style, always complimented by fine Chilean wines, freshly baked bread and organic vegetables from neighboring subsistence farms.

During your fishing day an abundant picnic lunch will be prepared streamside by your guide and a steaming wood-fired hot tub and a frosty mug of beer will await you at the end of your fishing day. At the end of your stay a traditional Patagonian style barbequed lamb "asado" is prepared over an open fire by local "gauchos" as a final farewell feast.

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Daily fishing options include floating one of several spectacular sections of the Rio Cisnes or Rio Manihuales, wading seldom fished smaller sections of the Rio Cisnes, exploring hidden lagunas and spring creek tributaries, a horseback trip to our very own and highly-productive Private Lake or, fishing one of several other very gorgeous trout filled lakes within our range. We also arrange excursions to the nearby coastal fjords for agressive sea-run trout and salmon. Our fishing begins as close as right out the front door and we rarely travel more that 1 hour to get to any of our fishing venues. The drives to all our fishing areas pass through some of the most picturesque mountain terrain on earth.

Large high-floating "foam bugs" are used most often but, both nymph, dry/dropper, and streamer techniques may be employed when conditions dictate. It is not uncommon to see truly large Brown Trout feeding on the surface. Virtually all our angling is done in the shadows of the spectacular Andean peaks that form the border with Argentina The beautiful Queulat National Park, known for it's glaciers and lush temperate rainforest, is located just to our north. All fish are released.


Non-fishing guests are welcome and can enjoy activities such as horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, hiking, mt. biking, birdwatching, excursions into nearby wilderness areas, or cultural visits to neighboring farms and villages. The nearby Queulat National Park has some truly amazing trails leading to spectacular hanging glaciers and waterfalls.

The rural local people "campesinos" live a simple lifestyle that has long vanished from the North American continent and meeting them can often be a visitor's most memorable Patagonia experience. Sharing a traditional "mate" tea with a local gaucho is the quintessential Patagonian experience and something you'll surely never forget.


Season: November through April.

Chile Patagonia Flyfishing - Casilla 104 / Coyhaique, Chile / Phone-Fax: 56-67-236402 / e-mail: