The Regions of Los Rios (The Rivers) and Los Lagos (The Lakes), until recently all one region of The Lakes, is characterized by a series of natural glacier-carved lakes at the base of the Andes range. Streams entering the lakes from the mountains as well as the clear flowing rivers exiting the lakes are ideal for fly fishing with their healthy populations of wild resident trout and seasonal runs of salmon. These rivers run far from roads, and fishing pressure is low since access is limited to a few public bridges or negotiated permission over private property.
In general, they flow at the bottom of deep winding ravines with steep banks covered with dense temperate rainforest. In contrast to pampa fishing, here you float at a good pace with structure providing challenging and entertaining fishing among deadfalls, rapids, runs, pools, rock walls and undercut banks. Too deep to wade, too brushy or too steep to walk, the only practical way to fish these rivers is by guided float trip.
Rivers Enco, San Pedro, Calcurrupe, Bueno, Pilmaiquen, Rahue, Maullin, Petrohue, and Puelo are a few of the major streams where an angler has a chance for a trophy trout on each outing.Fly Fishing the Lakes Region will give you more information about these fisheries and the advantages of experiencing this area of Chile.