Trophy Chinook salmon on the fly in one of fishing’s last frontiers
The Austral Kings Story
Finding a genuinely “undiscovered” fly fishing destination isn’t easy these days. In fact, twin brothers, Alex and Nico Trochine have been scouring South America in search of one for years. In February 2015 they made an exploratory expedition along the central Chilean coast chasing rumors of massive King Salmon populating many of the river’s region. They sampled several rivers on their explorations – many of which have runs of Kings but were not, what they felt, were fly fishing friendly. It wasn’t until they landed on the last river of the trip when they knew that they had discovered, what might possibly be, South America’s King fishing Shangri-la. Blown away by the jaw-dropping scenery, fish-ability of the river, average size (25-50 lbs.) and healthy population of salmon, they decided that this river was the place to set up their operation.
The River runs through a green valley surrounded by glacier-capped granite mountains. Even after heaving rains, the river runs a deep turquoise color and has a variety of fishy structures, from gravel beaches, big boulders, classic tailwaters, and deep runs. The bulk of the salmon run seems to arrive in mid-January – mid-March. The chosen location for Austral Kings Camp is right on the river and we will be able to access five kilometers of water by foot, and 20 more by jetboat. Fishing will be done mostly from the bank swinging flies.
The weather in summer is generally quite friendly, most of the time 10°–20°C. Due to its closeness to the marine environment, we might have occasional rain or fog.
The first king salmon enter the river during December and our season starts in early January and runs well into March. Austral Kings is all about fishing for fresh king salmon so we end the season well before the fish start to color up.
In short, pick any week in the season that suits your calendar and you will have the chance of hooking a chrome-bright king salmon of a lifetime.
Sunday Arrive in Santiago and catch connecting flight to Puerto Montt. Overnight at your elected accommodations in either Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas (independently arranged, not included).
Monday At 6-7 AM you will be picked up at your hotel and transported to Caleta la Arena to catch a ferry across the fjord, continuing on by land to the port of Hornopiren. From there you will board a private boat to take you the remainder of the way (~2hrs) to Austral Kings. Total travel time is 5-6 hrs. Upon arrival at the camp, you will get settled in, have something to eat, and fish in the nearby home pools.
Tuesday-Sunday Six full days of guided fishing at Austral Kings!
Monday Depart camp around 1 pm in time to catch a private boat back to Puerto Montt, arriving at approximately 7 pm. Catch a late flight returning to Santiago, or overnight in Puerto Montt and return the following morning.