Tierra del Fuego is a group of islands. The main island Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego is divided between Argentina and Chile. Estancia Cameron Lodge, a 247,105 acres (386 square miles) of land, is a working sheep and cattle ranch overlooking the Darwin Mountain Range and is less than 100 yards from the Rio Grande.
Fly Fishing the Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is regarded as the best river in the world for sea-run browns. The largest and widest river in Tierra del Fuego, the Rio Grande originates in Chile and
then travels west to the Atlantic on the Argentinean side. As the Rio Grande is only about 30 meters wide, you’re able to fish both sides with a nine-foot fly rod.
It’s also great spey rod water. This river is not for beginners, as the wind can blow hard and in some pools,
long casts are required to reach the fish. You can also fish legally after dark; unlike in Argentina.
Sea-runs average ten pounds in size. Many 18 to 20 pounders are landed here, with some reaching up to 26 pounds.
There are two anglers per English-speaking guide. Guides can teach guests two-handed rods or spey casting. All of the fishing is done from the shore, no need for boats. Guides will drive you to fishing areas using well-kept 4WD trucks.
Resident Browns and King Salmon
Cameron Lodge is open November through April. It is the only lodge on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego with total access to the Rio Grande River, as well as access to other very productive lakes, creeks, and lagoons, where resident browns weighing up to 12 pounds reside.
The Lodge is only a few minutes drive from some of the most productive pools.
They recommend two-handed rods, not only for effectively covering the pools in big water years but also, and perhaps more importantly, to help combat the wind that normally blows downstream. The wind is a fact of life on the Rio Grande, and any advantage they can get in keeping the flies wet is welcome.
King Salmon Fishing: As of 2016, the Lodge offers guided king salmon fishing, which peaks in November. They’ve had some promising runs in the past couple of years. Last season, they caught them on flies; however, spin casting will also be welcome.
About Cameron Lodge
Cameron Lodge hosts up to eight anglers in four rooms with private bathrooms and central heating, the internet, and satellite phone connection. Meals feature seafood, steaks, and lamb.
Cocktails, like the typical Chilean Pisco Sour and their famous Chilean wines, accompany meals.
The lodge electricity runs through a diesel generator at 220 voltage. Telephone service and Wi-Fi access are available. An adapter is required for U.S appliances.
Other Activities: You can go kayaking in the nearby rivers or lakes, hiking, and join in farming activities. For anyone hankering for the gaucho-style of life, participating in massive sheep shearing, cattle and sheep mustering or sheep dipping can prove an unforgettable experience.
The best option is to fly into Santiago, Chile and connect to Punta Arenas (3-hour and 25-minute flight) on the same day. The Lodge staff can meet you at the Punta Arenas airport and take you to the lodge, a six-hour drive.
Minimum booking - 2 anglers
7-nights and 6-days guided trout fishing $4,500.00 p.p.
4-nights and 3-days guided king salmon fishing $2,000.00 p.p.
Additional day fishing $600.00 p.p.
Non-fishing companion $400.00 per day
ground transfers from Punta Arenas to the lodge, all meals at the lodge, snacks, Chilean wines, liquors, lamb barbecue, laundry, and guided fishing.
Packages do not include:
international airfare, optional charter flight, extra days, gratuities, hotels and meals in Santiago or Punta Arenas, items of personal nature, tackle and equipment, or anything not mentioned under inclusions.
For the peak fishing months, daytime temperatures average at 50º F and drop to the 40’s at night. The average daily wind speed is about 14 mph. You can expect to see rain or drizzle falling about 14 days of each month, with a monthly amount recorded at around one inch. It usually snows one day in March and April. (This is the recorded climate for Porvenir, which is 150 miles from the lodge.)