Tierra del Fuego Spanish for Land of Fire, is a cluster of islands covering an area of about 18,000 square miles. The main island—Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego—is divided between Argentina and Chile. Estancia Cameron Lodge is situated on a large working sheep and cattle ranch, covering over 373 square miles of land. The Lodge overlooks 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. The Rio Grande is only about 30 meters wide, so, you’re able to fish both sides with a nine-foot fly rod.
It’s also great spey rod water. If desired, the guides can teach you how to handle a double-handed fly rod. The Rio Grande is not for beginners, as the wind can blow hard and in some pools,
long casts are required to reach the fish.
Sea-runs average 10-pounds in size. Many 18 to 20-pounders are landed here, with some reaching up to 26-pounds.
All fishing is done from shore, with no need for boats. Guides drive you to the fishing areas via well-kept 4WD trucks. Cameron 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. You can legally fish after dark in Chile; unlike Argentina.
Resident Browns and King Salmon
Guide and Jim Teeny with nice sea-run brown.
Season: Cameron Lodge is open November through April. The sea-run browns runs usually begins in November and continues until April with peak fishing from late February through April.
King Salmon Fishing: As of 2016, the Lodge offers guided king salmon fishing. They’ve had some promising runs in the past couple of years. In 2017, they caught them on flies; however, spin casting is also welcome. King salmon fishing peaks in November.
Guides: Two anglers per English-speaking guide.
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.
Gear/Tackle: A detailed list of what to bring is provided in our confirmation packet.
About Cameron Lodge
The recently refurbished lodge is less than a hundred yards from the Rio Grande River. The Lodge has seven private bathrooms with private baths and central heating. Meals feature regional dishes, seafood—king crab, scallops—beef or lamb asado.
Cocktails such as the typical Chilean Pisco Sour, and their famous Chilean wines, accompany meals.
The Lodge has diesel-generated electricity at 220 voltage. Wi-Fi access and satellite phone connection. An adapter is required for U.S appliances.
Other Activities: Kayak the nearby rivers or lakes, hike/visit archeological places, photography... For anyone hankering for the gaucho-lifestyle, there are opportunities to participate on the working farm. Join in sheep shearing, sheep dipping, cattle and sheep mustering...
The best option is to fly into Santiago, Chile, and connect to Puntas Arenas on the same day— which is approximately a three and half hour flight. The Lodge staff will greet you at the Punta Arenas Airport and drive you to the Lodge in heated/air-conditioned pickup trucks, a six-hour drive.
2018 - 2019 Rates:
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.
$500.00 per day
Ground transfers from Punta Arenas to the Lodge, all meals at the Lodge, snacks, Chilean wines, liquors, 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 a personal nature, tackle and equipment, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
For peak sea-run brown 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 the Lodge.)