Over the past 10 years we have been acquiring a vast amount of land in a hidden valley in Chile, Patagonia; the valley of Río Escondido. The Escondido River finds its source in its namesake lake which is surrounded by Queulat National Park, a massive 154,093 hectares track of untouched wilderness. The area is pristine, private and remote with limited access and zero development. With the help of Chile’s National Park Service CONAF, we are developing a conservation project and have been able to construct trails through virgin forests for access to never before seen wilderness.
Over the last years we have built a very comfortable camp for a maximum of 4 anglers or a total of 6 guests. The camp is overlooking an evergreen forest of the Escondido Valley and the turquoise waters of Lago Verde. The views are spectacular and enjoying a morning coffee on your private deck will be just the start of your adventure-day at Escondido.
Last season we embarked on serious exploration of the valley and found some amazing fisheries. We caught some spectacular brown trout up to 30 inches and great numbers of feisty rainbow trout. Most often the trout were taken on large dry flies while sight-fishing gin-clear waters. We fished small creeks, larger rivers, small back channels, large lakes, small hidden lagoons, and even under waterfalls. In 2023 we launched a very successful exploratory season, but we feel that there is still much more to explore and we would like to invite you to be part of our adventure and quest for unique fisheries.
This area is very isolated and the waters wild and virtually untouched. Most of the trout you will stalk have never seen a fly before. Access can be a bit challenging, but for those with an ounce of adventure in their souls, in good physical condition and a willingness to be flexible will no doubt be rewarded and make history. Anglers should be prepared for a lot of hiking, bushwhacking, log jumping, deep river crossing, horseback riding, and remote glamping. The waters are often crystal clear; sight fishing for trophy size brown trout is extremely exciting if not nerve wrecking, but so much fun. Fishing conditions will challenge the most experienced fly fishers; expect overhanging trees, fishing in small and deep channels for wary fish in clear waters. It is not a destination for everyone, but if you are game for a truly unique experience, Escondido is the wilderness fly fishing adventure you have been looking for.