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Futa Lodge | Patagonia Chile | Trout Fishing

Overview

Tour code: CHI001

Futa Lodge is absolutely the most romantic lodge in the world, which sleeps a maximum of six anglers. With its remoteness, stunning mountains and free rising, very obedient Brown and Rainbow Trout, this will feel like a dream. Fishing itself is some of the purest wild fly-fishing for Rainbows and Browns anywhere in the world.

Fishing at Futa is like stepping back in time. The countryside is reminiscent of Montana or Colorado at the turn of the last century. The magnificent forests around the lodge have seen no felling of timber and the fields are still cut with scythes.

Fishing itself is some of the purest wild fly-fishing for Rainbows and Browns anywhere in the world. Each and every Trout that you catch is fin perfect. The fishing at Futa lodge is largely based on the Futaleufu River, which flows right by the front door of the lodge. In addition, there are some smaller rivers close by that are fished and also some local lakes.

The Browns and Rainbows of the Futaleufu River and the catchment as a whole were stocked from European and American stock in the early 19th Century. The fish, in particular, have gone on to establish an extremely healthy population that is the envy of wild Trout fisheries the world over.

The river has a multitude of different types of water and styles of fishing. One minute your guide will be rowing you down vast stretches where you will fish a streamer to overhanging trees to tempt big Browns from their hiding places and the next minute, you will be fishing from the bank having stalked a wary pod of Rainbows as they sip tiny dry flies from the surface
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation
Futa Lodge

The Lodge has a capacity for 6 anglers and 2 non-anglers (8 guests in total) in three comfortable twin rooms. The lodge is delightfully exclusive offering excellent service and all the homely comforts one would wish for in this remote outpost of Chile. Gourmet cuisine awaits, accompanied by wines chosen from Chile’s finest vineyards and an all inclusive bar with a collection of local spirits and the famous Pisco sour cocktails. Then there is the Lamb asados, which is attended by a local dance troop who will demonstrate the Cueca (national dance). This special feature has long been a standing tradition at the Lodge.

The twin rooms each have a private bathroom, wood burning stove and plenty of room for all your luggage / tackle. The lodge consists of a extended dining room, living room and bar areas with ample room for relaxing by the log fire. Also includes a Fly-tying table, an extensive selection of materials and a fully equipped fly-shop as well as professional local and international English speaking guides and 4WD double cabin vehicles. A full stable of horses gives you access to rivers on horseback should you choose to do so. All-inclusive bar featuring local spirit and the famous pisco sour cocktails available. House cleaner and laundry service plus 24 hr internet service also available.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms
Telephone: In lodge (chargeable)
Internet: WiFi
Laundry: Included
Power: 220 volt
Meals: In dinning room
Alcohol: Included
Equipment Hire: Rods & reels
Shop: Fly shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Rainbow Trout
Season: 15th December to 15th April
Peak: February
Weight: 1LB to 6LB
Average Weight: 2.5LB
Brown Trout
Season: 15th December to 15th April
Peak: February
Weight: 1LB to 6LB
Average Weight: 2LB

Itinerary

Although the below itinerary has 6 days fishing, we have daily flights departing from the UK with British Airways, therefore should you wish to either extend or shorten your stay, or even add on some fantastic Dorado fishing at Pira Lodge, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1: (Thursday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2: (Friday)

Arrive Buenos Aires

On arrival, a Sportquest Holidays representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Buenos Aires.

Overnight Accommodation: Buenos Aires Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B.

Day 3: (Saturday)

In the morning our staff will transport you to the domestic airport.

Depart Jorge Newbery
Arrive in Esquel.

On arrival at Esquel, our staff will transfer you to the lodge.

Overnight Accommodation: Futa Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 4 & 5: (Sunday & Monday) Fishing Days.

Each fishing day is flexible, but will normally start after breakfast at 8.30 am.

Fishing in the afternoon until evening follows amazing shore lunches.

Seasonal changes will take into account the changing light, but early season fishing may be as late as 10 PM, late season as early as 7  PM.

Fishing is based on 2 anglers one guide.

Overnight Accommodation: Futa Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 6 & 7: (Tuesday & Wednesday) Fishing Days.

Use a combination of floating and stripping wet flies back from the bank where Trout wait to ambush and wading and stalking the edges of the current where back eddies provide a constant source of food.

Overnight Accommodation: Futa Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 8 & 9: (Thursday & Friday) Fishing Days.

You will enjoy your last two days drifting down the river with your guide and remember that in the evenings if the fish start to take dries, you can target fish individually.

Overnight Accommodation: Futa Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 10: (Saturday)

In the morning our staff will transport you to the domestic airport for your return connection flight to Buenos Aires.

Depart Esquel
Arrive in Buenos Aires.

On arrival at Buenos Aires, our staff and transport will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel on a B/B basis.

Overnight Accommodation: Buenos Aires Hotel (Twin Rooms)B/B

Day 11: (Sunday)

In the morning our staff will transport you to the International Airport for your return connection flight to London.

Depart Buenos Aires

DAY 12: (Monday)

Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/02/2021 28/02/2021 12 11 6 £6,092 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2021 31/03/2021 12 11 6 £6,092 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2022 31/01/2022 12 11 6 £6,227 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2022 28/02/2022 12 11 6 £6,227 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2022 31/03/2022 12 11 6 £6,227 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flight Buenos Aries to Esquel
  • Transfers to and from Lodge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals at Lodge
  • All soft & alcohol drinks at lodge
  • 6 days fishing

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at Buenos Aries Hotels or bar expenses
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing license
  • Fishing tackle

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Buenos Aries

  • Single rooms in Buenos Aries

  • Dorado Fishing add on

  • Steelhead Fishing add on

  • King Salmon Fishing add on

  • Dove shooting add on

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry, no visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Argentina

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Buenos Aires (approx 16 hrs) Buenos Aires –  Esquel (approx 2 hours)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Esquel – Futa Lodge (approx 2 hours)

Blogs

Reviews

Douglas

The Guides were the best I’ve ever experienced. Brian and Shane did an excellent job in teaching, putting us on fish, and putting the boats into a position where anglers of all skill levels could make the cast.

The scenery and beauty of the river was incredible

Looking forward to a return trip someday.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Douglas, its always a pleasure and thank you for the customer feedback. it is all very welcome both positive and constructive.

Until next time my friend

Kind Regards

Gary

Everything was perfect. The fishing was good, the food and wine were outstanding (very talented chef), and the company super.

The managers are the best lodge hosts I have ever experienced after fishing all over the world.

They are a delightful young couple who make guests feel at home.

Someday I shall return.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Ha Ha yes the wine and food take some beating, the whole experience is what its all about. Its a good enough place to visit even if you never fished.

Thanks for taking the time to send in feedback.

Henry

All in all, we loved Futa

The areas through which we floated must be some of the most scenic on the planet and everyone was agog at the beauty.

At Futa Lodge it isn’t just about the fishing. but we loved it ALL

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Wow thank you for the review and feedback, as its very important

A big thank you from us all. :)

James

I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic time I had on my trip.

Futa Lodge is a very special place and you are very fortunate.

The staff were exceptional, without exception. Nico, Paula and Joaquin made the trip so much more special in their professionalism and attentiveness to me and all the guests.

And Corey and Matt were great guides, that made the fishing that much more enjoyable.

I look forward to the day that I can book another trip through you.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

James, thank you for your kind words about the whole operation, it is very much appreciated.

I am sure you will be very welcomed back.

Craig

We want to thank you again for a wonderful time at Futa Lodge.

It was our favorite lodge to stay in, we loved how remote it was, the scenery, food, wine, guides, staff, fishing, accommodation and the horseback riding — it was perfect!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Craig it sure is a wonderful place and so glad you enjoyed it so much and for providing a review.

Hope to see you again there someday soon.

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