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Enjoying nature and great fishing in the Chilean Patagonia

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By Igor I. Solar
Posted Mar 20, 2013 in Travel
The Chilean Patagonia, which includes the three southern regions of the country, has a large area of sea coast and fjords of great beauty. There are also numerous lakes and rivers that offer a wide range of possibilities for sport fishing, as well as for rafting, kayaking and canoeing.
Due to the absence of major population centers and lack of
Map of the northern section of the Chilean Patagonia showing the Southern Road (Carretera Austral) f...
Map of the northern section of the Chilean Patagonia showing the Southern Road (Carretera Austral) from Puerto Montt to Villa O'Higgins.
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important economic activity, both agricultural and industrial, the regional inland water resources are essentially pristine with abundance of rich ecosystems that favor the reproduction and development of several species of trout and salmon.
Sport fishing is a popular activity in Chile. Local and foreign sport fishermen and nature lovers enjoy not only the abundance of fish but also the wide range of hotels, lodges and cabins that offer specialized programs in fly fishing. Most of these facilities are located from the Puerto Montt area, along the Carretera Austral (Chile's Route 7), and throughout the southern Patagonia region.
Among the most attractive rivers for the abundance and variety of fishing and the availability of high quality tourist infrastructure are the Petrohué, Puelo and Futaleufú Rivers, several rivers around the city of Coyhaique including the Simpson River, and rivers and streams in the vicinity of the village of Cochrane and Lake General Carrera.
The most abundant fish species are brown trout, rainbow trout, and in recent years has increased the availability of Chinook salmon. Among the most commonly used form of fishing is “catch and release”. In this type of fishing, under the fisherman's self-imposed restrictions, the competition arises between the skill of the fisherman and the fish's fighting power and can provide a close contact with nature, and the joy of capturing a fish and return it to its habitat in good condition.
Anglers from all over the world come to southern Chile to enjoy excellent opportunities to practice their favorite sport in a setting of exceptional beauty.

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