Photos from Chile
- Estancia Cameron's recently refurbished administration house.
- Estancia has about fifty kilometers of frontage on the north side of the Río Grande.
- The wildlife and bird are much more plentifull than one on the Argentinean side.
- It's an excellent river for flyfishing, sometimes more challenging and rewarding than downstream in Argentina.
- Sea run browns average ten pounds.
- Monsters up to eighteen/twenty pounds.
- Also some resident river browns up to the six pound.
- And to completing the "Grand Slam", there are rainbows too.
Sea run Brown trout at Cameron lodge
The Rio Grande is the largest river on the Tierra del Fuego island, and is well know for its huge seatrout and the solitude of the countryside.
Our lodge is the Estancia Cameron's recently refurbished administration house, built on a high cliff, with a great view over the Darwin Range and less than one hundred yards from the Río Grande. This Estancia has about fifty kilometers of frontage on the north side of the Río Grande (all the way down stream to the Argentinean border), with Ted Turner´s Estancia San José neighboring on the "other side of the fence". Cameron's water is almost identical to our downriver neighbor's section, for those who have already fished there. It's a beautifull place, surrounded by wooded hillsides, with the snowy Darwin Range overlooking the region, The wildlife and bird are much more plentifull than one on the Argentinean side - on any given day, It's not unusual to see hundred of grazing guanacos, or observe dozen of magnificent condors soaring overhead and blue eagles for Magelan geese in flight. You will especially enjoy the solitude of having this esplendid fishery to yourself, with the chance of fishing yet unnamed pools where few outsiders have ever cast a fly!
It's an excellent river for flyfishing, sometimes more challenging and rewarding than downstream in Argentina, due to the different techniques and finesse that have to be enployed. The water is much clearer, mantains it's clarity, even in higher flows. The fishing is also rewarding because there's always action. In this section of the river sea run browns average ten pounds, with monsters up to eighteen/twenty pounds. On occasion we'll even land really huge fish, well over twenty kilos (twenty six pounds!!) Unlike the lower Argentinean section of the river, there are also resident river browns up to the six pound class, beautifully colored fish that readily take our flies. In addition, anglers will find some healthy, "chromer" lake run browns, with the shape of a rugby ball, that enter the river from the Blanco lake for our enjoyment. And, completing the "Grand Slam", there are rainbows too! You will see them some meters from you, down stream, feeding on the aquatic insect you kick up from bottom of the river. It's something to be seen!