Trip Reports - Chile's Yan Kee Way Fishing

THE ANGLING REPORT AUGUST 2014 Vol. 27, No. 8
BRIEFLY NOTED: THINGS TO DO...PLACES TO GO...NEW DEVELOPMENTS

You have probably read reports in the past about salmon escaping from fish farms in southern Chile, going to sea, and then coming back as migratory fish. The species that have escaped and returned over the years include silver salmon; Atlantic salmon; and Chinook, or king, salmon. Well, one U.S. agent, J. W. Smith of South American Fly Fishing (Tel. 800-584-1180; e-mail: southamerican-flyfishing.com) is now offering trips focused on these returnees. The trips this coming winter will be based at the luxurious Yan Kee Way Lodge near Puerto Varas, Chile. Smith says anglers this year averaged four to five kings per angler per day, plus an occasional silver salmon and Atlantic salmon, along with the odd sea-run brown trout and rainbow. The adult kings run 30 to 60 pounds with some fish over 70 pounds, he says. The kingfishing trips this coming winter will start in early February and run into April. Smith goes on to write:

"Anglers on these trips will fish the Petrohué River and other nearby rivers out of 18-foot Lund flat-bottom sleds with 90 hp Yamaha jets and a 9.5 hp kicker. Anglers will be able to run efficiently from hole to hole via the jet boats, then walk and wade, casting fly rods or conventional tackle. This is the most productive king fishing I have ever heard of anywhere, including Alaska. Prime dates are limited due to our preference for small parties and the relatively short season."

J. W. Smith, at one point in his career, operated a lodge in Alaska that catered to fly fisherman, so he knows what he is talking about when he mentions Alaska. Up that way, of course, kings are on a down trend at present, which might make this trip more appealing to some anglers.

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