Chile - Estancia Del Zorro

Estancia Del Zorro - Chile

"Home to the world famous Del Zorro Spring Creek"

HOSTED WEEK NOV 4-11

Estancia Del Zorri sits in the beautiful rolling pampas in Chile and long the border with Argentina. The estancia is owned by our partner Sebastian Galilea's family. It is a working estancia with Sheep, Goats and Alpacas. The estancia also has a stable of horses that can be rode by guests, along with a guide who can show you around the 15,000 acres within the estancia. The estancia lodge has a wonderful old building that is over 100 years old. The lodge itself differs from Cinco Rios as it is a more intimite experience with less people. The key to the estancia is private water, we have a list of 8 estnacias in both Chile and neighboring Argentina that gives the angler a truly unique private water experience. No one around Coyhaique even comes close to matching the amount of private water that Estancia Del Zorro possesses.

From the world famous Del Zorro Spring Creek that produces Browns up to 30 inches to our exclusive water in Argentina, that are full of Rainbows, we offer a unique mult-country multi-species experience. We have even pulled off the two species, two spring creeks, two countries in one day trick before. How many folks can say that!

We are very fotunate to have two lodges about an hour apart that offers such diverse fishing and Estancia Del Zorro differs from Cinco Rios and that is what makes this operation so special.

Estancia Del Zorro Lodge

The lodge at Estancia Del Zorro is a 100 year old plus building that was renovated to accomodate up to 12 anglers. We typcially hold the guest total down to eight but we can accomidate more anglers if needed. The lodge sits in the back of the property overlooking Del Zorro Spring Creek. When you wake up and have coffee on the deck in the morning you will get a beautiful view of the estancias rolling pampas with sheep, horses and alpacas grazing. It is a pretty impressive sight and one that captures what Patagonia is all about. The accomodations are terriffic with two queen size beds in each room and a heater in each room if you need it. If you want it cooler just open a door at night and feel the comfort of the cool Patagonia night. The bathrooms at the estancia are well appointed with as much hot water as you need for your shower. There will also be two bottles of water in the bathroom for you each day as well. The water out of the tap though is about as clean as water gets anywhere in the world, you are fine to drink from the tap.

The living area is smaller and more intimate than at Cinco Rios and is just right down cozy. There is a great view of the pampas and a nice wood stove to keep things warm if needed. Eleikio and the staff will make sure you have plenty of food and drink to keep you comfortable as well.

 

Package

The typical package is a 7 night 6 day stay. You can either fish everyday or take a day or two off of you like to do some site seeing. In November and December we can do shorter or longer stays, in the summer months of January and February that is much more difficult.

Price:

-November and December $3975.00

-January and February $4375.00 March and April $3975.00

 

The Fishing

  

Estancia Del Zorro is the home to one of the finest spring creeks in the known fishing world. Del Zorro Spring Creek is wholly owned by the Galilea family our partners at Estancia Del Zorro Lodge. There are several beats on the creek as it runs through miles of private property, the estancia is 15,000 acres. You will spend 2 or 3 days fishing Del Zorro where the Browns average around 23 inches with some going bigger than that. Several 28 to 30 inch fish are caught every year. For those who love spring creek fishing it doesn't end there as we have access to spring creek fishing in Argentina, as well, just across the border from Estancia Del Zorro. We have excelisue rights to two estancia's just across the border in Argentina. The spring creeks on the other side of the border are full of Rainbows. You will fish big Brown Trout on the Chile side and Rainbows on the other side in Argentina. Now with no reciprocity fee being chanrged it makes it a lot easier to do the crossing.

All of the spring creek water starting in November fishes well as the fish have not been fished to for months. They eat both dry flies and streamers. Early the streamer fishing in the creeks is amazing with every undercut bank holding big fish. Fish in Patagonia are so conditioned to eat bettles they will eat them early as well. When the weather warms in December the bugs get going and it is off to the races through March. We are also fortunate to have exclusive rights to an estancia on the Nirehaou one of the finest wild Brown Trout fisheries in South America. No one has more water than we do to fish on the Nirehaou River

The Food

We love our meat at Estancia Del Zorro but we serve other terrific fare as well. Our chef Roberto is from the big island Chiloe. He brings a seafood flare with him from the island as well as other traditional gaucho foods, there is no shortage of wines either. With our exclusive relationship with Miguel Torres we offer what we believe are the best wines in Chile. Breakfast is traditional eggs and meat with homemade bread. Lunch can be on the stream or you can come back to the lodge for lunch. Either way lunches are full blown affairs, there will be no shortage of great food at lunch. Dinner is typically eaten around 8:00 or 8:30 and will be a 4 course meal that will satisfying as any meal you will have at any lodge.


 

Chile Stuff - Things WCO Recommends

Okay everyone it is about that time to begin the planning of gear and other stuff you will need for our Chile trip. Trust me when I say planning ahead where this trip is concerned is a good idea. It isn’t very complex but it is a big trip and being prepared now and leading up to the trip makes the trip much more enjoyable.

Fishing – We will mostly be wading small water, very intimate and very private. We also will be fishing some other rivers and lakes that require rafts or drift boats. Mostly though we are targeting large fish in smaller water. You will of course get plenty of time fishing the world famous Del Zorro spring creek which is completely private and wholly owned by the Galilea family our partners in the lodge.

 

Flights

We fly into Balmaceda Chile as the final destination. The lodge picks us up in Balmaceda and we have about a 40 minute drive to Coyhaique. Flights are overnight from the gateway city to Santiago where we enter the country. I recommend a scrip of Ambien or whatever sleeping aid you prefer. It is rare to have jetlag on this flight, it is only 2 ours east of Eastern Standard Time. The time zone if East Pacific time. I know wrap your mind around that one. Anyway it is 2 ours east of us on the Pacific coast of Chile.

Clothing/Climate

When fishing in southern Chile it is important to remember that you are pretty far south and the weather can change pretty quickly. Temps can range anywhere from 65 degrees to as high as 95, there is a wide variance in possible weather. Most of the time it is 75 to 80 and very nice during the summer months. It is important though to plan ahead with your clothing options for anything from rain to sunny skies.

*Jacket – Make sure you have a rain jacket that is breathable. You can get warm while walking but keeping the rain and wind off is important.

*Insulation – I make sure I take 3 pairs of top and bottom Capilene or your preferred brand, for 6 days fishing. There is a laundry service so no need to over pack. 3 tops and 3 bottoms in a lightweight Capilene is perfect for the trip. I also always take a Nano Puff jacket or pullover as an insulation piece or an outer layer. You may not need it but you for sure will if you don’t have it! A good fleece jacket or pullover also works. Socks are crucial and make sure you have plenty of nice wool socks for wading and wearing around.

*Hats and Gloves – Bring them you will not necessarily use them but good to have them. 1 pair of fleece gloves and one beanie is a good idea as an insurance policy.

*Fishing Shirts – I always have my sun protective clothing with me on this trip. Even though it can get chilly most of the time it is sunny and the sun can be pretty harsh believe it or not.

Waders

Waders are crucial and if you have a pair of waders that are on their last legs please make sure you update them for this trip. Waders are the thing you will be in more than anything else on the trip, make sure they are LEAK FREE!

Boots

We like boots with either felt or Sticky soles w/spikes of some kind. We like a removable type spike or sole that allows you to have different types of footing for different areas you may walk in. Most of the walking is pretty tame but if you are up for going to some places that are a little rockier it is a good idea to have some extra peace of mind in regards to footing.

Rods

It is important to have the right rods and reels for the trip. Fast action rods are crucial because of wind and the larger flies we will be using. Most of the wind is fairly mild but it can get a little gusty on some of the larger rivers at times. No different though than what most of you have faced out west. The flies though for surface fishing and streamer fishing are all larger. I usually take a combination of 6 and 7 weight rods and even an 8 weight. I rarely use the 8 but it is nice to have just in case. Most of your fishing will be with 6 and 7 weights.

Reels

Nothing special here just a good working drag and something you know you can depend on. You aren’t close to a fly shop so make sure you reels are in good working order. I will have extras but with a full group going it is important that your gear is in really good working order.

Lines

This is the most important thing besides rods. Make sure you have a good floating line that can roll over larger foam bugs and weighted streamers. I prefer the Rio Outbound floating lines for the larger foam beetles and hoppers. I always make sure I have a sinking line with me as well. I prefer the 200 grain streamer line from Rio in a 24ft head. These two lines will make your fishing so much easier. Trust me on this one!

Flies

We will have a complete selection of flies for the trip including a package that includes 3 dozen flies including streamers and foam flies I prefer for the trip. You can purchase that directly from us. Some of the other flies you may have and you are welcome to bring them. Do not rely on the guides having them. They do a good job of having basic flies just don’t fly all that way and not be prepared. Flies are a small investment in the grand scheme of this trip. If you have flies bring them. We use larger foam flies like Chernobyl Ants and Fat Albert’s, you can also bring your favorite trout streamers they will work in Chile. No need to bring nymphs you just don’t need to do it. We will do a fair amount of streamer fishing even on the spring creeks so make sure you have wooly buggers and other basic streamers.

Leaders and Tippet

We use 1x and 2 x mostly and even take heavier tippet up to 30 pounds believe it or not. These fish aren’t leader shy and some of the fish in the lakes are HUGE. Do not bring trout tippet in 4x and 5x, it is a waste of time. 9ft 2x 10lb is what I use on the river a lot with foam flies. Heavy fluorocarbon in 15 to 12 lb. works great for streamer fishing.

Phone Service

I would recommend getting a foreign plan for the trip. Call your provider when the time comes and you can pro-rate an overseas plan. I always make sure I have texting and email while I am there on my phone. There is Wi-Fi at the lodge but it can come and go. There is also a phone you can call home on if you need to. There is wifi at the Estancia as well.

Money

No need to exchange money, the Chileans love dollars. You can use dollars for the guides for tips. Also you can use your credit card or debit card anywhere in town if you need to, I have done it many times.

Tips for Guides

I generally tip guides everywhere $50.00 per day per person. So 6 days fishing $300.00 for tips. I sometimes tip more depending on the guide and sometimes tip less if things didn’t go well. For the most part that rarely happens so I stick with the $50.00 per day tip. If the guide does something special or you catch a fish of a life time then tip how you feel lead.

Passport/Visa

A valid passport is required for entry into Chile. A visa is not required ahead of time so no need to worry about sending you passport away. You will receive your visa when entering the country. There is no longer a reciprocity fee required for entry to Chile, this was changed in 2015.

Alcohol and Food

There are no bar tabs kept at the lodge all alcohol including wine is included, no bar tab on the way out. We do ask for folks to drink responsibly, remember there are other folks at the lodge. Also if there are any food allergies or special food needs please let us know ahead of time.

 

If you need anymore info or have other questions let us know we would be happy to give you more info. Not only is WCO owners of Cinco Rios and Estancia Del Zorro, along with our partners, we were customers before. We know the fishing operation backwards and forwards and you won;t get better info on this region than you will from us and of course our guides and partners. Give us a shout at 317-733-3014 or email us at info@wildcatcreekoutfitters.com

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