Magic Waters Patagonia - Chile

Destination Overview

Magic Waters is perfectly nestled in the mountain valleys of the Aysén region in Southern Chile. The lodge's close proximity to the coastal rainforests and Eastern Patagonian Steppe provide each angler with a multitude of opportunity to experience the region's best fishing while enjoying some of the world's most impressive, natural scenery. Whether you like to wade spring creeks, float on freestone rivers, or cast large dries at cruising fish in a turquoise blue lake, Magic Waters is a place you will fall in love with. Lodge manager and owner, Eduardo Barrueto, grew up outside of the city of Coyhaique and enjoys sharing the excellent Patagonian fishing with each and every guest.

  • All of us at Magic Waters Lodge were born and raised here. We have fished this area all our lives and have detailed knowledge of it – the land owners, the waters, and the accesses to the best fishing. We love fly fishing. It’s not just a job for us - it’s a lifestyle! We don’t have office hours. We fish the best hours in the days and sometimes that’s all day long!

  • Beyond customizing your fishing trip, we go out of our way to make you feel at home with comfortable lodge accommodations, optional cabins for use and the best food and wines available. We don’t want to provide you another fishing trip; we want this to be the most memorable trip you have ever had!

  • We work very hard to earn your respect and friendship. We want you to come see us year after year, and offer you incentives to do so.


At a Glance
  • Target Fish: Brown, Rainbow and Brook trout

  • Location: Coyhaique, Patagonia, Chile

  • Seasons: October through May

  • Lodge Capacity: 12 guests

  • Nearest Airport: Coyhaique

  • Electricity: 220 volts

  • Documents needed:  Passport

Fishing Program

Fishing season in Coyhaique starts in early October, ending the first week of May. Early season can provide anglers the opportunity to fish for big migratory, lake run rainbows. This is very good time to swing big streamers and look for big aggressive trophy fish looking for some action after winter. The dry fly fishing and hatches historically start during late November early December. With longer and warmer days, the hatches become more intense and the fish start to look up. Between the hundreds of species of beetles, dragonflies, grasshoppers, caddis, mayflies and stoneflies, the dry fly fishing is pretty steady until April. In the Patagonian fall, the weather gets cooler, days are shorter, but the migratory brown trout start to move. There is always a chance to get hooked into one these fish if the weather and water levels cooperate.

Eduardo and his guides will do whatever they can to help fulfill your fishing expectations. Magic Waters has private access to rarely fished spring creeks if you enjoy wade fishing. The lodge is also within an hour drive of some temperate rainforest waters where you can sight fish for rising fish or target the aggressive fish with streamers. Anglers can also float the freestones and navigate the rapids of the Simpson casting to fish with dries or streamers. This region of Chile also has some of the best dry fly, lake fishing in the world for wild browns. The lodge has a couple small “lagunas” that you can fish after dinner to catch the evening hatch.

Best Fly Fishing Seasons

November through March



Constructed of local timber the lodge was specifically designed for the purpose of providing a comfortable and luxurious environment for its guests.  Its location on the banks of the Simpson River provides a unique view of the valley and snow capped mountains of the Andes.


On Site Amenities and Activities Include
  • Satellite TV

  • Wi-Fi/internet access

  • Laundry

  • Fly Shop

  • Bar

  • Gourmet Food

  • Hiking, bike tours, bird watching tours, Queulat National Park Tour, General Carrera Lake Marble Lake tour, and City Tour


Non-fishing Activities
A number of recreational activities can be coordinated for the enjoyment of accompanying non-anglers. Examples include activities such as; horseback riding, trekking to glaciers, rafting, kayaking, sightseeing, thermal spas, shopping tours and cooking classes. These can be unforgettable half-day or full-day experiences that include transportation and lunch. The costs of some of these excursions/activities are not included in the cost of the stay. Non-fishing activities are subject to advance planning and weather conditions.

Getting There

Guests of Cinco de Rios usually arrange flights that fly into Santiago, Chile in the morning. After an afternoon exploring the town they spend the night in one of the local hotels and fly to Balmeceda the following morning  or if the timing of your arrival to Santiago is right and your flight gets in early, you can get a late morning flight to Balmeceda on the same day.  Once you arrive in Balmeceda you will be met by a lodge representative where you will be transported to the lodge.


Rates 2019/2020 Season

Rates are based on double occupancy. 


Call or email about pricing to this incredible destination.


  • Transportation to and from the airport (Balmaceda – BBA) and on all fishing trips

  • All meals, accommodations and beverages, including alcohol (domestic beer, selected Chilean house wines, soda and Pisco Sours)

  • Guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)

  • Laundry service


Not included:

  • International and domestic airfare

  • Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person, paid in cash on site)

  • Fishing equipment.

  • Trip insurance

  • Extra activities

  • Tips to guide and lodge staff


To book any of our trips give us a call to start the process