Southern Chile offers some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. Snowcapped Andes Mountains parallel the Pacific Ocean and create a magnificent coastline of deep fjords and glacier bays. Time and snow melt have carved out hundreds of beautiful mountain streams, river valleys, and natural lakes. This wondrous landscape is home to radiant lupines, penstemons, and giant alerce trees… reportedly 3000 years old and the world’s second largest organism. You might even glimpse a soaring Andean condor or a pudu, the world’s smallest deer. Many species here are found nowhere else on earth.

Over the past 30 years of fish farming and salmon ranching in southern Chile, silver and Atlantic salmon, and particularly chinook (king salmon), have established spawning runs from the region’s extensive saltwater bays and fiords to the headwaters of many rivers and streams. After four or five years of feeding in the rich Antarctic waters, these fish return to spawn, having grown to enormous size.

Based from luxurious Yan Kee Way Lodge near Puerto Varas, Chile, fishermen catch adult chinook (king salmon) averaging 40 to 50 pounds with some landed over 70 pounds. Anglers also catch the occasional silver salmon, Atlantic salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout. The king run starts in early February and continues into April. The best time frame for bright fish and good numbers is mid-February through March. This is the most productive king fishing we have ever heard of or seen with consistently large fish, including Alaska.

Anglers fish out of 16- and 18- foot, wide stance, flat-bottom sleds with 60hp Yamaha jets and a 9.5hp kicker. Fishing the Petrohue River and other nearby rivers and streams, anglers run efficiently from hole to hole via the jet boats, drift boat, or walk and wade, while casting fly rods or conventional tackle.

In addition to the fishing, Yan Kee Way offers an extensive list of non-fishing and adventure activities available, making it a world-class destination for couples and families. A partial list includes:

  • Touring the nearby Vincente Perez Rosales National Park
  • Rafting and boating expeditions
  • Hiking, climbing and canyon zip-lining expeditions
  • Sightseeing and visiting the penguin rookery on Chiloe Island
  • Scenic tour of spectacular waterfalls
  • Mountain biking
  • Driving/hiking trips up to the top of Osorno Volcano
  • Shopping and spa treatments in nearby Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt
  • Fine dining in Yan Kee Way's award winning restaurant, Latitude 42°


The Sunday to Sunday trip is priced at $6000 per fisherman - six nights/five days fishing.

  • Included: Double accommodations, meals ordered from the menu (your choice), house wines and Pisco sours (Chile's national cocktail), ground transportation to/from the Puerto Montt airport, fishing license, fully guided fishing outings, loaner rods and reels for fly fishing or bait/spin casting, waders and wading boots (normal sizes), use of lodge facilities - gym, sauna, hot tubs, etc.
  • Not included: Commercial air travel, specialty liquors and fine wines, laundry service, phone calls, tips for guides and staff (suggested 10% of package price), lures and flies, and miscellaneous personal (spa/massage) or travel expenses.