Multi-piece 7, 6 or 5 wt. rods will cover most of the fishing situations you will encounter in Chile. We strongly recommend bringing a minimum of 2 rods. One for streamer fishing (ie. 7 wt.) and the other for dries and nymphs (ie.5 wt).
Good quality, lightweight fly reels, with simple disk drags or pawl drags are the best choice. Reels should be filled with fresh 20 pound backing.
You will basically need two fly lines, a weight forward floater, for dries and nymphs and a sink tip fly line (Tenny 200 or similar) for streamers.
Leaders and Tippets:
For a week’s fishing you will need no less than four tapered leaders 9 ft. 3X, for your floating line and four 7ft. 2X leaders for your sinking fly lines.
For tippet you should bring fresh spools from 6X to 2X.
Dries and Attractors:
Fat Alberts and Dave’s Hoppers, 6, 8 - Parachute Adams, 12 to 18 - Blue Wing Olive, 14 to 18 - Hares Ear Parachute Hi-Vi's Dry Fly, 12 to 16 - Elk Hair Caddis, 12 to 16 - Humpys and Royal Wulff 10 to 16 - Black ants, 12, 14 - Griffith Gnat, 18, 20 - Black beetle, 14, 12.
Buggers and Zonkers, black, green, brown and white, with and without beads, 2 to 6.
Hare’s Ear, Bird’s Nest, Prince Nymph and Pheasant Tail, with and without beads, 10 to 14, Black and Golden Stoneflies, 6, 8.
Non-weighted Hare’ Ear and Bird’s Nest, work well 12, 14.
And of course, include your favorite weapons.
The weather in Chilean Patagonia is constantly changing. One day it can be 80 degrees and sunny and the next day rainy, damp and in the low 40’s or cooler with a stiff breeze, and all these can happen in a matter of hours. Therefore, clothing strategy should be based on the “layering system”.