Chile extends some 2,500 miles (4,025 kilometers) from north to south and therefore has a number of varying climates. In southern Chile, the weather is generally rainy all year round. However, in the coastal areas of the South, the winters are rarely too cold and summers are comfortably cool.

Austral Lodge is located in a temperate rainforest. Rain is probable, even during the summer months of January, February and March, but air temperatures are quite friendly, generally ranging from 10° to 20°C, though it can occasionally be warmer. In terms of river conditions, this means flows can rise and drop quickly — a favorable dynamic when pursuing kings on the fly!


The first salmon enter the river in December and the Austral Lodge season runs from early January well into March. We are focused on fishing for fresh, bright king salmon, so we end our season well before the fish start to show their spawning colors.

We will only be offering the prime weeks for four rods weekly. On every tide new, fresh salmon enter the river — in any given week of the season you will be fishing to a sizeable number of fish. What makes a great week is therefore not based on the number of fish in the river but instead on favorable weather and river conditions. Clear water and blue skies make for more challenging fishing than when rain or glacial melt add color to the water. Whatever the case, the river drops and clears quickly; days lost to high, dirty water are rare.

All this is to say: Join us any week in our season that fits your calendar. Chances are you’ll find yourself with a great chance to hook a fish of a lifetime!


A travel visa is not required for citizens of Canada, the United States or the European Union to visit Chile.


Friday: Arrive in Santiago. Catch a connecting flight to Puerto Montt. Overnight at one of our recommended hotels downtown.
Holiday Inn Express
Hotel Manquehue Puerto Montt
Hotel Don Luis

Saturday: At 6-7 AM you will be picked up at your hotel and transported to transported to Rionegro-Hornipiren. From there you will board a private boat to take you the remainder of the way (about 2 hrs) to Austral Lodge. Total travel time is 5-6 hours. Upon arrival at the lodge, you will settle in, have a delicious Chilean dinner, and fish the nearby home pool.
Notice: A private Floatplane can be arranged from Puerto Montt to the Austral River Lodge and back again. Contact Salmon Junkies for more info.

Sunday – Friday: Six full days of guided fishing.
Saturday: Depart the lodge around 1 PM. Take a private boat back to Puerto Montt, arriving at approximately 7 PM. Overnight in Puerto Montt and depart the following morning (Sunday)

2018 Rates

$6000 plus $275 meeting and greeting plus ground transfer per person for a 7 night / 6 day package (single accommodation)

Included: Accommodations and meals, including beer and wine at the lodge, transfers between Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas and the lodge, and daily guided fishing.

Not Included: International and domestic airfare, hotel and meals in Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, gratuities.

Gratuities for Guides and Lodge Staff

Many clients ask how to tip the guides and lodge staff. Gratuities are encouraged, but the amount of the gratuity is solely up to you. This guideline is a recommendation and you are free to alter this as you see fit:

  • Guide Gratuity $50-60 per day / per person guided
  • Lodge Staff Gratuity $100-150 weekly per person

We at Salmon Junkies feel sure this incredible king salmon fishery will meet the highest expectation any spey fishing angler may have. Below the majestic and spectacular, glacier-capped Andean mountains you will find a pleasing variety of runs and pools enticing you to cast and swing your fly down and across. However, the mythical Austral fishery is a demanding chase for silver and suited for the experienced and committed salmon angler. We at Salmon Junkies are convinced that our Valley of the Kings Austral Chinook program will enchant your soul and forever remain in your heart.

In close cooperation with Austral Lodge we will be your guardian angel. Our aim is to provide you with a remarkable and unforgettable fishing trip — perhaps the fishing trip of a lifetime.