Tipiliuke is part of the 48,000-acre Cerro de los Pinos Estancia, founded in 1909 by the grandfather of the current owners. Over the years, the lodge has been remodeled and evolved to be very comfortable for guests, but it still retains the original charm and warmth. The Chimehuin River meanders for nine miles through the ranch, with water on both banks for guests to fish. In addition, there are nearly four miles of the smaller Quilquihue River, a perfect three or four weight stream. All of the water is fished by wading and easy stream access. The rivers have mostly rainbows but there are some brown trout as well. Fishing includes dry flies, streamers and nymphs. The best fish from my visit to the ranch was a big brownie who tried to swallow a respectable rainbow whole. It would not let go and the whole time we were thinking that all of our flies were way too small.
Located 10 minutes from the Chapelco airport and only a short drive from the town of San Martin,Tipiliuke is the perfect destination for hardcore anglers, couples and families. They are unique in having non-fishing activities and the vast estancia to ride and hike on. Most fly fishing lodges have only a small amount of property and do not have the resources to go beyond the interests of anglers. This diversity of non-fishing options in no way lessens the quality of the fishing or the ranch’s dedication in pursuit of it. In addition to the nine-bedroom lodge there is the option of a three-bedroom house for families and friends.
With a minimum two-night stay, and no set arrival or departure days, Tipiliuke can be either the center of your Patagonia itinerary or part of one that covers the range of fishing of the region.