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Tatman Boats Go to Chile

One of the great truths of fishing is that there is always one more river to fish. This last year that one more river for me became a river more than a quarter of the way around of the world in Coyhaique, Chile. Carlos Munoz, the owner of Paloma Lodge bought two of our boat kits last fall (of '93) and invited me help him put the kits together and to fish with him at the lodge for two weeks. As it turned out, Carlos hired two very talented woodworkers to bear the brunt of the boat building and we mostly lined them out each morning, then made tracks for the nearest river. I can say I had a tremendous time as well as some excellent fishing. This was my second fishing trip south of the equator. I had built a driftboat in New Zealand in 1985 (the first in the country as far as I know). I didn't have help building the boat in New Zealand, which left time for only two days of fishing. Since I could turn over the building to the crew on my trip to Chile, leaving me more time to fish, and because I am a better fisherman now than I was in 1985, the fishing was by far the more productive. The high point of the trip was hooking a twelve pound Brown in a small lake. I can still see the angry fellow leaping three feet out of the water and reentering with a deep, throaty splash, sounding just like a big King jumping in the McKenzie.

Greg checking out the competition in Puerto Aisen, Patagonia, Chile

Chile is probably the most politically and economically stable country in Latin America. I am fairly familiar with Mexico, as I lived in Guadalajara for a semester during my college days. Chile seemed more European than Mexico. The food was more "meat and potatoes." The architecture and people also seemed more European, similar to what I imagine Spain might be. A lot of Germans and other Europeans have settled there. I even met a Chilean of Latvian extraction. Believe me, a Russian/Spanish accent is something to behold!

The weather in Chilean Patagonia can make fishing challenging. In November and December the wind blows, making for casting with heavier rods, which is OK because one has to fish a fair amount with weighted nymphs. Later in the summer (I returned for another week in March), the wind dies down, but still be ready for showers.

Two Chilean woodworkers assembling one of our kits in Coyhaique, Chile.

If you would like to contact Carlos, the best way is to call his fax-message (in English) phone at 56-67-231257. The 56 is the country code. I also have some of his brochures that I can send you. You could also view the new Paloma Lodge Home Page

A 17 1/2' driftboat on Chile's Paloma River

To order call (541)746-5287 or fax at (541) 7442190
or e-mail at woodn@gregboats.com