Andrés is a passionate filmmaker and a Fly Fishing Guide from Patagonia, Chile.
He began his guiding career in 1994 in Isla Monita Lodge, after that, quickly became the Head Guide and Manager for 16 years on various Chilean lodge operations owned and operated by the ‘fly-fishing famous’ Dufflocq family. Andres also spent a season guiding in the south Island in New Zealand. This time on the water allowed Andres to pursue his other career and passion – films and documentaries.
Teaching, learning, sharing experiences and having fun have always been the hallmarks of a day on the water with Andrés. Just don’t be surprised when he nets your fish and films at the same time – another of his unique talents!
In 2001 he released the first fly fishing documentary in Spanish in Chile “Detras de la Caña”. He’s also been a finalist at the Crested Butte Reel Fest in Colorado, USA and a featured filmmaker at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2002. From 2006 to 2009 he produced, directed and hosted “Pesca con Moscas” a Fly Fishing TV show in PATAGONIA that was transmitted through Open air and cable in Chile.
In 2008, Andres founded The Fishing Academy (Academia de Pesca), responsible for launching 2 generation of fly fishing guides in Patagonia. He’s also taught at numerous fishing schools and events across Chile. After many years in South America, in 2010 Andres decided to move back to native Canada with his wife and 3 daughters and become in 2011 head guide for Dave Brown Outfitters. In 2016, Andres created Patagonia Fly Fishing Adventures applying all his knowledge into an amazing experience which guest will testified “… is a trip of a lifetime !”. In 2019 took over the business in the Elk valley and now Andres and his young family are enjoying the Fernie-B.C. lifestyle and the fabulous fishing and skiing in the Canadian Rockies.
.. I fish because every time I’m in the water or even just looking at a fishing picture, I go into a state of mind of excitement, tranquility, and flow… Just like a fish in the water waiting for something tasty to float by. I believe each fishing guide have their own uniqueness and what separates them apart is the way how each one of us sees and vibrates their fishing and how all of this, it’s been transmitted and shared with a client.
Personally, I guide because there is no better feeling than teaching and sharing the excitement of being out there with someone that’s willing to experience what fly fishing is all about. Not just catching a fish, which is important but as well, every single thing that happens when you are out there, Fly Fishing is a world of endless possibilities, and no matter how much you fish, you will always be surprised if you are willing to see it. Andres Gonzalez