Nomads of the Seas

Nomads of the Seas

Nomads of the Seas is a new and unique experience in fly-fishing – the finest luxury accommodation and facilities, combined with a variety of uncharted waters to be explored.

‘Nomads of the Sea’ is an operation created with one goal in mind – to offer an extremely high level of personalised and professional service through its Extreme Flyfishing adventures, and EcoTourism expeditions.  The live-aboard, 150ft. mothership, ‘Atmosphere’, has been completely custom-designed as an aquatic flyfishing ‘lodge’.  Furthermore, it is equipped with an onboard helicopter, 6 Jetboats and 4 Zodiac dinghies.  These provide an unprecedented capability for reaching the remote – even virgin – territories to be fished.  The operation was launched in November 2006. 

Weekly sailings south from Puerto Montt, along Chile’s Patagonian coast, take anglers to the most magnificent fjords, rivers and lakes of the southern hemisphere, some of which may never have been fished before.  The programme of travelling at night allows a full day’s fishing the following day in any combination of the abundant lakes, lagoons and rivers.

The Fishing:

Large brown trout, rainbows and brook trout abound in these waters, and in sizes that are unmatched in the northern hemisphere.  Steelheads, King and Chinook salmon (up to 20lbs) are also a feature of these waters.  The variety of fly-fishing is such that all techniques may be used – dry flies, nymphs, streamers – according to location being fished and the conditions of the moment.

All of the fishing practiced is either in river mouths, estuaries and inter-tidal sections of the rivers, or the mid and upper river sections, lakes, lagoons and a few spring creeks.  Some of the lower river sections face strong tides (up to 20 feet), thus the rainbows, browns and silver salmon found here tend to move with the tides, following the food chain provided by one of the most fertile oceans on earth.

For fly fishing the Patagonia fjords, the rivers and the inland lakes and lagoons, anglers will be able to apply the whole range of fishing methods – streamers of varying sizes and weights, dry-fly attractors and nymphs, technical dries, dragonfly nymphs, mayflies, as well as interesting Ephemeroptera swimmers, and Trichoptera larva (pupae and adults) and, according to season, the typical aquatic entomology found in technical spring creek waters.

The Programme:

Departures from the coastal city of Puerto Montt are every Saturday during the season.  Guests will be met at Santiago international airport and transferred to their domestic connection to Puerto Montt.  There you will be met and transferred to the Nomads land base for refreshments and an induction presentation to the week’s activities, before boarding ‘Atmosphere’ later on in the afternoon.

Nomads’ operational distance covers some 450 miles, from Puerto Montt south along the Patagonian coast to the Taitao peninsula (Lat. 41 to 46 degrees South), and back again.  The whole of this coast is one of incomparable natural and unspoilt beauty.  According to season, it is also alive with sea species such as whales, sea lions and penguins.

‘Atmosphere’ usually travels at night in order to provide for a full day’s fishing at each destination.  Following a sumptuous breakfast, each day will commence between 9 and 9.30am in order to schedule various departures.  At each successive destination the helicopter and jet boats will provide access to new, and more exciting, fishing adventures.

At the end of the week, and after a Saturday morning return docking at Puerto Montt, you will be transferred to Puerto Montt airport at a time to suit your domestic connecting flight home (or for any optional additional programme).

Other Activities:

Of particular interest to non-fishing partners are the Eco-Tourism programmes. ‘Nomads of the Seas’ undertakes scientific exploration of fauna, flora and marine biology.  Qualified scientists and instructors host daily programmes of Eco-tourism, and these include whale watching, as well as tracking sea lions, dolphins, penguins and a plethora of bird species.  In addition, there are expeditions to glaciers, hot springs, and just trekking the magical scenery.  Another state-of-the-art facility is available for these sea-based activities – a Zodiac Hurricane 900 RIB craft, which caters for18 passengers, and which boasts specially sprung seats designed to absorb the impact of any rough seas.


Nomads’ season runs from the beginning of November to the end of April each year.


All facilities, including the cabins, are state-of-the-art, and no attention to detail has been spared in order to ensure absolute luxury on board.  The upper deck provides 4 Jacuzzis and a sauna, and a massage service is permanently available below.  Fine gourmet dining, the finest Chilean wines and an open bar service lend an agreeable tone to the evenings’ relaxation, during which a slide show is given of the day’s activities with photos taken by the guides and guests.

Housing on board a crew of 32, including guides, ‘Atmosphere’ can cater for up to 28 passengers and provides facilities for up to 18 anglers.

Rates 2014/15:

All-inclusive rates for the week vary according to type of cabin (Deluxe or Premium), and occupancy (Single or Double), and start at US$11,300/person, including 19% Chilean tax.

Included: All meals and refreshments; Open bar;  All activities on board (Sauna, Thalasotherapy, Lectures, Wine tasting); 7 nights Cabin accommodation, double occupancy;  6 days of flyfishing excursions;  Daily whale watching and ecotourism excursions;  Transfers between Puerto Montt airport and ‘Atmosphere’.

Not Included: International and domestic flights;  Massages;  Laundry;  Satellite phone;  Fishing tackle and equipment; Extra helicopter/jet boat hours;  Special liquors;  Gift shop goods;  Gratuities


A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.  The balance is due no later than 90 days prior to departure date.