Teresa was born in the desert town of Calama in northern Chile. She earned a degree in tourism at the Catholic University in Santiago, and held a key position in the Santiago office of Paraguayan Airlines before moving to trout country with John. Quick with a witty remark and a smile, Teresa's hospitality and southern charm makes guests feel welcome and at home from the outset.
Her sense of art and creativity is expressed throughout the fly fishing lodge and most impressively in the table she sets. Her meals are always a high point of the day, competing with and complimenting those great fly fishing moments on the water.
John has been fly fishing since childhood. While visiting Chile in 1976 he went fly fishing on the Rio Chamisa near Puerto Montt and then took a small freighter down the coast to Puerto Chacabuco, years before the Carretera Austral was built. He camped and fished for weeks on the Rio Simpson making his way to Coyhaique and eventually back to Brazil where he was studying at the U of Sao Paulo. The magnificent and diverse scenery, the hospitality of Chileans, and the incredible fly fishing for trout, made lasting impressions.
After Chile John obtained an MS in Horticulture from the University of Hawaii and worked in the Pacific area, always with an eye on the water; managing a fruit planation in Tahiti, landscaping beach hotels in Fiji, conducting vegetable research in Western Samoa, growing berries in Washington, etc.
In 1990 John returned to Chile and fished the entire season from top to bottom in Patagonia, on both sides of the Andes, and down to the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego. The following years he spent the seasons in Coyhaique and was invited to guide English speaking fly fishing guests for the first outfitter in that town. At the end of the 1993 season John was asked by San Francisco area entrepreneur Warren Simmons to help in his ambitious cranberry project near Valdivia Chile. He was general manager of Cran Chile from 1993 through 1998. John has been living permanently in Chile since 1993 and married Teresa in 1995. They have a daughter and two sons.
John and Teresa looked long and hard before establishing Tres Rios Lodge near Ensenada in 1999, and did so impressed by the diversity of fisheries and salmonid species in the area, the size and strength of wild fish in pristine wild rivers, and the dramatic landscape of forested mountains, emerald lakes, and snow capped volcanoes.
The Lakes Region of Chile offers world-class fly fishing in one of the most impressively beautiful places on the planet. Of all Chile, it's the perfect place to combine Fly Fishing & Adventure.