Maria Behety Lodges – 2 Fishing Reports Mar 11-18, 2017

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ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
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LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE
March 11 – 18, 2017

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Report,  March 11 – 18, 2017

End of another week here at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge. We had great fishing the first two days of the week and the last day. On Sunday we had a very heavy rain, and by Tuesday morning the river went up about a foot and a half and got very dirty. By Friday morning water visibility was a few inches.  We landed 50 fish, with 9 fish over 15 pounds and 2 over 20 pounds.  Carsten Dogs landed the fish of the week at 22 pounds and the two top rods were Herbert Witowski and Ernie Denison.

 

Water Conditions
Water color and visibility: River was at a good level the first two days. Due a heavy rain on Sunday, the water came up about a foot and a half and got very dirty by Tuesday. By Friday morning visibility was about 5 – 6 inches.
Water temperature: 42°F to 50°Fahrenheit.
Water level: River came up a foot and a half the third day. Starting Tuesday evening it started to drop down a little every day – still high, but visibility good enough to fish.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed:  West wind mostly. On Monday the wind went up to and over 50 mph.
Air temperature: 35°F to 66°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: We fished mostly big flies, leeches, Intruders, big tube flies, Skagit Minnows, and Paul Millers. By the end of the week we used smaller flies, Medium size buggers, Tdf Taxis and Yuk Bugs. We landed some fish on top with sunray shadows the first day of the week.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.):
Light tips and Scandi heads for low water conditions, Poly-leaders and Spey Versi-leaders.
Heavy tips and Skagit heads for high water conditions, looped to different lengths of T-14 and T-17. We also used some T-20 tips in some pools.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: Short leaders for heavy tips, 2 to 4 feet and long leaders for lights tips, 10 to 15 feet

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 10
Total number of fish landed for the week: 50
Weight of the biggest fish: 22 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 9
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 2

Notable Catches:
Carsten Dogs landed a 22 pounder and Ernie Denison landed a 21.5 pounder.

 

La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge Report, March 11 – 18, 2017

Another week just ended at La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety. On the second day of the week the river got high and muddy, and the fishing turned slower. We had only one day of clear water this week – Sunday. 41 fish were landed with 20 fish over 15 pounds, 3 over 20 pounds and average weight of 12.2 pounds – another great average.

The river was high and dirty all week. We didn’t find many fish in the lower beats, with this rise in water and the fish moves to the middle and beats.
Top rod of the week was Carl Behnke with 12 fish on the net.

Paul Senior landed the biggest fish at 23 pounds.

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility:  Dirty all week.
Water temperature: 7⁰ – 12⁰ Celsius (45⁰ – 54⁰ Fahrenheit)
Water level: high water all week, higher than November.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed: the wind blew south and east all week. On Monday we had winds as strong as a 100 kmh (62 mph).
Air temperature: 4⁰ – 12⁰ Celsius (39⁰ – low 54⁰ Fahrenheit)
Weather observations: low temperatures, heavy rains, and east winds.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Intruders, Leeches, Tube flies and big flies for the last hour of fishing. Best flies of the week were Skagit Minnows and, tubes flies.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.):
Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, T-17 and T-20. We used heavy sink tips, even T-20, up to 15 feet.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 3 to 6 feet of 12 to 15 pound Maxima.
Most of the fish were in the middle and upper part of the river, we didn’t get many in the lower beats of the river.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6.
Total number of fish landed: 41.
Weight of the biggest fish: 23 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 20.
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 3.

Notable Catches:
Great session on Friday morning with Carl and Paul; the water was dirty and they got 10 fish to the net.

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Maria Behety Lodges- 2 Fishing Reports Mar 4-11, 2017

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ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
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LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE
Mar 4-11, 2017

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Report-  Mar 4-11, 2017

End of week 8 here at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge. Fishing improved a little since last week, but it is still tough. We are experiencing some crazy weather down here, with strong wind from east the whole week. We landed 83 sea-trout for the week with15 fish over 15 pounds and 2 over 20 pounds. John Vickers landed the fish of the week, a 22 pound buck. Top rod was our very good friend Jordan Brodie.

Water Conditions:Fishing Report EMB Rio Grande Mar
Water color and visibility: Water is getting very clear again. Visibility 3-4 feet.  Water temperature: 35°F to 50°F

Water Level:
The river is dropping down a little every day. Good water visibility.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges:  We had very unstable weather through the week with mostly east wind, south east and north east. It blew up to 40 mph.
Air temperature ranges: 31°F to 66°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: We fished mostly big flies: Leeches, Intruder, big tube flies, Skagit minnows, Paul Millers. By the end of the week we used smaller flies, medium size buggers, Tdf Taxi, and yuk bugs.We landed some fish on top with Sunray Shadows and some skaters.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc): Light tips and Scandi heads for low water conditions, Poly-leaders and Spey Versi-leaders.
We fished heavy tips and Skagit heads for high water conditions, with different lengths of T-14 and T-17.  We also used T-20 in some pools.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: Short leaders for heavy tips, 3 to 5 feet. Long leaders for lights tips, 10 to 15 feet.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 11
Total number of fish landed for the week: 83
Weight of the biggest fish: 22 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 15
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 2

Notable Catches:
John Vickers landed a 22 pounder
Manuel Falco landed a 20 pounder

By Federico Molinolo – Head guide @ Estancia Maria Behety Lodge

 

La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge Report- Mar 4-11, 2017

We had another challenging week here at La Villa March 04 – 11, 2017. We had winds from the south and the east, low air temperatures, low water temperatures, and an unsteady barometer – fishing was tough! We landed 55 fish for the week, 20 over 15 pounds and 3 over 20 pounds. Average weight of sea-trout landed was 12 pounds, another great average.
The river is at a good level right now, clearing a lot, and we are still using sink-tips and big flies.
We didn’t find many fish in the lower beats, with this rise in the river, the fish moved to the middle and upper beats
Top rod of the week was Markus Kemmer with 14 fish to the net, the biggest 19 pounds.
Cindy Compton landed the biggest fish of the week a 21 pounder.

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: The River started clearing by the middle of the week Water temperature: 6⁰ – 13⁰ Celsius (43⁰ – 55⁰ Fahrenheit).

Water Level:
The River is at a very good level, despite a slight rise on Thursday

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges: The wind blew south and east all week, but it wasn’t too strong.
Air Temperature: 2⁰ – 12⁰ Celsius (35⁰ – 54⁰ Fahrenheit week.
Weather Observations: During the week we experienced low temperatures, heavy rains and east winds.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Intruders, Leeches, Tube flies and Big dark flies for the last hour of fishing. Best flies of the week were Intruders, a chartreuse leech and tubes flies.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, T-17 and T- 20.

A Sinking Scandi head with poly-leaders – sinking ¾ with poly-leader (7) was the best. We used heavy sink tips, even T-20, up to 15 feet.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 3 to 6 feet, 12 to 15 pounds.

Most of the fish were in the middle and upper parts of the river, we didn’t get many in the lower beats

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 55
Weight of the biggest fish: 21 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 20
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 3

Notable Catches:
We took some fish on top, even with the low water temperatures

By Diego Motter – Head guide @ La Villa

Maria Behety Lodges, Fishing Reports – Feb 25-Mar 4, 2017

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ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
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LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE
Feb 25- Mar 4, 2017

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Report,  Feb 25 – Mar 4, 2017

End of the week of February 25 – March 04, 2017 here at Estancia Maria Behety. Fishing was not easy for us, as unstable weather and mostly east wind and rain. All the guests worked very hard to catch fish. The river is dropping a little every day and clearing up, with good water visibility. We had some good sessions fishing Sun-ray shadows on top. 64 fish were landed, with 10 fish over 15 pounds and 3 fish over 20.
Top Rods were Kent Brodie and Susan O´Neil. Kris Timken landed the fish of the week a 22 pounder.

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Water is getting very clear again, visibility 3 – 4 feet. Water temperature: 40°F – 56°F

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week:  Very unstable weather. We had just one day with normal wind from west, it blew mostly from east and sometimes from south and north. On Wednesday a west wind win blew up to 40 mph.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 31°F – 68°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: We fished mostly big flies including, leeches, intruderes, big tube flies, Skagit minnows, and Paul Millers. By the end of the week we used smaller flies. Medium size buggers, Tdf Taxi, and Yuk Bugs. We landed some fish on top with Sunra yShadows and some skaters.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.:
Light tips and Scandi heads for low water condition together with Poly-leaders and Spey Versi-leaders.
Heavy tips and Skagit heads for high water conditions with different lengths of T-14 and T-17. We also used T-20 in some pools.
Short leaders for heavy tips, 3 to 5 feet and long leaders for lights  tips, 10 to 15 feet.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 64
Weight of the biggest fish: 22 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 10
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 3

Notable Catches:
Kris Timken landed a 22 pounder.
Ted Reznik landed a 21 pounder.
Jordan Brodie landed a 21.5 pounder..

By Federico Molinolo – Head guide @ Estancia Maria Behety Lodge

La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge Report, Feb 25 – Mar 4, 2017

The fishing for week number 9 was good, despite the challenging weather and river conditions. We landed 82 fish, 30 of which were over 15 pounds and 6 over 20 pounds. The average weight was 12.5 pounds, another great average – typical for the season.
We had a great group of people with us again this week, friends and longtime guests. Keith and Jean Howman were here once again; always a pleasure…
We had dirty water all week; however we took a lot of fish on top with floating lines. Mostly we fished heavy sink tips and big flies, which together made for difficult casting.
Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, we didn’t get many fish in the upper part.
Top rod of the week was Jean Howman with 18 fish on the net, the biggest 20 pounds.
Robert Prentice landed the biggest fish of the week at 24 pounds.

Water Condition:
Water color and visibility: dirty water all week, however it started clearing on Thursday.
Water temperature: 7⁰ – 13⁰ Celsius (45⁰ – 55⁰) Fahrenheit.

Water Level:
Higher then January, but the river is at a very good water level, may be same level than November.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges: The wind blows northwest as usual, it wasn’t so strong.
Air temperature ranges: 2⁰ – 14⁰ Celsius (35⁰ – 57⁰) Fahrenheit
We had heavy rains through the week which made the river increase in level.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Big flies for the last hour: Leeches, big tube flies.
The best flies of the week were intruders and chartreuse a leech.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.):
Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, 17, 20
Floating lines worked well and, we got some fish on top with plastic tubes, up to 15 pounds. We used heavy sink tips, even T-20, up to 15 feet.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 3 to 6 feet, 12 to 15 pounds.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 82
Weight of the biggest fish: 24 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 30
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 6

Notable Catches: We land the same fish twice in 10 minutes; a 20 pounds female.

By Diego Motter – Head guide @ La Villa

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Sea Run Browns, 2018. Book now !

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Now is the time to starting planning your 2018 Sea Run Brown fishing week on the Rio Grande in Argentina. Rod space is already limited and prime dates will be sold out by June 1. Call us today to get put on a wait list for peak weeks.  You will be at the front of the line when returning anglers deny their weeks for 2018. Getting on a lodge’s wait list costs you nothing but 5 minutes of your time. In some cases, we can confirm your week today.

A lodge to seriously consider is Estancia Despedida Lodge. With only 6 rods each week, prime time gets booked up fast.  Their rate is affordable and their water is notorious for providing good fishing when conditions are not so hot. For example, the week of Feb 18-25, 2017 had mediocre conditions with fluctuation in the river’s level, temperature and clarity. Anglers at Estancia Maria Behety averaged 1.1 fish/day.  Anglers at La Villa averaged 1.6 fish/day. Yet, right upriver from them, anglers at Despedida Lodge averaged 2.08 fish per day.  In fact, two of those anglers at Despedida had 71 hook ups and landed 25 between them – several over 20 pounds.  There is a reason why Despedida’s prime waters are called “The Heart of the River.”

Call us today. 888.486.8972
We will guarantee a prime week for Argentina Sea Run Brown fishing.

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Maria Behety Lodges, 2 Report Feb 18-25, 2017

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ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
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LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE
Feb 18-25, 2017

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Report,  Feb 18-25, 2017

Another week just finished, here at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge and it was a complicated fishing week. The river changed a lot in a few days as the water went up and down, and from cold to warm and from clear to cloudy more than once. We had some good sessions fishing sunray shadows on top.

85 fish landed. 14 fish over 15 pounds. 4 fish over 20
Top Rod was Charles Grube with 16 fish landed
Anna-Lena Dunn and Duncan Morrison landed the fish of the week, at 21.5 pounds.

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: The week finished with the water dropping and visibility 2-3 feet
Water temperature: 42°F – 56°F
Water level: The water came up 2 inches the first days of the week and went down by the middle of the week and came up again a little by the end of the week. The water level of the river is very good right now.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week:  We experienced mostly a west wind, 5 to 40 mph. And on Friday the wind blew from the North. Air temperature ranges through the week, were 35°F – 76°F.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: With the clear water nymphs worked the best –Red butt, Aurelia Prince, EMB Rubber legs and TDF Prince. Also, medium size buggers, TDF Taxi, and Yuk Bug.
For cloudy water days and for the last 30 minutes of the day, Leeches, big tube flies, and intruders worked well. We landed some fish on top with Sunray Shadows.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.):
Light tips and Scandi heads for low water conditions, as well Poly-leaders and Spey versi-leaders.
Heavy tips and Skagit heads were used for high water conditions, with different lengths of T-14 and T-17. We also used T-20 in some pools.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: Short leaders for heavy tips, 3 to 5 feet. Long leaders for lights tips, 10 to 15 feet.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 85
Weight of the biggest fish: 21.5 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 14
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 4

Notable Catches:
Anna-Lena Dunn landed a 21.5 pounder.
Duncan Morrison landed a 21.5 pounder
Rick Hearne landed a 20.5 pounder.
Mike Millard landed a 20 pounder.

 By Federico Molinolo – Head guide @ Estancia Maria Behety Lodge

 

La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge Report, Feb 18-25 2017

 The eighth week just ended here at La Villa.  The fishing was a bit slower this week, with 60 fish landed. There were 19 fish over 15 pounds, 7 over 20 pounds, with an average weight 11.5 pounds. We had clear water the first 4 days and then it got dirty the last 2 and the fishing was much better with dirty water. The air temperature was lower than the water temperature all week, that was one of the reasons why the fishing got slower. We used heavy sink tips and big flies, as the fish  were taken deep.

Top rod of the week was Steve Whiteford with 20 fish to the net, the biggest 21 pounds. Paul Souza landed the biggest fish of the week a beautiful 28 pounder!

28 pounder at EMB mid Feb
Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Very clear water the first 4 days and then it got dirty the last 2.
Water temperature: 7° – 13° Celsius (44.5° – 55° Fahrenheit)
Water level: higher than January, the river is in a very good water level situation.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week: The wind blew northwest as usual, but it wasn’t too strong.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 2° – 20° Celsius (35.5° – 68° Fahrenheit).
Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Medium size streamers, with hooks number 8 and 6, as well as tube flies. We used big flies for the last hour, leeches and big tube flies. In the dirty water tube flies were the best again, sometimes used in tamdem.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.):
Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, 17, 20 were the most common. Floating lines didn’t work as well, althoug we got some fish on top with plastic tubes. We used heavy sink tips, even T-20, up to 15 feet.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 7 to 12 feet, 12 to 15 pounds in strength were used.

Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, we didn’t get many grabs or fish in the upper part.

Fish catch statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 60
Weight of the biggest fish: 28 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 19
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 7
Notable catches: Paul Souza first fish, first morning, 28 pounds!

By Diego Motter – Head guide @ La Villa