Our mixed bag hunting season opened only 3 weeks ago and the birds are here! We kicked off the season with a group of 11 excellent shooters from the Dominican Republic. Who knew there was such a culture of bird hunting on the island! This group hunted dove, pigeon and perdiz. The pigeon and dove are even more numerous now because its fall and that means harvesting crops such as sorghum and soy. One could easily shoot 2000 shells in a day but only a couple of the Dominicans got close to 1000 shells per day. Most went much easier on themselves. The perdiz hunting has been phenomenal as well, with plenty of birds for our Pointers, Bretons to stir up no matter which field we hunt. Many of you reading this will be happy to hear that Lady is still hunting at age 13. However, her offspring, Wilah, is somehow even more talented than her parents. Incredible! Wilah just might be the best dog you will ever hunt over.
Our lagoons are packed with waterfowl and new species are arriving such as the large Rosey Bills and Silver Teal. Since opening day our guests have reached their limit of duck and many before 8:30 am.
Currently we have a group of 6 hunters from Wyoming. For the first three days they have been hunting ducks in the mornings and perdiz in the afternoons but today they are fishing for Golden Dorado. Tomorrow half the group will shoot doves and the other half pigeons. On Friday they depart and we will receive our 4th group of the season. If this coming group has half the success of our current group, we will see them next year as well. Guaranteed!
Wishing you great hunting,
Justi Campa & Oscar Dono
Wing Shooting Argentina -
We have got more to share from this season at Jurassic Lake, in Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina.
Jurassic Lake 2013 season highlights. More to come!
As you probably heard, our arrival at Villa Maria Lodge Dec 27, 2012 coincided with very high water levels and an off-colored river. Conditions then improved steadily as the week passed and the fishing became much better.
From the outset it was very apparent that this was not simply a fishing trip but rather a life experience! We cannot begin to tell you how tremendous all the staff were and what an absolutely outstanding experience we had. Fishing is fishing and the tough conditions made us better anglers by the end of it. We caught fish every day and the guides, Gaston and Pelle, were truly wonderful professionals. Nothing was too much trouble and they looked after us well.
The lodge staff – Ben, Alejandra, Paula, Conna and Nicoles – all managed expertly by Analia, were some of the best and most attentive crew we have ever experienced. The food was the most exquisite and delightfully presented compared to any fine restaurant that we have ever visited. And you must remember – we are in the travel business and have been to some incredibly nice places. At Villa Maria we simply could not have been looked after better. The lodge, the food, the estancia, and of course, the river and its fish, made it one of our most memorable travel experiences ever. You can count on it that one day we will return.
Shirley M. and Peter H., 2012-2013
I’m back home from my trip to Argentina and stay at Rio Manso Lodge. I have to say that it was the best vacation I’ve ever had. The Argentines are incredibly nice people…Patagonia is spectacularly beautiful…Rio Manso Lodge, Roberto, and the staff were accommodating beyond belief….The food at the lodge was five star excellent…And I can’t say enough about Fly Fishing Patagonia Guide, Martin. The weather was a little warm, which hindered our catch, but thanks to him we still found trout and I managed to catch every one that the area has to offer (Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Salmon!!) Martin was unbelievably accommodating in every way and thanks to his artful skill of teaching, I think I’m now a better fly fisherman. I will always remember his words…”Up and shoot again my friend.” And if I ever return, I will insist that Martin be my guide and my friend once again. Whatever you’re paying him is not enough.
Thank you so much for such an unforgettable experience…. Ron L., Texas, 2013