Rio Grande Argentina Fishing

Maria Behety Lodges, 2 Reports, Feb 11-18, 2017

Posted in Adventure Travel, Angling, Trip Reports | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
&
LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE
Feb 11-18, 2017

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Report,  Feb 11-18, 2017

We just ended week 5 on the Rio Grande here at the Estacncia Maria Behety Lodge. We had tough fishing, with some some really good sessions and some very slow ones. We had lots of weather changes during the week with west wind some days, east wind, south wind on Thursday and Friday and a lot of rain.
We landed a total of 103 fish with an average weight of 11.1 pounds. We had 29 fish over 15 pounds and 4 over 20 pounds.

Top rod: Paul Sheenan and Jim Nicholes with 11 fish to the net.
Biggest fish: Nadine Lee landed a 25 pounder.

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: The week started with the river 7-8 inches higher than the week before, dropping and clearing up a little every day. Water visibility went from 5-6 inches on Sunday to 3-4 feet on Friday.
Water temperature: 44°F to 60°F
Water levels: By Friday the river dropped about 5 inches. Still a few inches higher than last week

Weather Conditions:
The weather was unstable the entire week. From Monday to Wednesday evening wind changed from west to north to east and sometimes all the same time. We had a south wind and a heavy rain on Thursday and Friday.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 40°F to 76°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Big flies for the first 3 days – Leeches, intruders, Paul Millers, and big tube flies. Then medium size buggers, Yuk Bug, Tdf Taxi. We fished nymphs the last 2 days of the week: Red Butt, Tdf prince, Aurelia Prince.

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, with different lengths of T-14 and T-17 worked the best and we also used T-20 in some pools.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: Short leaders for heavy tips, 3 to 5 feet and long leaders for heavy tips, 10 to 15 feet in length

Fish Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 103
Weight of the biggest fish landed: 25 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 29
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 4

Notable catches:
Nadine Lee landed a 25 pounder.
Ian Clark landed a 20.5 pounder.
Paul Seehan landed a 20 pounder and a 20.5 pounder.

 By Federico Molinolo – Head guide @ Estancia Maria Behety Lodge


La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge Report, Feb 11-18, 2017

The fishing was good this week, despite the dirty and high water had. A combination of tube flies and sinking lines were the weapons of choice this week. We landed 91 fish of which 25 were over 15 pounds and 4 over 20 pounds. Average weight was 11.8 pounds.
It was a great group of friends, super fun week, all good anglers. All of the group members fished very hard this week under difficult conditions, and we got very good result. The river started to clean out on Thursday and the fishing got a bit slower, was better with dirty water.

Biggest fish on top was 12 pounds.
Top rod of the week was Nuno with 24 fish to the net.
Jon landed the biggest fish of the week at 22 pounds..

Water Conditions:
We pretty much had dirty water all week, Sunday and Monday with little or any visibility. The river started to clear on Tuesday.
Water temperature: 7⁰ – 14⁰ Celsius (44⁰ – 57⁰ Fahrenheit)
Water levels rose 20 cm (8 inches) and got dirty.

Weather Conditions:
The wind blew from the northwest most of the week, and it wasn’t too strong. On Friday the wind blew from the south and got stronger.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 5⁰ – 22⁰ Celsius (41⁰ – 71 Fahrenheit) We had very good weather during the week with pleasant temperatures, although on Thursday and Friday it got colder.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: big leeches, intruder and tubes flies.
Plastic tubes in tandem were the best weapons and got a lot of fish in really muddy water.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, T-17, Scandi with poly-leaders.

Floating lines worked well Thursday and Friday on top with plastic tubes.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 7 feet,12 to 15 pounds.
The most successful way of caching fish was fishing big flies and sinking lines.  Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, we found a lot of fish in the upper part of the river; every week we are fishing more and more fish in the upper stretches.

Fish Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 91
Weight of the biggest fish: 22 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 25
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 4

By Diego Motter – Head guide @ La Villa

Maria Behety Lodges, 2 Reports – Jan 28 – Feb 4, 2017

Posted in Adventure Travel, Angling, Trip Reports | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
&
LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE
Jan 28 – Feb 4, 2017

 
Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Report, Jan 28 – Feb 4, 2017

The end of an amazing week – great fishing and good weather. There are thousands of sea-trout in the river. We had the pleasure of 10 repeat clients and a one new friend visting us this week. 197 fish were landed this week with 55 over 15 pounds and 9 over 20 pounds.
David Bowden was the top rod with 39 fish netted. Sasha Savic landed 35.
Jay Deeds landed a 28.5 pounder fresh female the last morning in Lonius pool.
Average weight for sea-trout landed was 11.2 pounds

Water Conditions:Fishing report EMB Rio Grande
Water color and visibility: Low and clear water.
Water temperature: 44°F – 57°F
We had a big rain on Thursday evening, but the river did not rise at all yet.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week: weather was good.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 40°F – 72°F

Fishing Conditions:
The fly of the week was the Red Butt. Other flies that also worked were Emb’s, Prince Nymph, Aurelia Prince, Beauty Camila, Anadromizer, and the Fast Water Prince. Yuk Bugs and Wooly buggers also produced. Big flies for the last fishing of the day included Intruders, leeches and big tube flies.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.): We are using light tips. Due the low water and river conditions it is very important not to make too much noise on the water while casting. So I recommend Scandinavian heads.
We used Scandi heads with poly and/or versi-leaders as well as different lengths of T-11 and T-14. When we have to throw T´s a Skagit head is the best option.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 14 feet, 12 to 20 pounds.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 11
Total number of fish landed for the week: 197
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 28.5 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 55
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 9

By Federico Molinolo – Head guide @ Estancia Maria Behety Lodge


La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge Report, Jan 28 – Feb 4, 2017

The last week of January just ended and we experienced excellent fishing. The river is still dropping fast and full of fish. We landed 110 fish for the week with 41 fish over 15 pounds and 7 over 20 pounds with an average weight of 12.3 pounds. We saw more fish over 20 pounds in the river. Most all of the fish still in the river are very fresh. Top rod of the week was Karen Reeve with 26 fish to the net, the biggest 22 pounds. Richard miller landed the biggest fish of the week a 25 pound male. We had good captures on the top; fish to 17 pounds.

Water Conditions:
Very clear water all week.
Water temperature: 7⁰ – 13⁰ Celsius (44⁰ – 55⁰ Fahrenheit)
Water level: dropping fast, lower than ever.

Weather Conditions:
Tthe wind blew northwest as usual, it wasn’t strong. Thursday afternoon the wind blew from the  south, lowering temperature. Air temperature ranges: 5⁰ – 21⁰ Celsius (41⁰ – 70⁰ Fahrenheit) We experienced very good weather during the week, with some rain, the last 2 days and the temperature dropped.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Nymphs like Emb Rubber Legs, Wonder Bug, Aurelia Prince, Prince Nymph, and other rubber legged nymphs.
Also different sizes of Sunray Shadows and big flies for the last hour of fishing like leeches and big tube flies. Tarantulas worked well this week, fished on floating and sinking lines.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, T-11, as well as Scandi heads with poly-leaders. Floating lines worked very well this last week with nymphs on top.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 7 to 14 feet, 12 to 15 pounds.

Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, although we found a lot more fish in the upper beats of the river.  The river is full of fish, a lot more than the last season.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 110
Biggest fish landed for the week: 25pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 41
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 7

By Diego Motter – Head guide @ La Villa

Maria Behety Lodges, 2 Reports – Jan 21-28, 2017

Posted in Adventure Travel, Angling, Trip Reports | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

 ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
&
LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE
January 21-28, 2017

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Report, Jan 21-28, 2017

It’s the end of week number two here at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge.  We had some very good friends visiting us here this week. Fishing was good some days and tough some others. We had some great weather. The river level is excellent.
Lots of fresh fish are running up from the ocean and river is loaded!
There were 139 Fish netted this week, with 21 over 15 pounds and 4 over 20 pounds.
The top rod was David Parkes with 22 fish to hand.
Our good friend Mike Roberts landed the fish of the week: 22.5 pounds.

Water ConditionsEMB Sea Run Brown Fishing Report
Water color and visibility: Low and clear water.
Water temperature: 45°F to 59°F
Water levels: A little rain up at the mountains made the river rise about an inch.

Weather Conditions
The weather was great this week, with 5 to 15 mph winds. On Friday the wind went up to 35 mph. Air temperatures: 50°F to 76°F

 

Fishing Conditions:

Flies that are working the best: Mostly nymphs – Emb Rubberlegs, Prince Nymph, Aurelia Prince, Beauty Camila, Red Butt, Anadromizer, and Fast Water Prince. Yuk Bugs and Wooly Buggers also worked well.  Big flies for the last time of the day: Intruders, Leeches, and big tube flies. We landed several fish skating sunray shadows on top with a floating line.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc):
We are using light tips. Due the river conditions it is very important not to make too much noise on the water during the casting. So I recommend Scandi heads. We use Scandi heads with some poly-leaders or verysi-leaders.Different lengths of T-11 and T-14 were the go to, when we have to throw T´s aS kagit head is the best option.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders:
4 to 14 feet, 12 to 20 pounds.

Fishing Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 139
Weight of biggest fish landed: 22.5 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 21
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 4
By Federico Molinolo – Head guide @ Estancia Maria Behety

 

La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge Report, Jan 21-28, 2017

Another Week just ended and the fishing was a bit slower with 88 fish landed of which 23 were over 15 pounds and two over 20 pounds. Average weight of sea-trout landed was 12 pounds.  The river increased in level in the middle of the week, but didn’t get dirty.
Top rod of the week was Roger young with 24 fish tot the net, the biggest 19 pounds.
Dar landed the biggest fish of the week with a with 23 pound buck. We had good fishing on top this week with fish landed to 15 pounds.

Water Conditions
Water conditions for the most part did not change for the week, even with the slight increase in level.
Water temperature: 7° – 14° Celsius (44° – 57° Fahrenheit)

Water level:
We had a 10 cm increase in water level but 2 days it dropped down fast to previous levels – very low.

Weather Conditions
The wind blew from the northwest as usual, but was not strong at all.

Air temperature Ranges:
10° – 22° Celsius (50° – 71° Fahrenheit) We experienced very good weather during the week, despite a little rain.

Weather Observations:
Storm clouds over the Andes, made the sunsets something special.

Fishing Conditions:

Flies that are working the best: Emb’s, Wonder Bugs, Aurelia Prince, Prince Nymph, and other rubber legged nymphs. Different sizes of sunray shadows also worked well. Big flies for the last hour of fishing – Leeches and big tube flies worked well.The Green Machine and small tubes were the best flies of the week.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14 and T-11, Scandi heads with polyl-leaders. Floating lines were very good this last week, with heavy nymphs swung just under the water surface.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders:
7 to 12 feet, 12 to 15 pounds.
The most successful way of catching fish was swinging nymphs with a floating line, Green Machines swung on sinking lines, and using small plastic tubes swung with a floating line.
Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, although we started to hook and landed some fish in the upper beats.

Fishing Statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 88
Weight of the biggest fish landed: 23 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 23
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 2
Notable Catches: We landed some 15 pounds fish on top, using floating lines with plastic tubes, green machine and bombers.

By Diego Motter – Head guide @ La Villa

Estancia Despedida Lodge2

Despedida Lodge, 2 rods open up! 3/11-18/17

Posted in Adventure Travel, Angling, Specials | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Two rods are now available Mar 11-18, 2017 at Despedida Lodge on the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego. Next year rates are going up by roughly $350-$400.  This is a great chance to fish the heart of the river on a super week at a good price!

Maria Behety Fishing Lodge

Estancia Maria Behety, 1/14-21/17 Report

Posted in Adventure Travel, Angling, Trip Reports | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
January 14-21, 2017

 Last winter it did not snow much, so all the rivers in Tierra del Fuego are low. The Rio Grande is low for this time of the season, but excellent for fishing. Unlike other years the fish started to run up river in big numbers earlier, so it is full of fresh fish.
We landed 83 fish for the week

Water Conditions
River is low. Water is very clear.

Water temperature:
45°F to 59°F

Water levels:
The river stayed at the same level all the week – low.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week: 5 to 30 MPH. On Tuesday it went up to 50 MPH

Air temperatures:
41°F to 75°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Mostly nymphs: Emb, Prince Nymph, Aurelia Prince, Beauty Camila, Red Butt, and Anadromizer. Yuk Bug and Wooly buggers also worked well. Big flies for the last session of the day: intruders, leeches, big tube flies.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities):
We are using light tips. Due the river condition it is very important not to make too much noise on the water during casting. So we recommend Scandi heads. We use Scandi heads with poly or versi-leaders.
Also, it is important that anglers bring a single handed rod with a weight-forward floater for fishing the smaller water – very important.
When we have to throw T-14 tips, a Skagit head is the best option.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 
4 to 12 feet, 15 to 20 pounds.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 10
Total number of fish landed for the week: 83
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 21 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 32
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 3