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

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ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
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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

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 ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
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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

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

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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

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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

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Kau Tapen Fishing Report 1/7-14/17

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KAU TAPEN LODGE
January 7 – 14, 2017 

Kau Tapen Lodge on the Rio Grande kicks off its 33rd season this year. Over the years the river has changed somewhat, with the meandering stream cutting through the valley’s soft gravel, pools the currents are often changing. New lies for the fish constantly opening up; others magically disappearing. Having said that, the 2016 winter in Terra Del Fuego was a soft one. It left us with a similar system to last year, but certainly the odd new spot. With very little snow in the headwaters, run-off has been next to nil and the river is currently low and clear. Regardless, we’ve been finding fresh, aggressive fish. If anything, the low water has channeled them up allowing us to cover them with ease.

The fish arrived in good numbers about two days before the first group arrived. While the guides were scouting the river checking old pools and looking for anything new, they relayed these reports. Sure enough, we saw good results throughout Week 1.

Guests included experienced sea-trout anglers and a few first-timers. Everyone caught fish. Bill was our top rod of the week, an experienced fisherman with good knowledge of Kau Tapen’s water. Larry’s first day began with any fisherman’s dream…. He was in Dead Guanaco with our head guide, Gaston. Second cast Larry hooked into a fresh hen weighing in at 18 lbs. The fish put on a circus-like show, cartwheeling down the pool. After a few minutes the fish was safely in the net. Of course after a quick picture and the release Larry proceeded back to the same spot to continue on the fishing the pool. One cast later the line went tight and the reel began to sing for the second time, another great fresh fish weighing in at 15 lbs. A flying start to the week so well done by Larry.

The majority of the fish this week were all caught on floating lines with sinking or intermediate tips. And heavier tips are unnecessary due to the low-water conditions and warmer water. In other words, fish will move to take the fly. We’ve had a couple nice fish already caught on full floating lines. Air temps have also been tolerable, reaching up to 15 degrees C. and rarely dropping below 10 degrees. We started the week off with very strong winds, gusting up to 75 km. The guests did exceptionally will to stick at it and they were ultimately rewarded for their efforts.

The average size fish for the week was 9.8 lbs. In addition to landing a good number of fish we also had plenty of hook-ups that sadly didn’t make it to the net. Heaviest sea-run brown of the week was David’s fresh 19 pounder, a beautiful pepper-spotted bar of silver.

Thanks to everyone who attended. It was a fun team and we had some excellent fishing! So far conditions look good for the upcoming week.

Toby Burrell
Guide at Kau Tapen Lodge