We have got more to share from this season at Jurassic Lake, in Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina.
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
Rio Grande Fishing Report, January 19 – 26, 2013
Es. Maria Behety & La Villa, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Estancia Maria Behety
River conditions: The river level is low and dropping a little every day. Water is perfectly clear. Water temperature between 71°F the first two days this week and dropped to 45°F the last two days.
Sunday and Monday the temperature went up to 83°F, on Friday the temperature dropped to 40°F.
Lines: Skagit lines with 10´, 12´and 15´ of T-14 and T-17. Intermediate and slow sinking tips worked well in some pools as well as skating flies on floating lines; Bombers or Sunray Shadows did the best…
Flies: The best flies were nymphs: tdf prince, EMB’s, prince nymph, red tail and other small nymphs. For the last hour of the day big leeches, intruders or tube flies worked well.
Average weight of the fish this week was 8,3 pounds. 16 fish over 15 pounds were landed. Notable catches wasa 20.5 pound fish landed by Jualian Strutt and a 21 pounder landed by Doug Limburn. Our top rod was Dave Parkes with 33 fish landed for the week!
Federico Molinolo, Head guide Maria Behety Lodge
La Villa Maria Behety
This week we had three new guests for La Villa, Rudd C., Steve L. and DarwinI all from the U.S.A. They joined Alf B., Roger Y. and Keith C., who were already at the lodge.
The week started with an unusual heat wave of two days. The temperature reached 26 degrees Celsius and as the week progressed the air temperature decreased to the mild/cool and usual temperatures.
No precipitation took place so the river level dropped on a constant basis, a little every day. The water temperature went from warm 20C to cool 8C on Friday. The fishing was slow the first two days, probably due to the weather, but as conditions improved, so did the fishing.
The tactics were similar to last week. In most pools sinking tips and nymphs were very successful, and occasionally, floating lines with tubes and dries, gave us the joy of seeing sea trout smashing the water surface. Almost all the fish were fresh, only a few were turned.
This week, fourteen fish were over 15 pounds and the average weight was 9.57.
Roger Y. not only got the biggest fish this week (a fresh 22lbs), he also was the top rod with 26 fish in the net.
Federico Zimmermann, Head Guide. La Villa de Maria Behety