Maria Behety Fishing Report, Mar 19-26, 2016

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ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
By Federico Molinolo, Head Guide

We have just finished our week 13 at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge, the week before the last of the season. The river conditions are very good to excellent.
99 fish were landed for the week. 29 fish between 15 and 20 pounds, with an average weight 9.9 pounds. Brandon Fisher was the Top Rod with 24 fish in the net!!
Susy Valdez landed the fish of the week: 19.5 pounds.

Water Conditions:
We experienced good visibility and clear water this week. By the end of the week the river came up a few inches because of some rain and snow melt.
Water temperature: 40°F to 53°F

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed: 0 to 35 mph
Air temperature: 35°F to 65°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Nymphs are still working great. EMB, Prince Nymph, Red Butt, Aurelia Prince, Anadromizer. Yuk Bug, black wooly buggers, and Tdf taxi. And as always big tube flies, intruders and leeches for the last hour of fishing.
Fly lines: We are fishing heavy T-14 and T-17 tips, 5 to 15 feet long. To throw these tips Skagit heads are the best.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 3 to 10 feet, 15 to 20 pounds.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 10
Total number of fish landed for the week: 99
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 19.5 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 29
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 0
Notable Catches: Susy Valdez landed a 19.5 pounder. Randy Morton landed a 19 pounder

 

LA VILLA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
By Federico Zimmermann, Head Guide

 

This week we had the UK group hosted by River Ness Gillie. Willie Sutherland.
James R., Lionel Y., Andrew C., came again, whereas it was the first time ever on the Rio Grande for Aidan B. and Frazer P.
The fishing improved a little since last week, but we are still below the expected for this time of year. Autumn started last Sunday, but temperatures are still quite warm. So fishing with floating lines and dries was a successful technique.
L. Young and Frazer P. were the top rods with 13 fish each.
The biggest fish and single malt whisky winner was Andrew C. with his beautiful 20lb female.  The average weight was very good: 10.4lbs., the average catch a day per angler was 1.64 fish.

Water Conditions
Water color and visibility: Water clear, a bit dirty after the rose in the level in the middle of the week.
Water temperature: Between 6°C to 12°C (43°F to 54°F)
Water level: River rose a bit this week, but water never got really dirty, just a bit of color.

Weather Conditions
Wind speed: 15 kmh to 90 kmh (9 mph to 60 mph)
Air temperature: 3°C to 16°C (37°F – 61°F)

Weather Observations:
Mostly sunny with some partial cloud cover and quite windy on a few secessions.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Wonder Bug, Green Machine, Sun-ray-shadow, Turk’s Tarantula,, EMB Rubber legs, Red butt Bomber, Stout’s tail.  Fly lines: Skagits and Scandis with tips such as floating, intermediate, type 3, 6 and 8, T-11, T-14 and T-17 in various lengths.  Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 12 to 15 lb tippet, lengths between 5 and 14 feet.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 7
Total number of fish landed for the week: 69
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 20lbs
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 15 fish
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 1 fish
Notable catches: Andrew C’s 20lbs female caught on a little tube fly

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