Rio Grande Fishing Report, Es. Maria Behety Lodges, Feb 10-17, 2018

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 RIO GRANDE FISHING REPORT
Estancia Maria Behety Lodge
&
La Villa De Maria Behety Lodge
February 10-17, 2018

ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE REPORT-  Feb 10-17, 2018
By Federico Molinolo – Head Guide

Week number six at Estancia Maria Behety is in the history books. The Sea Run Brown fishing was pretty good on the Rio Grande this week, although we had some difficult sessions due to the change in water temperature. Most of the fish we caught were very fresh and strong fighters. The Rio Grande is in excellent conditions.
126 fish landed of which 26 were over 15 pounds and 4 over 20 pounds.
Top rod was Paul Sheehan with 19 fish to the net.
Gary Bergquist landed the fish of the week a great fish that tipped the scales at 25.5 pounds, 40 inches of sea trout!


Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Very clear water and good visibility
Water temperature: 41°F to 53°F
Water level for the week: On Thursday afternoon the river came up a few inches due some heavy rain in the mountains.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week: Windy during the day and dropping by the evenings.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 33°F to 67°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Mostly nymphs: EMB, red butt, tdf prince, pepe prince. Also some other nymphs in smaller hooks (hare´s ear, copper john) Black wooly buggers, yuk bug, tdf taxi, intruders, leeches, monkeys.
We had a lot of action fishing floating lines and sunray shadows (2 to 4 inches long).

Fly lines that are working the best:
Heavy tips like, T-11, T-14 and T-17 in different lengths. To fish on top a great option are the scandi heads. 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: 126
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 25.5 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 26
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 4

Notable Catches:
Gary Bergquist landed a 25.5 pounder
Goran Westberg landed a 20 pounder.
Nadine Lee landed a 22 pounder.
Andrei Pavlukkevich landed a 21 pounder.
ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
Federico Molinolo (Head Guide)
Genaro Molinolo
Miguel Angel Zangla
Nauhel Stauch
Marcos Hlace
Exequiel Bustos

 

LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE REPORT- Feb 10-17, 2018
By Diego Motter – Head Guide

We had a great and fun week at La Villa, 92 fish were landed, 20 fish over 15 pounds, 1 over 20, Average weight 9 pounds. Floating and intermediate lines were the best, striping tubes.
Top rod of the week was Philip Donetti with 27 fish to the net, the biggest 18 pounds.
Thomas Pak landed the biggest fish for the week at 20 pounds.
Good captures on top, up to 15 pounds.


Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Very clear water, that rose on Friday, but still very clear.
Water temperature: 6° to 12° Celsius (43° – 54° Fahrenheit)
Water level: Very low early in the week but the river rose on Friday and at a good level again.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week: The wind blew northwest as usual, it was strong all week.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 6° to 22° Celsius (43° – 72° Fahrenheit) Very good weather during the week.

Weather observations: Pleasant week, sun most of the time, some rain Thursday afternoon.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Nymphs: emb, wonder bug, Aurelia prince, prince nymph, rubber legs nymphs. Different sizes of sunray shadows. Big flies for the last hour: big tube flies.
Aluminum Sunray Shadow work great this week, with floating lines.
Sunray Shadow and emb nymph were the best flies of the week, fishing with floating lines, and lighter tips.

Fly lines that are working the best:
Skagit heads with different lengths of T-17, T-14, and T-11, as well as Sscandis with poly leaders.
Floating lines worked very good this last week, with nymph on top.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders:
7 to 14 feet – 12 to 19 pounds.

Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, the upper sections didn’t fish that well this week.

Fish catch statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 5
Total number of fish landed for the week: 92
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 20 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 20
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 1
Notable catches: Phil Donetti got fish every session
LA VILLA GUIDES
Diego Motter (Head Guide)
Jorge Castro
Guido Perillo

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