Rio Grande Fishing Report, Es. Maria Behety Lodges -Feb 3-10, 2018

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RIO GRANDE FISHING REPORT
Estancia Maria Behety Lodge
&
La Villa De Maria Behety Lodge
February 3-10, 2018

ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE REPORT
Feb 3-10, 2018
By Federico Molinolo – Head Guide

At Estancia Maria Behety Lodge,  the best fishing week so far this season just ended.  The river is in an excellent shape, good level and clear water. It is full of fish and still coming in lots of fresh ones from the ocean.
152 fish landed. 45 fish over 15 pounds, 6 over 20 pounds.
Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Very clear water and good visibility
Water temperature: 41°F to 57°F
Water level dropped about 2 inches this week.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week: Windy during the day and dropping by the evenings.
Air temperatures: 30°F to 72°F

Fishing Conditions:
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:
Heavy tips 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: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 152
Weight of the biggest fish: 21.5 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 45
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 6

Notable Catches:
Chris Ward landed a 21.5 pounder.
Ken Ferrin landed a 20 pounder.
Rich Rubin landed a 21 and a 20 pounder.
Paul de Quincey landed a 21.5 pounder.
Mike Panio landed a 20 pounder.

 

LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE REPORT
Feb 3-10, 2018
By Diego Motter – Head Guide

Another great week at La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge. The river is in great shape and really clear. We landed 110 fish, 30 fish over 15 pounds, and 4 over 20 pounds with an average weight of 9 pounds.
Lighter tips with green machine worked the best for us.
Top rod of the week was Brad Winstrom with 24 fish to the net, the biggest 18 pounds.
Kevin Winter landed the biggest fish at 20 pounds.
Good captures on top, to 15 pounds.

Water Conditions
Water color and visibility: Very clear water all week.
Water temperature: 6° to 12° Celsius (43° – 54° Fahrenheit)
Water level: dropping but still with great level, good current almost in all the pools, upper part is getting low.

Weather Conditions
The wind blew northwest as usual, it was strong all week.

Air temperatures: 6° to 22° Celsius (43° – 72° Fahrenheit) Very good weather during the week, got colder the last day. It was a pleasant week, with sun most of the time.

Fishing Conditions:
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. The Sunray shadow was very good, this last week worked better with sinking lines in the last hour. Green machine and emb nymph were the best flies of the week, fishing with floating lines, and lighter tips. Dead drifting nymphs with floating and sinking lines worked well.

Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, upper part is getting better, but still with less fish. All fish were fresh.

Fly lines:
Skagit heads with different lengths of T-17, T-14, and T-11, Scandi with poly-leaders.
Floating lines were very good this last week, with nymphs on top.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 7 to 14 feet, 12 to 19 pounds.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 110
Weight of the biggest fish: 22 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 30
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 4
Notable catches: Kevin got 2 20 pounders the same day.

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