Rio Grande Fishing Report, Maria Behety Lodges, Mar 3-10, 2018

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ARGENTINA SEA RUN BROWN FISHING REPORT
Estancia Maria Behety Lodge
&
La Villa De Maria Behety Lodge
Mar 3-10, 2018

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

 
We just ended week nine on the Rio Grande with great old friends and we made new friends as always. The river came up 3 inches on Monday because of some rain and snow in the mountains but it is still in great shape, low and clear water.
110 fish landed for the week with 40 over 15 pounds, 4 of them were over 20 pounds.

Top rod was Mike Bay with 14 fish to the net.
Two 22 pounders were landed by Tristan Falco and Russell Graham.
Tristan Falco landed his 22 pound male in Pecera pool on a size 10 Red Copper John

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Very clear water and good visibility
Water temperature: 42° to 50° Fahrenheit
Water level and amount of increase or decrease through the week: River came up 3 inches during the week. It is still low and in excellent conditions.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges: 5 to 40 mph
Air temperatures: 36° to 62° Fahrenheit

Fishing Conditions:
Flies: Mostly nymphs: EMB, Red Butt, Tdf Prince, Pepe Prince. Also some other nymphs in smaller hooks (Hare´s ear and Copper John) Also Black wooly buggers, Yuk Bug, Tdf Taxi, Intruders and Leeches

Fly lines:
Heavy tips, T-14, T-17, and T-20 in different lengths
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 3 to 10 feet, 12 to 20 pounds.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 110
Weight of the biggest fish: 22 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 40
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 4

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

The weather changed this week and the fishing slowed a bit some days with frost in the morning. Low temperatures pushed the fish deep in the pools. 81 fish were landed, 22 fish over 15 pounds, and 2 over 20. Average weight was 9.5 pounds.
Sinking lines were the best, dead drifting nymphs.
Top rod of the week was Steve Elliott with 21 fish on the net, the biggest 19 pounds.
Paul senior landed the biggest fish of the week at 21 pounds.

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Very clear water.
Water temperature: 6° to 12° Celsius
Water level: The river was getting low, but river rose on Thursday.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges: The wind blew from North West like usual, and was strong.
Air temperature ranges: 0° to 16° Celsius
Weather observations: First frost of the season.

Fishing Conditions
Flies: Nymphs: Emb’s, Wonder Bug, Aurelia Prince, Prince Nymph, Rubber legs nymphs. Different sizes of sunray shadows. Big flies for the last hour, big tube flies.
The Wonder Bug and Emb were the best flies of the week, using sinking lines.

Fly lines: Skagit heads with different lengths of T-17, T-14 and T-11, Scandis with poly-leaders.  Floating lines didn’t work very good this last week.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 6 to 12 feet, 12 to 16 pounds.
Dead drifting nymphs with sinking lines was very effective. Most of the fish were in the lower and middle sections of the river. The upper part of the river didn’t fish well; the water was too low.

Notable Catches:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 81
Weight of the biggest fish: 21 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 22
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 2

Notable Catches:
Even with the low temperatures some fish over 15 pounds were taken with floating lines on top.

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