About Us

The Nervous Waters collection of fishing lodges stands alone in the world of sportfishing. Built around the best resource destinations, our lodges offer a level of service on par with the finest boutique hotels of the world, yet each shines with its own personality.

The quality of our lodges is only surpassed by the dedication and expertise of our management and guiding teams who have spent decades mastering their craft, and their waters. Constantly on a quest to do even better, there is truly no family of angling destinations that compares!

Our Collection

OUR OTHER SPORTING LODGES

The Kautapen Group (TKG) is a boutique collection of 21 fishing and hunting lodges spanning Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and the Bahamas. Since 1984, we’ve built decades of experience as industry leaders in luxury sporting travel. We are proud to continue to offer our guests a level of service matching and exceeding the finest boutique hotels in the world, each with a unique personality.

Attention to detail is our highest priority in the lodge and the field. Every property has been carefully curated to give our guests direct access to the highest quality sporting opportunities, and luxurious accommodations that allow guests to unwind and recharge after the day’s adventures.

Conservation

Around the world, fisheries are under threat. Development continues to encroach on wilderness areas, and climate change is affecting oceans and river habitats. Overfishing has also taken a toll on our finite fish species. Therefore, as fly-fishing business operators, we have a responsibility to not only protect these resources but to help preserve them for many generations to come.

Our Breathtaking Moments

Late-season chrome! Yes, at @villamarialodge and @kautapenlodge we still get fresh running fish towards the end of the season. Our 8-15 pound fish enter the river in numbers during that time of the year and help to stir up the bigger, colored fish to get a move on upstream.
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#villamarialodge #flyfishing #nervouswaters #fishinglife #flyfishingnation #outdoors #flugfiske #flyfishingaddict #flyfishingjunkie #fishinglodge #flatsfishing #argentina #fishing #explore #wildlife #nature #photography #epic #bigfish #seatrout #troutfishing #ontheswing #speyfishing
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It doesn’t get better than 26 pounds of Parana gold at @SuindaLodge! More often than not, the Dorado that cruise the shallows are larger than most, utilizing their size and power to launch surprise attacks against unsuspecting Sabalo, presenting sight-fishing experiences you’ve only seen in your dreams.
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Similar to steelhead in the northern hemisphere, the anadromous browns of Tierra del Fuego enjoy a cult-like following, and for good reason. Savvy anglers build their fishing schedules around timing these legendary runs in order to hit the migration during its peak. By January, chrome fish push into the river and through mid-March fly fishers are targeting—and catching—sea-run brown trout that average in the 10-20+ pound mark regularly. In fact, the Río Grande boasts more world record sea-run brown trout than any other river, and pioneering lodges such as Kau Tapen and Villa Maria have been quietly witnessing those special events for decades.⁣
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Ask any of our Dorado guides and they will tell you about the connection they feel to these incredible fish. Our team has spent decades observing and building an understanding of this species’ complex movements and behaviors. All culminating in a respect and passion, not only for landing these fish, but for protecting them for the future generations to come!
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The fast flowing Río Corriente is where the true power of the Golden Dorado is put on a show at @PiraLodge. Large, migratory Dorado make their way up the clear-flowing river, and with every cast, anglers have the opportunity to come tight to the throbbing head-shakes of an Ibera Marshland trophy!
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Over 20 lbs of evidence of why it is worth traveling to the end of the world to catch sea trout in Tierra del Fuego. The fish that run the Rio Grande are an entirely different class of fish, and after a season off from anglers they’ve likely forgotten what a human or a fly looks like!
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Exactly what you want to see as your @PiraLodge guide poles up to the next channel confluence: dozens of Golden Dorado stacking up waiting for their next meal.
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Fishing by Species

Sea-Run Brown Trout
Sea-Run Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) are one of the most widely distributed non-native fish introduced to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
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Golden Dorado
Freshwater dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) are strikingly beautiful, extremely strong, and they jump like a Tarpon when hooked. All in all, they may claim the prize as the most exciting freshwater gamefish on the planet.
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Brown Trout
Brown trout (Salmo trutta) have the ability to grow to 9+ pounds. Although in most small rivers a mature brown might average 2 to 3 pounds.
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Rainbow Trout
Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is favored by fly fishers because of its beautiful coloration—for which it’s named—and its fighting ability.
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Bonefish
Bonefish (Albula vulpes) are pound-for-pound some of the strongest and fastest saltwater gamefish.
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Pirá Pitá
In northern Argentina, there are two species belonging to the Brycon genus, both of them known in mainstream fishing culture as Pirá Pitás.
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Pacú
Like Pirá Pitá, Pacú are omnivorous, and chances are you might find them surface feeding on fruit or insects.
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Tararira
Hoplias malabaricus, aka tararira, is one of the most popular gamefish to catch on flies or lures around Buenos Aires.
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Sea-Run Brown Trout
Sea-Run Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) are one of the most widely distributed non-native fish introduced to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
Read More
Golden Dorado
Freshwater dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) are strikingly beautiful, extremely strong, and they jump like a Tarpon when hooked. All in all, they may claim the prize as the most exciting freshwater gamefish on the planet.
Read More
Brown Trout
Brown trout (Salmo trutta) have the ability to grow to 9+ pounds. Although in most small rivers a mature brown might average 2 to 3 pounds.
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Rainbow Trout
Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is favored by fly fishers because of its beautiful coloration—for which it’s named—and its fighting ability.
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Bonefish
Bonefish (Albula vulpes) are pound-for-pound some of the strongest and fastest saltwater gamefish.
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Pirá Pitá
In northern Argentina, there are two species belonging to the Brycon genus, both of them known in mainstream fishing culture as Pirá Pitás.
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Pacú
Like Pirá Pitá, Pacú are omnivorous, and chances are you might find them surface feeding on fruit or insects.
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Tararira
Hoplias malabaricus, aka tararira, is one of the most popular gamefish to catch on flies or lures around Buenos Aires.
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