March 2016


Kau tapen Lodge: February 20 – 27, 2016

  Midway point Week number 7 has seen us reach the half way point in our season, physcoligically for all staff this is a significant milestone, working in an isolated location, far from family and friends is not easy but knowing you are on the home stretch gives you a calm reassurance that you are almost there. We had a predominantly Russian group of guests this week with the exception of Kau Tapen legend and all round gentleman Gianni who was also accompanied by his wife Lalla. Thankfully the moody fish of last week have settled into the cold water regime and  were less affected by cold overnight  temperatures. Persistant upstream winds on Sunday, Thursday and Friday did hamper the anglers efforts at straight line presentation however cloudy conditions on the evening sessions made for very productive fishing and with the early on set of darkness some of the fishing at the so called magic hour was ridiculous. Sergei with guide Gaston set an early benchmark on the warm up session landing a 13 pound fish which heightened expectations for all other guests immediately. His fishing partner Igor did not have to wait long and went one better the following morning landing an 18 pounder. Fishing alone Gianni did what he does every year, taking his time he carefully picks out as many fish as he can from each pool, at the age of eighty  the mans ability to catch fish after fish is amazing and if the truth were told caught many more fish than men half his age. The phrase “the olde dog for the hard road and the puppy for the path” comes to mind. There was a touch of Hollywood around the place as Vladimir, making a film about different fishing destination around the world had […]

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Kau tapen Lodge: February 13 – 20, 2016

Mood Cycles The sea trout at Kau Tapen this week reminded me of a girlfriend I once had, her early morning mood was generally bad and no amount of cajoling or sweet talk could bring her around. As midday approached her spirits would lift a little and a smile or even a kiss were not out of the question but as soon as darkness fell a whole new person would appear and the cranky tyrant that you had to tip toe around all day was as playful as a puppy. We went our separate was in the end and to this day I could never figure out the reason for her daily mood cycles, as for the trout behaving in a similar fashion the reasons are straight forward, freezing over night temperatures made them slow and lethargic, as temperatures rose during the day they became more active and by nightfall they were happy to cooperate. Obviously fewer fish were landed in the morning sessions but in the long run the figures balanced themselves, the simple reason being that more fish were willing to take the fly at night, having not felt the anglers hooks earlier in the day. David and Kjell for Norway made the short trip over the fence from Aurelia lodge just upstream, to spend there second week in pursuit of these prized fish. David had a case of déjà vu landing the biggest fish of the week, a title he also received during his stay upstream. Kjell’s tales of big fish are far less joyous however, clumped by a giant of a fish on Wednesday night he returned the following evening for revenge only to be clumped for a second time. Scottish pair of David and Lorne had been well informed of what to expect down here […]

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Villa Maria Lodge: February 14 – 21, 2016

Similar to last week, we started with rain in the lower stretches and there were serious storms in the Andes headwaters. The rain bumped river levels by about an inch, while the water stayed clear and fishable with small flies. Through the week snowmelt from higher elevations significantly cooled water temperatures down low, affecting the fishing. The fish weren’t as grabby, especially during the early morning hours. By around noon, as the sun warmed the water, the fish started rolling and reacting better to our flies. Wind also played a role this past week, considering we had four days of 40+ mph gusts. Most of our guests were Rio Grande veterans—experienced enough to know that patience prevails through tough conditions. That patience was rewarded whenever the fish gave us a chance. The “Lucky Man Award” went to Mike, who landed three 20+ pounders. His monster 28-pound hen was so far the biggest of the season. It should be noted that Mike is no stranger to Villa Maria’s Wall of Fame. He landed the biggest fish of the season in 2008; a beautiful 27-pound buck. Nicely done, Mike! Depending on light, temperature, and time of the day, we had success with a variety of flies. But if I had to choose winners, small weighted-nymphs and rubber-legs generally outperformed the rest. Leeches and Intruders remained the best options in low-light conditions. Skagit heads with short, heavy sink-tips produced the most strikes. And we’re currently fishing tippets in the lighter 10- to 12-pound range. Largest fish of the week: 28 lbs Fish over 20 lbs: 4 Fish over 15 lbs: 19   Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager

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Kau tapen Lodge: February 6 – 13, 2016

Kau Tapen Lodge

Key Ingredients Free time last summer allowed me to spend sometime in the Southwest of Ireland fishing on what is considered the premier sea trout fishery on the island. This was probably my 15th or 16th time visiting the fishery and in the past I had been pleased with my success ( I am talking Irish standards not Rio Grande standards ). I decided to break with tradition this time around and instead of plodding my own course I hired a ghille, a gentleman who I had know for many years and who had been guiding on the fishery for many more. Leaving any ego or self professed knowledge I thought I had on the bank I approached the day as a learning experience and hoped to gleam as much information from a man who had spent a lifetime on the water. Without going into too much detail a most enjoyable two days was had on the water, landing sea trout on both days and picking up a few valuable tips along the way. One abiding phrases however will stick in my head for many years to come. No less than two minutes into our first mornings fishing my ghillie turns to me in his unique southern draw “ lisen to me here now Matthew, fishing here is like playing soccer in the Premiership but not only that you are playing in the top three of the table”. In hindsight this was a form of physcological grooming, things needed to be done in a certain way in order to acquire the desired result and no matter how many other ways I had caught fish in the past “this was the way it was done in the deep south”. Rio Grande’s sea trout while more plentiful and much bigger can be […]

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Delta Lodge – Fishing Report 2016

After an up-and-down season for dorado and tararira due to flooding in the north, we’re finally seeing some stability and promising fishing. In late January, we hooked the biggest dorado we’ve ever seen in the Delta. Unfortunately, he spit the fly during one of several stratospheric jumps. We guess it was a 16+ pounder. That’s a great dorado anywhere, but especially this close to Buenos Aires. In addition to some great dorado fishing, we had some excellent tararira activity… followed by no activity at all. Big contrasts. High waters in the northern end of the basin pushed plenty of baitfish into this zone. Much more than in previous years. The volume of juvenile pira pita has also been impressive. If they stick around until the end of the season, it’ll be a blast to fish for them on light tackle and with dry flies. At this point, we’re expecting an awesome late season as long as current conditions persist. And it’ll be an even more interesting next season.

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Pirá Lodge – February 2016

February started with the best week of the season so far. Water in the marsh was at a perfect level and dorado are concentrated in island side-channels and deep pools near Camalotes. Floating lines with small dark deceiver-style streamers have been awesomely effective. We’re also having success with mouse patterns on the surface in the marsh. The Corriente River, on the other hand, continues to produce good numbers of sizeable dorado for anglers who like to swing streamers and bang the banks with big flies. During one session, guest Jeff S. landed 7 dorado from 5 to 7 pounds. Jeff is an amazing fly tyer and his custom streamers were the ticket. Michael “Mickey” D. focused on fishing mouse patterns in the Ibera backcountry, and was rewarded for his efforts with an 11-pound rodent-muncher. Guest Jeff B. tangled with a 15-pound dorado in the headwaters of Corriente River. And those are just a few of the MANY highlights. Overall conditions remain great, with a few storms around and just enough cloudy days to give us relief from the hot sun. In addition to fishing, wildlife watching is always great this time of year. Cayman and capybara populations are healthy, we’ve spotted swamp deer, and migratory birds are out in force. Come join us in dorado fishing paradise. We look forward to seeing you soon. Jose Caparros, Head Guide, Pira Lodge

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Villa María Lodge: Jan. 31 – Feb. 7, 2016

  This last week we hosted a great group of Austrian and German anglers. There was a mix of first timers, second timers, and long-time repeaters at Villa Maria Lodge. And, luckily, the fishing was in tune with all the fun. We had, so far, the most productive week of the season. The weather was a bit crazy at the start—crazy good—with pleasantly warm days and light winds. But then we had a full day of heavy rain that led to a subtle spike in river levels. Fish typically don’t like to take flies when the river is rising. Fortunately, the water clarity remained good and after a couple of fishing sessions the fish started committing to the fly again. After the rain, we had three straight days of unusual heat, where thermometer readings climbed all the way to 26-degrees C! Again the fishing turned tricky, but stabilized in the mornings and late evenings when the sun was off the water. We experimented with a variety of flies without a clear overall winner. We skated dries, fished nymphs high in the water column, we dredged some pool with tiny flies, and we also used more traditional streamers. Everything seemed to work when fished properly. As always, good presentation is key. Green machines worked well on picky fish. Of course leeches were a must in the darker moments.   Largest fish of the week: 23.5 lbs. Fish over 20 lbs: 5 Fish over 15 lbs: 32   Alejandro Martello, Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager

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Kau tapen Lodge: Jan. 30 – Feb. 6, 2016

Kau Tapen Lodge

  Journey Men Ever since Max M. went south to the Rio Grande and Steve E. travelled North to the Ponoi there has been a huge connection between both places. Both guides and guests have followed the same paths and made similar journeys. Week number 4 at Kau Tapen saw quite a collection of these journey men all gathered in the one spot and although the current weeks fishing was top priority one could not help feel the sense of nostalgia in all those present. Former Kau Tapen manager and current Ryabaga CEO Steve E. as well as former Ryabaga manager Roddy H. joined us for the week, having first crossed paths with guides Max and Andrei some 17 years ago in Russia they all had plenty of stories to catch up on. Jon S. and some of his party of friends are also regulars in both locations and fishing tales from near and far abounded on our first tapas night. Jon being no stranger to the Rio Grande has land more trout down here than he cares to remember, the story was no different this time around and from the very first session he was into fish. His best session of the week produced seven fish all on a single handed rod. Father and son team of Hubert and Jean were more interested in quality than quantity and had an amazing streak of land fish on 6 consecutive session, none of which were less than 10 pounds, the largest tipped the scales at 16 pounds. Jon’s party also consisted of two complete fly fishing virgin’s. Mike and Ralph having heard Jon speak about the Rio Grande for many years they decided to bite the bullet and see what all this talk was about. Taking a little time to find […]

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Alto Paraná Fishing Report – January 2016

The Parana River was much higher than usual to start the season due to heavy rains in Brazil and northeastern Argentina. But lately it’s been dropping into form and conditions are improving. Migrating schools of dorado have been pushing baitfish upstream, moving quickly along the banks and attacking wayward sabalo. We’ve had success tracking their movements and targeting the feeding frenzies throughout the day. Pira pita fishing has been fantastic on mouse patterns, Chernobyl ants, and other large dry-fly imitations. Fish size is better than it’s ever been. Pacu fishing has been more difficult, on the other hand. But as river flows stabilize we expect the action to escalate, especially when the fruit starts falling more frequently providing more opportunity for pacu to feed on top. In addition to the above-mentioned species, we’ve already landed four chafalotes this season—an amazing (and rare) freshwater predator to catch on the fly!   Best, Fabian Anastasio Alto Parana Fishing Manager  

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Fishing Report for the Futaleufú River – February 2016

The river has dropped significantly the past week and is running just above average height. With the drop in water level water clarity has returned to normal which requires the use of finer tippets during the late morning and early evening dry fly sessions. We regularly use 4x during lower light hours and 5x when required with full sun. Currently purple, pink, or red bodied Parachute Adams, Comparaduns and smaller Rams Head patterns are exceptionally effective on groups of picky rainbows. With the summer season in full swing the midday sun keeps fish deep during peak hours, it is imperative to have heavy sink tip line when fishing streamers for brown trout. As usual, morning and late afternoon/evening sessions are the most productive times for fishing in regards to both brown and rainbow trout. We regularly break after lunch in order to retire from the heat for an hour or two and begin again around 4 in the afternoon until about 7 in the evening when we return for a cocktail and appetizers before fishing the evening hatch from 8:30-10:00. I look forward to making your visit here at Futa as productive as possible!   -Head Guide Sam Zogran

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