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Kau Tapen Lodge – End of Season Report 2017

Kau Tapen Lodge: Year End Review Sitting down to write the final report of the season, what first comes to mind are the beaming faces of ecstatic clients and the furious fights off all the sea-run browns we hooked and landed. There were a lot of those moments to distill, considering that the 2017 season was officially the best we’ve seen in the past decade. What’s easier to forget are the more challenging times. But success—no matter how great—doesn’t come without its struggles. The season started in January, with some atypical conditions. Water levels were extremely low and water clarity was the equivalent of high-end crystal—without a spec of turbidity. These factors did not deter the fish from entering the system. Quite the opposite, actually. But they did force us to be better guides, working with our passionate clients to find the right formulas for consistently fooling wary fish. At times that meant using long, supple leaders, Scandi lines with intermediate tips, and small nymphs. We faced similar conditions through the month of January and into the first two weeks of February. And despite some great results, we were all praying for kalue (“rain” in the native Ona tongue), because we knew that by mid-season fresh fish would require more water to reach the upstream pools of the Rio Grande. Finally kalue came in the form of twelve days of short but intense rain events. The micro-storms watered our Kau Tapen pastures and the cordilleran zones. Additionally, all the basin tributaries swelled, which caused the Rio Grande to fill out. With the rain came the usual muddy water scenarios. We switched from light setups to our heavier Skagit-style rigs and commenced our deep-dredging program. The river felt the surge of two significant floods during this period. The first pulse brought […]

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Fishing Experience

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 12 : March 25 – April 1, 2017

The last week of summer proved to be an epic time at KauTapen lodge. We received new friends from France, and the CEO of Nervous Waters stopped by with group that included some first-time fly fishers. The Rio Grande was in perfect shape, with a good number of fish spread throughout the system. But it seemed like the sea-run browns there were playing with us, short-striking the fly and coming quickly unbuttoned. The Rio Menendez, on the other hand, was the first to produce, gifting five beautiful trout to “Team France” during their morning session. As the week progressed, Rio Grande water temperatures were on the rise. And dense fog in the mornings, followed by sunny afternoons, helped activate the fish. Our results steadily improved. Noel, with his thin bamboo rod, floating fly line, and a small rubber-legged nymph, landed the first 20 pounder of the week. That fish was only surpassed by Ignacio, who on his last morning landed a beautiful 23-pound buck—his fourth fish ever on the fly! Jean Louis was another winner. During our last hour of fishing on the last day of the week, he connected with an explosive 19-pounder in Fernando’s Pool. It was the perfect ending. Finally… we’re here closing the last week of a great season full of what will surely be cherished memories. Soon we’ll depart, and the mighty sea-run brown trout will take their well-deserved rest. —Gastón Guglielminetti Head Guide, Kau Tapen lodge Water Temp: 10 degrees C Biggest Fish: 23 lbs, Ignacio Number of Fish Hooked: 76 Number Of Fish 15lbs+: 8 Average weight: 9.7 lbs

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 11 : March 18 – 25, 2017

The week began with some challenging fishing due to high water and chocolate-colored flows. But as the days progressed, conditions improved as the water levels dropped. Then a cold front blew in, and we were met with new adversities all over again. Chilly water temperatures ranged from 7 degrees C to about 10 degrees. And mornings were consistently slow. By early afternoon through sunset, however, the fish were more cooperative. We used full-sinking lines, or T17 tips, coupled with large flies, and we fished slow and methodically—thoroughly covering the water for the best results. It was a game of patience and persistence, for both guides and clients. And in the end, we all found what we were looking for. Congratulations guests! Fish showed a variety of physical characteristics this week: from bright chromers to sea-run browns showing their pre-spawn colors. And at this point, as we inch toward the end of the fishing season, fresh fish are still entering the system, which bodes well for the weeks ahead.   Guglielminetti Gastón Fishing Manager   Water Temp: 9 ºC Biggest fish: 22 lbs Number of fish hooked: 129 Number of Fish over 15 lbs: 19 Average weight of fish: 10.8 lbs  

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Fishing Report Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 10 : March 11 – 18, 2017

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 10 : March 11 – 18, 2017

The week passed was a tough one, we were incredibly unlucky with the weather conditions. We got off to a flying start on day one, river was in good shape and plenty of active fish around. Sadly,Sunday afternoon brought us very heavy rain that continued through to Wednesday, due to this the river rocketed up on Monday afternoon, leaving us with a chocolate brown river with an extra 2 metres of water. Nevertheless we battled on despite the tough conditions and still managed to tick away at the odd fish here and there. We had no choice but to resort to massive flies and sinking lines to try and get to the fish and give them a chance of seeing the fly. By Thursday the river had started to drop back off and clear up again, fish have certainly moved on upstream but plenty more fresh fish had arrived. Friday was a reasonably successful day with the river back down to a very manageable level and reasonably clean. With all taken into consideration, we didn’t to badly at all, and finished up with a perfectly respectable result. The river is slowly dropping off still and losing most of its colour, lets hope we don’t get any more rain and numbers will hopefully pick up again. We are starting to see a lot of fish back on the move again now, some really big older fish starting to get more active. —Toby Burrell Guide at Kau Tapen Lodge Water Temp: 9 Biggest fish: 23lbs Matteo Number of fish hooked: 74 Number of Fish over 15lbs: 16 Average wight of fish: 9.2lbs

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 9: March 4 - 11, 2017

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 9: March 4 – 11, 2017

Wow!! One of the finest weeks of the last few years just went down on paper with 253 hooked fish in six days. The Rio Grande and the Menedez were both in perfect shape, and our group of brilliant anglers from Scotland were here to see the angling planets align for them. We had great moments with all our anglers, but I’ll never forget the day with Angus, when he landed a 22-pounder in the morning followed by 24- and 25-pounders at Lila’s pool the same afternoon. Randall was also a fishing machine. He hooked 43 trout. And Robert, who organized the trip, had a banner day on the Menendez, landing consecutive 16- and 19-pound hens on a single-handed rod. Every time we arrived back at the guide house, our fleece sleeves were soaked from releasing so many sea-run browns… and the smiles were contagious. River levels were consistently high for this time of the year, the color of the water was like dark tea, and the Intruder fly under a cloudy sky was the ticket. Mission accomplished guides. Thanks for all your hard work. And a big thanks to the Rio Grande and the Menendez. —Gaston Guglielminetti Head Guide, Kau Tapen Lodge Water Temp: 11 degrees C. Biggest Fish: 25 pounds, Angus Number of Fish Hooked: 253 Number Of Fish 15lbs+: 51 Average weight: 11.9lbs

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 8: Feb. 25 – March 4, 2017

It’s been an explosive week at Kau Tapen Lodge. The river has been flowing at an ideal level, water clarity was good, and the wind was practically absent. That hard to beat scenario was made even better by the addition of good fishermen and cooperative sea-run browns. And the result was the best week we’ve had all summer for numbers of fish landed. Smiles and hugs were constants. So were big flies and rigs lined with quick sink-tips. With weapons in hand, our extended U.S. family of Bill, Janet, Jake, and Frost, who visit us every year, broke all the statistics imaginable. Between them, 87 fish were landed and a few more lost. Incredible! New friends from Russia, Germany, Australia and England completed the group. Pat’s first cast produced a beautiful 17-pound hen. Not bad for an 87 year old. And I have to mention Frank and Jamie, who on their first trip to Kau Tapen Lodge experienced some unforgettable fishing. I also want to thank my group of guides, who’ve done a brilliant job this past week. Let’s see if we can break another record… starting now.   —Gaston Guglielminetti Head Guide, Kau Tapen Lodge   Water Temp: 11 ºC Biggest fish: 22 pounds, Bill Number of fish hooked: 242 Number of Fish over 15 pounds: 52 Average weight of fish: 11.6 pounds

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Fly Fishing in Patagonia

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 7: Feb. 18 – 25, 2017

This past week ushered in some variable weather, with light wind to start followed by a nuclear easterly that packed plenty of rain. River levels bounced up and down, which can make for some challenging fishing. However, our guests persevered. Daryl and James had 12 fish to hand by the end of the first day, all in the teens. James’ fortune continued when he landed a beautiful 21-pounder out at Dc. Rocks. All told, the first three days produced three 20+ pound fish—some fantastic Rio Grande specimens! Toward the end of the week, 40 mph upstream winds gave us less reason to celebrate. But we chipped away and still managed a few fish per session. Overall numbers were slightly lower than pervious weeks, but the quality of fish remains high. The river is now on the rise. If it stabilizes at a decent level we could be in for an epic week ahead. Keeping our fingers crossed! Thanks everyone. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Argentina! —Toby Burrell Kau Tapen Guide Water Temp: 13 degrees C Biggest fish: 21lbs, David Number of Fish over 15lbs: 17 Average weight of fish: 8.9lbs

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Fishing Girl

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 6: Feb. 11 – 18, 2017

It’s safe to say this has been our most prolific week of the season, so far. And we can back up that claim with an outstanding number of incredible fish brought to hand. Toward the end of last week rain caused the river to blowout and rise with about a foot. By Tuesday the water had started to clear and was looking perfect. Sure enough, we managed to find plenty of the running fish. The quality of fish this week was outstanding. The majority were fresh bars of sliver and the average weight was more than 10 pounds. John had a fantastic week, landing 5 fish weighing over 20 pounds as well as numerous others in the high teens. Pretty sure we’ll be seeing him again next year…. Ivan had a great morning in Lucy’s midway through the week, hooking three fish all over 15lbs in a matter of 30 minutes. David, however, had an afternoon session that out of this world. On the last evening he was in Caroline’s with his father just before dark. And standing in the same spot he hit three consecutive fish: 22, 22, and 25 pounds. David’s farther Kjell, who was fishing the pool below managed to catch an 18-pounder and came marching up the river thinking he would be top rod for sure, soon to find out he was far behind his son. Overall, it was truly an unforgettable week with some outstanding stories and fantastic fish. We hope to see you all again next year. The river has dropped off slightly toward the end of the week. But as of his writing it’s been raining hard again. I’m sure we will get another push soon.   —Toby Burrell, Guide at Kau Tapen Lodge Water Temp: 14C Biggest fish: 25 pounds, David Number […]

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Full Size Render

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 5: Feb. 4 – 11, 2017

Our fifth week at Kau Tapen lodge has come to an end. This time clients from Austria, the U.S. and England experienced some highly variable conditions: three hot, windless days followed by a torrential fourth day, with a ferocious upstream wind. As you can imagine, the river went from very low and clear to high and extremely muddy. Changing conditions prompted us to switch up tactics—often. Everyday we experimented with an array of flies and lines and tips and strategies. And I guess we did something right, considering the astounding numbers our guests put up. As weather and river conditions changed so too did the moods of our sea-run browns. Some days were slow, others were fast and furious. Ginny and Mark experienced the latter during a short morning session when they landed four fish between 20 and 26 pounds. Brothers Peter and Barnum, on the other hand, were quick studies when it came to spey-casting techniques and had an unforgettable week. Finally, 81-year-old Jerry was brought to tears by his outstanding 24-pounder, which he dedicated to his friend who couldn’t make the trip. For now the river continues changing, giving us variety of different stories, challenges, and moments of satisfaction.   —Gaston Guglielminetti Head Guide Kau Tapen Lodge   —Toby Burrell Guide at Kau Tapen Lodge   Water Temp: 13C Biggest fish: 26lbs, Mark Number of Fish over 10lbs: 56 Average Weight: 8.9lbs

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 4: Jan. 28 – Feb. 4, 2017

Week four was made memorable by another awesome bunch of anglers at the lodge. Guests varied from experienced to first timers. Six members of the team caught their first ever sea-run brown trout and a couple caught their first ever fish! Weather was good: very little wind and good cloud cover all week. Fish we’re caught during the mornings, afternoons, and evenings—there was no obvious ‘best time to fish’. Max caught the fish of the week, a bright 21-pounder from Fernados. It was caught on a small nymph in shallow water. We had fun running after it down the pool. After a half-dozen huge jumps it began to tire and we managed to get the beautiful hen in the shallows and into the net. Congrats, Max! Hubert and Jean, our father and son duo, also had a session of note. They landed four fish on Wednesday afternoon: 18lbs, 17lbs, 17lbs, and 13lbs… an amazing four hours worth of fishing. The weather forecast is for some rain next week, which would be fantastic. The river is still low but full of fish. We’re looking forward to getting another week started. —Toby Burrell Guide Kau Tapen Lodge Many years I’ve guided on the Rio Grande and many good-sized fish have given me many beautiful memories. But this week fishing with Jeremy was extra special. Jeremy lives with Parkinson’s disease. He moves slowly into the river, but covers every inch of water. My first morning with him was fantastic, not only because in an hour we landed three fish between 14 and 16 pounds, but also because I learned an important life lesson. The small moments I experienced with Jeremy became more than about just catching fish. And in fact, the fish were just an excuse to share time on the water with […]

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