December 2020


Nervous Waters’ Renovation Projects 2020

While we wait anxiously for clearance from various governments about international travel, we have not missed a beat during the Covid 19 shutdown. Knowing that we would have empty lodges for some time- we pivoted with our staff and undertook some massive renovation projects. We have used this long break of many months to make a number of improvements to our programs and take on maintenance and renovation projects that have long been on our “to-do’’ lists. See the following text and photos for a complete listing- but we promise you it is extensive and we want to thank our staff for pitching in and wearing some new and different hats!  KauTapen Lodge ✓ Finished a new road to Menendez River that will shorten the drive and make it more comfortable for guests. ✓ Renovated the guides’ house. ✓ Purchased new land adjacent to KauTapen’s property. Villa María Lodge ✓ Constructed a new wind-energy generation system for the River House. ✓ Modernized the fire with a new cooking oven. ✓ Renovated Managers’ housing.

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BAIR’S LODGE IS OPEN! COME VISIT US ON SOUTH ANDROS ISLAND, BAHAMAS

Anglers haven’t stepped foot on the soft sand flats of Andros in months. It’s been fifty years or more since these flats have been this rested and we are excited to get back out there and take advantage of it! Our guides and staff are ready and waiting- and we couldn’t be more excited to get back to what we love, fishing, and sharing our wonderful island and people with you. There is still some great Fall fishing available, if you are ready to get out there give us a call. You may be asked to download an app to track symptoms upon arrival or take a rapid Covid test on day five (we have them at the lodge).  We ask you to be patient as we navigate these new testing and COVID monitoring processes. We are excited to get back to fishing and we are anxious to see you soon! Read more about Bahamas Covid Travel Protocols

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FISH STORY: AN EXTRAVAGANT OR INCREDIBLE TALE

  FISH STORY: AN EXTRAVAGANT OR INCREDIBLE TALE by Eric Ladd In the heart of northern Argentina lies the kingdom of the Dorado, spanning from Pira Lodge on the Ibera Marshlands, to Delta Lodge where the Paraná River empties into the Atlantic. In between, anglers encounter the largest Dorado on Planet Earth during their annual migrations. Join Mountain Outlaw Magazine as they adventure through our family of Golden Dorado lodges. Find the full article in this link: http://www.mtoutlaw.com/a-fish-story/

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Bairs’ Lodge lifestyle

World-class bonefishing, spectacular sunrises and warm Caribbean breezes combined with fine dining, Egyptian cotton sheets, and personalized service strike the perfect balance of elegance and comfort. We aim for that perfect timing when nature and nurture collide to create memories that last a lifetime. We begin our day at sunrise with fresh coffee and an excitement for what the flats have to offer.  After a made-to-order breakfast with options including omelets with local organic eggs, eggs benedict, or french toast on homemade bread, it is time to gear up and meet your guide. The boats are loaded with a picnic lunch and ice-cold drinks, and the day of adventure is launched.  As you set off for a spectacular day exploring our fishery, the house staff prepares for your return. The best in the business, our local island staff take pride in providing an exceptional experience both on and off the water. With guest rooms and main areas cleaned and sanitized daily, we await your return with a cocktail of the day, a cold towel to wipe your brow, and fresh appetizers. Homemade dips and salsas plus warm appetizers prepared by our professional chef are the perfect compliments to fish stories and recaps of the “one that got away.” Laughter and lore begin to fill the air. Our fully-stocked bar is available along with a nice selection of wines and non-alcoholic options. Relax, have a drink, take a shower, or walk out the front door onto our home flat for one more bonefish. The afternoon is yours to enjoy. Come sunset and dinnertime, Chef Valentino will provide a world-class culinary experience focusing on fresh seafood with a Bahamian flair. Always fresh with accommodations for allergies and taste preferences, dinner at the long table is punctuated by hand made dessert and freshly […]

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Bairs’ Lodge -2020 Season Review:

We opened Bairs’ Lodge for the fall season in September. We were fortunate that South Andros Island in The Bahamas was un-impacted and in fact untouched by Hurricane Dorian’s landfall on Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands. We actually opened earlier than initial expectations, to accommodate early season angler demand. The fishing started off strong and remained strong until our early closure of the lodge at the end of March due to health and travel disruptions caused by COVID-19. During October and November, the water temperatures seemed perfect, the fish were on the flats and they were happy. As the days cooled from the summer high temperatures, bonefish used the incoming tides to access the shallow, skinny flats of the southern keys. They were foraging on the flats in substantial numbers, actually moving towards well-presented flies. Fish counts were relatively high. Most days had some clouds, partly sunny with some afternoon rain. When the clouds came in, the majority of our clients relied heavily on the knowledge of tides and the eyes of our highly experienced guide staff. We endured one strong storm in late October that impacted the fishing for several days. December and January were dry. The clear high pressure and sunshine provided excellent visibility on the water and specific sight-fishing opportunities. There were several “cold fronts” of north winds that lowered air and water temperatures to the mid to low 60’s into early February. During these north winds, there were less fish on the flats, but the fish that showed up were substantially larger averaging 6 to 8 pounds, sometimes larger. The average fish of 3-to-5 pounds during the cooler months mainly stayed in deeper water on the edges of the flats where they could find more consistent water temps. Our strongest winds of the season occurred during […]

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Northern Patagonia Lodge – 2020 season end report

We recently finished up another wonderful season here at Northern Patagonia Lodge. Although cut a little bit shorter than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was certainly full of memorable moments and catches.  The season started with good water levels that provided some great streamer fishing throughout November, especially in the smaller tributaries and rivers. During December, January and February the weather was very dry, so dry fly fishing was the main focus, and it was very good. Hefty browns were caught and left some memorable takes in our minds to reflect on as we wait for the next season to start. Our rainbow trout once again proved to be very willing to play with us this season and added to the “numbers” as per usual. Parts of February and March came with really hot weather, making fishing a little more challenging. But our guides put in work and made it happen for our clients, nymph fishing started to become the go-to option in the afternoons of the warmest days.  The biggest browns landed were in the range of 23-24 inches, leaving us with a taste for more since the best part of the season for large fish was canceled as a result of the pandemic. Most of our rivers fished well through all the season, the Chimehuin, Malleo, Collón Cura, Aluminé, all fished will and the little creeks proved very productive early on in the season. The only exception was the Limay, which was surprisingly slow all the season, especially because the big migratory fish were not in the river. We hope they are coming in now, while we are all in our homes and are enjoying a peaceful migration and spawning season, so we can enjoy more large fish in the coming years! We want to say […]

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Suindá Lodge – 2020 Season End Report

We just wrapped up our second season of operation here at Suindá Lodge, and what a season it turned out to be! We made countless wonderful memories with guests, on and off the water, both in terms of catch numbers and the size of the Dorado we landed. Throughout the season, the Paraná River was lower than normal with just a few rainy days here and there. This made it a fun challenge for our guides as they explored new areas to find where the big fish were holding during the low-water. Loggy structure held plenty of fish, but perhaps the most exciting days were to be had on the sand bar flats. We encountered many feeding frenzies with clients, which made for exceptional and exciting fishing scenarios. We found Dorado blitzing on Sabalo in groups of 4-8 fish, but some of the frenzies were started by one maverick Dorado looking to take on the sabalo by themselves. Accuracy, quick reactions, and patience were the keys to success. The rocky structure fished well during some of the weeks, with some truly large and memorable fish landed, but mainly it came down to fishing those areas at the right time of day and during the right water conditions.   On the other hand, the Pira Pita and Pacu fishing was slower than usual. We had an unusually dry early season which hurt the fruit crop that those fish look forward to every season. With less fruit on the surface, those 2 species sat deeper in the water column, so it was difficult to find these fish close to the surface in order to sight cast to them.  Our largest fish of the 2019-2020 season was landed by Harrison Beckwith, and his big girl weighed in at 35-pounds of pure Paraná River Gold.  […]

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Villa Maria Lodge – 2020 Season End Report

The 2020 Rio Grande season is officially over, and although cut a bit short, it was certainly a season to be remembered!  We can say, with confidence, that this has been a very special season. Especially when we compare this year’s river flows to the previous season.  December was a very wet month and this January was the wettest on record in the past 30 years. This doesn’t mean that the river was flooded over its banks, but instead, we found a river flowing at a near-perfect level, that allowed us to fish every pool from top to bottom, and made it possible to wade safely as long as you knew where and how to make the crossing. Lucky for us these river conditions remained nearly all season, except for one week in February when the river was “low” but it only lasted a few days. Another factor that impacted our season was the unstable level of the river. I described its level previously as “higher than usual” but it was never stable. Every other day it seemed the river would drop a few inches, and then quickly rise another few inches, often happening during the same day. Our water temperatures were also volatile, for instance, one day we were measuring it at 13C and the day after it was in the 7-9 C range throughout the day. The same was happening with the water clarity. It was clear and nice one day, and cloudy with a good amount of didymo floating down the next.  All this didn’t affect the general shape of the river and was not especially noticeable to the untrained eye, but it affected the behavior of the fish. We all know that the fish don’t care if the water is cool or warm, or has some […]

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Kau Tapen Lodge – 2020 Season End Report

A few weeks earlier than expected, we have finished up this year’s season for obvious reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly become the center of everyone’s lives and has put a hold on international travel in a heartbeat. While this came on unexpectedly for all of us, we are glad that our guests are safe at home, and our staff and international guides were able to return to their families without major complications. As sad as we are to prematurely end this season, we’re happy and thankful for the special 10 weeks that could not have been more enjoyable.  This season’s conditions could not have been any more different from last year’s, especially where water levels are concerned. 2020’s summer was dictated by much higher water levels and variable weather for the most part. Almost every week, the river changed – it was much higher at its lowest point this year than it ever was in most weeks of last season. During these changing conditions, we discovered that it did affect the fishing quite a bit – The contrast between good and tough fishing was more apparent, and anglers had to use their windows of opportunity when conditions aligned and gave them a chance. Despite that, the catch results at the end of each week were very consistent. The shifting conditions and the fact that these fish could turn on and off like a switch made some weeks seem a bit more random, making it harder for us guides to find the right approach and forced us to experiment more with our tactics than in previous years. While I personally believe that these high-water seasons are exactly what this river needs once in a while, it did affect the fishing and the course of the season noticeably. As the river […]

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Pirá Lodge – 2020 Season End Report

These past months have been the most productive season we have experienced since I started guiding at Pira Lodge. Absolutely amazing doesn’t come close to describing it, and words can´t explain what a great summer it was, and I went by in a blink of eyes.  We enjoyed some of the finest water and weather conditions we have ever had, with the Ibera Marsh sitting right at the perfect water temperature and level to keep all the fish concentrated in the channels, as they should be! We welcomed new guests, made new friends and visited with old friends who came back to share in the experience of fishing in our pristine environment. By the end of January, we had already smashed the lodge record for largest Dorado, which was landed by Jim visiting from Ennis, Montana. His trophy tipped the scales at 33-pound of pure gold. The big girl ate while he was swinging his fly on a sink-tip line in the Corriente River. Some other remarkable fish from this season were Olech’s 20-pounder landed in a tiny pond surrounded by cattail grass using a streamer and floating line, and another 20-lb fish for John S., caught in the deepwater of the Corriente River. Besides those, we landed 3 fish over 18 lbs for three lucky anglers, Michael, Jason, Peter W. On top of landing some of the largest dorados in the march, we landed numerous double-digit fish in the 10-to-15 pound range in different fishing situations.  The true beauty of this fishery is that it allows us to use a variety of techniques and different types of lines and flies depending on what our anglers are feeling. We can use dry flies like mouse patterns; streamers on floating, intermediate and sinking lines; divers, and poppers, and fish all of […]

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