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Fishing Report Villa Maria Lodge – Week 11: March 16 – 24 , 2017

Similar to what we experienced the last couple of weeks, river levels have been seesawing daily due to some rain mixed with snowmelt from the headwaters. But the flow fluctuations were mostly mild and predictable—thankfully—and the fish have remained in the deeper channels and slower moving waters. Wind, air, and even water temperatures were pleasant for late March, while the fishing remained erratic and challenging. Finding the winning line/fly combination was a game of experimentation. But overall, heavier tips (up to 15 feet of T17) driving heavy, bushy tubes and colorful intruders produced the best results. Again, our guests did a great job and demonstrated appreciated patience throughout the week. Jean Daniel achieved his trip goals, catching a gorgeous 26-pound hen followed by another 20-pounder. But the biggest surprise came when he landed a 14-pound steelhead swinging a Sunray shadow on an intermediate line. Well done, Jean!   Largest fish of the week: 26 pounds Fish over 20 lbs: 2 Fish over 15 lbs: 4   Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager  

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

Fishing Report 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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Fishing Report Villa Maria Lodge – Week 9 & 10: March 4 - 16, 2017

Fishing Report Villa Maria Lodge – Week 9 & 10: March 4 – 16, 2017

The last couple of week in Rio Grande, especially the lower section, have been as challenging as ever. February has been quite particular, as it rained for the whole month. Not very intense rain, mostly just drizzle close to  town, but there were 3 or 4 days of very strong rains, especially in the headwaters what changed the game. These rains made the Rio Grande and its tributaries, like Radman, Menendez, and  Ona to change levels and water clarity constantly. This scenario made the fishing very challenging as we had to change where and how we were looking for the fish. Instead of the deep channels we started fishing the tails and shallower waters as this is where the fish like to sit and rest during those conditions. We also had to adjust our lines and the typical 10ft of T11 sinking tip we used along the season was replaced for longer and heavier tips like 15’ of T17 and the nymphs and leeches were replaced for heavy bushy tubes, colorful intruders and most of the time, we had to stack 2 or more flies to get a size and silhouette required for those water conditions.  The takes were sparse and very unpredictable so the fishing was demanding and the fishermen were pushed to do their best to seduce the fish as casting big flies and heavy lines for many hours is not the easiest task. But our guests did a great job and had tons of patience to follow our suggestions for catching that dream fish that everybody has in mind when they step into the river every day. The river is starting to stabilize, drop and clean, so next week we will be up to another new challenge. Largest fish of the week, 26 lbs. Fish over 20 lbs: […]

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

Fishing Report 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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Fishing Report Pira Lodge – February 2017

February began with good water conditions. The result was 60 golden dorado caught between 3 boats during the first week. Most of the fish were in the 6-10 pound range, but we also found a few 12-13 pounders. Justin S. landed a beauty 14-pounder while Daniel, who shared the boat with him, found an 11-pounder the same day. As the month progressed the number of fish caught remained stable. Weather and water levels were on our side, too. Throughout the month we visited the upper part of the marsh, exploring a branch of the Hilton Chanel, and using floating lines and drys. Some clients, including Pablo S. and Sebastian C., experimented with ultralight 2- and 4-weight rods. When a dorado felt the sting of the hook, it wasn’t easy to stop them. But we still managed to land a few. In addition to the upper, we swung the Corriente River with the standard streamers, but we also had success fishing Dalberg Divers and mouse patterns on floating lines. Alfredo A. took home Big Fish Honors for his 17-pound powerhouse. The biggest of the season. Congrats, Alfredo! Near month’s end the dorado began spreading out, but the population in the marsh is stable. A few storms rolled through, cooling the water by a couple degrees. Fishing remains hot. February ends with a total of 614 fish landed. —Jose Caparrós Fishing Manager, Pira Lodge

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

Fishing Report 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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Fishing Report Villa Maria Lodge – Week 8: Feb. 24 – March 3, 2017

Another group of returning guests visited us at Villa Maria Lodge this last past week. Having logged more than 10 trips to the Rio Grande, they were seasoned and equipped to deal with the current fishing conditions. River and weather conditions remained unstable, with booming tributaries altering water levels and clarity in the main-stem Rio Grande. And similar to last week, we prospected deeper, slower moving runs. Tailouts have been especially productive. Gear for this kind of fishing includes Skagit heads paired with long sink-tips (12 to 15ft) and rods from 13 to 14 ft for extra power in the wind. Winning flies included both large articulated leeches and intruder-style patterns. Color, on the other hand, was less important. We’ve had equal success with chartreuse, black, purple… even orange. Go figure. Dave pocketed the Rookie of the Week title. Maybe an obvious choice, considering he was our only first timer! But he also worked for it, landing two fish that topped the 20-pound mark, including a 24-pound hen that took the fly in a swift and shallow pool. The river is currently dropping and clearing, so next week will be a new challenge. We’ll be ready for it.   Largest fish of the week: 24 pounds. Fish over 20 pounds: 8 Fish over 15 pounds: 26   —Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager

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Fishing Report 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 Report Alto Parana – February 2017

This season the Parana River ran slightly lower than usual for many weeks, so the water has been clear and warm. Those same conditions have helped concentrate dorado in faster, oxygenated riffles. Fish have also been more active in early and later hours. Pira pita and pacu fishing has been a more technical game, requiring long, accurate casts and perfect presentations with longer leaders. Sight-fishing opportunities in the clear water have also been great. The fruit hatch has started, with fish snacks falling from most of the trees. Both fruit flies and terrestrial imitations continue to be effective. Fabian Anastasio Alto Paraná Head Guide

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Fishing Report Villa Maria Lodge – Week 7: Feb. 18 – 23, 2017

This past week we had a mixed group of first timers and Villa Maria Lodge regulars from Iceland and England. In between jokes about the Cold War and Euro Cup football, we experienced some challenging but ultimately high-quality fishing. River flows remained unstable as upstream tributaries continued to raise water levels and alter clarity in the Rio Grande. That combined with colder temperatures forced us to adjust our techniques to find fish in the deeper, slower moving sections of most runs. And although the river was higher it wasn’t unmanageable. We fished Skagit heads with long, heavy sink-tips carrying large flies for their sizeable silhouettes. And we found some spectacular fish. Rookie of the Week honors went to Angus W., who overcame a tough few days by rallying back with three fish in the 20-pound range! I also have to shout-out “The Toby”—a heavily modified Sunray Shadow-style tube fly that Oddur’s good friend tied exclusively for this trip. The fly not only produced a beautiful 21-pound buck, but also made a fantastic come back from the trashcan. After some recycling the “Zombie Toby” kept catching fish after fish till it perished once and for all during a fight with another Rio Grande monster.   Largest fish of the week: 24 lbs. Fish over 20 lbs: 6 Fish over 15 lbs: 27   Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager  

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