June 2015


Villa María Lodge- End of Season 2015

Another Rio Grande season has come to a close, leaving us with a lot to learn from—as usual. Drought was a major factor in 2015. December marked the last rains of summer and what followed was a long (more than two months) dry spell. Some of Villa Maria’s pools were almost motionless due to low water. And water temperatures shot up on the warmest days… which is never good, considering sub-Antarctic fish don’t enjoy sub-tropical temperatures! These conditions forced us to fish smarter, paying even closer attention to things like wind, sunlight, time of the day, cloud cover, water speed, and an angler’s overall skill level. One main difference from the 2014 season, was that the fish would get active during the last, last moments of the fishing day, or even very early in the morning. Daytime activity was far less prevalent. Despite tricky scenarios, the river delivered and everybody enjoyed their fishing time in Rio Grande. And as for monster fish, we caught 70 weighing 20 or more pounds, and almost 300 over 15lbs! Pretty respectable. Skinny water conditions pushed us to use lighter tackle than usual for this lower stretch of the river. Shorter, lighter sink-tips were the norm. And instead of the classic 14-foot 8- and 9-wt double-hand rods, we were able to get away with some smaller 12’6” 8-weights. Flies remained the same, with nymphs and rubber-legs being the first choice during harsh midday light. Streamers and leeches, on the other hand, ruled when night was approaching. Special thanks to our 2015 guide team: Jason Jagger, Alejandro Bianchetti, Gaston Guglielminetti, Kristján “Diddi” Gunnarsson, and Pablo Brusa. Great job guys!! Hope to see you all next year. I also want to thank Claudio, Alejandra, Emiliano, Rosalía, Gabriela, and Joaquin for making our lives easier and doing a terrific job […]

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Abaco Lodge – April & May 2015

Abaco Lodge – Fishing Report April & May 2015. By Ken and Anne Perkinson After a stellar March, April & May brought warmer temperatures and a plethora of bonefish.  Anglers were experiencing days with bone numbers in the double digits and some decent shots at juvenile tarpon and permit. In late May, we had the pleasure of hosting two legendary fishing icons, Mr. Flip Pallot and Mr. Lefty Kreh, at the lodge.  Great times were had by all as Lefty shared his favorite stories and jokes, and anglers amped up their games by virtue of the skilled hands of Lefty and Flip and their helpful tips each day.  Flip and Lefty were gracious with their time and knowledge, spending special time with each and every guest – giving them undivided attention and a lifetime of memories. Lucky anglers rotated each day for a rare chance at some one on one time fishing with these industry greats.  We’re thrilled to have Flip with us for another couple of weeks and look forward to sharing our anglers’ adventures along the way. Looking into the future, we might be fortunate enough to experience a fall visit from another industry giant, Mr. Chico Fernandez……and a possible return by Lefty, too!  Stay tuned…… Anne and Ken Perkinson Abaco Lodge Managers

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Chime Lodge – End of Season Report

The fishing season at Chime lodge started in November with great conditions. We used mostly black and green sculpins and buggers. Since water levels were high, sinking lines and streamers on 6- and 7-weight rods were a must. And we hooked plenty of brown trout in 18- to 22-inch range. By January and February the weather turned hot, water levels dropped, and guests had great fishing—particularly early in the morning and late in the afternoons. We used mayfly and caddis dries, and nymphs such us copper Johns, pheasant tails, and princes. During hot afternoon we broke out the big flies and had success with fat alberts, spiders, and hoppers… to name a few. March was also a great month. It’s always nice to say goodbye to a season with fantastic fishing. At the beginning, smaller mayflies out-produced the foam terrestrials. Then we went back to streamers at the end of the month. All in all, it was a great season at Chime and we look forward to another great one soon. Hope to see you then! Tight Lines,  

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Bair’s Lodge -Bonefishing Report :April 2015

Bair’s Lodge – Bonefishing Report April 2015. By Sue and Doug Vigue April turned out to be a great fishing month at Bair’s lodge. The winds settled down significantly and we had over three consecutive weeks of winds averaging less than 10 mph each day.  Anglers took advantage of these remarkable conditions and caught lots of bonefish averaging over 4-5 lbs. The largest of the season was caught measuring 34” in length. Calculating length measurements, the fish was well over  13lbs! Great Job angler Lani Waller!

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Bair’s March FISHING REPORT

Bair’s Lodge – Bonefishing Report March 2015. The fishing in March was classic South Andros.  The weather settled in to its traditional patterns.  We had partly cloudy to clear skies with moderate winds on most days and a few northern fronts that came through during the month. Overall, fishing was quite good. A day or so after the fronts came through the weather and fishing improved greatly. Anglers reported 8 to 20 fish landed from most boats each day. And in that number there were usually 2 to 3 fish over five pounds.  Most boats also reported multiple sightings of big fish over 10 pounds each day. During the month it seemed that larger fish over 10 lbs were hooked and a couple were landed. March is considered to be one of the best months to visit Bair’s Lodge, and it lived up to the billing this year. Best regards,Sue and Doug Vigue

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Simon Gawesworth at Kau Tapen Lodge!

If you want to learn to cast like a pro- from a pro, you need to sign up soon. After a week with Simon you’d have to get in your car to get farther away from your fly. From Jan 10-17th, 2015, join jovial host, and champion fly caster and fly fisherman, Simon Gawesworth for a week of breath-taking Sea Trout Fishing at Kau Tapen lodge, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, home to 5 IGFA world records for Sea-Run Brown Trout. Have you ever wanted to fish for the big browns in windswept Tierra del Fuego? You have seen the photos—huge trout cradled by anglers who are leaning into a steady wind. They didn’t use to catch very many, but thanks to the evolution of spey fishing, the catch rates are terrific. Don’t be embarrassed because you can’t fish the two –handed rod—this is the perfect opportunity to learn. Let Simon be your mentor, and you’ll catch double digit trout with both single handed and spey rods. This is your chance to learn from the best! Spend the week of January 10-17, 2015 at the finest and most traditional lodge in South America, Kau Tapen Lodge, and fish the Rio Grande, known as the best river in the world for sea run trout fly fishing. While you are fishing, enjoy the impeccable accommodations and royal treatment of the Kau Tapen Lodge. With a week’s instruction and tips from Simon, you’ll be able to apply many of his techniques to your own fishing scenarios. You’ll catch more fish-especially hard to reach fish, and enjoy fly casting more. The departure is limited to just 10 anglers. Don’t miss out this opportunity!!

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Pirá Lodge: End of Season 2015

Posted on April 3, 2015 by Nervous Waters Fishing Report (End of Season 2015) – by José Antonio Caparrós   This season started a bit earlier than others, and when I arrived at the lodge it rained hard for several days. That was my welcome to the marsh—high water and blocked fishing beats due to floating debris. But the fish were there. We just had to find them. After the big storms departed, dorado had spread out all over the marsh chasing small sábalos, their favorite food. The guide crew and I began scouting with good results. We found large dorado lurking in the typical spots. It was very encouraging for us to see life in the river! Fishing improved despite high-water levels. In the mainstem river we fished sinking lines, like the Leviathan 300 grain. And in shallower sections of the marsh, we used floating lines on 6-weights, casting dry flies with good results. The dorado fishing really came into its own by mid-season. Calm, stable weather led to awesome fishing. During that time, Shya and Ariel Kane caught several Corriente River fish weighing up to 15 pounds. Jean and Keith Howman from Scotland also experienced great summer fishing, landing many up to 12 pounds. To finish the season, we welcomed Argentine biologist Miguel Casalinuvo, who’s working on a dorado conservation project with Nervous Waters. The guides and I helped by taking measurements and weighing the fish. We’ve also been busy tagging dorado in order to track their movements throughout the system. Overall, it’s been a great season. And we’re looking forward to more of the same next year. Can’t wait to see you on the water! TOTAL FISH CAUGHT: 236 DORADO TOTAL FISH FROM 10 TO 16 LBS : 27 DORADO Jose Caparros Pirá Lodge Fishing Manager For […]

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Kau Tapen Lodge: March 21-27, 2015

Fishing Report: Mar 21-27, 2015 – By James Topham   Martin Carranza, Florida guide and Nervous Waters partner at Chime Lodge brought a group of his friends and clients down south for a taste of the famous giant patagonian sea trout. Most were accomplished single hand fisherman, but all but one had experience with a double handed rod. Normally that would mean a few casting demonstrations with the double hander, and refining techniques throughout the week, something the guides at KT are very accustomed to. This, however, proved unnecessary. This week was incredibly unusual for the inexplicable absence of wind. The first few days were bright and sunny, with no wind. The last couple days were overcast and cool, with no wind. There was no wind in the mornings, none in the afternoons, and none in the evening. It was uncanny, freakish, and we wondered if all of a sudden the mother of all gales would make up for all the quiet days, but it didn’t arrive. With low, clear water, and no wind to speak of, it meant the anglers could stay well within their comfort zone and make delicate presentations with single handers without difficulty. The fish respond well and most of the anglers caught their fish of a lifetime. Notable catches were a 22lb fish by Ed (who only started fly fishing 5 years ago and was one of the few to persist with a double hander- defiantly one of the quickest learners the guides have worked with!); John caught a beautiful 23lb fish on his last night and Jo landed a very unusual catch indeed. An estimated 25lb CHINOOK (no doubt very lost) found itself attached to the end of Jo’s line. It was a great way to finish off the season, a friendly group, good fishing […]

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Kau Tapen Lodge: March 14- 20, 2015

So ends another fun fishing session at Kau Tapen Lodge, but by all accounts it was not your average week. Mark Taylor from Mavungana, Norway, brought his friends from all the way up there, to all the way down here. I’d been looking forward to this week as I know the crew well from guiding in Norway, and I knew that it was going to be, well, fun as hell. The crew didn’t disappoint, and it didn’t take them long to christen the lodges new hot tub in a spectacular show of partial male nudity. But I’m sure you folks don’t want to hear too much about male bonding sojourns, so let’s cut to the chase and talk about some fishing! The river is still running low, and cold and clear. As with the last few weeks this has meant great opportunities for some technical fishing. Small heavy nymphs, slow-sinking/intermediate tips, and good presentations made all the difference. After sunset, small Sunrays were fished with confidence and often produced three or four fish in the dying minutes of the day. The final tally of the week was 135 fish landed, and another 25 lost after a short fight. The largest fish was Kristoffe Vasdal’s beautiful 21-pound buck. It was sad to see the group leave this morning, my only consolation being I’ll see most of the guys again, when salmon season starts this summer. Hope to see you on the water, —James Topham and the Kau Tapen Guide Team

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Villa Maria Lodge: March 21- 26, 2015

The week began with high, off-color, and cold water due to snowmelt in the Andes. And we fished slow and deep using heavy sink-tips and large flies to wake up the lethargic fish. Despite the freshet-like flows, weather was generally nice: windless and warm. By midweek, water temps improved and the river dropped fast. All these whirlwind changes made the fishing unpredictable. Good casts, better presentations, and perfect swings were absolute musts. While honing our on-the-water skills, we also experimented with myriad lines, tips, and flies. Tips varied from 3 to 12 feet long and from intermediate to T14, depending on water temp, pool depth, and fish activity. Rubber-legged nymphs, leeches, and Intruders in varying colors were top producers. I’d like to extend a BIG “thank you very much” to Jim, Jean, Charlie, and Matt for their patience and persistence. Way to go! Largest fish of the week: 23 lbs Fish over 20 lbs: 1 Fish over 15 lbs: 13 Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager  

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