March 2015


Villa Maria Lodge: February 14 – 19, 2015

Like the week prior, we started with some rain in the lower stretch of the Rio Grande but there were heavy storms serious storms of rain and snow in the headwaters and in the Andes. How impressive to drive to the river and see the mountains dressed in white in the middle of the summer. While the rain bumped up the level of the river around an inch, it remained totally clear and fishable with small flies. Along the week part of the snow reached the river and while it didn’t change the level at all, we noticed a significative drop in the temperature of the water making the fish react ore slowly to flies, specially during the earlier morninghours. But around noon each day, as the sun was heating up the water, the fish started to roll on the surface and reacted more enthusiastically to the flies. Most of the fisherman this week had at least several season fishing Rio Grande, then there was Gilbert who was fishing for the 15th time here. He has learned that it helps a lot to be patient in the slow ties and aggressive when the fish are cooperative. The Best Entry Award was for Graeme, who in his first tour on the Rio Grande managed to land three 20 pound fish!! Congratulations Mr G! Again, a variety of flies were successful depending on the light, temperature, and time of the day. But if i have to choose a couple, small weighted nymphs and green machines were performing a little better than others. Leeches remain the best options in lower light conditions. Regarding lines, skaggit lines with short sink tips were the best option, finishing in tippets around 10/12 lbs. Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager  

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Kau Tapen Lodge – February 12-19, 2015

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Nervous Waters Feb 12-19, 2015 – By James Topham Well that one went quickly! It seems like yesterday that the group arrived, and now I’ve just said goodbye. As they say, time is relative. Then again, I guess fishing is too. Anyway, this week was defenatly a quality over quantity week. Despite catching fewer fish than previous weeks, we landed 5 fish over 20lb this week. The largest being 23lb. The total landed fish for the week capped at 88 fish. At the beginning of the week we had a good rain which despite soaking the ground, did little else to the river other than to discolour it, albeit fractionally and only for a few hours. The level might have gone up an inch or two, which was bit of a disappointment. I don’t know where it all went to. Re-filled the beaver holes I guess. It’s getting colder everyday, the water being no exception. We’ve started getting more and more fish on larger flies, so if you’re on your way here, don’t forget to pack a couple leeches and sunrays. See you on the water Kau Tapen Guide Team For more Fishing Report click HERE

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Villa Maria Lodge: February 21 – 26, 2015

The group that our friend Jim C. put together has been coming to Villa Maria Lodge for a few seasons already, so it was great to see them again and easier to adapt the fishing techniques and tackle to the conditions. As said, the river was low this week, while the wind remained strong and temperatures dropped all the way to 3 degrees C. in the evenings. A variety of flies were used depending on light conditions, river temperature, and the time of the day. And like last week, small weighted nymphs and green machines performed a little better than others. Leeches, on the other hand, remain the almighty option in lower-light conditions. Skagits with short but heavy sinking tips were the best line options, and we’re still finishing 10- to 12-pound leaders/tippet. This group enjoyed using ultralight switch rods, so it was lots of fun dealing with the monsters they hooked and landed! The “Moment of the Week” was when Mike and Mark had a double hook-up that ended with the simultaneous release of 26- and 24-pound hens! But those were not the only big fish. Our group of six fishermen each landed at least one fish over 20 pounds, with Dave McC getting his 10 minutes before he left for home! Largest fish of the week: 26 lbs Fish over 20 lbs: 9 Fish over 15 lbs: 31 Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager

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Bair’s Lodge – Bonefishing Report

Posted on February 22, 2015 by Nervous Waters Bonefishing Report Fall Fishing Summary – By Ray and Ann Shewnack Fall fishing in So. Andros is truly a special time of year. While most fly fishing anglers are chasing brown trout on the legendary waters of the Western United States, Anglers who are in the know are coming to So. Andros. The fishing Lodges here have been closed down for the past 4 months for hurricane season leaving the bone fish unmolested and happy. The weather in So. Andros in the fall starts to cool off with highs in the low to mid 80’s. Bairs lodge opens mid October and anglers are treated to eager bone fish tailing on the flats that have not seen an angler since June. It is amazing to hear the stories of anglers occasionally making a bad cast spooking a small school of bone fish and then having that same group of fish eat another well presented fly seconds later. This is what fishing in So Andros is all about in the fall. Tight Lines, Doug and Sue Bair’s Lodge Managers For more Fishing Report click HERE

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Fishing Report 2015

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Nervous Waters Kau Tapen Lodge Fishing Report – February 2015 – By James Topham The weeks are flying by! And a melting pot of nationalities has joined us at Kau Tapen Lodge united by their love, or curiosity, of monster Patagonian sea trout. So far no one has left disappointed. This past week, three Americans, two Norwegians, and six Brits got the full experience and entertained the guides with some great fishing and excellent company. Status quo tactics remain productive for now, with small Rubber-Legged Nymphs fished on long leaders during the day followed by fishing by larger Sunrays and leeches at night. Water temperatures have been getting colder, and the bigger flies are becoming more effective, inciting some aggressive takes. Despite the drop in water temperature, the Rio Grande is still on the low and clear side. It is however raining at the time of this writing, so let’s hope for a little bump. Overall, 125 fish were landed this week, with top honors going to Jim Simcoke for the largest of the week at 18 pounds. Hope to see you out here soon! The Kau Tapen guide team For more Fishing Report click HERE

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Bonefishing Reports

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Nervous Waters BAIRS LODGE Fall Fishing Summary Fall fishing at South Andros was a special time. While most fly-fishers are chasing brown trout on the legendary waters of the Western United States, anglers in the know are coming here. Why? Because most lodge operations have been closed for the past 4 months leaving the bonefish unmolested, happy, and hungry. It’s amazing to hear the stories of anglers occasionally making a bad cast, spooking a small school of bones, and then having that same group eat another well presented fly seconds later. Current Conditions Weather has been mild with temperatures in the low 70s. With occasional northern fronts passing through the island dropping temperatures into the upper 60s. Fishing continues to be outstanding with larger fish appearing from the ocean depths to cruise along the flats to feed. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust biologists just spent 4 days netting and tagging fish last week. They tagged over 1,100 bonefish. The largest school that they netted at one time was over 600 fish! They are finding the fish population to be very healthy. Within the schools that they netted, they found all sizes of fish: from 1 ponders to fish well over 10 pounds! Larger fish being seen and caught by our guest is the norm here during January and February. ABACO LODGE Fall Fishing Summary Fall 2014 was great in Abaco! Lodge guests enjoyed an abundance of nice sized bonefish, with an especially notable 10-pounder in November by guest Dick Pitini and lodge guide Travis Sands. Congratulations again you guys!! Barracuda have been actively cruising the flats, so each boat has been armed with the right gear to hook up with those toothy critters. Cudas are lightning-fast ambush predators that are incredibly fun to catch! Fall is one of the very best times to be in Abaco, especially for our chilly friends from the […]

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Alto Paraná Lodge – Fishing Report

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Nervous Waters Alto Paraná Lodge Fishing Report – January 2015 – By Fabián Anastasio The river is getting clearer by the day since the sun moved in and ushered away recent rains. Water temps are a bit warmer and levels are about back to normal—calling for longer leaders and lighter tippets. Big pira pita and dry-fly fishing are also back on the agenda! We’ve had good success sight-casting for them in narrow side-channels. Similarly, we’re also seeing more pacu, where wet and dry “fruit flies” make for fun fishing. Last, and definitely not least, dorado have been cruising shorelines and corralling large baitfish schools. They’re on the hunt… and so are we! The guide team has been busy designing new flies for the season: a big, buggy, and ultra-buoyant dry fly for pacu and pira pita and some deadly foam fruit imitations with enough “slash” to provoke savage responses. Smaller streamers for large, wary dorado are also being tweaked and tested. And some days they work better than the big Andino Deceivers. The arsenal continues to evolve. We look forward to catching up with you on the water soon. Fabián Anastasio Alto Paraná Lodge fishing report For more Fishing Report click HERE

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Futa Lodge – Fishing Report

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Nervous Waters Futa Lodge January 2015 Fishing Report – By Juan Lange The Futaleufu River is renowned for its whitewater stretches that attract kayakers and rafting thrill-seekers from around the globe. But what about the placid side of this monster? Futa lodge is located on a gentler section of the river, where trout wait patiently under the surface looking for wayward flies. Here, anglers find eddies holding large cruising trout that can be targeted with nymphs, drys, and streamers. This year, the upstream dam on the Argentinean side of the river has kept water levels low, giving us fisherman an advantage. Long runs of knee-deep water are loaded with trout looking for their next meal. And we can leave the rafts aside, wading these areas that are typically too fast and deep to ply on foot. In the deeper eddies, guests have found several 23 inchers. Terrestrial season is in full effect, and we’re having success with Fat Alberts, PMXs, and Club Sandwich-style flies. Caddis and stoneflies in the evenings continue to produce, too. And the hatches have been unbelievably thick—like something out of a movie! By Juan Lange Futa Lodge Fishing Manager For more Fishing Report click HERE

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Villa Maria Lodge – January 23 – 30, 2015

This past week we welcomed return guests from Iceland, Switzerland, USA, and the UK. The whole crew boasted plenty of experience on the Rio Grande, which helped us succeed day-to-day. Early in the week rain in the lower stretches and the headwaters gave us our first real bump—by about two to three inches—in a long time. The river thankfully remained clear and the fishing didn’t suffer. In fact we had some fantastic outings! On our best day, we landed 44 fish and 33 of them were caught during the evening session. Wind, on the other hand, was very strong and steady through the whole week, peaking at 50 miles/hr (+75km/H). Again, a variety of flies were successful without a clear overall winner. But smaller nymphs and Green Machines were the preference of both fish and fishermen. Skagit lines with short, heavy sinking-tips were the best options with 10- to 12-pound leaders. All in all, it was another good week. Let’s hope the favorable conditions prevail as we continue into mid-February. Largest fish of the week: 24 pounds Fish over 20 pounds: 9 Fish over 15 pounds: 27 Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager

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Villa Maria Lodge- January 16 – 23, 2015

We just finished another fantastic week at Villa Maria Lodge. Fishermen from several countries arrived and quickly divided themselves into Team Germany, Team Austria, and Team Switzerland. As you could imagine, plenty of good jokes and laughs ensued with our “allied nations”! Weather was cooperative. It wasn’t as hot as the previous week and cloudy skies helped cool the water. And in addition to prime morning and evening fishing, we found active fish through the daylight hours. A variety of flies proved successful without a clear overall winner. Some days all fish were landed on different patterns. As usual, much depended on HOW the fly was fished, not what was used. There was an exception, however, and the Innovator of the Week award went to Christoph from Team Germany, who during a slow, clam day tied on a shrimp pattern. It worked! Kudos to him. As for lines and sinking-tips, guests fished everything from intermediate to heavy, and there was no clear winner in this category either. They all had their moments in the right circumstances. Tied to the end of the line, most small flies worked fine as noted, but rubber-legged nymphs were the best options during the day. Leeches, on the other hand, continued to produce in low-light hours. Tight Lines, Alejandro Martello Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Manager

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