January 2016


Kau tapen Lodge: January 16 – 23, 2016

Fishing con Chicas Anglers the world over have heard again and again the conundrum as to why female anglers catch bigger fish, many hypothesis have been developed ( mainly by the dominant practitioners of the sport – Men), pheromones, shorter casts, delicate presentation, luck etc etc. Having witnessed this weeks fishing I would propose a much simpler answer “Chicas are just better to fish”!!!! Week number two at Kau Tapen saw the arrival of twelve guests, nothing unusual there, of the twelve however four were female anglers and when I say anglers I mean anglers, not some poor olde doll dragged here with tall tales of glorious weather and light winds, and an Antarctic cruise thrown in as a sweetner. These girls were the real deal, avid anglers, here by choice, ready to take on what ever the Rio Grande had to offer. Female anglers are common the world over and we regularly have mixed couples fishing together, be it husband and wife, father and daughter etc etc. Quite often it is the female of the couple who ends the week with more fish, in the past I would have given this very little taught and put it down to the luck of the draw. However, as the statisticians would say, having a greater sample population of four female anglers the results are closer to the mean. By the weeks end on Friday it was blatantly obvious which of the sexes are better to fish. Not only had the chicas out fished their male fishing partners they had out fished the entire male contingent of eight anglers. This had my luck of the draw theory in shreds and I began to analyze the scenario deeper. Guiding as opposed to fishing gives you a unique opportunity to “fish through someone else’s […]

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Futaleufu Fishing Report – January 2016

Currently as of Sunday 01/24/2016, the Futa River is running exceptionally high which has introduced some new challenges while fishing for aggressive browns and rainbow trout. With the higher water levels wading is limited and the majority of fishing is done by boat. Naturally water clarity is down, however, this is a plus considering the visibility usually ranges between 8 and 12 feet at lower levels. While targeting brown trout it is imperative to have a setup that includes sink tip or full sink line in order to present large streamers at an appropriate depth. A 6 weight rod with 200 gr. line is sufficient but a 7 weight with 250 gr. or even 300 gr. is preferred. Streamer color patterns vary however, dark olive, brown, and black are most effective especially during sunny days which are plentiful here. Fishing for browns is most productive during lower light conditions in the early morning or the evening but this past week several large fish have been caught during midday using sink tip line swinging large streamers in deep runs and under cut banks. Rainbow trout fishing has remained constant despite the high water. The locations have changed slightly however patterns and techniques remain the same. We regularly sight fish rainbows in eddies and slow moving water with small dry flies during the evening or late morning hours. Adams, Royal Wulff, Blue Wing Olive, and large Stimulators are the flies of choice during the hours of the hatch. Throughout the day as the temperature rises large terrestrials, such as Fat Alberts’ and Chernobyl Ants’, become effective for both rainbows and browns alike. We regularly use nymphs as droppers off of large terrestrials. Several favorites are the Prince nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, and the standard Copper John all between sizes 12 and 18. […]

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