March 2016


Kau tapen Lodge: February 13 – 20, 2016

Mood Cycles The sea trout at Kau Tapen this week reminded me of a girlfriend I once had, her early morning mood was generally bad and no amount of cajoling or sweet talk could bring her around. As midday approached her spirits would lift a little and a smile or even a kiss were not out of the question but as soon as darkness fell a whole new person would appear and the cranky tyrant that you had to tip toe around all day was as playful as a puppy. We went our separate was in the end and to this day I could never figure out the reason for her daily mood cycles, as for the trout behaving in a similar fashion the reasons are straight forward, freezing over night temperatures made them slow and lethargic, as temperatures rose during the day they became more active and by nightfall they were happy to cooperate. Obviously fewer fish were landed in the morning sessions but in the long run the figures balanced themselves, the simple reason being that more fish were willing to take the fly at night, having not felt the anglers hooks earlier in the day. David and Kjell for Norway made the short trip over the fence from Aurelia lodge just upstream, to spend there second week in pursuit of these prized fish. David had a case of déjà vu landing the biggest fish of the week, a title he also received during his stay upstream. Kjell’s tales of big fish are far less joyous however, clumped by a giant of a fish on Wednesday night he returned the following evening for revenge only to be clumped for a second time. Scottish pair of David and Lorne had been well informed of what to expect down here […]

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Villa María Lodge: January 3 – 10, 2016

Welcome to Villa María Lodge 2016!! We opened our season with normal conditions for January, which means dry and windy. The water level is lower than last year at the same time and surely on the low side for the time of the season. But the river looks good and without many  structural changes following the winter scour. The wind was a major player this week and almost every day we had gusts reaching 90 km/h. This made fishing some spots impossible and turned the river murky, so we lost almost all our underwater visibility. An stamina & patience game for all of us…. The good news is that the fish are running. Several double figure fish were caught, all super silver, super fresh, and with unbelievable power and explosive fights. Fish are moving quickly upstream and an empty pool in the morning could be filled with rolling and taking fish during the afternoon. As stated above, because water clarity was compromised most of the days, the most successful set up included good skaggit lines, heavy sink tips of 3-4 mts long and bigger than usual flies. Patterns like leeches, scandinavian tubes and intruders were the ones that saw most of the action. The upcoming week’s forecast is for a break in the wind intensity, so we will have to adapt as conditions change.   Largest fish of the week, 18 lbs. Fish over 15 lbs: 4 Alejandro Martello  

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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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Futa Lodge – End of Season Report 2015

By Juan Lange This year was a one of the driest in the Patagonia in the last fifty years. Our usually green grass garden turned brown an crispy. The river was kept low by the dam at the Argentinian side of the border. However and fortunately, the fish kept feeding and we had a nice year. We met new friends and had very nice fishing. We had a forest fire close to the lodge that kept us on our toes for several days but the national forest corporation took care of it with their helicopters. All in all, we were able to enjoy good fishing, with the variety that characterizes the Futa Lodge program. Many rainbows and browns were landed and guests left happy promising to come back. Hope you too have the chance to fish the Futaleufú soon! You’ll love it! Best, Juan Lange Futa Lodge Fishing Manager

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Join Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA, for six days of tenkara fly-fishing in Patagonia from March 5-12, 2015

Tenkara equipment and professional instruction will be provided as we explore the Chimehuin River and the Malleo and Alumine tributaries. Connect with the rivers that put Patagonia on the map for fly-fishing. We’ll be fishing for brown, rainbow, and brook trout. For more information about tenkara fly fishing pleaseclick here or check out our website to learn more about Chime Lodge. Rate per angler: $4,900.00 Includes: 7 nights lodging and 6 days fishing, shared room and boat, all meals and drinks. ABOUT DANIEL GALHARDO Daniel founded Tenkara USA with the goal of spreading tenkara outside of Japan. In 2012 there were Tenkara Weeks held in Italy and the UK. This will be the time to head down to South America. Daniel grew up in Brazil, so not too far from Patagonia. And, his early fly-fishing inspiration came from the iconic images of fly-fishing in Patagonia. Renowned fly angler and author Dave Hughes says: “Fishing with Daniel turned out to be an education in a couple of ways. The first was in the simplicity with which Daniel lives…The second was my first in-depth, rather than shallow, instruction in the art of tenkara fishing. Daniel has gone to Japan to learn from traditional experts there and has obviously become one himself.” We are excited about this Tenkara adventure and hope you can join us! CONTACT US NOW TO BOOK YOUR SPOT! 1.800.530.6928 Info@nervouswaters.com

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Kau Tapen Lodge: March 7 – 13, 2015

7th Mar – 13th Mar. By James Topham   My boyhood hero was Robert F. Scott, the famous Antarctic explorer from the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole. Those of you familiar with the story will recall Captain Oats, who stricken frostbite and realizing he was slowing down the group said, “I’m going outside, I might be gone some time”… and was never seen again. This scene flashed through my mind when early on in the week we had a morning session with 100km/h winds and gusts strong enough to knock a full-grown flyfisher off his feet. At our first pool I parked the car into the wind, so the doors wouldn’t rip off their hinges. We sat for a few moments marveling at what the river had become. It was completely white-capped, with sheets of spray whirling and rolling downstream. It looked more like a waterfall that had been turned horizontally than the usually sedate Rio Grande.   The car rocked and bucked. The rods needed a leader change. And I said to my wide-eyed guests, “I’m going outside, I might be gone some time”. I tried to replicate the brave Captain Oats and make a hero’s exit, but embarrassingly the doors wouldn’t open, the wind kept them firmly shut. It took some ungraceful grunting and shoving until I finally made it outside and was promptly blown out of sight. My 120-pound frame isn’t built for such conditions. One might say I’m gravitationally challenged. It was thrilling though, and we laughed over the absurdity of flyfishing in gale-force winds. It wasn’t a complete bust either. Peter Rippen managed to catch a beautifully fresh 11-pound hen, while casting on his knees so he wouldn’t get blown over. Thankfully, it quieted down for the evening sessions, and normal fishing resumed. The river […]

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Kau Tapen Lodge – February 21 – 27, 2015

As you know, there’s always something to be learned when flyfishing. So I’m wary when someone calls himself an absolute “expert”—unless that person is veteran KT guide Max Mamaev. He comes pretty close. This week, we all learned a few important things: the first being the positives that come from practicing new techniques before venturing as far as Tierra del Fuego. Our group of intrepid anglers from Nebraska did exactly that. None had cast a Spey rod before, so they went out and sought instruction, bought casting DVDs, and tested what they’d learned on their local river. What a massive difference that made! We gave them a few tweaks and adjustments, and they were casting well—and catching fish—from the get-go. The fishing this week was marked by a continuation of technical, low water conditions. Although we did see a brief spike and slight water discoloration toward week’s end. Overall, sea trout numbers were decent and all 9 rods caught fish above 15 pounds… the largest being a 22 pounder. Finally, we gave Gianni a special prize for his faithful patronage at Kau Tapen. This was his 22nd week! And he earned himself a Sage One rod tube. (We’ll give him the rod on the next 22nd week anniversary!) Hope to see you on the water soon, —Kau Tapen Guide Team  

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Kau Tapen Lodge – February 2015

So ends another week at Kau Tapen, but by all accounts it was not you’re average week. Mark Taylor from Mavungana Norway brought his Norwegian 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 very 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 lets cut to the chase and talk about some fishing… The river is still running pretty low, but running cold and clear. As with the last few weeks this meant an opportunity for some great technical fishing. Small heavy nymphs, and slow sink/ intermediate leaders and good presentations made all the difference. After sunset small Sunrays were fished 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 a beautiful 21lb Cock landed by Kristoffe Vasdal. It was sad to see the group leave this morning, my only consolation being I’ll see most of the guys in for the Salmon season this summer. Hope to see you on the water, James Topham and the Kau Tapen Guide Team

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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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Spectrum of Emotions

Week 5 insights from Kau Tapen Lodge, Patagonia There is a phrase commonly used back home by anglers on the big western trout loughs (Irish lakes) that epitomizes precisely when he or she has reached wits end in a quest to outsmart tricky quarry. “I’m ready to jump in!” It’s a phrase I’ve used and a feeling I’ve experienced on more than one occasion, a type of torture by trout. On the opposite scale, on those days that either by luck or by crook you land a trout or two, I’ve heard the feeling of satisfaction described this way: “As good as the ride.” These are two ends of emotion anglers go through on a regular basis. The Rio Grande and its fabled sea trout are no different, producing incredible moments of jubilation while in a matter of hours leaving an angler lost and perplexed. It’s always interesting and at times amusing to watch a group of guests go through the spectrum as the trials and tribulations of a week’s fishing unfolds. Our group of guests this week experienced similar, enjoying some exceptional fishing, in fact the best so far this season in terms of numbers and size. Sea trout, however, by their nature can be moody fish and sessions of seven and eight fish followed by a blank leave anglers dumbfounded. It is not until the final session is over on Friday evening that a guest can sit back and process the rollercoaster of emotions experienced over the previous six days. Fortunately for us anglers, those moments of jubilation outweigh all others and leave us destined to search for more. Kau Tapen regulars Johannes Kahrs and Daniel Stephan joined us from Germany for their fourth successive season. Johannes, best described as a flamboyant character, allowed his emotions to ebb […]

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