Fishing in Argentina with Roxtons
The Rio Grande is arguably the finest fishing destination in the world in terms of reliability and the remarkable average size of fish.
With one of the most comfortable fishing lodges yet built, Estancia Maria Behety should be a fishery at the top of every fisherman's wish list.
There are some 100 pools within this stretch and the finest of them can be found roughly in the centre of 35 miles within the Estancia Maria Behety. This historic ranch once encompassed the majority of the entire island of Tierra del Fuego and its fences still surround hundreds of thousands of acres. Ensuring a very private experience for everyone, fishing guests from Estancia Maria Behety and the neighbouring lodges use alternate sections of the river each day.
Each two anglers are assigned a guide and vehicle. No more than twelve anglers will fish the premier pools of the lower and middle Rio Grande from the Estancia Maria Behety. These pools fill with chrome bright, sea-lice covered sea trout with each high tide, twice a day. These pools are absolutely perfect for anglers that enjoy fishing double handed rods with the best of the fishing usually in the morning, late afternoon and evening until dusk.
There are six guides on the river, all of whom are superb and have excellent grasp of English.
Anglers at Estancia Maria Behety rotate through the premier pools of the lower and middle beats of the river, which have historically been the most prolific. These are all found within the massive border of the estancia just a stones throw away from the lodge.
This historic ranch once encompassed the majority of the entire island of Tierra del Fuego and its fences still surround hundreds of thousands of acres.
At Estancia Maria Behety you will enjoy luxurious accommodation, excellent meals, the finest Argentine wines and one of the best fly fishing experiences in the world.
There are eight rooms for the twelve rods, all rooms are en suite and there is a professional manager to help with everything in the lodge as well a top class chef.
In addition to all of that, at Estancia Maria Behety there is a magnificent sitting room with a roaring log fire, dining room and a bar that holds some of the 20,000 bottles of wine from La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety's wine cellar.
It is best to bring at least two rods to allow for variety and also as insurance in case of breakages. Traditionally, single handed 9ft to 10ft 8 weight to 10 weight rods have been used but double handed 12 - 14 ft rods have proved increasingly successful in the windy conditions and these are now the rods that we would recommend unless you feel extremely comfortable with a single handed rod. Reels should be sturdy and have a good braking system with at least 100m of backing.
It is best to carry an entire range of lines for the changeable conditions: floating, intermediate, Wet Cell III (sinking) and also a faster sinking line such as a Teeny 200, 300 or even 400. With the strong winds a shooting head (10 - 11m) or weight forward taper lines can be useful. We find that the Rio Wind cutter series with its interchangeable tips are excellent.
12 - 15 pounds is fine.
Good flies to have at hand in Tierra del Fuego include:
Yuk Bugs and Girdle Bugs
Please also bring your own fly box and try some of your favourites.
Polarizes sun glasses
Waders and wading stick
Clear glasses for protection are also a good choice for the evening fishing.
A sun screen high protection factor is highly recommended
With such variable conditions it is better to have layered clothing which can be added to or shed according to the changes throughout the day.
Windproof hat and gloves as well as a waterproof/windproof jacket.
The proprietors of the estancia have developed a terrific non-angling programme, perfect for those accompanying spouses.
Cultural visits to surrounding estancia's, day trips to Ushuaia, sheep dog herding demonstrations, sheep shearing shed visits and horse riding just to mention a few.
The season runs from November through to April
Time difference from GMT
- 4 hours
The electricity is supplied to 220 voltage sockets and clients are advised to take travel adapters to comply with Argentinean plugs.
The official currency is the Peso, but the US dollor is widely used USD$.
Tipping is entirely at your discretion but, as a guideline, each satisfied rod generally gives approximately US$250 - US$300 per week to their guide. Many also choose to tip the lodge staff and this is generally from $75-$100. Therefore the total tips can be US$400.
Visa requirements for UK citizens
There are no required inoculations for travel to Argentina, though you are advised to check with your doctor prior to departure regarding any vaccinations that may be recommended. If you are taking prescription medicines please ensure that you bring enough for the duration of your stay.
They are no biting insects in Tierra del Fuego.
From London Heathrow you fly direct to Buenos Aires on British Airways.
Due to the continued possibility of last minute changes to the Buenos Aires - Rio Grande/Ushuaia flight schedule we strongly recommend clients leave England on the Thursday and arrive the Friday before their confirmed week's fishing. This will allow clients a full day of rest in Buenos Aires before the scheduled Aerolineas flight to Rio Grande on Saturday.
On the Saturday morning you fly with Aerolineas from Buenos Aires to Rio Grande or Ushuaia where you will be met by the lodge staff and transferred to Estancia Maria Behety.
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The finest sea trout fishing in the world with superb accommodation.
Prices start from £5,985 per person for 6 days fishing including international flights.