4 to 11 March: Weekly report from Tierra del Fuego
By Hannah Treliving
It was another challenging week on The Rio Grande but the average weight of the catches was 12lbs at La Villa and the fish of the week at Estancia Maria Behety was a 22lbs buck...
LA VILLA MARIA BEHETY
By Diego Motter – head guide at La Villa
We had winds from the south and the east, low air temperatures, low water temperatures, and an unsteady barometer – fishing was tough! We landed 55 fish for the week, twenty over 15lbs and three over 20lbs. Average weight of sea-trout landed was 12lbs, another great average.
The river is at a good level right now - it is clearing a lot and we are still using sink-tips and big flies. We didn't find many fish in the lower beats, with the rise in the river the fish moved to the middle and upper beats.
Top rod of the week was Markus K with 14 fish to the net, the biggest of which was 19lbs. Cindy C landed the biggest fish of the week - a 21lber.
Water colour and visibility: The river started clearing by the middle of the week
Water temperature: 6⁰ - 13⁰ Celsius (43⁰ - 55⁰ Fahrenheit).
The river is at a very good level despite a slight rise on Thursday
Weather Conditions: Wind speed ranges: The wind blew south and east all week, but it wasn't too strong
Air Temperature: 2⁰ - 12⁰ Celsius (35⁰ - 54⁰ Fahrenheit week.
Weather Observations: During the week we experienced low temperatures, heavy rains and east winds.
Flies that are working the best: Intruders, Leeches, Tube flies and Big dark flies for the last hour of fishing.
Best flies of the week were Intruders, a chartreuse leech and tubes flies.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, T-17 and T- 20
A Sinking Scandi head with poly-leaders – sinking ¾ with poly-leader (7) was the best
We used heavy sink tips, even T-20, up to 15 feet
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 3 to 6 feet, 12 to 15 lbs
Most of the fish were in the middle and upper parts of the river, we didn't get many in the lower beats
Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of rods for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 55
Weight of the biggest fish: 21lbs
Number of fish landed over 15lbs: 20
Number of fish landed over 20lbs: 3
Notable Catches: We took some fish on top, even with the low water temperatures.
LA VILLA GUIDES
Diego Motter (Head Guide)
ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY FISHING REPORT
By Federico Molinolo – Head guide at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge
End of week 8 here at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge. Fishing improved a little since last week, but it is still tough. We are experiencing some crazy weather down here, with strong wind from east the whole week
We landed 83 sea trout for the week with 15 fish over 15lbs and 2 over 20lbs.
John V landed the fish of the week, a 22lb buck.
Top rod was our very good friend Jordan B
Water colour and visibility: Water is getting very clear again. Visibility 3-4 feet.
Water temperature: 35°F to 50°F
Water Level: The river is dropping down a little every day. Good water visibility.
Weather Conditions: Wind speed ranges: We had very unstable weather through the week with mostly east wind, south east and north east. It blew up to 40 mph.
Air temperature ranges: 31°F to 66°F
Flies that are working the best include Leeches, Intruder, big tube flies, Skagit minnows, Paul Millers. By the end of the week we used smaller flies, medium size buggers, Tdf Taxi, and yuk bugs.We landed some fish on top with Sunray Shadows and some skaters.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc): Light tips and Scandi heads for low water conditions, Poly-leaders and Spey Versi-leaders.
We fished heavy tips and Skagit heads for high water conditions, with different lengths of T-14 and T-17.
We also used T-20 in some pools.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: Short leaders for heavy tips, 3 to 5 feet. Long leaders for lights tips, 10 to 15 feet.
Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of rods for the week: 11
Total number of fish landed for the week: 83
Weight of the biggest fish: 22lbs
Number of fish landed over 15lbs: 15
Number of fish landed over 20lbs: 2
John Vickers landed a 22lber
Manuel Falco landed a 20lber
ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE GUIDES
Federico Molinolo (Head Guide)
Miguel Angel Zangla