In 2019 we took a team of adventurous rods to fish the Secure River in Bolivia, which was an enormous success. None of us really knew what to expect but we all adored the surroundings, the fishing and the sheer remoteness of it all - https://www.roxtons.com/news-and-reports/fishing/gold-rush-in-bolivia/
A year or so ago, I was approached by Marcelo, who runs the programmes in Bolivia, to see if we wanted to up the ante and take a similar trip but instead of using boats every day, we would be transported by helicopter.
After much anticipation as regards to the Covid situation, and the unfortunate closing of our Russian destination, we were giving the choice to either rollover or keep the funds at Roxtons. As I trust Charlie and the team implicitly I was looking forward to returning to Russia, unfortunately this couldn’t happen under the present situation. I do look forward to returning at some point in the future. There were several suggestions after many meetings and I and my colleagues decided we would take Charlie’s recommendation to depart to Venezuela at Los Roques.
In November I returned, after a long absence, to the stunning island of Los Roques, Venezuela - https://www.roxtons.com/news-and-reports/fishing/a-triumphant-return-to-los-roques/
The trip was an enormous success and as a result, I determined to go back in the spring to see if the famous pancake flats would be operational in a way that was not possible in November.
We have just been informed that a group that had booked the chalet every year for two back-to-back weeks during the prime/peak sockeye salmon fishing weeks has had to back out. So, there is now space for 6-8 anglers, during each of two weeks that are rarely available.
Another week on the fabulous Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego has been completed. The weather during week two in February was very variable from hail to bright sun. For the first couple of days the fish were a touch moody, having decided that changeable weather was not their happy place.
The beginning of the week was challenging. There were unusual 129km wind gusts which made casting difficult to put it mildly! Over the next couple of days all went back to normal and the fishing was terrific. Towards the end of the week there was some rain and winds from the north east which seemed to put the fish off a little but nevertheless the fishing was very good over the course of the week.
The fishing has been getting better and better on the Rio Grande. Expectations were high since some larger fish were showing up. There were some experienced fishermen at Estancia Maria Behety and they took advantage of the situation. The 12 rods landed 142 seatrout, 34 of them over 15lbs and the two biggest were both 22lbs.