11 to 18 March: Weekly report from Tierra del Fuego
After some heavy rain, the river was very high and muddy for most of the week so catches were disappointing. Charlie White was hosting a trip to Estancia Maria Behety (his trip report will follow shortly) and the team made the most of the trip despite the conditions...
LA VILLA MARIA BEHETY LODGE FISHING REPORT
By Diego Motter – Head guide at La Villa
Another week has finished at La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety. On the second day of the week the river became high and muddy and the fishing was consequently slower. Sadly we only had one day of clear water this week - on the Sunday. 41 fish were landed with 20 fish over 15lbs, 3 over 20lbs and an average weight of 12.2lbs – another great average.
The river was high and dirty all week. We did not find many fish in the lower beats, with this rise in water the fish tend to move to the middle and upper beats.
Top rod of the week was Carl B with 12 fish in the net
Paul S landed the biggest fish at 23 lbs
Water colour and visibility: Dirty all week
Water temperature: 7⁰ - 12⁰ Celsius (45⁰ - 54⁰ Fahrenheit)
Water level: high water all week, higher than November
Wind speed: the wind blew south and east all week. On Monday we had winds as strong as a 100 kmh (62 mph).
Air temperature: 4⁰ - 12⁰ Celsius (39⁰ - low 54⁰ Fahrenheit)
Weather observations: low temperatures, heavy rains, and east winds.
Fishing Conditions: Flies that are working the best: Intruders, Leeches, Tube flies and big flies for the last hour of fishing. Best flies of the week were Skagit Minnows and tubes flies
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, T-17 and T-20. We used heavy sink tips, even T-20, up to 15 feet
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 3 to 6 feet of 12 to 15lbs Maxima.
Most of the fish were in the middle and upper parts of the river, we did not get many in the lower beats of the river.
Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of rods for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed: 41
Weight of the biggest fish: 23lbs
Number of fish landed over 15lbs: 20
Number of fish landed over 20lbs: 3
Notable catches: Great session on Friday morning with Carl and Paul; the water was dirty and they got 10 fish to the net
LA VILLA GUIDES
Diego Motter (Head Guide)
ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY FISHING REPORT
By Federico Molinolo – Head guide at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge
The end of another week here at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge. We had great fishing the first two days of the week and the last day. On Sunday we had a very heavy rain and by Tuesday morning the river went up about a foot and a half and got very dirty. By Friday morning water visibility was a few inches.
We landed 50 fish, with 9 fish over 15lbs and 2 over 20lbs
Carsten Dogs landed the fish of the week at 22lbs and the two top rods were Herbert W and Ernie D.
Water colour and visibility: River was at a good level the first two days. Due to heavy rain on Sunday, the water came up about a foot and a half and got very dirty by Tuesday. By Friday morning visibility was about 5 - 6 inches.
Water temperature: 42°F to 50°Fahrenheit
Water level: River came up a foot and a half on the third day. Starting Tuesday evening it started to drop down a little every day – still high, but the visibility was good enough to fish.
Wind speed: West wind mostly. On Monday the wind went up to and over 50mph
Air temperature: 35°F to 66°F
Flies that are working the best: We fished mostly big flies, leeches, Intruders, big tube flies, Skagit Minnows, and Paul Millers. By the end of the week we used smaller flies, Medium size buggers, TDF Taxis and Yuk Bugs. We landed some fish on top with sunray shadows the first day of the week.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.):
Light tips and Scandi heads for low water conditions, Poly-leaders and Spey Versi-leaders.
Heavy tips and Skagit heads for high water conditions, looped to different lengths of T-14 and T-17. We also used some T-20 tips in some pools.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: Short leaders for heavy tips, 2 to 4 feet and long leaders for lights tips, 10 to 15 feet
Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of rods for the week: 10
Total number of fish landed for the week: 50
Weight of the biggest fish: 22lbs
Number of fish landed over 15lbs: 9
Number of fish landed over 20lbs: 2
Notable catches: Carsten Dogs landed a 22lber and Ernie D landed a 21.5lber
ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE GUIDES
Federico Molinolo (Head Guide)
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