21 to 28 January: Weekly report from Tierra del Fuego

by Roxtons

By Federico Molinolo – Head guide at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge

It is the end of the week here at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge. We had some very good friends visiting us here this week. Fishing was good some days and tough some others. We had some great weather and the river level is excellent.

Lots of fresh fish are running up from the ocean and river is loaded!

There were 139 fish netted this week, with 21 over 15lbs and 4 over 20lbs.

The top rod was David P with 22 fish to hand and our good friend Mike R landed the fish of the week: 22.5 lbs.

Water Conditions:
Water colour and visibility: Low and clear water.
Water temperature: 45°F to 59°F
Water levels: A little rain up at the mountains made the river rise about an inch.

Weather Conditions:
The weather was great this week, with 5 to 15 mph winds. On Friday the wind went up to 35 mph

Air Temperatures: 50°F to 76°F

Mike Roberts 2017

Mike Roberts and the fish of the week: 22.5lber male.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Mostly nymphs – Emb Rubberlegs, Prince Nymph, Aurelia Prince, Beauty Camila, Red Butt, Anadromizer, and Fast Water Prince. Yuk Bugs and Wooly Buggers also worked well.

Big flies for the last time of the day: Intruders, Leeches, and big tube flies.

We landed several fish skating sunray shadows on top with a floating line.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc): 
We are using light tips. Due the river conditions it is very important not to make too much noise on the water during the casting. So I recommend Scandi heads. We use Scandi heads with some poly-leaders or verysi leaders.Different lengths of T-11 and T-14 were the go to, when we have to throw T´s a Skagit head is the best option.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 14 feet, 12 to 20 lbs. 

Fishing Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 139
Weight of biggest fish landed: 22.5 lbs.
Number of fish landed over 15 lbs: 21
Number of fish landed over 20 lbs: 4

Jan 2017

Federico Molinolo (Head Guide)
Genaro Molinolo
Miguel Angel Zangla
Nauhel Stauch
Marcos Hlace
Exequiel Bustos

– By Diego Motter – Head guide at La Villa

Another Week just ended and the fishing was a bit slower with 88 fish landed of which 23 were over 15 lbs and two over 20 lbs. Average weight of sea-trout landed was 12 lbs.

The river increased in level in the middle of the week, but didn’t get dirty. 

Top rod of the week was Roger Y with 24 fish to the net, the biggest 19 lbs.
Dar landed the biggest fish of the week with a with 23lb buck. We had good fishing on top this week with fish landed to 15 lbs.

Water Conditions:
Water conditions for the most part did not change for the week, even with the slight increase in level. 

Water Temperature: 7° – 14° Celsius (44° – 57° Fahrenheit)

Water Level: 
We had a 10cm increase in water level but 2 days it dropped down fast to previous levels – very low.

Weather Conditions:
The wind blew from the northwest as usual, but was not strong at all.

Air Temperature Ranges: 
10° – 22° Celsius (50° – 71° Fahrenheit). We experienced very good weather during the week, despite a little rain.

Weather Observations: 
Storm clouds over the Andes, made the sunsets something special.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Emb’s, Wonder Bugs, Aurelia Prince, Prince Nymph, and other rubber legged nymphs. Different sizes of sunray shadows also worked well. Big flies for the last hour of fishing – Leeches and big tube flies worked well.The Green Machine and small tubes were the best flies of the week.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14 and T-11, Scandi heads with polyl-leaders.

Floating lines were very good this last week, with heavy nymphs swung just under the water surface.

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 7 to 12 feet, 12 to 15 lbs.

The most successful way of catching fish was swinging nymphs with a floating line, Green Machines swung on sinking lines, and using small plastic tubes swung with a floating line.

Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, although we started to hook and landed some fish in the upper beats.

Fishing Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 88
Weight of the biggest fish landed: 23 lbs
Number of fish landed over 15 lbs: 23
Number of fish landed over 20 lbs: 2
Notable Catches: We landed some 15lbs fish on top, using floating lines with plastic tubes, green machine and bombers.

Diego Motter (Head Guide)
Jorge Castro
Guido Perillo