Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Week 7 Report, 2020

by Jack Selby

Week seven at Estancia Maria Behety has just come to an end and the fishing was very good. This was especially true in the first three days of the week. On Tuesday heavy rain in the upper river as well as some tributaries caused a steep rise in the level of the river by Wednesday. After this the river coloured up and water temperature plummeted. Our team landed 147 fish with 25 fish over 15 lbs and 3 fish over 20 lbs.
David B was our top rod with 22 fish to the net. Ian E landed the biggest fish of the week and indeed of the season at 26 lbs.

Water Conditions
Water colour and visibility: The water was crystal clear until Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning the river came up about 5 inches and quickly got dirty.
Water temperature: 6° C and 12° C

Weather Conditions
Wind speed ranges through the week: It was a windy week. 0 to 70 kmh. Mostly from the west.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 3°C to 22°C

Fishing Conditions
Flies that worked best: EMB, sunray shadow and green machine worked well all week. Small sized nymphs like TDF prince, prince nymph, red tail worked well too. Yuk bugs and woolly buggers were effective at times. Big flies for the last 30 minutes in the evening: Intruders, tube flies and articulated leeches.
Green machine and sunray shadow worked well on floating and intermediate tips in the first 3 days but after that it was larger flies and nymphs to deal with the dirty water conditions.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc) that are working best: We used everything between floating and 15 feet of T-20.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 15 feet. 12 to 18 lbs of Fluorocarbon.
For low water conditions and for some of the upriver pools scandi heads and short polyleaders or versileaders are recommended.

Fish catch statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 147
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 26 lbs
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 25
Notable catches:
Ian E landed a 26 lbs fish.
Rich R landed a 21 lber and a 20.5 lber.