Estancia Maria Behety Report 26 January
By Charlie White
It was a great fishing week. There were lots of fresh fish coming in from the ocean. We had excellent sessions fishing floating lines and sunray shadow or emb.
108 fish for the week.
Dave P was our top rod (as usual) with 23 fish in the net. Clel N landed 22 fish.
Karl S landed the fish of the week: 19 pounds.
Water color and visibility: Water is very clear
Water temperature: 47°F to 60°F
Water level and amount of increase or decrease through the week: River dropped about 2 inches this week. It is low and clear.
Wind speed ranges through the week: 5 to 50 MPH. Mostly west wind.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 35°F to 74°F
Flies that are working the best: We caught most of the fish on nymphs: EMB, red butt, TDF prince, prince nymph, girdle bug. When it gets a bit darker bigger flies: leech, intruder, tube flies (sunray shadow, collie dog, monkey, samurai).
In some places floating lines and sunray shadow (2 to 4 inches long) worked excellent. Also floating tips and nymphs.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc) that are producing the best:
Heavy tips: different lengths of T-11, T-14 and T-17. Mow tips are a great option.
With no wind and clear water conditions scandi heads and sunray shadows did the work.
The new Skagit FIST from airflow is a good option to throw heavy tips when you have to slow down the fly.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 15 feet. 10 to 20 pounds.
Fish catch statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 108
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 19 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 21
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 0
Clel N landed 6 fish over 15 pounds.
The West Ranga is the most prolific river in Iceland – sounds straightforward when you read it but it is when conditions are at their toughest that this fact really comes into its own.
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