Estancia Maria Behety Report 26 January

By Charlie White

Estancia Maria Behety Report 26 January

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.

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Water Conditions

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.


Weather Conditions

Wind speed ranges through the week: 5 to 50 MPH. Mostly west wind.

Air temperature ranges through the week: 35°F to 74°F


Fishing Conditions

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

Notable catches:

Clel N landed 6 fish over 15 pounds.



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