Estancia Maria Behety Report 6 Jan
By Charlie White
By Federico Molinolo – Head Guide
Our first guiding week of the season is over. We had a whole new group of anglers this time and we had a lot of fun with them. Fishing was very tough, but we all worked hard to get some fish. 74 fish landed. 12 fish over 15 pounds, 2 of them over 20 pounds.
The week started with very high and dirty water, because of very heavy rain we had last week.
53°F to 61°F
Last week the river was lower than in February, when it is really low. So the rain we had was good to increase the water level. The water dropped about an inch every day.
Wind speed ranges through the week: 5 to 45 MPH. Mostly westerly wind. Two days with easterly wind
47°F to 72°F
Flies that are working the best: We fished mostly big flies: Leeches, intruders, tube flies (Collie Dog and Monkey, from 4 to 7 inches long). In some places floating lines and sunray shadow worked great (4 to 6 inches long)
We are using heavy tips most of the time (T-14, T-17, T-20 in 10, 12 and 15 feet). With no wind and clear water conditions scandi heads and sunray shadows did also 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 12 feet, 15 to 20 pounds.
Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 10
Total number of fish landed for the week: 74
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 22 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 10
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 2
Tom R landed a 22 pounder.
Rene M landed a 20.5 pounds.
Tom R caught the fish of the week: 22 pounds.
A technically challenging week to start the season but despite the conditons a solid start.
Winds from the east, low air temperatures, and a rise of the river on Friday with dirty water, made the fishing tough this week at La Villa. The team landed 30 fish for the week with 2 fish over 15 pounds. Average weight 9 pounds...
It was a great fishing week. 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.