La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety Lodge January 13-20
By Charlie White
The fishing was good this week and the river is at a great level. All the fish are very fresh and we landed 70. 12 fish were over 15 pounds, 2 over 20 pounds. Average weight 10.5 pounds.
The river was getting full of fish by the end of the week, and we saw 100’s of rolling fish in the river. We expect great fishing next week.
We are still getting fish with floating lines, but sinking lines were better last week.
Top rod for the week was Scott L with 18 fish to the net, the largest 20 pounds.
Scott also landed the largest fish for the week at 20 pounds and we had some good action on skated flies to 15 pounds.
Very clear water all week
7⁰ to 13⁰ Celsius (44⁰ to 55⁰ Fahrenheit)
Dropping but at a great level, good current in almost all the pools.
The wind blew northwest as usual, and it was strong all week.
8⁰ to 21⁰ Celsius (48⁰ to 70⁰ Fahrenheit) very good weather during the week
Strong wind, made the river drop faster through the week.
Flies that are working the best: Nymphs: Emb’s, Wonder Bug, Aurelia Prince, Prince Nymph, Rubber leg nymphs. Different sizes of sunray shadows and Big flies for the last hour, leeches, and big tube flies. The Sun Ray Shadow was great this week, with floating and sinking lines. The Emb Nymph was very good as well.
Skagit heads with different lengths of T-14, T-11, Scandis with poly-leaders. Floating lines was worked well this last week, with nymphs and on top... The Sunray shadow with floating lines was working well drifting and striping fast, it depended on the speed of the water.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders:
7 to 14 feet, 12 to 15 pounds, dead drifting nymphs with floating and sinking lines
Most of the fish were in the lower and middle sections of the river, and we found a lot more fish in the upper part of the river. The river is full of fish, a lot more than the last week.
Fish Catch Statistics:
- Number of anglers for the week: 6
- Total number of fish landed for the week: 70
- Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 20 pounds
- Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 12
- Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 2
Some double hook-ups with floating line on top.
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