La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge Week 5 Report, 2020

by Charlie White

Another week just ended and again the fishing was a little slower than anticipated. Results were seriously not helped by the weather. At times the wind was strong and blow to more than 100 km. Tuesday saw heavy rain and by Thursday the river rose significantly. The plus side of this rise is that the river is still at a great level. 80 fish were landed, 14 fish over 15 lbs, 1 over 20 lbs, Average weight 9 lbs.
Roger Y was top rod this week with 27 fish landed as well as biggest fish of 20 lbs.

Water Conditions
Water colour and visibility: Very clear water until Thursday when the river came up.
Water temperature: 9 c to 14 c.
Water level: The entire river is at an excellent water level, even the upper river.


Weather Conditions
Wind speed ranges through the week: The wind blew from the North West and it was very strong all week with up to 100 kph.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 6 c to 16 c
Weather observations (sun, rain, fog, etc.): Heavy rain on Tuesday and strong winds on Thursday.

Fishing Conditions

Flies that are working the best: The EMB, bitch creek, green machine and sunray shadows all worked well. Big flies for the last hour: Big tube flies, leeches and intruders.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc) that are producing the best: Skagit heads with different lengths of T-17,14, 11. Sinking lines were the best.
Floating and intermediate lines also worked before the water came up.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 7 to 14 feet. 15 to 20 lbs.
Dead drifting nymphs was very effective, stripping sunray shadows also worked quite well.
Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, upper part is getting better.
Most fish were fresh but the odd coloured fish also being caught.

Fish catch statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 80
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week:20 lbs.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 14
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 1
Average size: 9 lbs
Notable catches: Roger Y 20 lber