Rio Grande Trip Report Feb 2018

By Charlie White

Rio Grande Trip Report Feb 2018

What do you want from a fishing destination? 

We are all different but if you want reliability, big fish, excellent guides, supremely comfortable lodges, a week of varied fishing techniques and fabulous food and drink then you really shouldn’t look any further than the Maria Behety fishing on the Rio Grande in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.

I have fished the river since 2003 and I can genuinely say that the operation now is as good as it ever has been and more to the point, it offers the best sea trout fishing in the world – absolute fact.

Tdf6

I fished the week with Phil D who managed to land a fish in every one of the 12 sessions.  When we say fish, these are only counted when they are over 3lbs – the average weight of our fish in the week was 9lbs – simply astonishing.

Tdf5

The “No Blank Session Club” was set up as a bit of a joke by Federico, the old head guide on the river but it is fair to say that as the sessions were ticked off and still the elusive target was in play, the tension mounted for everyone.  When Diego finally slipped the net under a 7lbs fish during the last session it really did feel like a major achievement.

Tdf3

That is the thing about the Rio Grande – there are times when you have to tough it out, there are times when the fish are difficult to catch, there are times when you see plenty rolling on the surface but for some reason they won’t take – there are also moments of pure joy.

Tdf1

It is impossible to overstate how good the logistics, the guides, the lodge staff and the all round experience actually is.  They have thought of everything and everyone knows their role ensuring a seamless week from start to finish.

Tdf2

The two Maria Behety lodges rotate their water so regardless of which lodge you fish with, you will fish the upper, middle and lower stretches which is a crucial difference to other lodges down there.  In high water the fish will push through the system but lower water holds them up at the bottom – not being “stuck” at one extreme or the other is a huge bonus.

Tdf4

Our team of five rods at La Villa landed 92 fish up to 20lbs with 20 of those weighing more than 15lbs – these are written in a special book which all rods aspire to feature in.  This was an “average” week which goes to show you what you can really expect.

Tdf7

Everyone always asks about the wind down there, in awed tones as if you have just pulled a sledge to the South Pole – the reality is very different.  The river meanders along a very wide basin and the guides are experts at knowing their beats and as a result, I cast into the wind a sum total of once during the week – very often you won’t at all.

Tdf10

It is a long way to fly but any trip that takes me through Buenos Aires gets my vote – it is the most wonderful city and a night either side of the weeks fishing, bookends it perfectly.

Tdf9

The Rio Grande lodges are as far south as you can get without bumping into an iceberg and yet have the highest repeat rate of practically any worldwide fishing lodges – that should tell you all you need to know.  If you can, go.

Charlie White

Related

La Villa Maria Behety 4-11 January 2019 Week report

By Umbraco.Core.Models.Membership.User

Fishing has improved this week with floating lines beginning to be effective. The team of 6 rods had a great week with a lot of laughs amongst great fishing. They landed 85 fresh fish with 16 fish over 15 pounds for an average weight of 10.1 pounds. The middle and lower river have fished best...

Read more

Greenland – a trip report by Charlie White

By Umbraco.Core.Models.Membership.User

Arctic char fishing in Greenland has been on my radar for a long time but for various reasons I have never actually taken the plunge. That all changed last year when, on the way to host a group on the East Ranga in Iceland, I spoke to Valgerdur Arnardottir (Arni Baldursson’s daughter) who had just come back from Greenland and was utterly raving about it.

Read more

Yokanga Season Report 2018

By Umbraco.Core.Models.Membership.User

The 2018 season has seen the Yokanga perform at its very best. The spring melt arrived at exactly the normal time and with snow levels within normal parameters, the season panned out precisely as it should.

Read more

Subscribe to RSS

ATOL Protected

Many of the flights and flight inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all products, holidays and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL certificate, then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

ABTOT provides protection for your non-flight packages as set out in our booking conditions