TDF Fishing Report for La Villa de Maria Behety and Estancia Maria Behety Lodge 9th to 16th March 2019

by Jack Selby

Yet another great week has drawn to a close on the Rio Grande at La Villa de Maria Behety. 97 fish were landed with 33 over 15 pounds to the 6 rods. In a switch from the norm there was little wind and nice crisp cold mornings have started.

All 6 guests got at least one fish over 20 pounds and the average weight was 11 pounds. Red nymphs on small circle hooks did the business last week. Alesandro pool produced some great double hook ups.

Nymph with circle hook were the best, red but nymph tyed in circle hooks were the best by far. Benson K was top rod for the week with 29 fish to the net and his biggest 20 pounds. Herbert W and Rainer D took the biggest fish with one each of 23 pounds. A great result.

The water is very clear and very very low. The water temperature ranged from between 6 and 11 degrees Celsius. The air temperature ranged between 3 and 18 degrees Celsius. Cold mornings followed by warm afternoons were the norm. Fog was often evident in the morning. The wind blew from the Northwest but never at great strength.

The usual EMB nymphs, wonderbugs and rubber legs worked along with red nymphs tied on circle hooks and fished dead drift. The last hour required large leeches and intruders. Floating lines with sunray shadows were also very effective in the low water. Scandi and Skagits with T-14 tips or full float and polyleaders were the bulk of the lines used. 9-14 ft leaders from 15 to 20 pounds were needed. The bulk of fish were in the middle river with the lower river starting to get tricky and the upper river now fishing well.