ARGENTINA - KAU TAPEN LODGE - WEEK 6 FISHING REPORT....MIXED WEATHER AND WATER BUT GOOD FISHING...
Added: Tue 12th Feb 13
Kau Tapen Lodge’s Fishing Report
6th Week: from 1st to 8th of February:
We had another very good week at Kau Tapen. Our group of guests fished in many different conditions, with windy days, calm days, clear and cold water and sometimes coloured. They learn a lot, and will come back home as better fisherman and for some of our guests with the memory of their biggest sea trout ever!
We had for our 6th week a group of 7 peoples from Norway brought by Mark T., a returning guest from U.S.A., one from Sweden and one from Australia. Matt Harris joined the group, a photographer well renown from U.K., writer for “Trout and Salmon magazine”.
Another great group for this week which enjoyed the great world class service, food and lodging and fishery of our lodge, soon celebrating his 30 years of existence on the Rio Grande!!
We had a very varied week for this 5th week of the Season millesime!
We started with quite hot weather, then rain, then cold. However, the fish where present and active for most part of the week and we had experienced many situations. From fishing deep with leeches in coloured water, due to wind or rain, fish on the top with Sunray Shadow and having great action, with hard takes, boil and splashes to swing nymphs!
More and more big fish are entering in the river with some fish over 20 and a good amount of fish over 15! Our sea run brown are still fighting harder than ever for some reasons!! And our guests delight so much their furious runs and acrobatics jumps! So as our guide team!
The biggest fish has been landing by Didrik who have been “in fire” this week! He had a terrific week and not only him,and will never forget it! He will soon be back, with some of his friendly Norwegians friends!
Matt did a great job catching a very good number of fish every day, and he got 7 fish on his best day! I am sure we will soon be able to see his great picture of his trip. I will try to give you the link.
The water temperature was between 7 to 14°C which was nice for fishing. We had once again to adapt ourselves a lot due to those varied conditions which were also very interesting fishing wise!
We fished with full floating line with an intermediate on nice days and small flies (nymphs, rubber legs, green machine) to a super fast sinking tip when the water was cold, or coloured due to the rain and extremely strong wind we had on Monday (up to 100 km/H!!)
The sunray shadow has worked very well and was probably the fly that caught the most fish this past week. Once again the fly is very interesting and entertaining to fish with as the takes with intermediate or slow sink are visual! You can see the boil or the take itself one the surface! We lost a lot of fish on this fly but it worth it as we had more action than with any other fly! Rubber legs worked well as usual and leeches too.
We fished this year more and more the Menendez river which holds the same type of sea run browns than the Rio Grande. They are the same species and the same trout. Some just decided to lay their eggs in some of the best spawning ground for sea trout either in the Rio Grande or the Menendez! The Menendez is the biggest and main tributary of the Rio Grande and a great small river to fish. Paradise of single hande rod fisherman, you can catch some fish up to 25 pounds and more! We went there a couple of time upon request of guests, as it’s part of our water and I always encourage people to go, but mainly and unfortunately used as an option. We had some nice success and caught some good fish. It is a challenging fishing as it is more technical, but a real river and a great opportunity to catch a fish of a lifetime on a single handed 7 to 9 weight rods! We suggest you to give a try, even if most of our guests come to fish the Rio Grande, the Menendez is pure jewellery and all of our guests that have fished it once, always ask us to organize them at least one full session of their week on the Menendez! You should try it to!
Looking forward to seeing you,
By Jean Baptiste Vidal
Kau Tapen lodge.
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