ARGENTINA - KAU TAPEN LODGE - QUIETER WEEK WITH 4 OF 6 NOVIVES BUT A FUN WEEK HAD BY ALL...
Added: Sun 30th Mar 14
Week 11 – Kau Tapen Lodge
March 17 – 24, 2014
After 10 hectic weeks starting on January 3, welcoming only 6 guests to Kau Tapen came as a huge relief to both house staff and guides. This small respite could not have come at a better time, a chance to recharge the batteries, get some fly tying done and, of course, find opportunities to swing some flies for ourselves. As a guide there’s no better way of renewing your enthusiasm than putting what you have preached day after day into practice—your confidence while guiding receives a major boost from these personal excursions on the river.
The high and dirty water we experienced late last week persisted throughout both of our Sunday sessions and kept our catch statistics low. A major improvement in water clarity by Monday however meant we were back on track and are now left with perfect water levels for the remainder of the season. Persistent cold nights ensured our big flies and heavy sinking tips were the ingredients for success and with only half the compliment of guests, we mixed and matched our beats in order to boost our chances.
Regular visitor Scooter Sirles and I have developed somewhat of a St Patrick’s Day tradition over the years. So on the 17th we headed to the river equipped with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label and of course the tri colour. A shot to initiate proceedings is customary, followed by a shot for each fish landed. Scooter experienced a slow day on the river landing only one fish. So we returned to the lodge none the worse for wear, unlike some of my Irish counterparts back at home I am sure. Scooter’s success gained momentum toward the middle of the week and he finished as our top rod, landing 19 fish.
Scooter’s 87-year-old fishing partner, Howard Suzuki, battled the elements with steely determination. And he showed his much younger counterparts a thing or two landing fish of 15, 14, and 13 pounds, as well as many more in the single digits.
Fishing and hunting partners Robby and John from Texas said they took a step off the deep end by booking a Kau Tapen trip without any prior experience with double-handed rods. Their philosophy, one which I admire, was: “You’ve gotta start somewhere.” Both men hit the ground running landing fish on their first session, while confidence and skill levels improved as the week went on. By Friday, Robby had landed the biggest fish of the week weighing in at 20 pounds. John was not quite as fortunate, but still landed several fish in the double digits.
Canadian couple Bill Forsyth and Shelly Gislason, also novices with the double-handers, picked up the skill with amazing speed and landed 6 fish on their first session. Shelly was relaxed about her fishing and chose to fish when the weather conditions were a little more ambient. Bill, on the other hand, was no stranger to severe climatic conditions having worked in the high Arctic. He fished undeterred and pushed Scooter close for the position of top rod.
With a little over two weeks remaining in our season, preparations for returning home have just started, however, we will endeavour to remain focused on the task at hand and try to maintain our incredibly consistent catch statistics.
Total rod catch: 67
Total hooked: 104
Top 4 fish: 20, 15, 15, 15
For further information please contact Tarquin Millington-Drake on 0845 299 6212 Ext 1 or at firstname.lastname@example.org