ARGENTINA - KAU TAPEN LODGE - WEEK 8 - FISHING REPORT...
Added: Tue 26th Feb 13
Kau Tapen Lodge’s Fishing Report
8th Week: from 16th to 22nd of February:
We had a good week at Kau Tapen lodge for our 8th week despite some difficult conditions. Once again the weather was not stable as it has been almost all season making the fishing sometime very challenging! Though we got some very good session with some very nice fish, and they are now coming up in larger number.
We had for our 8th week a lot of returning guests who have been coming at Kau Tapen lodge since more than 18 years! They are part of history! As Dick and Chuck and 2 of their friends Doug and Peter, Tim and Karen, all of them from U.S.A. and Christopher and Allison from U.K. We had also Hervé and Martine from France who have been here in the past and came for their second time. As new guests, we had Alasdair and Richard from New Zealand who are use to fish for trout in their home river but who came to the Rio Grande to get their biggest trout ever!
As always it was a great group to be around and the atmosphere was great. We had some great fishing stories both on the river and at the bar. This group of returning guests knows so many people that have fished the Rio Grande through the year and they know also the people who have some pools named after them. It’s always great to know this history and chat with them.
Our French and New Zealand guests enjoyed their company too and got along very well. Dick told us many joke and funny stories of what happened to them during their weeks at Kau Tapen lodge with plenty of memories.
Fishing wise we had to adapt ourselves once again to the conditions that were constantly changing from no wind and warm weather, to very strong windy days as well as cold weather making the water temperature dropped to 5°C! Once again our guides have faced this situation in the past and know the answer and the tricks to catch the Rio Grande sea trout no matter the water temperature, or high, the activity of the fish and luckily our guests managed to do their part and got rewarded. The fishing has been up and down and I won’t say that it was easy to catch them and we had to be at the right place at the right time to get the best of the sea run browns! We had some very good session as well as some tougher ones but that’s the way fishing is and we won’t like it if it will be easy.
In terms of numbers it has been a slower week but as said, there is so slow, good and excellent week and that the way a season goes. We used from full floating line with tiny nymphs to heavy tips and flies to face the situation and this week they were no real better fly than another. We just had to adapt the fishing with the condition. Delicate presentation and fast stripping with small nymph to fishing deep, big and slow in very cold weather and water.
We manage to catch some very nice sea trout last week with a nice 22 pounder fish from Hervé, from France, the biggest fish of the season as well as some 20 pounders, 18, and so on.
The weeks are each time very different and in way also similar as we didn’t have one single week with a steady weather, so each week we had to find a way to fish and the right rigging which is very entertaining for both guests and guides. Rubber legs have been very efficient in “normal February condition” and chartreuse leeches in cold water temperature, as well as the sunray who really helps when the fish are sometimes a big moody!
All of our guests got the chance to have a big sea trout and most of them got a real beauty. The large fish are now more present in both the Rio Grande and Menendez. We fished the Menendez this week as well and got some good fish and nice action.
Let see how will be next week and for sure we will catch some very large trout, face some different fishing condition and also will have great companies, good laughs, and our guests will delight to be with us at Kau Tapen Lodge the best sea trout river in the world, no matter what are the conditions and how the weather is!
Your biggest sea trout and the world record is swimming in our water, so come and try your chance. We will be here to welcome you and help you to have an experience of a lifetime!
Thanks to our guides and our guest for their hard work. I am looking forward to seeing you,
Jean Baptiste Vidal, Fishing Manager, Kau Tapen Lodge
For further information please contact Tarquin Millington-Drake on 0845 299 6212 Ext 1 or at firstname.lastname@example.org