Kau Tapen Lodge

The first and absolutely foremost lodge on the Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego

Hosting only 10-12 rods weekly, Kau Tapen has the distinction of being the matriarch sea-run lodge on the Rio Grande, cradling over 80 famous pools on her serpentine river banks. Anglers are offered 2 or more beats daily, affording a pleasantly daunting amount of water to fish exclusively. Internationally acclaimed chef and host staff cater to all wants and needs, selecting the finest ingredients and regional wines to complement the service.


Unlike some anadromous fish, these sea-runs ascend the river in multiple pushes, not in 1 or 2 set runs, so fishing is productive all season. The serpentine nature of the river enables guides to use the famous winds to angler’s advantage presenting swung flies to the world’s largest seatrout.


Recently renovated, the lodge offers 10 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms; single rooms are guaranteed mid-January-mid-March. A glass-lined patio, sauna, steam room and ample comfortable areas to spread out and relax between sessions make Kau Tapen a premier destination lodge.


8-9 wt. two-handed rods, Skagit Versi-tip lines and various “mow tips” are often favoured. Many anglers are now favouring 10-ft. 8 wt. rods and reels spooled with weight forward floating lines and sink tip lines for various conditions. A full tackle list is provided upon booking with Frontiers.

Trip Specifics

The season runs January 2-April 2, 2016. January 16-March 12: Includes single lodge accommodations, one night single hotel room at the Alvear or HUB Porteno and Buenos Aires transfers based on two passengers or more. Single transfer supplement applies. We strongly encourage anglers to book internal flights in Argentina with Frontiers.
Inquire about preferred dove shooting rates at Cordoba Lodge in conjunction with a sea-trout bookings exclusively through Frontiers. Weather varies rapidly in Tierra del Fuego; layering is a must and prepare for fluctuations weekly.


Rates and inclusions vary weekly from $5,950-$9,550 per angler on a Saturday-Saturday rotation. Please contact Frontiers for limited space availability and specific week costs/details.
Rio Grande fishing licenses: $450 per week/angler.

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Hooking one of the largest sea run brown trout in the world on the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego is fascinating. However, the tale of how these monsters came to be here and their history is even more fascinating. The walls and shelves of Kau Tapen and Villa Maria – the first lodges on the river – are lined with historical accounts and folklore. I encourage all the ...

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