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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.

Fishing

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

Accommodation

Recently renovated, the lodge offers 10 bedrooms with en suite bathroom; single rooms are guaranteed mid-January to 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.

Gear

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

Rates and inclusions vary weekly from $5,950-$10,350 per angler on a Saturday-Saturday rotation. Please contact Frontiers for limited space availability and specific week costs/details.
Rio Grande fishing licenses: $495 per week/angler.

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News

Kau Tapen 2020 Season End Report

A few weeks earlier than expected, we have finished up this year’s season for obvious reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly become the centre of everyone’s lives and has put a hold on international travel in a heartbeat. While this came on unexpectedly for all of us, we are glad that our guests are safe at home, and our staff and international guides were able to return to their families without ...

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Argentina - Kau Tapen Lodge - Fishing Report Week 9: February 29th to March 6th 2020

Oh my, what an eventful week down here in Tierra del Fuego! This week featured ups-and-downs, good fishing, some tough sessions, and lots of hard work. Overall the week was highly rewarding, with delicious food, amazing sunsets, and new friendships forged on the banks of the Rio Grande.

We welcomed a wonderful group of anglers this week: Andy and Sandy, who we already had the pleasure to host here last year and were much looking ...

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Argentina - Kau Tapen Lodge - Fishing Report Week 8: 22nd to 28th February 2020

This last week went by way too quickly! A family-like atmosphere with lots of dear friends that we have the pleasure of welcoming back year after year. Bill, Janet, Jake, and Rodney have been coming here for over a decade and have long become part of our family, way beyond “just” sea trout fishing. Tom and Ed, who fished with us here last year and who we much looked forward to spending time with again. Jim, who has delighted us ...

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Argentina - Kau Tapen Lodge - Fishing Report: Week 7: February 15th to 21st 2020

It’s amazing how time flies as we have already passed the mid-point of our 2020 season. Another great week was in the books, and we were looking forward to welcoming some old friends, like Kjell and Dave, who have been a part of our family for quite a few years now, and spending quality time on and off the river with them is always precious. Hubert and his son Jean-Hubert were also returners who we had the ...

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Argentina - Kau Tapen Lodge - Fishing Report: Week 6: 9th to 14th February, 2020

What a week! My hands are still shaking, and I am still trying to catch my breath. Such an eventful, fun, successful, and overall amazing week that none of us wanted to end.

A full house with some good friends returning to visit us: Vini and Luke, who we got to know last year and immediately were adopted into the Kau Tapen family. Jim and Roger both of whom have been coming ...

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Argentina - Kau Tapen Lodge - Fishing Report: Report Week 5: 1st to 8th February, 2020

A strange, but very eventful week comes to its end. As we began our fifth week of the season, we were all expecting very consistent weather and water conditions. Especially with the amount of fish now already in the system, these weeks are usually very predictable and consistent. While the river was in absolutely great shape as we headed into the week, constantly changing water level, wind direction, light ...

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Argentina - Kau Tapen Lodge - Fishing Report: Week 4: January 25th to 31st 2020

Here we go again! Another amazing week was upon us and we could not be more excited. Promising water conditions together with a full group of very capable anglers, most of them here for their very first time: Brian and Kevin (UK), Keith and Laurence (UK), Claude (CAN) and Jon (USA), Teresa and Martin (ARG), as well as Marina and her mother Joanna (UK), together with Stephan (GER) who came by to take photos along the week. While only Martin, ...

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Argentina - Kau Tapen Lodge - Fishing Report: Week 3 - 18th to 24th January 2020

Another fantastic week comes to an end! We were happy to welcome another great bunch of anglers in our realm, giant sea trout, good wine, endless skies, and hearty cuisine. To battle the elements at the end of the world and chase dreams in the troubled waters of the Río Grande.

Cheryll and Peter, our old friends who have been coming here for over a decade; Jim and ...

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Argentina - Kau Tapen Lodge - Fishing Report: Week 2 - 11th to 17th January 2020

One great week was in the books for Kau Tapen Lodge and we were all very happy with the start of the season, despite its rather late nature this year. While we had to say “good-bye” to our first week’s amazing bunch, we were keen to meet our new guests for this coming week. A fairly small group would await us, ...

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Kau Tapen, Argentina, Opening Week 4th to 10th January 2020

The opening week of this season at Kau Tapen. Needless to say, we were all pretty excited to get the ball rolling, welcome our first week’s guests, and kickstart our fishing year 2020!

We could not have asked for a better bunch of anglers for this first week, an amazingly homogenous group, a lot of familiar faces, as well as some new members ...

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