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Villa Maria Lodge

Sea run brown trout on the exclusive Lower Rio Grande-Tierra del Fuego

This 6-guest lodge on the lower reaches of the Rio Grande is often sold out annually and for years to come. Frontiers, however, has weeks designated exclusively for our clients. Situated on the Estancia Jose Menendez where the river broadens and pools become long slicks of “trouty” holding water, Villa Maria offers the first shot at fish entering the system fresh from the sea.

Fishing

Fishermen will encounter nickel-bright sea-runs on strictly controlled estancia water. This lower stretch appeals to confident casters, and anglers familiar with two-handed rods do well. Sea-run brown trout fishing is about covering water and reaching the far bank; so come prepared.

Accommodation

Villa Maria Lodge offers 6 bedrooms and bathrooms for just 6 guests weekly in a small, intimate venue. Each day, anglers will relish traditional Argentine waterfront meals and siesta at the River House perched high on a bluff affording a stunning view of the fabled Rio Grande.

Gear

8-9 Wt two-handed rods, Skagit Versi-tip lines and various “mow tips” are often favored. Single-handers favor 10-ft. 8 wt. rods and reels spooled with weight forward floating or sink-tip lines for various conditions. A full tackle list is provided upon booking with Frontiers.

Trip Specifics

The season runs December 30-April 7, 2017.
January 6-March 10, 2017: Includes one night single hotel room accommodation at the Alvear and Buenos Aires transfers based on 2 passengers or more. Single transfer supplement applies.
We strongly encourage anglers to book international and particularly internal flights in Argentina with Frontiers.
Inquire about preferred dove shooting rates at Cordoba Lodge in conjunction with a sea-run booking exclusively through Frontiers.
Weather varies rapidly in Tierra del Fuego–layering is a must.

Rates

Rates and inclusions vary weekly from $5,950-$10,950 per angler on a Friday-Friday 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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News

Next Season openings at Kau Tapen & Villa Maria

The Rio Grande's season has sadly drawn to an end for yet another year. This season was another excellent one, Kau Tapen Lodge flying ahead of last year with an extra 250 fish on the tally board and superb numbers of big fish. Villa Maria also had a cracking season catching fresh fish right up to the last week of the season. 

There is still a few availabilities for 2019 season at both lodges as follows:

Villa ...

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Next season openings at Kau Tapen & Villa Maria

There are still a few spaces left for nexts season in Terra Del Fuego and Villa Maria Lodge and Kau Tapen Lodge.

With out a doubt the worlds finest Sea Trout fishing and home to fish up to 30lbs. 

VM

Jan 4th – 11th – 5 rods

Jan 11th – 18th – 2 rods

Feb 22nd March 1st – 2 rods

March 1st – 8th – 6 ...

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Argentina - Villa Maria - Week 5

This past week we hosted a great group of Swiss, American, and British anglers. It was a mix that included first-timers, second-timers, and long-time friends. And, luckily, the fishing was in tune with all the fun. It was, so far, the most productive week of the season.

Our typical warm, windy summer weather prevailed. The conditions provided generally good fishing through the day, followed by some peaks in activity during the ...

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Argentina - Villa Maria - Fishing Report

Similar to what we’ve seen the past two weeks, the river remains low, clear and in fantastic shape! We’ve also been experiencing a return to some classic January weather: warm, dry, bright sun and high winds.

Stable river levels and consistent weather patterns present the perfect conditions for fish to run and take flies. And that has been happening through the entire week.

We’ve seen small but continuous ...

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Argentina - Villa Maria - Week 3

The river has come into prime condition, a very comfortable level for fishing, and the clarity is about as good as it gets. The water level has continued to drop throughout the week making the fishing even more enjoyable. Wading has became super easy and casting can be short and precise. 

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Argentina – Villa Maria Lodge – Rods Available from January – March 2018

Top Five Facts About the Rio Grande River

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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