Kau Tapen Lodge

  • Kau Tapen, Rio Grande, Argentina, Aardvark McLeod
  • Kau Tapen, Rio Grande, Argentina, Aardvark McLeod
  • Kau Tapen, Rio Grande, Argentina, Aardvark McLeod
  • Kau Tapen, Rio Grande, Argentina, Aardvark McLeod
  • Kau Tapen, Rio Grande, Argentina, Aardvark McLeod
  • Kau Tapen, Rio Grande, Argentina, Aardvark McLeod

Setting the Standard for Excellent Fly Fishing

Kau Tapen in Argentina has made the Rio Grande a household name for fly anglers the world over. It is the standard of excellence against which other lodges in this area are measured.




The Finest Sea Trout Fishing in the World...

The fishing at Kau Tapen has been described as the finest fly fishing for sea trout in the world. It has access to 16 km of the Rio Grande, and the sea-run brown trout average 12 lbs in size and can be as much as 30+ lbs. The lodge has access for fly fishing on both banks of the Rio Grande, and the river offers easy wading to the fly fishermen on fine gravel.

The fishing schedule contains approximately 9 hours of fishing. Lunch is taken at the lodge and is followed during the early season by a siesta. The afternoon fishing session starts later during the months of December and January to capitalise on the magical dusk fishing hours. Kau Tapen is a strictly catch and release fishery. There is a combination of international and Argentine guides, who are all able to give casting tuition with single and double handed fly rods (Spey casting).

Exemplary service and standards

Kau Tapen Lodge has spectacular views overlooking grasslands that roll and sweep across unbroken terrain, broken up only by the jagged spires of the Andes that separate Argentina from Chila miles upriver.

Kau Tapen has a maximum capacity for 10 rods per week, accommodated in en suite bedrooms with maid and laundry service. It offers amenities such as massage, sauna and a steam room, and a drying room for wet gear. Kau Tapen’s acclaimed chef and house staff are experienced and anxious to serve. Fine Argentine wines are chosen to complement each meal, and menus will delight even the most discriminating palate. Clients will also find a fully equipped tackle shop with flies, rods, reels, lines, and clothing.

“I have been going to Kau Tapen for 12 years and will continue to return as long as my hips and knees allow me to. The accommodation and food are first class and the fishing is excellent. Still time to improve on my PB of 22 lbs.” R B-C, London

Revolutionizing Fly Fishing

Kau Tapen is the original fly fishing lodge in Tierra del Fuego and what started as the brainchild of Jorge Donovan and Jacqueline De Las Carreras over twenty years ago has revolutionized the way in which the fishing world views fly fishing for large sea trout.

Destination Overview

Location: Kau Tapen, Argentina

Water Type: Freshwater

Capacity: 10

Season: Late December to Early April; mid January to mid March being prime

Price: US$5,950 - US$9,595 plus US$450 fishing licence cost

Species: Sea Trout

Activities & Amenities

Travel Tips

Argentina is 3 hours behind GMT (4 in the summer) and the flight to Buenos Aires takes approximately 13 hours. British Airways have a direct flight from London Heathrow, 7 days a week.

Internal flights to Rio Grande take approximately 3 hours followed by the transfer to Kau Tapen Lodge.

A night in Buenos Aires is required both before and after the trip.

Visas are not required for British passport holders.


  • December 30 – January 6: US $7,295
  • January 6-13: US $8,795
  • January 13 – March 10: US $9,595
  • March 10-17: US $8,795
  • March 17-24: US $7,295
  • March 24-31: US $5,950

All prices are + US$450 for fishing licence.

These costs include x3 transfers and x1 night stay (single room) in Buenos Aires. You may stay at either the Loi Suites in Recoleta or you may stay at the Delta Eco Lodge (shared room) and have a day’s guided dorado fishing as part of your stay (subject to availability). There is a US$150 surcharge on single travellers.

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