Villa Maria Lodge
Fly fish from both banks of the lower Rio Grande
Villa Maria Lodge is perfect for small groups as well as individual fly fisherman targeting sea run brown trout. Villa Maria is on the lower Rio Grande River on Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina. The lodge is a renovated farm house within the working estancia, Jose Menendez. The main house is situated a short drive from the river.
Some of the finest sea trout fishing in the world...
Villa Maria has offered small private groups exciting fishing on some of the most productive pools in the lower river since 1994.
A very different fishery to Kau Tapen, Villa Maria is a double handed fishermen’s dream, enjoying private access on both banks and first crack of the whip at newly arrived sea trout. It commands 15km of prime sea trout fishing on the lower Rio Grande, with fish averaging 10 lbs in size and running up to 30lbs.
Fishing is from both banks, and the river offers easy wading with fine gravel banks. Fishing the lower Rio Grande is usually an all-day affair; you will leave the ranch each morning, spending the day on the water before returning after dark, enjoying lunch and siesta in a specially designed building overlooking the river. Villa Maria is a strictly catch and release fishery. Guides are equipped with nets and will assist guests in weighing and releasing fish without damaging them.
“Incredible fishery, great accommodation and service from entire staff, terrific food and wine, extremely competent guides.” J.S., UK
Great for small, intact parties. Amazing standard and level of service.
With friendly and dedicated house staff and guides, Villa Maria is very well suited to caring for small groups of friends or family groups.
The lodge can accommodate 6 rods on a single en suite basis. It is equipped with a dining room, sitting room, bar, wading room, and fly-tying table. While at Villa Maria you will experience gourmet dining, with Argentina’s famed beef and fine wines, traditional Asados (BBQs) and delicious desserts.
Location: Villa Maria, Argentina
Water Type: Freshwater
Capacity: 6 per week
Season: Late December to Mid-April with January, February and early March being prime.
Price: US$5,950 - US10,950 plus US$450 fishing licence cost
Species: Sea Trout
Activities & Amenities
Argentina is 3 hours behind GMT (4 in the summer) and flying time from London is approximately 13 hours plus transfer time. British Airways have a direct flight from London Heathrow, 7 days a week.
Internal flights to Rio Grande take approximately 3 hours followed by a 20 minute transfer to Villa Maria Lodge.
A night in Buenos Aires is required both before and after the trip.
Visa’s are not required for British passport holders.
- December 29 – January 5: US $7,550
- January 5 – March 16: US $10,950
- March 16-23: US $8,950
- March 23-30: US $8,600
- March 30 – April 6: 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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