Destination Overview
Destination: Estancia Maria Behety - EMB
Country: Argentina
Freshwater: River and stream fishing
Capacity: 12 per week
Season: Late December to Mid April
Specialties: Single & double handed fishing, Wading
Species: Sea Trout

Estancia Maria Behety - EMB

Estancia Maria Behety encompasses some 495 square miles of cattle and sheep grazing land, equating to approximately 275,000 acres. This historic ranch once encompassed the majority of the entire island of Tierra del Fuego and its fences still surround hundreds of thousands of acres. All of these pampas border the northern bank of the Rio Grande. From its promontory nearly 18 miles from the estancia entrance, Estancia Maria Behety Lodge is within minutes of more than 100 of the finest pools on the river. The Rio Grande is arguably the finest fishing destination in the world in terms of reliability and the remarkable average size of fish. With one of the most comfortable fishing lodges yet built, Estancia Maria Behety should be a fishery at the top of every fisherman's wish list.

Anglers at Estancia Maria Behety rotate through the premier pools of the lower and middle beats of the river, which have historically been the most prolific. These are all found within the massive border of the estancia just a stones throw away from the lodge. Each two anglers are assigned a guide and vehicle. No more than twelve anglers will fish the premier pools of the lower and middle Rio Grande from the Estancia Maria Behety. These pools fill with chrome bright, sea-lice covered sea trout with each high tide, twice a day. These pools are absolutely perfect for anglers that enjoy fishing double handed rods with the best of the fishing usually in the morning, late afternoon and evening until dusk. There are six guides on the river, all of whom are superb and have excellent grasp of English.

The distinctive architecture of the historic turn of the century ranches of Tierra del Fuego is incorporated in the design of the lodge. The view from the living room is a breathtaking panorama that encompasses the river valley and the remnants of the Andean cordillera to the west. The lodge is limited to only twelve anglers for each of the 14 weeks of the season. There are eight rooms for the twelve rods, all rooms are en suite and there is a professional manager to help with everything in the lodge as well a top class chef. At Estancia Maria Behety you will enjoy luxurious accommodation, excellent meals, the finest Argentine wines and one of the best fly fishing experiences in the world. In addition to all of that, at Estancia Maria Behety there is a magnificent sitting room with a roaring log fire, dining room and a bar that holds some of the 20,000 bottles of wine from La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety's wine cellar.
Client Comments:
"The history of this place alone makes it worth visiting, but the sea trout make it a must. Didn't get my 20lb'er, but got several up to 18lbs". C Walter, London.

Travel Tips:
Argentina is 3 hours behind GMT (4 in the summer) and flying time from London is approximately 13½ 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.

Cost of a week is US$5,795


Please contact Aardvark McLeod with any questions or for booking information.