Destination Overview
Destination: Kau Tapen
Country: Argentina
Freshwater: River and stream fishing
Capacity: 12 per week
Season: Early November to Late April
Specialties: Fine food and wine, Hot tubs or sauna, Single & double handed fishing, Tackle shop
Species: Sea Trout

Kau Tapen

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.

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. 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).

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 twelve rods, accommodated in 9 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.
Client Comments:
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 22lbs. R B-C, London.

Travel Tips:
Argentina is 3 hours behind GMT (4 in the summer)and the flight to Buenos Aires takes approximately 13½ 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.

Cost of a prime/peak week to include single room as standard is US$7,950 + $295 for the fishing licence. Please contact us for rates outside of this period.


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