The 2023 season on the Río Grande is now wrapped up and many rods are already planning their return to this great river next year. If you are keen to fish this wonderful river, now is the time to start registering an interest as prime availability at the best lodges is hard to come by and doesn’t last for long.
La Villa (Estancia Maria Behety)
Located downstream from Estancia Maria Behety La Villa is part of the same operation owned by the Menendez family. It remains one of the most historic and comfortable lodges on the river. All the rooms at La Villa are private, single occupancy rooms, elegantly decorated and with spacious private bathrooms. The lodge has the feel of a large and comfortable country house, although very much in an Argentine way.
Anglers at La Villa rotate through the premier pools of the lower and middle beats of the river, which have historically been the most prolific. With access to more than 102 pools, the lodge can focus on the best water according to the current conditions. The huge variety of water that La Villa offers also means that rods get a wide-ranging experience of what the Rio Grande can offer. One day you could be fishing the upstream with single-handed rods and small flies and the next downstream with a larger two-handed rod.
Availability (Saturday to Saturday)
March 2 – 9 US$9,500 – 1 rod
Prices do not include international or domestic flights, hotels in Buenos Aires or fishing licences which cost US$350
Kau Tapen is one of the oldest and most comfortable lodges on the river. It is a superb property that has balanced character and comfort exceptionally well. Kau Tapen has ten en-suite rooms; some offer a king bed, while some have one queen, and others are furnished with two doubles. A large living room opens to views of the Menendez and Río Grande valleys and includes a roaring fire and a well-stocked bar.
Kau Tapen has access to 16km of the Río Grande and much of the Río Menedez. As it is in the middle reaches of the Río Grande, Kau Tapen is ideally suited to anglers who enjoy technical fishing and smaller water. Although this part of the river can fish well all season long, it can be especially productive towards the latter half of the season when many of the fish have shifted upstream. More tracks have been created to allow for better access to the Menendez River in recent years. This is a wonderful river, and although smaller than the main Río Grande, the average size of the fish is very large.
Availability (Saturday to Saturday)
December 30 – 6 January US$11,950 – 6 rods
January 6 – 13 US$11,950 – 6 rods
January 20 – 27 US$13,950 – 6 rods
January 27 – 3 February US$13,950 – 6 rods
February 3 – 10 US$13,950 – 4 rods
March 23 – 30 US$11,950 – 4 rods
March 30 – 6 April US$11,950 – 6 rods
Prices do not include international or domestic flights, hotels in Buenos Aires or fishing licences which cost US$550
Villa María is the second of the Nervous Waters’ lodges to open on the Río Grande after Kau Tapen. Taking six rods, it offers small groups the opportunity to fish some of the productive pools in the lower river. The lodge is a renovated farmhouse within the working Jose Menendez estancia.
The lodge features six en-suite rooms, smart furnishings, and spacious living areas. Each evening a roaring fire and well-stocked bar welcome you back from your day on the river. To maximise time on the water and allow for a proper rest after eating, guests have lunch and a siesta at the very comfortable riverside house rather than returning to the lodge.
Villa María focuses on 15km of prime sea trout fishing on the lower Río Grande, allowing anglers to have the first crack at newly arrived sea trout entering the system. The lodge is ideal for anglers who enjoy the challenges of using two-handed rods. Villa María can offer superb fishing during the first half of the season when the fish are chrome silver and fight exceptionally well.
Availability (Friday to Friday)
Dec 29 – 5 Jan US$11,950 – 5 rods
January 5 – 12 US$13,950 – 3 rods
March 1 – 8 US$13,950 – 2 rods
March 8 – 15 US$11,950 – 6 rods
Prices do not include international or domestic flights, hotels in Buenos Aires or fishing licences which cost: US$550