La Villa de Estancia Maria Behety Head Guide – Diego Motter
Another good week at La Villa, the fishing was good. On Monday we started the week with 120 km of wind, the river came up and got dirty. The first 3 days we fished with big flies, then as the river cleared, we ended up fishing with nymphs.
Sinking lines was the best, small intruders worked great this week.
We recommend at least 2 rods, 1 with floating (Scandi) and the other one with sinking lines (Skagit).
We found more fish than previous weeks in the upper part of the river.
Sunray shadow, emb, intruders were the best flies of the week.
115 fish were landed, 24 fish over 15 pounds, 1 fish over 20 pound, average weight 9 pounds.
Philip Donetti was top rod of the week.
Tyson Pardue landed the biggest fish, 20 pounds.
Water color and visibility: Dirty the first 3 days, then clear.
Water temperature: 5 c to 13 c.
Water level: low.
Wind speed ranges through the week: The wind was not strong, only really strong on Sunday.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 5c to 19c.
Weather observations (sun, rain, fog, etc.): Sunday 120 km of wind, the strongest of the season!
Flies that are working the best: Atlantic salmon flies size 8,10, tube flies (monkey, sunray shadows), nymph (emb, prince, tdf prince, red tail) , green machine, big flies for the last hour: big tube flies, leeches, intruders.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-17, T-14, T-11. Scandi lines with intermediate poly leaders.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 6 to 12 feet. 12 to 15 pounds.
Lower and middle part of the river fished best, we start to see more fish in the upper part of the river. Most of the fish are fresh.
Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 115
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 20 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 24
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds:1
Average size: 9 pounds
Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Head Guide – Federico Molinolo
Our week at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge was an excellent. This time we had the visit of Luis and Raul from Argentina; Richard, Mike, Carl, Paul, Alan, Jim, Susan and Rich from United States; and Ian from Ireland.
145 fish landed. 33 over 15 pounds and 6 over 20 pounds.
Rich Rubin was the top rod with 33 fish landed, including 10 fish over 15 pounds and 3 over 20 pounds.
Rich Rubin and Susan O’Neill landed the fish of the week: 23 pounds
Water color and visibility: Very dirty water on Sunday and Monday due the 120 km/h wind we had on Sunday.
Water temperature: 5º C to 13ºC
Water level and amount of increase or decrease through the week: River dropped about 1 inch during this week.
Wind speed ranges through the week: 120 km/h on Sunday, the between 0 and 50 km/h
Air temperature ranges through the week: 4ºC to 15ºC.
Flies that are working the best: Emb, red butt, prince nymph, RL copper John, wonder bug, yuk bug, girdle bug. Black wooly buggers, sunray shadow in different sizes, egg s. leech, intruders, Skagit minnow.
Big and black tube flies and intruders for the last 45 minutes of the day and with dirty water.
Green machine and sunray shadow worked well on floating and intermediate tips.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.): Due the low water level, I recommend to bring a Skagit head and a Scandi head with different tips.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 16 feet. 12 to 15 pounds.
Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 11
Total number of fish landed for the week: 145
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 23 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 39
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