Anglers at Estancia Maria Behety rotate through the premier pools of the lower and middle beats of famous Rio Grande, which have historically been the most prolific for sea trout. Keep in touch with page as we publish fishing reports from the 2024 season from the two properties within the estancia, EMB Lodge and La Villa.

17th February 2024 – Estancia Maria Behety Head Guide, Genaro Molinolo

We have welcomed both familiar and new faces this week. The intense rain at the beginning of the week made us wonder if the river was going to overflow, but in the end there was only a slight rise and a little colour. The fishing remained good throughout and by the end of the week, the river had maintained it’s level and a tea colour. The level is low to normal for this time of the year with the water temperature 5 to 11°c.

Weather conditions

Air temperature: 4 to 11°c
Wind speed ranges from 8 to 59km/h
Rain during the week: 14mm

Fishing conditions

The river is in excellent condition with fresh and coloured fish throughout.

Most productive flies

Emb, nymphs, salmon flies, tdf, red butt, Rio Grande queen, woolly buggers, leeches and intruders at sunset.

Fly lines most used

Skagit/Scandi head, multi density head (game changer, 3D, FIST)

Set of tips from 3 ips sink rate up to T20
MOW tips
Floating

Intermediate
Type 3-6-8 etc

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 12 feet. 12 to 20 pounds.

Statistics

Total for the week – 149
Fish over 15lb – 35
Record fish – 23lb
Average weight – 8.8lb

10th February 2024 – Estancia Maria Behety Head Guide, Genaro Molinolo

The river is back to normal after some rain and is in very good condition with fresh and coloured fish all over. Water temperature is 6 to 16°c.

Weather conditions

Air temperature: 2 to 16°c
Wind speed ranges from 4 to 79km/h
Rain during the week: 6mm

Fishing conditions

The river is in excellent condition with fresh and coloured fish throughout.

Most productive flies

Emb, nymphs, salmon flies, tdf, red butt, Rio Grande queen, woolly buggers, leeches at dark.

Fly lines most used

Skagit/Scandi head, multi density head (game changer, 3D, FIST)

Set of tips from 3 ips sink rate up to T20
MOW tips
Floating
Type 3-6-8 etc

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 12 feet. 12 to 20 pounds.

Statistics

Total for the week – 121
Fish over 15lb – 25
Record fish – 23lb
Average weight – 8.1lb

3rd February 2024 – Estancia Maria Behety Head Guide, Genaro Molinolo

The week started with strong winds that made fishing difficult in some places. Later in the week, heavy rain made the river rise a little and gave a touch of colour to the water. This didn’t last long and by the end of the week we were fishing with nymphs and small flies. The river is full of trout, they are showing everywhere and in better and better sizes.

Water conditions

The water is normal to low for this time of the season. It is a little coloured but with good visibility. Water temperature 7 to 11°c.

Weather conditions

Air temperature: 6 to 23°c
Wind speed ranges from 12 to 92km/h
Rain during the week: 42mm

Fishing conditions

The river is in excellent condition with fresh and coloured fish throughout.

Most productive flies

Emb, nymphs, salmon flies, Rio Grande queen, woolly buggers, leeches at dark.

Fly lines most used

Skagit/Scandi head, multi density head (game changer, 3D, FIST)

Set of tips from 3 ips sink rate up to T20
MOW tips
Floating
Type 3-6-8 etc

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 12 feet. 12 to 20 pounds.

Statistics

Total for the week – 126
Fish over 15lb – 46
Record fish – 23lb
Average weight – 9.2lb

27th January 2024 – Estancia Maria Behety Head Guide, Genaro Molinolo

We are at the top of our season with the river in excellent condition and full of trout. They are not ashamed to show themselves to our keen fishermen.

Water conditions

The water is normal to low for this time of year with clear, perfect visibility. Water temperature is 5 to 13°c.

Weather conditions

Air temperature: 6 to 19°c
Wind speed ranges from 10 to 78km/h
Rain during the week: 14mm

Fishing conditions

The river is in excellent condition with fresh fish throughout.

Most productive flies

Emb, nymphs, salmon flies, Rio Grande queen, woolly buggers, leeches at dark.

Fly lines most used

Skagit/Scandi head, multi density head (game changer, 3D, FIST)

Set of tips from 3 ips sink rate up to T20
MOW tips
Floating
Type 3-6-8 etc

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 12 feet. 12 to 20 pounds.

Statistics

Total for the week – 109
Fish over 15lb – 26
Record fish – 23.5lb
Average weight – 8.2lb

20th January 2024 – Estancia Maria Behety Head Guide, Genaro Molinolo
We have had a great week in which the river monsters are already prowling the most traditional pools of the Rio Grande. It was very windy which made fishing difficult on some days. The number of fish caught is increasing as well as their sizes with one in every four fish weighing over 15lb.

Water conditions
Water colour and visibility: Low water, clear, perfect visibility. The water level is low to normal for this time of the season. Water temperature is 9 to 16°c
Weather conditions
Air temperature: 9 to 22°c
Wind speed ranges from 4 to 92km/h
Rain during the week: 6mm

Fishing conditions:
River condition is very good. Schools of fresh fish are entering and coming up the river.

Most productive flies:
Emb, nymphs, salmon flies, Rio Grande queen, woolly buggers, leeches at dark.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities etc.) mostly used:
Skagit/Scandi head, multi density head (game changer, 3D, FIST)
MOW tips
Floating
Type 3-6-8 etc

Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 12 feet. 12 to 20 pounds

Statistics:
Total for the week – 113
Fish over 15lb – 26
Record fish – 22lb
Average weight – 8.91lb

8th January 2024 – Estancia Maria Behety Head Guide, Genaro Molinolo

Although for Tierra del Fuego the fishing season begins in November, a month in which we already receive guests only for La Villa, last week we received the first group for EMB Lodge. This was a closed group made up of family and friends with whom, as well as last year, they returned to celebrate the arrival of the New Year 2024. Clearly fishing itself was not the priority but something more recreational and, since many of the group never fly fished before, everyone was able to experience the magic of fishing the Rio Grande. This season is starting out very promising, with a river in excellent structural and water level conditions, so we have very high expectations for what is to come. We thank our outfitters and coming guests for the trust and for choosing us, so looking forward to seeing you soon.

Estancia Maria Behety 2024 season

The guiding team ready for the 2024 season

Water Conditions
Water colour and visibility: Low water, clear, perfect visibility. The water level is normal for this time of the season.
Water temperature: 7 to 11°c.
Weather Conditions
Air temperatures: 5 to 18°c.
Wind speed ranges from 18 to 65km/h
Rain during the week: 4mm

Fishing Conditions
River condition is very good. Fresh and coloured fish mixed in most pools.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc.)
Skagit/Scandi head, multi density head (game changer, 3 D, FIST)
Set of tips from 3 ips sink rate up to T20
MOW tips
Floating
Type 3-6-8 etc.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 9 feet. 12 to 20 pounds.

Most productive flies
Nymphs, salmon flies, Rio Grande Queen, woolly buggers. Leeches at dark.

Take a look at the video below for an idea of what you can expect.

For more information please contact Olly Thompson or phone 01980 847 389.