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10 Reasons to visit the Rio Grande, Tierra Del Fuego, for sea trout

August 9, 2019

Fishing Rio Grande Argentina sea trout, 10 reasons visit

If you enjoy any form of trout and salmon fishing then chances are you have heard of the leviathan sea trout than inhabit the Rio Grande on both the Chilean and Argentine side of Tierra Del Fuego.

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  1. No other sea trout river in the world comes close to offering what the Rio Grande can; especially when numbers and average size is viewed. The river produces sea trout of over 30 lbs on a seasonal basis, and sea trout of over 20 lbs are caught almost every week!
  2. The average weight of Rio Grande sea trout over a season is over 9 lbs. 1 in 5 is over 15 lbs, 1 in 50 will tip the scales between 20-25 lbs!
  3. Fishing pressure has decreased on the river. The amount of rods fishing the river on a weekly basis has decreased over the last few years, due to the lodges lowering the amount of rods they accept on a weekly basis, which means less fishing pressure.
  4. The run of sea trout in the Rio Grande is estimated at between 50,000-75,000. In fact, during the last study in 2008 it was estimated at 85,000!
  5. Catch averages and expectancy is 2-4 landed sea trout per day per rod. This does not include lost fish and most lodges do not count fish under 6 lbs. This works out at 12-24 sea trout per rod over a six day fishing period, but some anglers will catch almost double that, as was the case in the 2017 season.
  6. There is also a decent resident population of brown and rainbow trout that can be caught, along with the occasional steelhead and king salmon. The run of king salmon is increasing and these can be targeted in earnest in the early season, with November and early December being the prime period for these.
  7. Sea trout in the Rio Grande are on average 17% heavier compared with sea trout from elsewhere of the same length. They are also on average 14-21% heavier than Atlantic salmon of the same length.
  8. Over the length of the river there are seven lodges on the Argentine side alone, meaning that you should be able to find something that suits, as each one is very different in their pricing, amount of rods, amount of water, location of water and also general feel and ambience.
  9. Prime-time is during the southern hemisphere’s summer. As such, you get to escape the winter blues and chase some warmth and sunshine. Why not tag on a couple of extra days in Buenos Aires or chasing dorado further north where temperatures are likely to be around thirty degrees Celsius. Even when fishing the Rio Grande you can expect days reaching twenty degrees plus.
  10. Still not convinced? If you are looking for more variety when fishing on the island of Tierra Del Fuego why not combine your stay with a few days at Cameron Lodge on the Chilean side? There are 10 good reasons on why you should HERE.

Now you have a better insight as to why you should visit the Rio Grande, but do you know why you should do so through Aardvark McLeod? We have more lodges open to you on the river than anyone else, but also know each lodge intimately, meaning that we can tailor the right lodge to your needs. We also know when you need to be where and will pass on such information on a totally unbiased basis. Did you know that it is often cheaper to book through us compared with direct or through a competitor? For a full overview of reasons why you should book with us, please click HERE.

Fishing Rio Grande Argentina sea trout, 10 reasons visit

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