EMB  Fishing Reports Jan 31-Feb 1, 2015

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge Report

Another great week of fishing just ended at Estancia Maria Behety Lodge. 220 fish were landed. 34 fish over 15 pounds, 9 of these were over 20 pounds. The average weight was 9.8 pounds.

Fishing was very good, similar to last week. The river is still in excellent condition with low and very clear water. Again, a few showers during the week but no heavy rains. Very windy the first two days and then quite normal. The wind blew mostly from west.

Air temperature from 49° F to 70° F. Water temperature between 48° F and 56° F

Rods, lines and tips: 6 to 9 weight spey rods. Skagit and Scandi lines with medium, heavy and extra heavy mow tips.

Lines: Floating and intermediate tips for some pools. With this low water single handed rods work excellent in some pools. Stripping tube flies at dark worked very good.

Flies:  Nymphs like EMB, Aurelia prince, red tail, tdf prince, prince, scudds. Green machine, titanic. Black and olive wooly buggers. Tube flies like sunray shadow, monkey. Big leeches and intruders.

Top Rods
Scott Hagen: 24 fish landed. Scott´s biggest fish: 22 pounds.
David Bowden: 23 fish landed David´s biggest fish: 20,5 pounds.

Notable Catches:
Patrick Wood landed a 26 pounder
Ken Heasley landed a 24 pounder
Scott Hagen landed a 22 pounder
Doug Limburn landed a 21 pounder
David Bowden landed a 20.5 pounder
Peter Jaques landed a 21 pounder
Jim Mcroberts landed a 22.5 pounder
Stephen Reid landed a 23.5 pounder
David Smith landed a 20 pounder

Federico Molinolo, Head Guide -Maria Behety Lodge

La Villa de Maria Behety Report

Week number 6 at La Villa de Maria Behety Lodge has come to an end, and as in the last few years, the group of David S. his daughter Karen R., Richard M., Chris B., Mike H., and John R. enjoyed the first week of February at La Villa de Maria Behety.

Despite the remarkable low water level, the fishing was very good. Some sessions were hard work whereas others were incredible. For the first time this 2015 season, we had a guest who landed a fish on every session. Mr. David S. successfully joined the NBSC (No Blank Session Club).

It’s a lot of pressure to be the guide of someone with no blanks in the last two days of fishing. You know the other guides have been successful, so your reputation is at stake. Fortunately David has eased the pressure on Thursday morning and evening with a fish landed within minutes. On Friday morning, another quick fish in the net before 9 am was making things too easy for both of us. But things were tough on the last evening, no strikes or sign of fish on the first pool. On the second pool, after 20 minutes, Fish on! But after 30 seconds of fight, a fresh 4 to 5 pounder jumped and got rid of the Aurelia Prince. After that there wasn’t much activity, so we moved to pool #3. First cast and as soon as the nymph landed, David hooked a nice double figure fish, and everybody happy. But happiness wasn’t long; we lost the fish in the shallow water, when the fish was ready to be netted. We were so close to get this one!

Of course, frustration started to arouse. We were only one and a half hour to the end and the fish weren’t in the mood. We tried a riffle-hitched mini sun-ray on floating line and David had a good strike over the seam, it was definitely a sea trout, a small one but a sea trout, no doubt. When I netted it, there was a big silence… the fish was just 2 lbs, not a counter for us.

“I’m sorry, but I cannot count this one” I said with huge pain. David agreed. “I wouldn’t feel proud of it, if you counted this fish”. Richard screaming from the neck of the pool asked: “No blank?” “Yes, blank, too small” I replied. To make things even worse Richard hooks the first fish and lands it easily. David and I were determined to have a fish. Only five minutes to go! “I can’t see the line Federico, I don’t know where the fly is landing” he said. “No problem, I can see it… Let’s wade into the channel and cast downstream…move the fly…cast again a longer line way down, mend upstream…now gig it”. And on the last minute, a 5 pound sea trout slammed the egg sucking leech. “This is unbelievable” said Richard behind us with a big smile. Fish successfully netted and end of story. A good reminder of how difficult is to get a fish on every of the 12 weekly sessions. Congratulations David, you never gave up!

This week the weather was pretty good, the temperatures were between 21°C (70°F) and 4°C (39°F) degrees Celsius. During these days, the river level kept dropping. The water temperature was similar to last week, between 10°C (50°F) and 17°C (63°F). Richard M. not only was the top rod with 29 fish, he also got the biggest fish of the season so far, a fat 26 pounder. Congratulations for such a great week!

A total of 106 fish were landed of which 27 were 15 pounds or more, the average catch was 2.9 fish per day per angler, and the average weight was very good, 10.1 lbs.

Floating lines and sinking lines between 5ft and 15ft were the most used, the fish were keen on taking on the surface, but in some pools the key was to go deeper with sinking tips. The Wonder Bug, the Turk’s tarantula, the Green Machine, Sun-ray Shadow, Collie dog, EMB, Aurelia Prince, Camila Chartreuse, were the most successful flies.

Federico Zimmermann , Head Guide – La Villa de Maria Behety

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