Estancia Maria Behety Lodges Fishing Report #6
(Jan 30- Feb 6, 2016)
ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
By Federico Molinolo, Head Guide
129 fish landed for the week. Fishing was slower the last two days because of the hot weather and water temperature. First time all season the average weight has been up to 10,8 pounds. Top Rod was Doug Limburn with 18 fish landed!! 4 fish between 15 and 20 pounds, and a 21,5 pounder.
Water color and visibility: First 4 days almost crystal clear, then after a heavy rain on Wednesday morning, it got a little colored.
Water temperature: Warmer than usual. 50 °F to 74°F
Water level and amount of increase or decrease through the week: After a heavy rain on Wednesday morning water level increased 3 or 4 inches.
Wind speed ranges through the week: From 0 wind to 40-45 mph.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 47°F to 81°F.
Weather observations (sun, rain, fog, etc.): heavy rain by the middle of the week.
Flies that are working the best:
Nymphs: emb, tdf prince, Aurelia prince, prince nymph, scuds.
Green machine, yuk bug, wooly buggers. Different sizes of sunray shadows.
Big flies for the last hour: Leeches, intruders and big tube flies.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc) that are producing the best: Skagit and Scandi heads with different lengths of T-14, T-11. Floating and intermediate tips are working great. Also polyleaders or versileaders are working good.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 5 to 15 feet long. Fluorocarbon or monofilament. 15 to 20 pounds.
Fish Catch Statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 129
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 23 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 21 fish
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 5 fish
Tom Heasley landed a 22 pounder and fish of the week, a 23 pounder.
Doug Limburn landed a 21,5 pounder.
Simon Kaye landed a 20,5 pounder.
Ricky Walker landed a 20,5 pounder
LA VILLA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
By Federico Zimmermann, Head Guide
As always in the first week of February, we had the group of David S., Karen R., John R., Chris B., Richard M. And Roland D. all of them from the UK. The average weight was good, it was 10.3., the average catch a day per angler was 1.6 fish, lower than expected for this week The Top rod was David S. with 16 fish. The biggest was caught by John R. a nice 20 lbs. Congratulations! The fishing was tough most of the week, as we saw lots of fish, but they were hard to get to take. Many factors could have contributed to the tough bite.
Water color and visibility: Water clear, a bit dirty two days after the rain we had on Thursday. Water level and amount of increase or decrease through the week: Normal to low for this time of year. The level was decreasing until the thunderstorm we had on Wednesday. On Friday the level was 10cm higher and the water slightly dirty but still with very good visibility.
Wind speed ranges through the week: 15 to 60 KM
Air temp ranges through the week: 2° – 17°C
Weather observations (sun, rain, fog, etc.): Sunny, cloud cover. A heavy shower on Wednesday with some thunder.
Flies that are working the best: Wonder Bug, Green Machine, Sunrayshadow, EMB, Camila, small nymphs, Turks Tarantula. Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc) that are producing the best: skagits and scandis with tips such as floating, intermediate, type 3, 6 and 8. Heavy and Medium MOW tips. Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 12 to 15lbs tippet, lengths between 5 and 14 feet.
Fish Catch Statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 58
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 20lbs Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 14
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 1
Notable catches: John R. landed a great fresh 20 lbs. fresh female. Roly D. Had a fantastic 19 pounder