Estancia Maria Behety Lodges Fishing Report #5
January 23 – 30, 2016
ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
By Federico Molinolo, Head Guide
Fishing really improved this week, the river is full of fresh sea trout.
160 fish landed. Average weight 10.4 pounds.
Top Rod was, one more time, our friend Dave Parkes with 33 fish landed!
The first NBSC (no blank session club) of Maria Behety Lodge went to another good old friend: Doug limburn, who landed 20 fish and at least one fish in every session. Doug also landed the fish of the week 20.5 pounds.
Water color and visibility: Almost crystal clear
Water temperature: between 47°F and 64 °F
Water level through the week: On Sunday the river went up a little. On Monday it started to drop again and now is a little lower than last week.
Wind speed ranges through the week: 10 to 45 mph.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 40°F to 76°F
Weather observations: A little shower on Thursday night.
Flies that are working the best: Nymphs: Aurelia prince, EMB, TDF prince, prince nymph, red butt, scuds. Some wooly buggers. Green machine, sunray shadow. For the last hour of the fishing day big leeches, tube flies and intruders got it done.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc): Skagit and Scandi heads with different lengths of T-14, T-11. Floating and intermediate tips are working great. Also poly-leaders or versi-leaders are working good.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 5 to 15 feet, 15 to 20 pounds.
Fish Catch Statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 12 rods.
Total number of fish landed for the week: 160
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 20.5 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 28
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 2
Notable catches: Doug limburn landed a 20.5 pounder. Dave Parkes landed a 20 pounder.
LA VILLA MARIA BEHETY LODGE
By Federico Zimmermann, Head Guide
The best week so far…
This week we were visited by Dar I., Stephen T. from the USA, and Peter W. from England; the rest of the crew was Roger Y., Keith C., and Alf B., their second week of fishing at La Villa de Maria Behety.
It has been a wonderful week, and the fishing was the finest ever for this group. Fortunately every year anglers are keener on trying the dry fly. Fish are looking up, and the takes go from subtle to really taking the rod out of your hands. Great fun!
As usual, Roger Y. was the top rod with 30 fish, the best performance of the season. He also got his biggest ever on top. A beautiful 16 pound sea tout that hammered the sun-ray-shadow he was swinging.
Roger was only one session away from the NBSC (Non Blank Session Club)
The biggest fish for the week was caught by Dr. Keith C. a phenomenal 23 pound fish!
The average weight was outstanding, 10.28 lbs., and the average catch a day per angler was just around 3 fish, the best so far this season.
Water Conditions: On Sunday the river rose a little and the river’s clarity wasn’t the best. But it never got really dirty. Toward the end of the week, water was very clear again.
Water temperature: Between 8⁰ C and 16⁰C (46.4⁰F and 60.8⁰F)
Water level through the week: Water level normal for this time of year. The level increased about 10cm, by the end of the week it went down about the same amount.
Wind speed ranges: 15 to 70 kmh (9.3 to 43.4 mph)
Air temperature ranges: 5⁰C and 22⁰C (41⁰F – 71.6⁰F)
Weather observations: A passing shower and heavy rain on Saturday. The prevailing winds were from the west. Some days the wind changed direction.
Flies that are working the best: Wonder Bug, Green Machine, Sun-ray-shadow, EMB, Camila, small nymphs, Stoats Tail, Red Butt Bomber, Turk’s Tarantula, and Micro Flies (I mean flies tied on #14,#16 and #18 hooks) they were amazingly fun to fish.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc): Skagits and Scandis with floating tips mainly. MOW tips, all the variations.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 15 to 20lbs 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: 103
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 23lbs
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 19 fish.
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 4
Notable catches: Roger’s biggest on floating line, 16 pounds
LA VILLA GUIDES
Federico Zimmerman (Head Guide)
Available Space at La Villa
April 02 – 09, 2016….($4,695) (6 rods)