Rio Grande Fishing Report, Maria Behety Lodges, Feb 24-Mar 3, 2018


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RIO GRANDE FISHING REPORT

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge
&
La Villa De Maria Behety Lodge
Feb 24 – Mar 3, 2018

ESTANCIA MARIA BEHETY LODGE REPORT-  Feb 24 – Mar 3, 2018
By Federico Molinolo – Head Guide

Another great week fishing the Rio Grande at Maria Behety Lodge came to an end. The river continues to be in good condition, low, clear water and dropping a little every day.

122 fish landed. 33 over 15 pounds, 3 of over 20 pounds.
Top rod of the week at Maria Behety was Richard Gibbs with 16 fish netted
Kevin Bitmead landed the fish of the week: 21.5 pounds.

Water Conditions
Water color and visibility: Very clear water and good visibility
Water temperature: 43°F to 52°F
Water level and amount of increase or decrease through the week: River dropped 2 inches during the week. It is low and in excellent conditions.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed ranges through the week: It was windy most of the days (10 to 40 mph). On Thursday afternoon the wind went up to 55 mph!
Air temperature ranges through the week: 41°F to 65°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Mostly nymphs: EMB, red butt, tdf prince, pepe prince. Also some other nymphs in smaller hooks (hare´s ear, copper john)
Black wooly buggers, yuk bug, tdf taxi, intruders, leeches, monkeys.
We had some action on top with sunray shadows and green machines.

Fly lines that are producing the best:
Heavy tips. T-11, T-14, T-17 and T-20 in different lengths. To fish on top a great option are the Scandi heads. When we have to throw T´s a Skagit head is the best option.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 3 to 10 feet, 12 to 20 pounds.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 122
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 21.5 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 30
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 3

Notable Catches:
Kevin Bitmead landed a 21.5 pounder and a 20.5 pounder.
Richard Gibbs landed a 20.5 pounder

 

LA VILLA DE MARIA BEHETY LODGE REPORT- Feb 24 – Mar 3, 2018
By Diego Motter – Head Guide

Great week, the best week of the season, 122 fish were landed, 49 fish over 15 pounds, 5 over 20, Average weight of fish landed was 10.5 pounds.
Sinking lines were the best, dead drifting nymphs
Top rod of the week at La Villa de Maria Behety was Ian and Isabel, 35 fish to the net, the biggest 20 pounds.
Jean Howman landed the biggest fish of the week at 23  pounds.

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Very clear
Water temperature: 6° – 12° Celsius (43° – 54° Fahrenheit)
Water level: the river is getting low.

Weather Conditions:
The wind blew from North West like usual, and it was strong.
Air temperature ranges: 4° – 18° Celsius (39° – 64° Fahrenheit)
Weather observations: Sunny all week.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Nymphs, Emb’s, Wonder Bug, Aurelia Prince, Prince Nymph, Rubber legs nymphs. Different sizes of Sunray Shadows. Big flies for the last hour including big tube flies worked well. The Sunray Shadow and Wonder Bug were the best flies of the week, fished on sinking lines.

Fly lines that are producing the best:
Skagit heads with different lengths of T-17, T-14, and T-11. Scandi heads with poly-leaders worked well. Floating lines didn’t work so good this last week.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 7 to 14 feet in length, 12 to 16 pound in strength.
Most of the fish were in the lower and middle  part of the river, upper part didn’t work good.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 6
Total number of fish landed for the week: 122
Weight of the biggest fish: 23 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 49
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 5
Notable catches: great fishing in Alejandro pool, 14 fish landed 10 over 15 pounds.

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