Rio Grande Fishing Report, Maria Behety Lodges, Mar 10-17, 2018

Estancia Maria Behety Lodge
La Villa De Maria Behety Lodge
March 10-17, 2018

By Federico Molinolo – Head Guide

The fishing was pretty tough this week, but we did okay. The river is still in good shape, despite some rain in the mountains that made the river rise a few inches, but our water is still pretty clear. The weather is getting cold; summer is coming to an end…

Water Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Clear water and good visibility
Water temperature: 42°F to 50°F
Water levels: Due some rain in the mountains, the river came up a couple of inches, but it is still in a good shape.

Weather Conditions:
Wind speed range: 5 to 45 mph
Air temperatures: 23°F to 57°F

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Mostly nymphs: EMB, red butt, tdf prince, pepe prince.
Black wooly buggers, yuk bug, tdf taxi, intruders, leeches.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, and densities): Heavy tips: T-14,T-17 and T-20 in different lengths.  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: 12
Total number of fish landed for the week: 106
Weight of the biggest fish: 22 pounds.
Number of over 15 pounds: 26
Number of fish over 20 pounds: 6

Notable Catches:
Vadim Kuprienko landed a 22 pounder and a 20 pounder.
Gordon Armstrong landed a 20 pounder.
Jim Brunjak landed a 20 pounder.
Nikolai Kirsonov landed a 20 pounder.
Mike MacPherson landed a 20 pounder.


By Diego Motter – Head Guide

Another week at La Villa just ended with a bit tougher fishing then the week before and some days with frost in the morning, and ice in the guides. 60 fish were landed, 23 fish over 15 pounds, and two over 20 pounds. Our average weight of fish landed was 11 pounds.

Sinking lines were the best, dead drifting nymphs.
Top rod of the week was Gary Litman with 21 fish to the net, the biggest 21 pounds.
Andrew Michel landed the biggest fish of the week at 22 pounds.

Weather Conditions:
Water color and visibility: Very clear water.
Water temperature: 6°C to 12°C
Water level: The River rose on Thursday, but is still clear.

Wind speed range: Blew from north west like usual, and it wasn’t too strong.
Air temperatures: -4°C to 14°C
Weather observations: One really cold morning -4°C.

Fishing Conditions:
Flies that are working the best: Nymphs: emb, wonder bug, prince nymph, different sizes of sunray shadows. Big flies for the last hour: big tube flies. Emb’s, prince nymph were the best of the week, using sinking lines.

Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, and densities): Skagit heads with different lengths of T-17, T-14, T-11, as well as Scandi heads with poly-leaders. Floating lines didn’t work as good as last week.
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 6 to 12 feet, 12 to 16 pounds.
Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, upper part is really low and the pools little or no current, making fishing very difficult.

Fish Catch Statistics:
Number of anglers for the week: 4
Total number of fish landed for the week: 60
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 22 pounds
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 23
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds: 2



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