- freshwater Fishing

The lodge is located on the banks of the Rio Grande, in Tierra del Fuego, just a few miles above the tidal influence. In the modern era, the Rio Grande has became the most productive sea-run trout fishery in the world. While trout numbers fluctuate with conditions at sea, tides, water levels, and a host of other natural factors?the fact is?we release 20 pound trout at Villa Maria each week of the season. A fish or two a day is the norm given average water conditions?but 6-8 fish days happen all the time!

Trip Overview

The lodge is located on the banks of the Rio Grande, in Tierra del Fuego, just a few miles above the tidal influence. In the modern era, the Rio Grande has became the most productive sea-run trout fishery in the world. While trout numbers fluctuate with conditions at sea, tides, water levels, and a host of other natural factors-the fact is-we release 20 pound trout at Villa Maria each week of the season. A fish or two a day is the norm given average water conditions, but 6-8 fish days happen all the time!
The Rio Grande flows from West to East, from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, through 70 km of Argentine territory. The landscape of Tierra del Fuego is reminiscent of Wyoming or the Scottish low country. It is a sparsely populated wilderness. Large sheep farming estancias share this land with herds of wild llama-like guanacos, red foxes, and condors, and the area is vast and beautiful.
Anglers at Villa Maria get first crack of the whip at newly arrived sea-trout. On Villa Maria's pools, you'll see seagulls whirl overhead and smell the estuary salt. Just above the tides, the fish arrive fresh, with fins clear and scales silver.
You'll fish both banks. Big pools and double-handers are the norm. There are big fish here, 20 pounders jump and leap and tear up and down the huge pools, while "fish of a lifetime" are landed each week. The lodge itself reminds many of the world's best salmon camps, warm, cozy, with cuisine and service at a very high level. Guides know the pools, the fish and the fishing; days are spent on the water, with classic "huts" for midday breaks.

Package

The lower Rio Grande is larger than the waters 40 to 50 miles upstream and anglers encounter nickel-bright sea-run browns in these pools. Access is strictly controlled by the ranch, so beats are assigned to our guests and the river is monitored to ensure that there is adequate water. The Lower Rio Grande will appeal particularly to the confident casters, and those anglers familiar with the two-handed rod. Like the water further upriver, the lower Rio Grande is shallow and easy to wade, although it is deeper in places. Fishing schedule: approx 9 hours. Lunch is taken at the river and its followed during the early season by a siesta in a strategic place and comfortable trailers. The afternoon session starts later during the months of Dec. and Jan. to capitalise on the magical dusk fishing hours.

Accommodation

The lodge is situated in one of Patagonia's biggest and oldest estancias. It has four spacious and perfectly furnished bedrooms, featuring a cozy dining and living area, as well as a bar, well stocked with local spirits. The chef delightes us every evening, offering a selection of local and international cuisine accompanied by the best Argentine wines. A brand new cabin will be your home for lunch and a nice siesta before the afternoon session. The house accommodates only 6 anglers per week and is available on a limited basis, due to high demand by repeat parties. The staff working in the lodge consists of the managers (hostess and head guide), a chef and his helper, professional fishing guides, and housekeepers. All of them, from their own job, will guarantee an unforgettable vacation, putting all their knowledge and experience at your disposal, to meet your expectations and even surpass them.

Tackle and Flies

Rods
Single-handed rod #8 Wt or #9 Wt , 91/2 or 10 foot. Two handed rods are increasingly popular and allow anglers to cast a comfortable line with less effort, particularly on windy days.13 to 15 feet for a 9-11 Weight line.

Reels
With a strong, smooth drag is a must. Reels (and spare spools) should have capacity for the fly line and 100 yards of 20 pound backing.

Lines
Weight forward fly lines are generally used on the Rio Grande. Floating lines are typically most useful in low water conditions and during early morning and evening hours. Also a sinking shooting taper is very important. The Teeny T-200 and T-300 lines have proven to be excellent.

Leaders
Sea trout aren't particularly leader shy. For floating lines it's good to have knotless tapered leaders from 9 to 12 feet with 0X tippets.

Flies
Basic working fly list:
Collie Dog tube flies (31/2 -41/2" long, both aluminum and copper bodies, with hard plastic tubing and #4 wide-gape hooks).
Bunny leech, Zonker, Woolly Bugger (black/olive), articulated string leech types, with electric blue flash, on #2-4 hooks.
Peacock (now a staple on Rio Grande, tied on #2-4 hooks)
Girdle or Yuk Bug rubber legs (#4-12)
Bitch Creek nymphs (orange and black for preference, #4-12)
Bead head nymphs (Prince, Hare's Ear, etc. #10-14)
Traditional Atlantic Salmon Flies
Bombers or other waking dry flies (natural deer hair, black& green on #4-8 hooks), for use drifted or with a Portland hitch
Include 11/2 2 inch tube flies if you have them, as tubes can be very effective on the Rio Grande.

Note: Larger streamers should be weighted and all should be tied on heavy hooks with good gapes. Treble & Double hooks are not allowed on the Rio Grande.

Nymph/Caddis Nymph Bitch Creek # 4, 6, 8 Nymph/Caddis Nymph Bead Head Stonefly Prince # 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 Wet Fly Fuzzy Wuzzy # 2, 4, 6, 8 Wet Fly Wolly Bugger # 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Dry Fly Brown Stimulator # 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 Dry Fly Royal Wulf # 10, 12, 14, 16 Dry Fly Bomber # 6, 8, 10, 12 Wet Fly Purple Leach # 2, 4, 6, 8 Dry Fly N2 Bomber 2 - 4 - 6

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Rates

2018 From U$S 5,950.- up to US$ 10,950.-

~ Per person on a double basis (sharing accommodation and guide) ~

Rates include: Reception in Rio Grande airport and transfer to the Lodge (round trip); 7-night accommodation with all meals and beverages (including wine); 6 days fishing with bilingual and qualified guide; all ground transfers in the property.

Rates do not include: Air ticket Buenos Aires/Rio Grande round trip; fishing equipment and flies; fishing license; personal health insurance; gratuities.

Notes: Good discounts for 6 or 9 anglers group!

Fishing report

February 2016

The rain has been a big absent in the Rio Grande along the whole month. The river remains very low and clear, but it's still delivering the best sea-run brown trout fishing on the planet!

Light rain during the last week of the month bumped water levels by less than an inch. That doesn't sound like much, but the fish felt the difference and react accordingly-charging upstream or changing positions in the pools.

Summertime staples like small nymphs and green machines performed somewhat better than others. And leeches remain the almighty option in low-light conditions.
Regarding lines: Skagit heads with short sink-tips have been the go-to option.

The largest fish caught during the last week of the month was 24 lbs, 7 fish caught over 20 lbs and 28 fish caught over 15 lbs.

Testimonials

My husband return very happy with the program in Villa Maria Lodge

By: Sandra Sibilla - January 27th, 2012

Dear Daniel,

Marcelo (my husband) return very happy with the program, the service and because he caught 2 sea trout up to 20 lbs each.
Thank you very much for your help.


Regards,
Sandra Sibilla

Thanks very much for a good trip to Rio Grande.

By: Kent Lindvall - 27/04/2010

Dear Daniel,

Thanks very much for a good trip to Rio Grande. We have a great time ! The mixed program with Villa Maria and Kau Tapen was good to experience!

The biggest trout 28 Pound was caugth by Hakan but Jorgen and Robert catch several over 20 pound. My biggest was about 16 pound. It was a tough fishing with cold water, sinking line and big heavy flies. But this kind of fishing works very good for the scandinavin people. It was two very slow fishing days on Kau Tapen depending of weather. We like special Villa Maria lodge. We try Menendes river and like that very much.



Thanks again for a good organization !
Kent Lindvall

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