• Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 3: January 14th to 21st, 2023

    BY MAX KANTOR – KAU TAPEN LODGE FISHING GUIDE

    We were visited this week by a small multinational group from Switzerland, the USA, the UK, and France, which allowed us to take advantage of the best-producing sections of water all along the Rio Grande and Menendez.

    It was very much a teaching week, as most fishermen and women were picking up a fly rod for the very first time. The rest were new to spey casting and anadromous fish, but all were eager to learn. The first warm-up session was spent as a group, with all of the guides individually working on the points of the spey cast one-on-one.

    At Kau Tapen, we fish from both sides of the river and in a variety of different wind directions, so being able to cast on either side is critical. With at least a roll cast or double-spey for everyone, we were ready to begin the week.

    The weather and conditions for the week were characterized by dropping water in both the Grande and Menendez. There was a slight rise on the graph for the headwaters of the Rio Grande, but it was negligible downstream. On the bright side, rain was present for the last couple of days of the week with a bit more on the horizon at the moment. The wind was variable and very light throughout the week. We began with one day of gusts, but all from the West. Temperatures were hot, exceeding 20 degrees Celsius for a few days, and a number of guests even chose to enjoy a rare mid-afternoon swim in the Rio Grande.

    Guides witnessed moving groups of fish throughout the beats and a mix of fish were caught between those that had just entered the river and ones that had been in for a few weeks. Fishing picked up later in the week, as guests had time to hone in their presentation and conditions became more favorable.

    The big fish of the week was 16 pounds, joined by a number of fresh ones in the 14-pound class- quite the accomplishment for a first-time sea trout and spey angler!

    The week was unique in that guests were able to take advantage of other attractions Tierra del Fuego has to offer including horseback riding outside Ushuaia. The wild landscape of Tierra del Fuego never fails to impress and all had a fantastic time both on and off the river. All of us could not be more excited for guests to once again visit our waters from around the globe.

    For current updates, be sure to follow our social media accounts (@kautapen and @nervouswaters).

    For any questions regarding our preferred tackle setups, information about the river, or our preferred fishing techniques, please visit our website for a thorough list of information. We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon on the water!

    Tight Lines from the Kau Tapen Guide Team.

  • Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 2: January 7th to 14th, 2023

    BY MAX KANTOR – KAU TAPEN LODGE FISHING GUIDE

    As the season continued into January, we were excited to welcome guests from the USA, Poland, and Norway. All but one were newcomers to the Rio Grande and some were picking up a fly rod for the very first time. As fresh fish continue to make their way into the river, the action was had all around despite some unfavorable conditions to start the week.

    We are transitioning from our early season fishery, composed of lots of searching for the first arrivals to what is typical of mid-January- fresh fish entering both our upper and lower beats. These fish alternate between moving and resting, the former making it very difficult to feed them a fly and the latter being preferential to some of the exceptional fishing we witness on the Rio Grande. These fish, like all anadromous species, are not feeding out of necessity when in the river, but instead out of instinct or aggression. We witnessed a number of fish moving between pools both during the day and the evening which was a great spectacle, although they proved hard to hook. When they decide to stop, however, bites can be almost electric when one chance into a pool full of happy fish. Just like swinging flies for any other type of migratory fish, the motto is to keep casting and presenting the fly for success and the takes will materialize.

    Weather conditions for the week were not easy, to say the least. After last week’s slight rise, the water level dropped steadily but now remains stable and a bit higher than at the start of the season. The toughest factor was the wind, as it blew consistently from both the North and the East. These are not our prevailing winds and while there are some pools that can be fished in these conditions, the angler is often fighting the wind rather than using it as an aid for casting. For new anglers, this is quite the challenge when picking up a two-handed rod for the first time.

    The majority of the fish continue to be fresh fun-sized fish between 5 and 9 pounds, but towards the end of the week, there were a couple of noteworthy successes to be mentioned in addition to the fish stories of the monsters that got away. Tom from Norway landed a fantastic hen of 20 pounds and Tricia from the United States landed one of 18 pounds. Both were healthy fish in great shape, packing on pounds from feeding in the ocean and putting on a battle to remember for each happy angler. Tricia’s fish was chrome bright and took her well into the backing. Not bad for one’s first time using a fly rod!

    It was another week in the books at Kau Tapen, filled with smiling anglers both on and off the water. Good numbers of fish were seen moving throughout the week, signaling great things to come here on the Rio Grande. All of us could not be more excited for guests to once again visit our waters from around the globe. For current updates from the river, be sure to follow our social media accounts (@kautapen and @nervouswaters).

    For any questions regarding our preferred tackle setups, information about the river, or our preferred fishing techniques, please visit our website for a thorough list of information. We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon on the river!

    Tight Lines from the Kau Tapen Guide Team.

  • Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 1: December 31st to January 7th, 2023

    BY MAX KANTOR – KAU TAPEN LODGE FISHING GUIDE

    Welcome to Kau Tapen Lodge 2023 season!

    We were excited to welcome guests from the USA, UK, and Argentina for the opening week of the Kau Tapen season.  Almost all had never fished the Rio Grande before and had ventured to see if they could connect with some of our early fresh arriving sea-run brown trout. This was a smaller group that started with only 7 rods and then had a few late arrivals halfway through the week.

    Early season fishing often involves a lot of searching and while scouting showed that sea trout were present throughout our beats, concentrations of fish are moving around while we wait for the bulk of the run to arrive. That being said, both the upstream and downstream beats of the main river were consistently producing hookups. We say to expect around 2 fish a day on average, although savvy rods can take advantage of opportunistic fish at times, as hookups often come in numbers as the fish switch on. This is anadromous fish angling at its finest, comparable to swinging flies for the famed Atlantic salmon or the elusive steelhead.

    Weather conditions for the week started on a tough note but improved as time went on. The first few days saw high winds lasting into the evening session paired with low water. Sea-run browns are temperamental fish at times, and these factors mixed with bright sunshine are not optimal for many hookups. Our anglers persevered, however, braving winds well over 100kph at times and connected with their desired quarry thanks to insight from our guide team.

    A few days into the week there was a noticeable change and as the wind quieted for Tuesday’s evening session, significantly more fish were hooked and landed. This flurry of action was followed by a rainy period and a slight rise in the main river. From this point on, fishing became more consistent across our beats and some sessions produced great numbers. The river did drop to its previous level, but small bouts of rain kept it stable for the rest of the week.

    Many of these early run fish were fun-sized between 5 and 12 pounds, although guests did tangle with a few of the larger specimens. These giants know where the structure is and will try their best to get back into the grass clumps along the Rio Grande’s winding cut-banks. The fish of the week- a well-earned 19-pound male in beautiful shape, was landed by Frans.

    We did venture to fish the lower Menendez River as well with mixed results. One session produced a solid number of chances for early run fish in the tributary, but changes in water clarity made for some difficult fishing as well. Fish were observed in some of the pools as early as late November, so they are certainly present throughout the lower section. The Menendez is a great alternative to the Grande providing some of the most exciting single-hand fishing anywhere. This river will test your tackle and angling skills in a close-quarters scenario with the same plus-sized sea trout that venture into the Grande River.

    Altogether, it was a fantastic week to kickstart the season here at Kau Tapen. Compared to previous years, fish numbers were quite good for the starting week and the river looks promising for the arriving guests. All of us here at Kau Tapen could not be more excited for guests to once again visit our waters from around the globe. For current updates from the river, be sure to follow our social media accounts (@kautapen and @nervouswaters). We wish you all a Happy New Year, and hope to see you soon on the river!

    Tight Lines from the Kau Tapen Guide Team.

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