Kautapen Lodge – Week 4: January 27th to Febuary 3rd, 2024
This week at Kau Tapen, we were thrilled to host guests from the USA, the UK, and Ireland, creating a dynamic mix of familiar faces and newcomers to the Rio Grande. Whether a novice spey caster or a seasoned anadromous fish angler, Kau Tapen remains a truly special place where every cast holds the potential for the fish of a lifetime. In recent weeks, we’ve been fortunate to witness and release some remarkable catches, a rewarding experience in the world of fly fishing.
Weather and fishing conditions were more stable this week, with light to little wind and a stable river, albeit at a low level. Fishing remained consistent throughout the week, with key pools holding many fish. However, both the Grande and Menendez rivers need a substantial influx of fresh water to invigorate our system. Despite the challenging conditions, our guide team employed low water tactics, fishing light, long, and stealthy in prime locations.
A noteworthy success was that despite the difficulties, everyone hooked and landed sea trout, a remarkable achievement in fly-fishing. We hooked well over 100 fish for the week, showcasing the payoff of perseverance and our guide team’s dedication to keeping guests engaged in the fishing experience effectively.
Quality fish continued to be caught in both our upstream and downstream beats. Chris landed an impressive 22-pound male, displaying scorching runs and acrobatic jumps before being netted with Santi’s assistance. The weeks have consistently provided fish in excellent condition, with another 20-pounder landed for Richard with Christian’s help. Many team members celebrated catching mid-teen fish, marking “largest sea trout of one’s life” moments.
Looking ahead, rain is forecasted in the mountains and our area, but the impact on the river remains uncertain. Although there is a good concentration of fish in key areas, the spring tides could swiftly alter the river’s condition. For real-time updates, follow our social media accounts (@kautapenlodge and @nervous_waters). For inquiries about tackle setups, river details, or preferred fishing techniques, visit our website. We extend our best wishes and hope to welcome you soon to the water!
Tight Lines from the Kau Tapen Guide Team,
Birkir, Kau Tapen Fishing Guide.
Kautapen Lodge – Week 3: January 20th to 27th, 2024
As the new group of clients arrived, the river maintained its exceptionally low water level. Our hopes for more rain went unanswered, and the sticks we placed at the waterline every other day confirmed our fears of a continued drop. Despite the challenging conditions, our new guests embraced the reality that little could be done and maintained a positive spirit. The group, a mix of familiar and new faces, exuded positivity. Regular guests and friends Anne and Tom (US), along with first-time visitors Adrian and Nigel (UK), Jim and Mark (US and South Africa) and last but not least Tom and Margaret (US), all contributed to an atmosphere of excitement and camaraderie.
On the first day, there were moments of decent fishing, but the rivers steadily decreased throughout the week. This period marked one of the lowest water levels observed in both the Grande and Menendez. Despite the challenging environment, all anglers embraced the situation. The guide team skillfully implemented low-water tactics, focusing on targeting concentrations of fish in their prime lies with extreme stealth.
However, with the gauge for the river well below its minimum level, fishing remained challenging for the latter part of the week. Temperatures were notably warm with air temperature exceeding 20°C in the middle of the week and sunny skies. The fishing tended to become more active later in the day. The wind was pretty calm throughout the week, which prompted us to adapt and use a variety of small flies, long leaders, and light tips to entice takes and catch fish.
The highlight of the week was a stunning hen weighing 18.5 pounds, caught by Margaret with the help of Colo. Throughout the week, several more fish ranging from 13 to 16 pounds were landed, many of them fresh and vibrant and one very colored up 13 pound male that Adrien caught with the kype starting to form, a sight that captivates anyone.
For current updates, be sure to follow our social media accounts (@kautapenlodge 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!
~ Birkir, Kau Tapen Fishing Guide.
Kautapen Lodge – Week 2: January 13th to 20th, 2024
This week, we welcomed guests from the USA and the UK, most of whom were accustomed to fly-fishing with single-handers and were new to spey casting and anadromous fish. However, all were eager to learn. The first warm-up session was conducted as a group, with each guide 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 various wind directions, making the ability to cast on either side 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 levels in both the Grande and Menendez. The wind was variable and very light throughout the beginning of the week, paired with sunshine and very few clouds. This called for long leaders and a light presentation to achieve the best results. Guides observed moving groups of fish throughout the beats, and a mix of fish was 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 landed first thing in the warm-up session, weighing a heavy 18 pounds for Bruce. The next day, Mark landed another 18-pound fresh female, making the big fish of the week a tie! Several more fish in the range of 12-16 pounds were caught during the week, all of them fresh. This is a sight that everyone loves to see and sets the stage for an exciting next week as more fish enter the rivers.
For current updates, be sure to follow our social media accounts (@kautapenlodge and @nervous_waters). 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.
Kautapen Lodge – Week 1: January 6th to 13th, 2024
The opening week of this season was an exciting start for us. Needless to say, we were thrilled to kick off the fishing year 2024, welcome our first week’s guests, and get the ball rolling!
We are delighted to once again welcome guests to Kau Tapen and the Rio Grande for the 2024 season. Returning to our guide team are head guide Gaston Guglielminetti (ARG), Santiago Villalba (ARG), Valentin Bergese (ARG), Christian Lindstrom (SWE), and Leandro Herrainz (ARG). We are also welcoming a new member, Birkir Mar Hardarson (ISL). As always, we pride ourselves on compiling a wealth of fishing knowledge from around the world to provide you with the best possible experience when targeting our sea trout.
Starting this week, we welcomed old friends and new faces from Sweden and Australia. The weather and fishing conditions were tough, with water levels dropping in both the Grande and Menendez, clear skies, bright sunshine, and cold nights. Despite the challenging conditions, we still found fish in the usual places, with more success in the evenings. The sea-run brown trout came in all ranges of colors, from big fish that have been in the system for some time to fresh fish landed in both the Grande and the Menendez.
The first success to be mentioned is that everyone hooked up and landed sea trout despite the difficult conditions. Overall, we hooked well over 100 fish for the week, showing that perseverance does indeed pay off, coupled with the guide team’s tireless efforts to keep guests on fish and fishing effectively.
Once again, we have continued to see some quality fish both in our upstream and downstream beats.
The past week has seen some impressive catches, with numerous brown trout weighing between 7 and 15 pounds. However, a few exceptional trophies have been reeled in, boasting weights of 17 pounds for Jyrki, 18 pounds for Lars, and an astonishing 22-pounder for David on the first shift of the week.
Looking forward to the next couple of days with more fresh fish running and hopefully some rain shortly. Coupled with the spring tides at the moment, this could change the condition of the river on a dime. For current updates, be sure to follow our social media accounts (@kautapenlodge and @nervous_waters). 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!