Report & Pictures Villa Maria Report In Argentina
Our group of Swiss and British anglers villa maria report brought some nice weather with them and it was a pleasant change from the cold snap we experienced this past week! We had four days of beautiful, calm and warm conditions with two days of soft rain. Not enough to raise the river to unfishable levels or muck it up, but just enough to bring a fresh batch of runners into our pools, filling them to capacity and providing great fun for our guests. We saw fish in places we’ve never seen them before and out of pools we’d written off as unfishable. Now mind you, these fish weren’t pushovers. They still required a careful and stealthy approach and presentation with a fly they wanted at the appropriate depth. If all of these criteria were met however, you were reasonably assured of some action.
As I said, we did receive some rain which brought the water up about 4 inches, but once the rain stopped, the river dropped back down to its low level. Under these circumstances we’ve learned that the best approach is to start high in the water column with something small and slowly lower the depth of your presentation till you get it to the right level. You can always go bigger or deeper, but once you’ve done so it’s pretty much impossible to scale it back with something shallow running and small. If they still refused to take something small, presented right on the dinner plate, then and only then was it time to give them something big and ugly. Get a big fly in front of their face once and they’re either going to take or spook and once the pool is “mullered” as my new friends John and Neil from the UK would say, it’s time to move on to new water and the next round of candidates.
Using stealth and caution our new friends were able to put very good numbers of big fish into the net. We had a remarkable 38 fish over 15 lbs. and 19 over twenty for the week. The big fish continue to be very obliging to us here at Villa Maria! Not only have the catch rates on large fish been good, but every guest was also able to land very good overall numbers of fish as well, which meant very happy anglers.
Making up this happy crew was; Mike, who brought his own tackle shop along with him. If anyone happened to need a tip, fly or anything else you might imagine, it was reasonable to assume that he had it somewhere in the kit he brought down with him. His fishing partner; Bruno, although quiet and reserved at first quickly warmed up and was a pleasure to spend some time on the water with him and Mike.
Sasso, the eldest of the group, is a first rate casting instructor who was always quick with a smile and a helpful tip for anyone who might need it. He would often take time out of his own fishing to help out on the finer points of casting with his fishing partner, Andy, who is new to the double hand rod.
Andy, although a relative newcomer to this kind of fishing, by the end of the week was casting to and fighting these big sea runners like an old pro. Nicely done Andy!
John and Neil, the British contingent, kept us all laughing with their dry, offbeat and off colour sense of humour. I don’t think that Neil or I will ever watch a John Wayne movie quite the same way again – inside joke. It was great fun to fish with you both!
A great group of guys who made the weeks fishing a pleasure! For those of us who make our living on the water guiding anglers, it’s not so much the fishing that can make or break the experience, but the people you spend that time with and the events of the day. The fishing is what the fishing is; sometimes it’s good and sometimes a bit tougher. I and every other professional guide will do our utmost to get our anglers in the best spot, with the right fly at the right time, but sometimes the fish just don’t want to play along and having a pleasant companion to share the day with can make even these slow days on the water an enjoyable experience.
I and everyone else here at Villa Maria, enjoyed our week with this great group immensely whether it was on the water or back at the lodge enjoying a cocktail and sharing a good story.
Safe travels to John and Neil who headed back to the UK after this week’s fishing and tight lines to Bruno, Mike, Sasso and Andy, who are continuing their angling adventure at another location upstream. We wish you all the best and hope to see you all again sometime soon.