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Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Report Week 7: 14th – 20th February 2020

At the midway point of our 12 week season at Villa Maria, we were excited to welcome back Henrik, Jonni, Mark, and John along with a few new faces, Dan, Andrew, and Charlie. The first morning we rigged up small flies with long leaders and lighter tips, as the river was getting to its lowest and clearest we’d seen all year. Once we got to the river, we encountered fairly heavy and consistent rain but the fish we active and several nice fish were landed. Over the next two days, the weather stabilized and the fishing was solid. Everyone seemed to be coming back to the dinner table with several fishing tales.

Sea trout released into river

A stunning Sea Trout on his way home!

On Tuesday, however, the rain we experienced on Saturday started to rise and stir up the river with weeds and debris from the bank. For the remainder of the week, the river continued to rise but with skilful angling and persistence, nice fish were still coming into the net.

A spotty sea run trout

A few highlights of the week included a 17 lb and 14 lb fish landed in the first session by our old friend Marc, followed up by a chromed-out 19 lb fish landed by Andrew on the first evening session alone! Jonni also landed a beautiful 18 and 16lber on his first day.

A large Sea Trout

Some specimens were landed this week!

Our good Danish friends- Henrik and Dan also had consistent fishing throughout the week with several high-teen fish brought to hand. Dan had a great 19 and 16lber while presenting the fly beautifully with wind and rain blowing right into his face.

John had a fantastic session with two 16lbers and the fish of the week with a beautiful 23lber. Charlie finished his week on a high note deftly battling a thick 22 lb male trout to the net.

A large specimen Trout

Due to changing water conditions, it’s difficult to describe what setups were the most productive but, we can briefly say that full sink lines on single-handed rod and intermediate Skagit heads on double-handed rods were, by far, the most used.

A bright chrome Sea Trout

A large Chrome Sea Trout

By the end of the week, the river started to drop and clear up slightly, so we are optimistic that next week we will see more stable fishing conditions.

Tight lines,

Alejandro Martello


What a great report from the banks of Villa Maria from Head Guide Alejandro, If you would like to enquire about this destination feel free to contact us on 01603 407596 or click the enquiry button on the tour page to fill out the form and we will contact you. Remember if you missed last weeks report, you can find it here.

Tight lines,


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