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Kau Tapen Lodge | Argentina | Sea Trout


Tour code: ARG008

The Kau Tapen Lodge on the Rio Grande does not need any introduction due to its reputation for Sea Trout fishing. Each week you will have a very good chance of catching a fish over 20lbs. There is very little human habitation in this part of the world, which means the fishing is very reliable.  

Kau Tapen is located in the heart of the Rio Grande, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This was the first fishing lodge established on the Rio Grande and hold 5 world records for Sea Trout up to 35lb. Due to access control and catch-and-release regulations, the Rio Grande is one of the most productive sea-run Brown Trout fishery in the world.

Conditions on the Rio Grande are windy, which can be a shock for some UK anglers. However, do not let this put you off as the annoyance of the wind is outweighed by the large sea-run Brown Trout the Rio Grande has to offer. At times, the wind is a blessing in disguise as it produces strong ripples on the surface which gives Trout security and because of this,  anglers are able to catch many Trout during the day rather than just at night.

Using a double-handed rod with a roll cast will allow you to take advantage of the wind. A  stiff single-handed rod is more appropriate for calmer periods.

The massive Rio Grande has many undercut banks where large browns love to reside. These Brown Trout have an average size of 12-20lb however this destination has the opportunity to produce larger species. The Rio Grande is a place where catching a trophy-sized Trout is a big possibility.

At the Kau Tapen Lodge, the fishing schedule is divided up between 4.5 hour morning and evening sessions. You will have access to 18 miles of banks on the Rio Grande with 60-70 pools. On top of this, the guides will be on hand to help you with your success. They will ensure you are on the right spots and assist you with approaching each pool.

If you have any questions on the fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.







Kau Tapen Lodge

Kau Tapen sets the standards of comfort for fishing lodges worldwide. It is as exclusive as any 5 star boutique hotel you are likely to find with every aspect of this lodge designed and tailored to ensure that this will be a holiday to remember.

The lodge accommodates up to 9 guests (9 bedrooms with private baths) and includes a huge open-faced wood burning stove, deep sofas, crisp linen, deeply polished wooden floorboards, dining room, sitting room, wading room and fly-tying table.

Also at the lodge there is available a Satellite telephone, computer with internet access, equipment area, outside terrace & barbeque, fly tying area, spa complete with sauna, finish shower, relax and massage area, and 220Volt generator power in all rooms.

The all inclusive and comprehensive bar alongside an innovative and delicious Argentinean menu ensure the whole experience is second to none. This is as fine a fishing lodge as you are likely to find anywhere!

Board: Full board
Rooms: All Singles
Telephone: Satellite (chargeable)
Internet: Computer with internet
Laundry: Included
Power: 220 Volt
Meals: In lodge dinning room
Alcohol: Included
Equipment Hire: Rods & reels available
Shop: Fly Shop
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Sea Trout
Season: November to April
Peak: January to March
Weight: 5lb to 35lb
Average Weight: 8.5lb
Brown Trout
Season: November to April
Peak: January to March
Weight: 1lb to 6lb
Average Weight: 2.5lb


Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Buenos Aires, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit. It is also possible to combine Sea Trout Fishing with Golden Dorado, Steelhead and King Salmon fishing. You can even combine all our Argentina fishing packages with any of our shooting packages to make the ultimate trip.

Day 1: (Friday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available).

Day 2: (Saturday)

Arrive in Buenos Aires.

On arrival take a taxi to Jorge Newbery Airport and fly to Rio Grande.

When you arrive at the lodge, you will be welcomed with cocktails and the entire Kau Tapen team.

Overnight Accommodation: Kau Tapen Lodge (Single Rooms) F/B

Day 3 & 4: Fishing Days (Sunday & Monday)

Every day your guides will drive you to and from the river in comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicles fitted with rod racks and VHF radios.

Almost all the pools can be covered well with a single-handed rod although the use of a double-handed rod can be an advantage.

Overnight Accommodation: Kau Tapen Lodge (Single Rooms) F/B

Day 5 & 6: Fishing Days (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Each day you will leave the lodge around 9 am after breakfast, fishing until around 1 pm

Following lunch and a siesta, (the hours of which will depend on the season) you will return to the river between 5 pm and 6 pm and fish through till dusk.

Fishing hours will change slightly depending on the time of year.

Overnight Accommodation: Kau Tapen Lodge (Single Rooms) F/B

Day 7 & 8: Fishing Days (Thursday & Friday)

Normally the fishing is based on two anglers to one guide and through the week you will get to fish a selection of different pools.

Overnight Accommodation: Kau Tapen Lodge (Single Rooms) F/B

Day 9: (Saturday)

Early in the morning transfer back to Rio Grande airport. You will depart from Rio Grande
and arrive in Jorge Newbery.

On arrival at Buenos Aires, a member of our team will transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight Accommodation: Buenos Aires Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 10: (Sunday)

You will take a taxi back to Buenos Aires International Airport.

Depart Buenos Aires

Day 11: (Monday)

Arrive UK


Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flight Buenos Aries to Rio Grande
  • Transfers to and from Lodge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals at Lodge
  • All soft & alcohol drinks at Lodge
  • 6 days fishing

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at Buenos Aries Hotels or bar expenses
  • Transfers in Buenos Aries
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing license
  • Fishing tackle
  • Waders & Boots


  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Buenos Aries

  • Single rooms in Buenos Aries

  • Dorado Fishing add on

  • Steelhead Fishing add on

  • King Salmon Fishing add on

  • Dove shooting add on

  • There are quality fly rods available at the lodge for you to use if needed. The cost per day is $25.00 and it includes the rod, reel and line. Please advise us of your need for a rod prior to arrival to ensure availability. A charge of $150.00 will be billed to you in the event a rental rod is broken. This covers the cost of shipping and repair.

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes


A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry, no visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Argentina

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Buenos Aires (approx 14hrs) Buenos Aires – Rio Grande (approx 3 hours).

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Rio Grande – Kau Tapen Lodge (approx 1 hour)




For us as we have now visited a few time Kau Tapen is our second home. Everyone makes us feel so welcome its hard not to feel like we all belong there.

The Rio Grande is an amazing river to fish, it can have some moody days and sometimes the fish can be hard. It is the challenge of the fishing that makes it so interesting.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Lance, thank you for taking the time to complete our destination review. I agree the river is an amazing place to fish.


What a place and what a river. We would urge anyone who likes their fly fishing to visit Kau Tapen.

Our trip was first class and one that should be repeated each day.

Next time we would take a bit more time to relax in BA on the way out as the flights are long.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Tarquin, we would agree with you plus BA is a nice city to spend some time with some great restaurants. However we also realise for some people time is an issue and they wish to fly out to the destination as quick as possible. Thats one advantage that we offer as we do tailor all itineraries to suit each customers requirements.


An exeptional holiday and destination.

One has travelled to many places, but some stand out above the rest. Kay Tapen will go down in our minds as one such destination.

A big thank you from both me and our team.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Wow thank you for taking the time to complete our destination review, so glad you feel so highly about the destination. Our customers seem to love every trip.


A huge thank you to all the staff and guides, amazing food and fishing.
Already saving the pennies

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Todd, we will pass on all our kind comments


I was part of a group of 6 anglers from the UK and our visit to Kau Tapen was one to be remember for a very long time. Our guides and the lodge staff took such good care of everyone.

First class lodge, fist class operation

Should be on every anglers bucket list.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for taking the time to complete our destination review. So good to hear that you and your group had such an amazing time.

Tight Lines

Mr Lindsay

All aspects of my Kau Tapen experience were excellent. Just spending time by a river like Rio Grande with true fly fishing enthusiasts like the guides I had the pleasure to meet.... and if you then add the monster trout and the atmosphere of the "House of fishing" I could not get closer to my fly fishing heaven.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you so so much for travelling with us and taking the time to complete your customer feedback. Great comments that we will pass on to everyone.

Regards Mel


First class service and first class holidays. I have given Sportquest and the whole holiday top marks in EVERY level.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Wow Bayaraa what can we say 100% in ever level, thanks for that and yes we will sort out your place for next season. Kind Regards Mel

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