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Villa Maria Lodge | Argentina | Sea Trout

Overview

Tour code: ARG006

The Villa Maria 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.  

Location
Villa Maria is in prime position at the lower half of Rio Grande only a few miles from the tidal waters and is approximately 20 minutes from the city of Rio Grande. This was the second fishing lodge established on the Rio Grande and caters for just 6 anglers per week. 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.

Fishing
Unlike Kau Tapen, which is located on the middle river, Villa María offers anglers the first chance at the newly arriving Sea Trout on the Río Grande. If you enjoy the challenge of two-handed rods, you will love this fishing experience.

The chromed sea-run Brown Trout will enter the Rio Grande in Decemeber and continue to enter until May. The fishing between these months is always exciting. Peak weeks can be difficult to determine but January to March tend to be the most productive.

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 Villa Maria 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.

Guiding
The talented guides will be on hand to help you with your success. The average daily catch rate on the Rio Grande is 3-6 fish per rod. The key to this success is in your fly fishing technique, which the guides will help you with.

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.

Accommodation
Villa Maria Lodge

Villa Maria Lodge has spacious, perfectly furnished bedrooms consisting of 3 twin rooms with en-suites and 1 single room. All bedrooms have central heating and hot & cold water. The main lodge has a cosy dining and living area as well as a bar. The bar is well stocked with local spirits that will welcome you after every fishing session.

The lodge has a tackle shop with a good selection of Sage rods, good quality reels, flies, lines and clothing equipment especially selected to suit the needs of your trip. In addition, guests have the full use of the lodge’s fly tying table and equipment. A brand new cabin will be your home for lunch and a nice siesta before the afternoon session.

Our staff composed of our host, chef, house cleaners and professional guides will assist you during the week in all your needs. The house will accommodate only 6 anglers per week and is available on a limited basis due to high demand by repeat parties.

 

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin & single rooms available
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: October to April
Peak: January to March
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 8.5lb
Brown Trout
Season: October to April
Peak: January to March
Weight: 1lb to 6lb
Average Weight: 2.5lb

Itinerary

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 & 2: (Thursday & Friday)

Depart UK
Arrive in Buenos Aires.

From here, you will be transferred to the internal airport for your flight to Rio Grande.

On arrival, our staff will transfer you to the lodge. When you arrive at the lodge, you will be welcomed with cocktails.

Overnight Accommodation: Villa Maria Lodge (single rooms, F/B)

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

Every day your Argentinian fishing guides will drive you to and from the Rio Grande in a comfortable 4-wheel drive truck fitted with rod racks and VHF radios.

You’ll enjoy Sea Run Brown Trout fishing in 30 pools on 15 km of both banks on the Rio Grande, where easy wading can be found on a gravel bottom.

Overnight Accommodation: Villa Maria Lodge (single rooms, F/B)

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

Each day you leave the lodge around 9 am after breakfast and fish until around 1 pm.

After lunch and a siesta, (the hours of which will depend on the season) you will return to the river and fish through until dusk.

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

Overnight Accommodation: Villa Maria Lodge (single rooms, F/B)

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

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

Overnight Accommodation: Villa Maria Lodge (single rooms, F/B)

Day 9: (Friday)

Early in the morning transfer back to Rio Grande airport. From here you will depart to Jorge Newbery. On arrival, a member of our team will transfer you to the hotel.

Overnight Accommodation: Buenos Aires Hotel (twin rooms B/B)

 

Day 10 & 11: (Saturday & Sunday)

In the morning our staff will transport you to the International Airport

Depart Buenos Aires

Arrive UK

Prices

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.

ATOL
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

Options

  • 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

Visa

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 – Villa Maria Lodge (approx 1.5 hours)

Blogs

Reviews

Trevor

Tough week due to bad conditions, however all the guides knew exactly what to do. Even though the fishing was tough we all managed to catch fish (Thanks to the expert guiding) It is times like this when you realise the importance of good guides.

Nothing else for it but to return and hope for better conditions.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Trevor, thank you for your destination feedback. Sorry to hear that when you travelled the conditions we not perfect. We do agree with you about good guides and we have always found the guides at VM to be first rate.

Ross

Unfortunately we had a very difficult week, the water levels were very low and most days we did not have a breath of wind. Everyone struggled and the best fishing probably the only time worth fishing on our week was the last hour of the day in to darkness.

We have listened to many stories about this lodge and everyone talks very highly so we are sure that our week was not normal, just bad luck, but thats fishing.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you so much for your destination review. I know only to well what fishing is like when conditions are against you. The fishing can be tough. Our customers who have been to VM always have good things to say so we are sure that your week was just down to bad luck. You will have to return to set the record straight.

Andrew

We have been to Villa Maria now 4 times and each time the hospitality has been second to none.

We have been lucky on all our trips to catch both the weather and fishing in perfect conditions which has made for some excellent trips.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Andrew so glad to hear that you have had 4 amazing trips, also thank you for completing a destination review as we are sure customers will find your review / comments helpful.

Tim

Absolutely fantastic hospitality and food among with world-class trout fishing, simply the best experience that you can get.

I would highly recommend anyone to take the time to travel to VM you will not regret it in anyway.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Tim nice destination review thanks a million

Mr Hopkins

Hi Peter many thanks for organising our annual trip to Argentina. weather was bit crap but fishing was great. Speak to you again soon

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Paul, sorry to hear that the weather and water was not playing its normal ball. However I am pleased that you all still enjoyed the trip and that you all managed to land a good few fish. Thanks for your custom and I hope to assist you again.

Mrs Wellington

Hi, we have just returned from our first and defiantly not our last trip to Villa Maria Lodge. Having the whole place just to ourselves was amazing, the lodge staff and fishing was way above our expectations, big thank you to everyone who is involved in organising and running this superb operation.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

That is great news that your group enjoyed the run of the place and the fishing. It was a treat to deal with you all and I look forward to all your future arrangements.

P

Some places are ok, some are good and every now and then you find one that you know you just will return again and again. Thanks for making our dreams come true.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

It was our pleasure and we hope to do it again for you someday soon. mel

P

I was in VM lodge for a week looking for seatrout in Rio Grande. All the service was excellent and the fishing too. Amazing fishes, great food, very nice people. A MUST

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

We are glad that you enjoyed your trip from door to door. Also thank you for the pictures a great cracking shot of a jumping fish.

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