14 Apr Season Report – Las Buitreras 2013/2014
Las Buitreras – Season Report 2014
A few days ago, we put the lid on possibly the best season at the Rio Gallegos ever. A season that offered many remarkable moments, a new lodge record fish, very consistent fishing results as well as an increase in double figure catches; especially those soughed after +- 25lb pigs.
Lawson Jones with a spanking fresh pig!
A lot of factors in our favour aligned to make this season as unforgetable as it turned out. Most of all, the water situation which has been consistently a little higher than normal. Already in November 2013, our resident guides and friends predicted us a very humid season based upon the heavy snow in den Andes and the citiy of Rio Gallegos itself. For an over all pretty shallow water shed like the Rio Gallegos, more water automatically triggers more fish to move…
With a good bunch of weeks where our max.8 rods managed to catch over 100 fish and our top week with 164 fish (… with 17 fish over 14lb, 10 fish over 20lb and one fish over 30lb) this forboding was more than just hot thin air.
Rio Gallegos Record Fish
Annakarin Sjöberg with the record fish – 31 1/2lb. chrome!
Despite the fruitful conditions for a strong run, all long term conservation efforts were hitting us in form of more and more big fish. A tendency that remained strong through out the last 4/5 years. Not only did we get plenty double digit kilo fish, we also put a fish into the books that might very well be the biggest recorded and officially measured seatrout in the history of the river itself. Some might remember Diego „Pollo“ Coscia’s giant seatrout that could only be estimated – a true river monster with an incredible girth pushing the scale up to the 30lb; now we have it officially. Annkarin Sjöberg hooked and successfully landed a chrome fish that tipped the scale at 14,1kg – that’s 31 1/2lb of pure chrome with the measurements 105cm (lenght) x 63cm (girth). A fish that left guide Hernan Garcia awestruck and lost for words.
Girls gone wild – Seatrout
April Vokey sends another one back…
If one closely observes the catchbooks, it’s more than just intuition that makes female anglers extremely successful not only in Buitreras. Persistance, focus and dedication and something that we haven’t figured out completely yet (…the words of some humbled men) No wonder that the biggest fish ever and a very good bunch of big fish and fish of the week are the contribution of our femal anglers.
The significant difference…
Due to it’s structural splendor and overall pretty shallow water shed of the Rio Gallegos, we at Las Buitreras are blessed to ambush some of the biggest seatrout on the planet with light tackle, floating or intermediate lines and tapered leaders. More often than not, one will encounter aggressive surface takes. Nothing more exciting than seeing a skated sunray on the last bit of light being teard apart by a big seatrout splashing upon it!
The sporting virtues of Patagonia Austral (Magellan Patagonia) are available for very limited number of devoted fly anglers to ensure the high level of fishing the Solid Adventures Camp has to offer! 40km prime seatrout water considered to be one of the most productive parts of the entire river on both banks, divided in more than 50 named pools and pretty much the same amount of uncharted pools – for 10 rods per week.
Rick fighting the elements at “Old Bridge”
It is a common misconception that the early dates and months at the watershed of Las Buitreras are the very best. Despite the good numbers of big and angry colored fish at the end of the season, that resemble giant browntrouts in some cases, the fall run of spanking fresh chrome fish is one of the strongest ones here at Rio Gallegos. These circumstances are usually alinging with convenient waterlevels which are either normal or slightly higher but not low at all. Due to request, we will run the full season in 2015, including the whole month of April.
Back To School – Seatrout University with Prof. G.Andersson & The Guides
Regular clients know about the rule, that no one – not even beginners – leave our water without a fish. If Las Buitrereas has ever crossed your mind, but seatrout itself is new to you, say no more. We have the right package. For two consecutive weeks, the 11th -18th and the 18th – 25th of April 2015, casting extraordinaire Göran Andersson will lead the way. Andersson and the guide staff will get you into seatrout, beyond their call of duty. Classes will cover everything from simple tactics over flies, presentation, casting…even taking pictures of the fish of your lifetime. Back to school has never been better…
INTO THE VOID
Here a little appetizer from the Fly Fishing Nation Syndicate – their teaser for the Cast&Blast festival:
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