Estancia Maria Behety
The Finest Sea Trout River in the World
Located on the famous Rio Grande River surrounded by the rugged splendor of the Tierra del Fuego Peninsula, Estancia Maria Behety should be on every serious fly fisherman’s bucket list. The Argentinian lodge has made a name in the industry as one of the most highly regarded Sea Run Brown Trout lodges in the world, for good reason. If you are lucky enough to snag a spot at this well-known lodge, chances are you will not leave disappointed.
Why Fly Fish the Rio Grande?
70,000+ reasons. Due to the huge numbers of fish in the river, every cast into the Rio Grande might attract a strike from what would be the fish of a lifetime anywhere else! According to a University of Montana study, there are around 75,000 adult sea trout in the river. Sometimes there are thousands of sea trout in every pool of Estancia Maria Behety. Watch out for foul hooks!
Why stay at the Estancia Maria Behety?
Located on the first 20 miles of water, the lodge gives anglers ample opportunity at large quantities of fish that have rarely seen a fly. When you are not fighting browns, the lodge, villa and well run Estancia provide a comfortable venue for relaxing at the end of each day. The Estancia is ideal for non-anglers.
The Fishing Program
Each of the angling days is spent fishing in both the morning and evening as the fish are most active during these these times. The beats are rotated, and normally anglers will not have to repeat any pools during their stay. Fishermen return to the lodge in the heart of the ranch to enjoy a mid-day meal, and have the chance to relax for a few hours. The lodge is only a short distance from the river, no more than half an hour to the most distant beat on the huge ranch.
Two anglers generally share a guide and vehicle and spend their days assigned to beats that usually consists of two to four huge river pools. There are 102 pools and nearly 40 beats on the huge Estancia Maria Behety and only 18 licensed anglers allowed on property at any one time.
At the conclusion of the angling day, fishermen return to the lodge for a hot shower, cocktails from the fully stocked bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a wonderful Argentine meal accented by fine Argentine wines and desserts that will add a marvelous finishing touch to each day.
Techniques and Gear
Tackle and techniques on the Rio Grande are not very complicated. Anglers choose from a broad range of lines, tips and terminal tackle according to the water conditions. Experienced steelhead and Atlantic Salmon fishermen immediately feel “in their element.” Quartering downstream with streamers or dead drifting nymphs are the most common methods used, and skated dry flies are terrific when the conditions are right.
The Rio Grande is one of the easiest streams to wade in the Americas. The river is seldom more than thigh deep, and can be easily crossed between pools. There’s no moss on a bottom made of nothing but perfect spawning habitat ranging in size from pea gravel to golf ball sized rocks. Leave your studded boots at home because there isn’t a rock big enough on the Rio Grande to trip over.
Late December to Early April
- Saturday – Arrival to Rio Grande or Ushuaia airports from Buenos Aires, transfer to Estancia Maria Behety Lodge
- Sunday thru Friday – 6 days of guided fishing on the Rio Grande!
- Saturday – The Estancia Maria Behety will provide auto transfer to the Ushuaia or Rio Grande airports.
La Villa Lodge
La Villa at Estancia Maria Behety is the most luxurious fishing lodge of Rio Grande. It is located in the historical town where the main ranch house once was. Totally rebuilt in the late nineties, La Villa has 6 bedrooms in suites with shower and Jacuzzi, a spacious dining room and a living room with a bar where to share the stories of the day’s catch.
For leisure, La Villa offers a snooker room, satellite TV, Internet connection and a card table. The guests can enjoy of an excellent and diverse menu, as well as a vast selection of 4,000 bottles of wine stored in the cellar.
The EMB Lodge is located 15 kilometers from the ranch town, over a plateau where you can contemplate the heart of Rio Grande. Built to function exclusively as a fishing lodge, it is the place chosen by larger groups of fishermen who appreciate a permanent view to Rio Grande.
This house has 8 bedrooms in suites, a spacious dining room and a great living room with fire place and a bar. The menu and wine list, as in La Villa, are diverse, and there is a garden house with a big grill where a special meal is cooked for all the guests every week.
Meals at Estancia Maria Behety revolve around the two per day fishing schedule. Usually anglers are up at 7:00 a.m. and fresh coffee and hot tea is available. In the dinning room a sideboard is topped with fresh fruit, hand-squeezed juices, yogurt, cereals, toast and pastries. For those that prefer a more traditional American breakfast, cook to order eggs, omelets, potatoes, bacon and ham are available from the kitchen. As is typical in South America the midday meal is grand, a full sit down meal with great wines, delicious desserts and good strong coffee. Dinners are served later than what most are accustomed to in order to accommodate the late evening fishing session typical on the Rio Grande. Dinners are usually lighter than the midday meal and a perfect night-cap. Your days at Estancia Maria Behety are full.
La Villa Lodge
- December 23, 2017 – January 06, 2018 – 7,110 USD
- January 06 – March 17, 2018 – 7,900 USD
- March 17 – April 07, 2018 – 6,320 USD
- Non-Angler 3,850 USD (all weeks)
Estancia Maria Behety (EMB) Lodge
- December 23, 2017 – January 06, 2018 – 6,210 USD
- January 06 – March 17, 2018 – 6,900 USD
- March 17 – April 07, 2018 – 6,210 USD
*All packages are a 7-night/6-day package (Saturday – Saturday)
Round-trip auto transfers from Rio Grande to the lodge, daily guide service based on double occupancy, all meals, private, deluxe double occupancy accommodations, all alcoholic beverages (open bar) and fishing license.
Whats not Included
Fishing equipment, waders, rods, lines, flies etc, travel insurance, gratuities, which are customary though not required and should be an accurate