FRESHWATER   >   ARGENTINA
KAU TAPEN LODGE

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For the Sea Trout fisherman there is one place and one river: The Rio Grande, Tierra Del Fuego. Located with sixteen prime kilometres of Rio Grande River, the Kau Tapen Lodge has consistently produced enviable catches of Sea-Run Brown Trout since it began in 1984. With fish averaging twelve pounds in weight and up to and over thirty pounds, Kau Tapen offers the chance of the fish of a lifetime.

Fly Odyssey run hosted trips to the Rio Grande each January, February and March. We can arrange bespoke travel or a combination trip with the nearby Trout fishing in northern Patagonia or Dorado fishing in the north of Argentina.

  • Prime Season: mid January to mid March
  • World’s best sea trout fishery
  • Ideal for individuals and groups
  • Excellent guide team
  • Remote wilderness location
  • Excellent lodging and cuisine
  • Average temperature: 0℃ in winter, 14℃ in warmer months

Kau Tapen Lodge is located on the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The exposed, sparsely populated landscape is reminiscent of windswept Wyoming or the Scottish low country. Kau Tapen Lodge began life here in the early ’80s, just around the time the Rio Grande turned the corner, becoming the most productive Sea-Run Brown Trout fishery on the planet allowing for seasonal fluctuations.

Built in 1983, Kau Tapen Lodge was designed to offer rods maximum comfort during their fishing trip, as well as easy accessibility to the pools. It accommodates up to twelve guests in ten en-suite bedrooms, five of them with two queen-size beds and the other five with king-size beds. A large living room area opens up to vistas of the Menendez Valley and Rio Grande valley.

Kau Tapen offers wonderful cuisine, featuring local meats, fresh vegetables, and delicious deserts. A traditional Asado (BBQ) will be held once during your stay to give you the chance of sampling different cuts of meat and wonderful salads. A full cooked breakfast is available, together with fresh fruit, yogurts, home-baked breads and jams, and a selection of cereals. Kau Tapen's cellars feature a wonderful selection of fine wines served during lunch and dinner.

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 large roaring fire and well stocked bar will welcome you after every fishing session. The lodge also has two wading gear rooms, a sauna, Finnish steam bath, and a massage room.

There is a landline and WIFI is available in the lodge but bring your own laptop or tablet.

Kau Tapen is THE place to fish for Sea Run Brown Trout in Argentina. Located with sixteen prime kilometres of Rio Grande river the Kau Tapen Lodge has consistently produced enviable catches of Sea Run Brown Trout since its start in 1984. With fish averaging twelve to thirty pounds in weight, Kau Tapen offers the chance of the fish of a lifetime.

The Rio Grande is not a big river and it is compatible with a wide range of fly-fishing techniques—this is critical since a large Sea Trout may demand that a fly be fed to it on the bottom one hour, but it may rise to the hitched fly in the next hour. Water levels can change from week to week and generally drop as the season progresses.

We would advise all guests to bring everything they need—rods, reels, lines, waders etc—however, you can rent equipment from the well-stocked tackle shop in the event of a breakage or if you wish to travel light. Two-handed, Spey-style rods are the Number 1 choice, although 8-9# single-handed rods also work well during specific times. Light two-handed rods are increasingly popular. Being able to cast with moderate to strong winds would be a benefit so choose a balanced rod and outfit capable of handling these conditions along with battling large Sea Trout up weighing up to and over twenty-five pounds, while ensuring good action with smaller five to twelve pounds fish.

If you are new to two-handers, don't worry as the lodges expert guides and instructors will help hone your skills. Wading is generally easy and safe given the river’s moderate flow and its even gravel bottom.

Guiding is usually one guide to two guests. They all speak good English and are there to help and ensure you have a successful trip. Fishing typically starts after breakfast at around 9:00am until 1:00pm when you break for lunch followed by an afternoon siesta. Fishing starts again late afternoon until dusk.

All flies should be de-barbed and all fishing is 'catch and release'.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence.

Fly direct to Buenos Aires and stay overnight. Take a three-hour morning flight to Rio Grande and you will be met there by lodge staff who will transport you to the lodge. The scenic drive takes about an hour.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
Email: g.bate@flyodyssey.co.uk

AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au