Big rods and big pools sum up this Tierra del Fuego destination. Accommodating a maximum of six anglers and occupying a spectacular spot on the historic grounds of the José Mendendez Estancia, Villa Maria Lodge has access to both banks of the Rio Grande and offers challenging sport for monster sea trout.
All photos courtesy of Nervous Waters
With a 15km stretch of the Rio Grande on its doorstep, guests at Villa Maria Lodge are spoilt. Two-handed rods are the norm here – although the water is shallow and easy to wade, there’s plenty of it, with the lower Rio Grande being larger than the waters upstream. In terms of the fish, it’s all about nickel-bright sea-run browns in these pools. As for size, just check out the gallery above to see the kind of thing you might run into. Access is strictly controlled by the ranch, so beats are assigned to guests and the river is monitored to ensure that there is adequate water.
Accommodating a maximum of six guests, the lodge comprises four spacious bedrooms featuring a cozy dining and living area, and a well-stocked bar. There’s also a tackle shop on site with a good selection of Sage rods, quality reels, flies, lines, and clothing equipment specially selected to suit the needs of your trip. In addition, guests have full use of the lodge’s fly tying table and equipment. All your needs will be taken of by the host, chef, maids and professional guides.
7 nights: $6,950 per person (double occupancy & shared guide)
Price includes: Transfers to/from Rio Grande report, accommodations, 6 days’ guided fishing, food and drink, fishing license, tax
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