Villa Maria Lodge Region and Rivers:
The Rio Grande flows from East to West, from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, through 70 KM of Argentine territory. The landscape of Tierra del Fuego is reminiscent of Wyoming or the Scottish Flow country. It is a sparsely opulated wilderness. Large sheep farming estancias share this land with herds of wild llama-like guanacos, red foxes, and condors.
The success of the fishery on the Rio Grande is a modern-day fisherman’s Cinderella story. In just a decade, through access control and the diligent promotion of catch and release, average catch results have risen remarkably.
Villa Maria Lodge Fishing Program:
Guests will leave the lodge around 9 AM after breakfast each day, fishing until around 1 PM. Following lunch and the traditional siesta (the hours of which will depend on the season) guests return to the river between 5 and 6 PM and fish hrough until dusk.
The first brown trout were stocked in Tierra del Fuego by John Goodall in 1935. Shipped from Puerto Montt in Chile, 60,000 “Salmo Trutta” eggs survived the arduous journey, to be planted on the Candelaria and McLennan Rivers, both tributaries of the Rio Grande. These fish eventually found their way to the sea, possibly attracted by the rich nourishment of the estuary. These sea-run brown trout now complete the yearly migratory cycle of salmonids, spawning during the summer months in reshwater.
remain in the river for a period of time which ranges between 1 and 4 years until their first migration to the sea, where they will feed and grow for about 6 months before their first return to freshwater, weighing approximately 6 lbs. Researchers have found trout which had spawned more than 6 times. A trout which as completed 4 cycles of returning to freshwater can weigh over 20 lbs. The frequency with which they return to freshwater is also an indicator that the fish face very few hreats. Whilst also providing a very real example of the benefits of Catch and Release.
Villa Maria Lodge Accommodation and Meals:
Villa Maria Lodge was designed to offer Anglers maximum comfort during their fishing trip, as well as easy accessibility to the pools. The lodge accommodates up to 6 guests and has a large living room that opens up to vistas of the Menendez Valley and Rio Grande Valley.There is a large fireplace and well stocked bar as well as a tackle shop and 4 wading rooms.
Villa Maria offers wonderful cuisine based on local meats,fresh vegetable and delicious deserts. A traditional Asado (BBQ) will be held once during your stay, and you can sample different cuts of meat and wonderful salads. A full cooked breakfast will be available together with fresh fruits, yogurts, home baked breads and jams and a selection of cereals. Villa Maria’s cellars feature a wonderful selection of fine wines from the Luigi Bosca Bodega, which will be served during lunch and
Villa Maria Lodge Climate:
The summer climate of this southernmost region of South America is extremely changeable, and a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions should be expected. The sun can be very strong during the day, but the wind chill factor makes the use of protective gear necessary all season long.
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