Explore and fish the best pools on the legendary Rió Grande
Explore and fish the best beats on the legendary Rió Grande.
Welcome to the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, a fly-fishing frontier split vertically by the Argentina and Chile border at the southern most tip of the South American continent.
In the heart of Tierra del Fuego, you’ll explore and fish the best pools on the legendary Rió Grande. Short walks and shallow wading are typical and you’ll sample a variety of new water daily. Pioneering angler John Goodall planted the seed for a fly-fishing legacy when he introduced brown trout to the Tierra del Fuego region in 1935. It’s believed that 60,000 salmo trutta eggs survived the arduous journey from Puerto Montt to be planted in several tributaries of the Rió Grande. Over the years these trailblazing trout established a foothold and began annual migrations to the sea, returning to freshwater in the fall to spawn. As juveniles most browns remain in the cradle of the river for one to four years before migrating to the ocean. On their maiden voyage, they reach weights of approximately 3 to 6 pounds after six months in the salt. Adult trout return to the river annually to spawn. Repeat spawners on the Rió Grande will complete up to six cycles. A trout that has completed four cycles of fresh- to saltwater and back again can weigh more than 20 pounds. These supersize sea-runs are a Kau Tapen mainstay; evidence of a healthy fishery fostered by a strict catch-and-release fly-fishing ethos.
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Kau Tapen Lodge was designed to offer maximum comfort during their fishing trips, as well as easy access to the best pools on Tierra del Fuego’s world famous Rió Grande. A large living room opens up to peaceful vistas of the Menendez and Rió Grande valleys and includes a roaring fire and a well stocked bar—welcoming you after every fly-fishing session. Additional Kau Tapen highlights include two wading/fly gear rooms, a sauna, hot tub, and Finnish steam bath, and a massage room. The lodge offers a first-rate kitchen, an in-house chef, and an a la carte menu featuring wonderful cuisine based on local meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and tempting deserts. A traditional Asado (BBQ) will be held once during your stay, and you can sample various cuts of meat alongside savory sides, delicious salads, and an impressive list of top Argentine wines.
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Guests fly into Buenos Aires, Argentina, and typically overnight there, with a day to spend touring this wonderful city. Arrival day at Villa María is set for Sunday. Commercial airlines fly from Buenos Aires to the airport of Rio Grande (3-hour flight), where a lodge representative will meet you.
Hosted-trip with Stefan & Alexander Haider
Dates on request
- January 2– January 9: US$ 9.250
- January 9 – March 6: US$ 10.350
- March 6 – March 13: US$ 9.250
- March 13 – March 20: US$ 7.950
- March 20 – March 27: US$ 6.950
- March 27 – April 3: US$ 5.950
- Non-Angler Rate: US$ 4.550
- Single Room Upgrade: US$ 500 per week
Seven (7) nights of double occupancy accommodation. Six (6) full days of guided fishing (2 angler per guide). All beverages at the lodge. Meet and greet at the Rio Grande Airport. Transportation to and from the Rio Grande Airport. Fishing licence. Laundry service. WiFi access.
Round-trip airfare from your home to Buenos Aires (EZE). Domestic airfare from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Rio Grande (RIG). Meet & Greet and ground transfers in Buenos Aires. Meals and accommodation in Buenos Aires or any other en route cities. Gratuities for guides and lodge staff. All fishing equipment, tackle and flies.
Quick Facts Kau Tapen Lodge
|Location||Rio Grande River, Tierra Del Fuego / Argentina|
|Season||November through mid April|
|Capacity||Maximum of 12 anglers per week|
|Closest major air hub||Rio Grande Airport (40 minutes) or Ushuaia Airport (3 hours)|
|Target species||Sea-run Brown Trout|
|Documents required||Valid passport.|