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Rio Grande, Argentina 2013

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The time of year arrived again and it was time to point the nose of the aircraft due south, way down south to Tierra del Fuego. As usual we arrived in Buenos Aires on New Years eve, and the party we had in Puerto Madeiro is hosted exclusively for us and booked in advance. What a great way of starting a New Year for all the Global family.

When we arrived in Rio Grande on the 2nd of January we found the river much higher than the year before, but its clear, and that will help in the search of the big, silver Sea trout. After a fantastic lunch we are all ready for the first days outing of our 10 days in Rio Grande. The tackle set up this time was to be a sinking tip at level T14-17 and the intruder flies are doing well, even if some fish are still caught on smaller nymphs fished deep. The river is running faster than last year and some of the pools that weren’t productive last year are now working well; Ken had 7 in an evening session on Confluenza.

Laurence and Phil are soon cracking the code and catching big, nice fish. Phil with a 21 and 24 lber is again making his mark. Lars and Frede are starting strongly too, and Lars lands a nice 20lber on his single hand rod; this is not the last on the trip for him. Gerhard and Donny are starting more sedately than last year, but in the end both are doing very well and getting personal records with many nice fish landed.

Tam Black from Glasgow Angling Centre, as a first timer – is doing really quite well under Anita’s excellent coaching; they had a great time together. I can tell after watching all the smiles as i filmed them for the video we produced they both got a lot out of the trip. Ken and Nigel are full of enthusiasm as sergeants and did well as expected. Ken, together with Phil, are top rods for the trip with 31 fish each, Nigel is not far behind though. The two most dedicated anglers Nic and Stuart seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time almost every day, fish are caught above and below them, but dead slow at times on their beats, thats fishing Nic said, after being top rod last year with 51 fish… But they both ended up with some decent fish in the end.

We were all thinking about Per who had to stay home due to illness two days before daparture, but its only 11 months left till we head back. The food and service in the lodge was awesome this year, and the special barbeque at the Estancia was a great event. As is normal when we are away, we had fun! Many ”straffe ones” were bravely borne, and bottle after bottle of excellent Argentinian Malbec wine were enjoyed in the lodge. The guides are fantastic as always, the motivation they give us during the fishing days was supreme. Thanks to the hosts Alessandro and Filipe for having us, and to Lisa for hosting another fantastic trip.
Psst! The moment we all had watching the big Condor hanging 10 yards outside the window of the lodge will stay in our memory for ever…

Rio Grande, Argentina 2012

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The group arrived with the morning flight from Buenos Aires and was as normaly welcommed by the guides from the lodge at the local airport. The 30 min drive to the lodge gave us some info regarding the condition in the river.

The first real number of fish had start entering the river a fortnight ago, but the water level was lower than normal for january, so the advice was nymphs in size 10-14, but the bigger flies when it got darker in the evening. Sinktips on a floating line was the best to use together with shorter double hand rods and single hand rods. The first evening showed us that this year there was bigger fish in the river then normal and Nigel landed his biggest ever on 24lbs.

During the first couple of days all had landed fish and during the stay the top rod came up in the fantastic catch of 50 fish. The weather was changing as normal during the 10 days, but only one afternoon with tough wind, but it gave in and ended up with a calm evening. Temp from 10-18 celcius gave us all kind of clothes-change, from jumper to t-shirt. The guides did a superb job and together with the staff and kitchen showed that EMB is one of the best lodges in the world, thanks all.

The rookies: Per and Donny picked up the fishing very fast and both ended up in personal record, times three. They also learned the thumb game due to the games harsh “straffeones”. Greath company and hope they will be back.

The regulars: Anita and Morten started off as normal. After one hour I was visiting them in the pool and Anita had landed two, and lost one. She was going on like that all week. Morten had the groups highest average with 15lbs, well done champ. Nigel and Shaun was as alway doing well, but I was watching Shaun losing 5 fish in a row, his nemesis this time…but still heg ot over 40 fish on the bank. Nigel was leading but got beaten the last evening for the biggest fish, nest done Nigel.

Lars and Sergey was goin on in their own way. Lars with only his toothpick and Sergey with all his scientific testing of flies, both landing many fish. Paul and Gerhard is the two nicest guest you can get, with a big smile on their face all the time, also when they was loosing fish, big fish, many times during the trip. Thanks boys.

Top rod: Nic had the fantastic achevement of landing 50(!) fish for the trip. He got half on a size 14 green nymph on his wee double handed 6 weight rod, super.

Biggest fish: Phil did it the last evening. At 9pm he landed a magnific fish on 32lbs, the biggest fish on all my 12 trips to Argentina, gratulation.

Thanks all for making this a superb trip, look forward to next year already.

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Rio Grande, Argentina 2011

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15 fisherman’s arrives in the lodge of Maria Behety and find the river in peak condition. So far this season the run has been slow, but a week before the fish has started to show up in the pools. We have 50 km of water and a lot of pools to fish, but the first days we focus on the lower beats to meet the fish. The river is high, but clear, so we are using small tubes or rubber leg nymphs. Most of the guys have been with me before and know all the tricks in the book and one after one the big sea trout are landed the first days. Fish up to 20lbs and bigger see the net and even after a few days we know this will be a record fishing for the lodge. The British team with Phil, Nigel and Ken is doing very well catching fish even on dry flies. Sergey is the Russian fishing machine and together with Lars from Sweden having great time too.

The Vikings from Norway has 2 nice women in between them, nice in the lodge, but mean in the river. Anita and her daughter Charlie ending up with 24 and 25 fish and Charlies 22,5lbs is a split biggest fish of the week between Håvard and Phil. Gerhard, Arild, and me has been there before, but never seen so many fish in the river and we all have a great time. The two brothers young Herman and Claus joined up with their friend Alex is here for the first time, but still landing a good number of fish. The good fishing even made old Herman quiet for a vile, but it did not last for long. Old Herman, I will pay for that.

The food and service in the lodge is outstanding as always and the Argentinian wine is superb and holds the same high standard as the guides. We ended up with more than 600 sea trout for the 10 days, well done and we will be back next year, nearly all of us.

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