Tres Valles Estancia,
Esquel Region, Argentina
We've been bragging about Tres Valles for years and many of you know what a very special place it is. I don't know of another single destination that offers the variety of fishing that one can find in the Esquel region and notably from Tres Valles Estancia. We've always said that there is more fishing in this region than one could explore in a lifetime - and after all these years, we still stand by that adage.
Estancia Laguna Verde,
Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
February 8-15, 2020
Most everyone in the angling world has heard about Argentina's Jurassic Lake, Lake Strobel, a 65 square kilometer crystal clear lake with incredible biological characteristics and conditions that allow for amazing growth of trout, famous worldwide as probably the best wild rainbow trout fishery in the world. The brontosaurus of rainbow trout inhabit the lakes and rivers here and if you like to hunt for the big ones there is no better spot on earth. When you hook into one of these giants, you are in for reel screaming, heart pounding, tug-of-war action on the uninhabited windswept water and pampas of Santa Cruz. In addition to the lake, guests can experience action on the little Barrancos River, the only tributary to the big lake, as well as 12 smaller lakes located inside the ranch.
Estancia Laguna Verde, located on the south coast of the lake offers the angler a chance to experience wild Patagonia at its best. Surrounded by beautiful untouched landscapes and unparalleled flora and fauna, the opportunity to battle against huge and strong fish while enjoying the comforts of the newly renovated lodge is what keeps guests returning again and again. The Lodge accommodates up to 12 anglers per week, 10 rooms for 12 guests, each with en suite bathrooms. The main gathering room has wireless internet, fly tying desk, library, and satellite TV. Electricity 24 hours a day and laundry service is provided. Laguna Verde offers excellent cuisine prepared by their own chef and sous chef. Local specialities include freshly baked bread, homemade pasta, empanadas, Patagonia lamb and the weekly asado.
Our group will fly to Buenos Aires, overnight, and fly to El Calafate the next day where we will be met by the lodge staff and transferred to the lodge, a 4.5 hour drive. Fishing generally starts on arrival. Wind-worthy 8-weight rods with RIO Outbound lines are preferred when fishing the lake. Both floating and sink-tip lines are recommended. A more detailed tackle list is provided with your booking.
Please take a look at the video and review our itinerary for complete details, pricing, and dates.
This is truly an incredible destination and we hope that you will join us.
Barry and Cathy Beck
Belize River Lodge, Belize
April 25- May 2, 2020
For years we’ve looked for the perfect tropical destination – first for anglers, but secondly for non-anglers who want to join their fishermen. We’ve tried many over the years and some have suited our needs well. We have found our answer at Turneffe Flats Lodge. Today, TFL offers not only great flats fishing for all the species – bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook - etc., but also a variety of superb accommodations and non-angling activities.
Bonefish and permit are the primary targets at Turneffe Flats with expansive flats for wading and plenty of opportunities for larger bonefish. Permit may be found on the flats and bars throughout the atoll and anglers wade or fish from a skiff. Tarpon inhabit the creeks, channels and lagoons of the atoll and come in all sizes.Anglers enjoy fishing from comfortable 16-foot Dolphin Superskiffs custom built in the U.S.
Non-anglers can enjoy snorkeling, diving, kayaking, or reading and relaxing at the infinity pool and lounging deck. Or perhaps they can take a Belizean cooking class with one of the cooks in the kitchen, do an introduction to diving course, or enjoy listening to Head Atoll Adventure Guide, Abel Coe, a Kekchi Mayan, explain the history of the Mayan in Belize. On Wednesdays, guests can arrange to visit a Mayan site or the Belize Zoo. There is lots to do!
Craig and Karen Hayes have had TFL for more than three decades and no one knows this atoll better than these two remarkable people. We are excited to be hosting a week at TFL, and we hope you can join us.
Barry and Cathy Beck
March 21-28, 2020
There is no place like Argentina and there seems to be no end to exploring and finding new fishing destinations within this great country. That brings us to Estancia Tecka, certainly not new to the fishing world, but fairly new in our line-up of great destinations. Comfortably settled on more than 435,000 acres of privately owned ranch, one of the biggest in South America, featuring the Corcovado River flowing for 45 miles over estancia prairie into Chile and on to the Pacific ocean. And that's not all. There is the Rio Tecka, a spring creek originating on the estancia and running for 35 miles before even leaving the ranch! And then there are the lakes, home to trophy brown, brook, and rainbows.
All this water and only 18 guests at two ranch home lodges, Headquarters Lodge and Caridad Lodge, dissecting the fisheries into manageable distances. Guests will fish the gin-clear Corcovado from drift boats, getting out to fish the many productive runs, riffles, and pools. The Rio Tecka is a walk wade fishery featuring “S” curves and undercut banks with browns and rainbows.
Guests will experience a variety of fishing and are welcome to return to favorite places throughout the week. Floating lines and dry flies are the norm on the river and stream, and often on the lakes, but we always advise our guests to never leave home without a sink-tip line. For the most part, anglers fish patterns like a parachute Adams, BWOs, elk hair caddis, small pheasant tail nymphs, and larger foam flies. It’s not technical but that’s not to say the fish are always easy. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s rewarding.
Visiting Tecka is like walking back in time. The slower pace is a nice change for guests as they enjoy the ranch life around them — you may have to wait for a gaucho to move his sheep off the road before passing through. Fishing days are long, lunches are leisurely, and of course the Malbec is superb. The lodges are of a style and architecture not seen today and are immaculately maintained and one feels immediately at home in the comfortable rooms.
We'll fly to Buenos Aires, overnight, and then to Esquel the next day where we'll be met by the lodge staff and transferred to the lodge, a 2 hour drive. You'll notice that this departure is nicely dovetailed with San Huberto. Guests may choose to do one or both destinations.
We hope you'll consider joining us at Estancia Tecka, a jewel for sure. Details and prices can be found on the itinerary.
Barry and Cathy Beck
Ireland- Trout Fishing & Castle Tour
Ireland is a trip that we look forward to for many reasons. On our first trip to Ireland in the summer of 2016, we were pleasantly surprised at the quality trout fishing we experienced. Andrew Ryan and his guides have access to miles of private, controlled, catch-and-release trout water which supports a good population of 14 – 20" brown trout. These are small to medium size trout streams with beautiful brown trout anxious to take a well placed fly. We fished attractor flies with droppers, saw nice hatches, and beautiful water.
But, in addition to the good trout fishing, the non anglers in the group had a private coach and driver to themselves and headed out in a different direction everyday to explore historic sites, castles, shopping, and even a visit now and then to the local pub (authentic Irish, of course).
After several days of trout fishing, we took a long, scenic, coastal drive to Galway on the western coast for salmon fishing, the second half of the trip. Here we enjoyed accommodations at the immaculately preserved and renovated Ballynahinch Castle, once home to the pirate queen, Grace O'Malley, and Humanity Dick Martin.
The Ballynahinch Castle fishery consists of 2.5 miles of river divided into eight salmon beats. The run of big grilse peaks is in late June and early July, thus the timing of our trip. The fishery is characterized by short streams and big, deep pools. Wellies are the foot attire here for anglers do not wade, but fish from footbridges and stiles strategically positioned to cover the best water.
The Irish countryside is as green as green can be with farms, sheep, orchards, streams, and homes throughout. It is a beautiful country with lovely people and beautiful brown trout. Our itinerary for 2020 doesn't change from earlier years except that we are starting out at Ballynahinch Castle and finishing at Andrew Ryan's in Clonmel. Read over the itinerary and consider joining us in June for an Irish adventure you won't soon forget.
Barry and Cathy Beck
Bighorn River, Montana
August 22-29 and August 29-September 5, 2020
The Bighorn River in Montana was one of our first hosted trip destinations and it's remained a constant for over 30 years. We've seen high water, low water, warm water, cold water – depending on rainfall and what they do with releases up at the dam, but one thing that is always predictable, always certain is that you will catch fish. It's where we go for our fish fix.
Reel Action on the Kanektok River, Alaska
August 6-15, 2020
August is silver salmon time on the Kanektok at the Reel Action Camp. We're very lucky to have a week at camp during the silver run as August always sells out quickly. As the silver salmon pour into the Kanektok River, and with the camp situated at the mouth, there's no better place to be for silver fishing. The silver escapement goal is 50,000 per season and they all pass by camp. Along with the silvers will be leopard rainbows, sockeye, dolly varden, grayling and maybe still some pinks and chum. The camp is located in southwestern Alaska near the village of Quinhagak and is perfectly situated within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. The Kanektok and its tributaries and braids give anglers access to some of the best sport fishing in the world.
October 4-11, 2020
Spain is very different from our other fly fishing departures. Maybe it's the country with in-your-face history going back thousands of years everywhere you look; it might be the uniqueness of the fishing — one day you're fishing a small alpine stream for wild zebra trout and the next day you may be on a tail water landing a 9 pound brown; it might be the welcoming, small mountain town atmosphere of Ayren, our home base for the week; or the outgoing instantly likable personality of our outfitter, Ivan Tarin, and his guides or it could be the gracious hospitality of our restaurant and hotel owner, Juan Antonio.
As in most mountainous areas, the fish are not all big but all are wild and beautiful. This is not a destination for the fish of a lifetime, although you will have the opportunity to catch up to 9 pound fish, or larger. It is not technical fishing, wading is easy to moderate, flies are fairly simple. Our favorite flies were super beetles, parachute Adams, Wulffs, Humpies, and small nymphs. It's fun fishing.
Spain offers a variety of fishing experiences and you can be sure of having an amazing week of beautiful fish with medieval castles, cathedrals, watch towers and ancient homesteads as your backdrop against the fall colors of the Spanish Pyrenees. As you travel with your guides each day, you'll pass through small villages and ski towns reminiscent of early days Jackson Hole. For anglers and non-anglers alike, this is paradise. Anglers may choose to fish all day, everyday, or combine the fishing with some hosted sight seeing.
Please consult the itinerary for costs and complete details. If you're looking for something different, definitely consider Spain. You'll be glad you did.
Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile 2020
January 11 – 18, 2020
Coyhaique River Lodge is the best of everything that we look for in a great destination.Braced up against the rugged, remote, wild beauty of the Andes yet within an hour of the airport, modern new lodge construction with great rooms and great views, fishing options to keep one busy for years, and guides who know all the best places. There are many amazing destinations to fish for trout and CRL is truly one of the best.
The fishing program here offers a variety of options including walk wading small to medium size streams and spring creeks, floating larger rivers, and high mountain lakes for trophy trout. There are more fishing opportunities than one can fish in a week, and maybe a lifetime. Names like the Simpson, Nirehuao, Paloma, and Manihuales will capture your attention and your heart.
CRL is conveniently located within an hour from the Balmaceda airport, yet still smack dab in the middle Chile's best trout fishing. It is not here by accident, but designed, planned and built by Claudio and Gaston Urrejola, on sight managers and owners. Positioned on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Rio Coyhaique valley, the lodge offers eight spacious double suites with private baths, all with views of the valley, a great room with floor to ceiling windows for cocktails, relaxing and sharing stories. The lodge is welcoming and spacious, and guests immediately feel at home.
Come with us in January and enjoy a week of summer fishing at Coyhaique River Lodge for browns and rainbows in Chilean Patagonia. Enjoy one of Julio's pisco sours and soak in the beautiful view. You'll be so glad you joined us!
Villa Maria Lodge
March 13-20, 2020
We have waited years for the chance at a good week of sea-run brown trout fishing in Tierra del Fuego, it's been worth the wait for March, 2020, will find us at the famed Villa Maria Lodge on the Rio Grande.
The Rio Grand has become the most productive sea-run brown trout fishery in the world, flowing from west to east for 60 miles from the Andes to the South Atlantic. It is here that sea-run browns spawn during fall in the southern hemisphere. Trout, unlike salmon, will spawn and return to the ocean numerous times during the course of their lifetime and catch and release practices have benefitted return numbers and overall population growth here in recent years.
Villa Maria Lodge is located on the Jose Menendez Estancia, dating back to 1894. Surrounded by 120,000 acres of graze land. The lodge building that is now Villa Maria was once the ranch manager home and has been completely transformed into a modern fishing escape.
An opportunity like this doesn't come often and we are pleased to offer it. Join us at Villa Maria for an extraordinary experience to what is known as “the end of the earth.” The landscape of Tierra del Fuego is a sparsely populated wilderness, large sheep estancias, herds of llama-like Guanacos on windswept plains....and amazing wild sea-run brown trout.
This will be a very small group. While the lodge has access to over 20 kilometers of the Rio Grande, they accommodate only 6 anglers a week. It's been our dream for years to return to Tierra del Fuego and we hope that you will join us.