Bob Marriott’s Travel Center is proud to announce the addition of a premier lodge offering on the Rio Grande River during the prime weeks of the Sea Run Brown Trout yearly spawning run. This adventure is in conjunction with an agreement with Danny Lajous, the lodge owner.
The fishing at Despedida for sea-run brown trout is the very best the world has to offer, period. Tierra del Fuego itself is a breathtaking and stunning land, and the view from the lodge is of grasslands that roll and sweep across unbroken terrain, halted only by the jagged spires of the Andes that separate Argentina from Chile miles upriver.
The average Sea-Run is about 14-pounds, but trout of 20 to 25 pounds are taken virtually every day on the Rio Grande, and it is not impossible to hear of fishing in excess of 30-pounds each season. Fishing on the Rio Grande is primarily swinging wet flies for Sea-Run Browns that are of the size that haunt people’s dreams. These migrating fish ascend the river from November through late March.
Sea-Run Browns are a temperamental fish and anglers may find themselves dredging the belly of pools in the morning for holding fish with sinking tip lines and then later swinging leeches in the riffles with a “dry line” and extended leader to traveling fish as the sun settles below the horizon.
Please feel free to ask for details on this adventure to the bottom of the world where twenty pound Sea-Run Brown Trout are caught on a daily basis. Having outfitted anglers headed to this destination for almost as long as there has been organized lodges offering guiding services there, we are ready to fully equip you with any clothing, gear or hardware you might need for the trip. Equally, we are ready to complete the details of your fishing adventure to one of the most remote and amazing locations on the planet.
Sea-Run Browns, like Atlantic salmon and resident river brown trout, are most active early and late in the day. At Despedida the fishing hours are scheduled accordingly, providing the angler with the best opportunities to hook and land these magnificent fish. Most anglers will choose to return to the lodge for the midday day. This is the largest meal of the day and a siesta is generally the next order of business. You will be again returned to the water later in the afternoon for the evening’s fishing period. This is most often the best session of the day. The "split-shift" angling schedule is a hallmark of Despedida as well as other TDF Lodges and enables guests to get the most out of their fishing week and is a welcome program as it keeps the angler alert and ready.
Angling days begin in the morning and end shortly after dark. The beats are rotated enabling all guests equal opportunity to fish all of the lodge’s pools.
Your trip will arrangements will begin with assistance in booking your International and domestic ticketing necessary to reach the lodge. You will be met as you exit the customs area at the International terminal in Buenos Aires transferred to a hotel where your previously reserved accommodations have been secured. After an assisted check in and a brief rest you will be offered the choice of a shopping trip or a city tour, your choice. We have suggestions for the evening meal and if you choose you may have the services of a bilingual host.
Early the next morning you will be transferred to the domestic airport for the flight to Rio Grande where you will be met and transferred to the lodge.
Once settled in the lodge questions will be answered about your week of fishing and a report on what methods have been working the previous week.
A normal fishing day at the lodge starts with a full American breakfast followed by a period of preparing tackle and clothing for the day to come. You and your partner will be delivered to one of the fourteen private pools only accessed only by the six guests of the lodge for the week. The pools are all within twenty minutes from the lodge! The vehicle and guide are always with you and close by so take anything you think you might need to be comfortable for the session.
You will return for a full sit down lunch accompanied with proper selection of wine followed by a welcomed nap (siesta). At five o’clock you will have tea and coffee with snacks available then back to your pool for the evening fishing. At dark by law the fishing day ends and you will be returned to the lodge for a cocktail hour and time to relax and share the day’s experiences with the other fishermen.
At the end of the week you will be transferred to Rio Grande for the flight to Buenos Aires. There you will be met and transferred to the International airport where you will board an evening flight to the U.S. destination.
Estancia Despedida is a beautiful log structure overlooking the very unique vistas of Tierra del Fuego and the reaching estancia and river valley. The lodge accommodates six anglers per week and is strategically located only minutes from the river and its best pools (or beats). The lodge’s areas include a dining room, living room, and bar. And all lucky anglers who find themselves emblazoned in a photograph holding a 20-pound Sea-Run Brown, your framed photo will adorn the “Wall of Fame” in the lodge for everyone to see.
All three deluxe bedroom suites have a private baths. The suites are complete with two double beds, nightstands, dressers and full closet offering plenty of room for your fishing and travel gear.
Meals at the lodge are excellent. Fine Italian and local dishes, and excellent steaks are served late, in the Argentine custom. They are accompanied by the best regional wines, and wonderful desserts.
2013 Rates: $5,500 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included in the package are meals and accommodations at the lodge, a “meet and greet” at the Rio Grande Airport and round-trip lan transfers to the lodge from Rio Grande, wine and beer, daily guided fishing (two anglers per guide), fishing license and permits.
Not Included in the package is airfare to Buenos Aires and to Rio Grande, round-trip transfers between Ushuaia and the lodge if that is your choice rather than via Rio Grande, staff & guide gratuities, departure tax, hard alcohol, tackle, and equipment.