I’m lucky that I share the same passion as my mother. Some would say I have even followed in her footsteps as she has been fly fishing since her early 20s and tickling trout, gudgeon and bullheads since she was a wee nipper. Ever since my mother first picked up a fly rod she has been hooked; no pun intended. Fishing has been her passport to many places, both locally and worldwide, and in the last five years we have been fortunate enough to share some amazing destinations together.
At the beginning of 2020 we packed our bags and escaped the bitter cold by setting off to Argentina for a two-week ‘cast & blast’ adventure, with the help of Nervous Waters and Fly Fishing Nation.
There aren’t many countries in the world that can offer such a variety of species to catch, shoot and stalk in the same season as Argentina, and because of this the country has emerged as the premier reverse season fishing destination to anglers living in the UK and US. From Tierra Del Fuego in the south, a renowned hot- spot for sea-run brown trout, to Cordoba in the north for dove shooting in lusciously green, open-air hides, every corner of the country offers a new challenge and quarry. All you need is the determination to go after some of the most desirable fish and game that live in its rivers, lakes and wilderness.
For the first couple days of our trip we indulged in their renowned national food, wine and culture in the capital, Buenos Aires. On day four we headed to Ushuaia – the southern-most city in the world – and arrived at our first sporting Nervous Waters lodge, Kau Tapen, a remote location far away from everyone and everything.
Generally speaking, the sea trout average 8–12lb at Kau Tapen, but the record is in the 30lb zone and it is not uncommon to hook and, with a little luck, land a 20lb- plus fish during your stay. During our time here one of the fishermen landed a 26lb sea trout on the Menendez, an intricate and very clear tributary of the Rio Grande.
These fish are not native to the area and we can thank John Goodall for having stocked 60,000 Chilean Salmo trutta eggs into the tributaries in 1935. Over time they’ve adapted to the harsh conditions and are now some of the largest and most sort after sea trout in the world.
The lodge itself is located just a stone’s throw from the river and is surrounded by wildlife.