La villa Lodge Fishing Report
Diego Moter, Head Guide
this week had two different parts , the first 2 days clear water and great fishing,on Tuesday the river got dirty, Menéndez river our biggest tributary got dirty,pushing dirty water to the rio grande, raising the water level, the fishing got difficult .heavy lines, big flies ,but we got fish.on Friday the river was all ready clear again.
upper part still really low and clear, still difficult fishing up there , 84 fish were landed, 29 fish over 15 pounds, 3 over 20, Average weight 11 pounds.
From Tuesday sinking lines and big flies were the best, using sometimes 2 o 3 tubes in tandem.
Top rod of the week was Michael heaps with 20 fish on the net, the biggest 19 pounds.
David Saunders and Chris butterham landed the biggest fish with 20 pounds.
Floating lines worked good this last week, using it with tubes flies.
Water color and visibility: Very clear water until Tuesday,then got dirty below Menéndez river.
Water temperature: 6c to 10c.
Water level: upper part really low, lower than ever, not many fish.
lower part rise , have great level of water,Menéndez river is still pushing some water into the rio grande.
Most of the fish fresh.
Wind speed ranges through the week:the wind blows northwest as usual, it was strong all week.
Air temperature ranges through the week: 6c to 17 c ,
Wheather observations (sun, rain, fog, etc.): wind every day, even in the last hour.
Flies that are working the best: Nymphs: emb, wonder bug, Aurelia prince, prince nymph, ruber legs nymphs. Different sizes of sunray shadows. Big flies for the last hour: big tube flies, intruder, leeches.
After river got dirty intruders, leeches, and tube flies were the best, using it with sinking lines.
Fly lines (tips, heads, lengths, densities, etc) that are producing the best: Skagit heads with different lengths of T-17,14, 11, scandi with polyleaders .
Length and strength of tippet and leaders: 4 to 7 feet. 15 to 20 pounds.
Most of the fish were in the lower and middle part of the river, upper part is not so good, and really low, difficult fishing up there.
All fish were fresh in the lower and middle part.
Fish catch statistics
Number of anglers for the week: 6.
Total number of fish landed for the week: 84.
Weight of the biggest fish landed for the week: 20 pounds.
Number of fish landed over 15 pounds: 29.
Number of fish landed over 20 pounds:3.
Average weight: 11 pounds.
Notable catches: some 17 and 18 pounders with floating lines on top.