Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
At a Glance
One of the best rivers for sea trout fly fishing in the world
Tierra del Fuego is home to stunning scenery
Family run lodge with very personalized service
Serves delicious food and wine
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Kau Tapen was the first fly fishing lodge to be built in Tierra del Fuego, and today continues to be the standard bearer in its attention to detail and in the quality of its guides. With access to 10 miles on both banks of the Rio Grande, and with sea-run brown trout averaging 12 lbs (some monsters exceed 30 lbs), Kau Tapen unarguably provides the finest sea trout fly-fishing in the world.
A typical day on the river offers around nine hours of catch-and-release fishing per day, with easy wading on a fine gravel bed, broken by lunch and a siesta at the lodge, before heading out once more to capitalize on the very special twilight hours. The sea trout characteristically head up the river in small runs, which means that the river is productive throughout the season. Expert international and local guides are on hand to give casting tuition. Casting is generally with double-handed fly rods, using traditional salmon flies, streamers, nymphs and dries, but single-handed casting is also possible when conditions are calmer.
The lodge itself has spectacular views overlooking grasslands that sweep across Tierra del Fuego, with the peaks of the distant Andes on the horizon. There is a maximum capacity for twelve rods accommodated in nine en-suite rooms with maid and laundry service. The atmosphere is one of old-world conviviality, with roaring fireplaces and wonderful Argentinean wines to accompany the fantastic cuisine. There are also massages, a Finnish sauna and steam room, and a drying room for wet gear. Guests will also find a well-equipped tackle shop with flies, rods, reels, lines, and clothing.
Please note that Kau Tapen is extremely popular and we would advise making bookings by the end of June at latest in order to maximize chances of availability for the upcoming season.
There are nine spacious en-suite bedrooms (a maximum of 12 rods are accommodated), five of which are bedrooms with two queen size beds each and 4 which are double bedrooms with king size beds.
A large living room area opens up to vistas of the Menendez Valley and Rio Grande valley. A large roaring fire and well stocked bar will welcome you after every fishing session.
The lodge has a tackle shop with a good selection of Sage rods, good quality reels, flies, lines, and clothing equipment, especially selected to suit the needs of your trip. In addition, guests have the full use of the lodge’s fly tying table and equipment.
The lodge has two wading rooms, a sauna, Finnish steam bath and massage room.
Fishing is the main activities available at the lodge. However, outside fishing, bird watching and wildlife viewing trips can also be arranged for guests who are non-anglers.
Location & Directions
Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Kau Tapen is located in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, roughly one hour from the town of Rio Grande. The lodge is located on the southern bank of the river Rio Grande.
When to go
The season lasts from December to April. During the months of Dec and Jan the Rio Grande will be at its highest with the water typically dropping away in March, although a rise in the river can come at any time during the season.