Kau-Tapen Lodge, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

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Kau-Tapen Lodge is located in the Tierra del Fuego in the heart of the Rio Grande – the world’s best Sea Run Brown Trout river.  It was the first lodge on the Rio Grande, over 27 years ago, and the standard of excellence by which other lodges, worldwide, are measured. Five world records have been set at Kau Tapen and 27-35 pound trout are caught each season. 20 pounders are caught weekly. 80% of their business is from repeat customers- quite an endorsement.


Kau Tapen lodge was designed to offer anglers maximum comfort during their fishing trip, as well as easy accessibility to the pools. It accommodates up to 12 guests with 5 ensuite bedrooms with 2 queen size beds each and 4 double bedrooms with king size beds.There is a large living room which opens on to vistas of the Menendez and Rio Grande valleys. A large comforting fireplace and well stocked bar will welcome you after every fishing session.

The lodge also offers a tackle shop with a good selection of Sage rods, 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.

There are 2 wading rooms, a sauna, Finnish steam bath and Massage room all to add to the comfort of the guests.


Fishing for sea-run Brown trout during their yearly migratory cycle spawning is in the fall (late March, through May) in freshwater. They remain in the river for a period of time which ranges between 1 and 4 years until their first migration to the sea, where they will feed and grow for about 6 months before their first return to freshwater, weighing approximately 3 to 6lbs. A trout which has completed 4 cycles of returning to freshwater can weigh over 20 lbs. The program is Catch and Release.

A double handed rod is used most often, but single handed rods are also used. The single handed rod is used to fish when the wind is not too strong and is a good option for experienced casters, as the river is not wide at Kau Tapen. While fishing the Rio Menendez (tributary of the Rio Grande and very good spawning ground), a single handed rod from 7 to 9 weight is a good idea.

A wide range of temperatures and weather conditions should be expected. We recommend layering clothing, enabling you to add or subtract garments during the day.

The Brown trout is a fish of varying moods and tastes therefore you will need to vary your presentation markedly in each pool fished. Pay close attention to your guide, until you find the right formula of: fly, line, drift or swing, and retrieve. It is his job to recommend the methods that will help you hook and bring your fish to the net. What a special treat to an avid angler to land one of these giant Browns!

Getting There

You will fly into Buenos Aires, Argentina typically overnight, and have a day to spend touring this beautiful city. You will leave BA and arrive at Kau Tapen on Saturday. Commercial airlines fly from Buenos Aires to the airport of Rio Grande (3 hour flight), You will be met by a lodge representative and transferred from the Rio Grande airport to the lodge by four wheel drive vehicles. It  takes about 60 minutes. Upon arrival at the lodge, guests are welcomed with cocktails.

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