Sea-Run Brown Trout in Tierra Del Fuego
Located on the Rio Grande in Argentina, Kau Tapen has long been a mainstay of sea-run brown trout lodges. In fact, this was the first lodge on the river and the first to start hosting anglers. The spectacular chrome sea-run browns make their way from the salt to the Rio Grande to reproduce and Kau Tapen is right there to witness it all. Feed flies to the magnificent fish while enjoying all the stark beauty that Argentina offers. Wading this river is one of the easiest because of its gravel bottom and even flow. After long days on the river return to the comfortable intimate lodge where delicious foods and cold beverages will be waiting.
The beautiful Kau Tapen Lodge has 10 spacious comfortable rooms offering the perfect home away from home. A large living room provides an intimate area with large picture windows that look out into the Menendez and Rio Grande valleys. Enjoy the fully stocked bar as you swap fishing stories over the large central fireplace. If you do forget a piece of gear the lodge does have a great tackle shop with an excellent selection of rods, reels, flies, lines, and clothing. Additionally, the lodge has a Finnish steam bath, sauna, and full spa for the ultimate day of relaxation.
Food and Beverages
At Kau Tapen Lodge anglers will be treated to traditional Argentine cuisine including grilled meats like lamb and beef. The lodge’s kitchen utilizes fresh meats and produce in all their dishes, and with the lodge’s proximity to the ocean, fresh king crab is also served on the menu. Argentina takes pride in its fabulous wines that the country produces and each pairs fabulously with the lodge’s cuisine. Make sure to save room for great desserts like homemade ice cream, pastries, and sweets.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical length of stay at Kau Tapen Lodge is seven (7) nights with six (6) days of fishing.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This is a fishing-focused destination with very few non-angling options.
How To Get ThereGetting to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina is not as difficult as it is time-consuming. Travelers typically take an overnight flight from one of several major cities in the U.S. and arrive in Buenos Aires (Ezeiza International Airport – EZE) in the morning. Guests typically need to overnight in Buenos Aires before taking a connecting flight to Tierra Del Fuego. From the Buenos Aires domestic airport (Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport – AEP) there are two options to get to the lodge. Based on your travel needs and available flights guests can choose to fly to Rio Grande and transfer 45 minutes to the lodge or fly to Ushuaia and transfer 3 hours to the lodge. Transfers to/from Rio Grande and the lodge are included in the standard package rate. However, there is an additional cost for transfers to/from Ushuaia and the lodge, please contact Yellow Dog for rates.
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
Flight schedules and availability between Buenos Aires and Tierra Del Fuego airport hubs (Rio Grande or Ushuaia) change year to year. Typically, guests book flights to either Rio Grande or Ushuaia arriving in the afternoon and arrange return flights departing mid-day. Please consult with Yellow Dog for the most current travel details.
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There’s no finer destination on earth for chasing large sea-run brown trout than on the Rio Grande. The massive Rio Grande meanders across the landscape creating undercut banks where large browns love to lie. Since the best fishing is found in the mornings and evenings, days will begin early and end at the last light. Fish in the Rio Grande are big where the average-sized brown is around 12 to 20 pounds. This is a place where catching a trophy-sized trout could happen any day of the week.
Boats and Equipment
A short drive from the lodge, anglers will fish the accessible waters of the Rio Grande on foot. The lodge recommends anglers bring their own gear. If needed, the lodge has rods, reels, and terminal tackle in its on-site tackle shop.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Please contact Yellow Dog for rates for 2022 and 2023 trips.
- All accommodations (guaranteed single rooms Jan 11-Mar 7 weeks) and meals at the lodge
- Fully guided daily fishing (2 anglers per guide)
- All beverages including beer, wine, and alcohol
- Transfers to/from the Rio Grande airport and the lodge rods and reels (if needed)
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- Transfers, meals, and hotels in Buenos Aires
- Transfer to/from Ushuaia and the lodge
- Waders, boots, and flies
- Laundry services
- Fishing license (additional $495)
- Gratuities for guides and staff
Kau Tapen Lodge (Rio Grande, Argentina)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. In no event will the lodge or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays, flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. The lodge will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the lodge and Yellow Dog are not responsible for covering costs associated with alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals or any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, and because of the no refund and no credit policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be issued minus a $100.00 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog. Once again, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance all Argentina packages.
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