Start of the season – 2019
The majestic waters of the Ibera Marsh are calling, and it’s that time of year again to unpack the gear and fuel the gas tanks! Early season scouting missions to our usual dorado spots showed some promising results. And dry flies, skaters and mouse patterns, as well as small streamers on floating lines, such as deceivers, all had their time and place.
The season started with low-water conditions in October; but during November and December we had a lot of rain that pushed the water levels up — normal for this time of the year. With the water above regular levels, dorado moved from the river into the marsh to spawn. We have been seeing many fish distributed throughout the system, which is a strong indicator of a great season to come.
Our first customers traveled from Australia. Fergus A. landed a perfect 15-pounder in Escondido; a beat very close to the lodge. And his fishing partner, Tom, got several pira pitas on the surface — the subtle eats reminded me of trout taking a size 18 Adams! The group also landed several more dorado in the 5 to 15-pound range. The biggest fish of the week was 18 pounds.
Water levels and water temperatures are just about perfect (meaning high for this time). With a little rain in the forecast the marsh will be rising, moving even more fish into the upper system. Wildlife sightings are also on the rise, and we’re seeing plenty of capybara and cayman on the banks, while the marsh deer population is incredibly healthy. We’ve also been seeing Surubis’ (catfish) sleeping on the sand banks.
During the pre-season the staff cut channels into new waters where fish have not yet seen flies. Our Hells Bays skiffs and engines are in perfect shape waiting for your arrival! This week we’ll continue to explore new water. This amazing fishery is full of possibilities. We look forward to sharing it with you soon.