The Rio Grande, on the island of Tierra Del Fuego (The Land of Fire) in the deep south of Argentina, stands alone as the finest sea run brown trout fishery on earth. If you are going to travel to the ends of the earth then you really want to be fishing the best water and staying in the best lodges available. That is why we book the Nervous Waters lodges, they have the pick of the fishing and absolutely set the standard for service and luxury in this part of the world.


Kau Tapen was the first fishing lodge on the Río Grande, opening its doors in 1984. Its name means “House of Fishing” in the Ona Language and here, in the heart of the Río Grande watershed, live the best pools on the river.

If the walls of the magnificent lodge could talk, they would tell story after story of battles with huge trout over thirty-plus years. Kau Tapen Lodge embodies the fly fishing experience and to hundreds of anglers it is their fishing home. On the river, short walks and shallow wading are the norm. Single or two handed rods are both effective. Skate a bomber over a resting lie, or float a nymph next to a cut back for Sea- Run Trout you’ve only see in your dreams.

Hosted Trip Dates

January 9th to January 16th 2021

Meet Your Host


Nick Reygaert is the founder of Gin-Clear Travel. He has carved out a career as a celebrated fly fishing film maker for the last 15 years during which time he has travelled extensively in pursuit of the world's best fly fishing. Nick has been travelling to South America since he first filmed Trout Bum Diaries - Patagonia in 2002! It was during that trip that he first got a taste for the giant sea-run brown trout of Southern Patagonia. While he fished the Rio Gallegos extensively during that trip it was the Rio Grande and its huge runs of ridiculously large trout that beckoned him back. Returning a few years later to the famous Kau Tapen Lodge, he was amazed at the quality of the fishery and lodge. It is a natural fit for our hosted travel program which promises our clients the very best lodges from the world's foremost fisheries.


Day 0 : (Jan 8th) Fly to Buenos Aires, group gathers at airport and transfers to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 1 : (Jan 9th) Transfer as a group to domestic airport, fly to Rio Grande, transfer by car to lodge (1 hour)

Day 2 - Day 7 : (Jan 10th - Jan 15th) Full days guided fishing and accommodation at lodge with full board.

Day 8 : (Jan 16th) Fly to Buenos Aires, catch connecting flight back home

Catching eight trout in one day and half of them between 18 and 22 lbs, words cannot describe, I have nearly 5 decades of well-travelled fly fishing under my belt, nothing compares. I am going back.
— David Bennett, Adelaide, Australia