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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-02-2016, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Yes its expensive. Yes its windy (although we had numerous sessions with light winds). Yes its slow fishing (I landed 17 fish in 6 days fishing). But the lodge is incredible. The have the program down to near perfection. Rooms, meals, guides, fishing rotation....all superb. Each day you are assigned a different guide and a beat for the morning session (9am-130pm) and different beat for the evening session (5pm-930pm) and yes the last hour of fishing was in the total pitch black. In six days of fishing I NEVER saw another fisherman other than my partner, Arnie. According to the fishing manager that is how its supposed to work. Since the bottom line was to finish my bucket list trout list the trip was a resounding success. I landed 5 fish over 10# with the biggest being 15#. Arnie got the biggest fish for the week for the whole camp....21# toad! And the lessons (thanks to Lee Davison) to figure out spey casting were invaluable. Using the two handed rod made things more manageable for sure. Although to be fair my buddy Arnie caught just as many fish as I did and two fish bigger than anything I got. No doubt my fly was in the water more than his but can't argue with success!!!

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Gorgeous fish.. shoulders and tail wrist on the first pictured are impressive. Love the kype on third one (with single hand rod) is that you or Arnie? 17 fish in 6 days sounds like good fishing to me.

Someday I'd love to see these waters..

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Gorgeous fish.. shoulders and tail wrist on the first pictured are impressive. Love the kype on third one (with single hand rod) is that you or Arnie? 17 fish in 6 days sounds like good fishing to me.

Someday I'd love to see these waters..
All those pics are of me and yes I did get several on the single handed rod. Until the last night I had found it impossible to fish the double handed rod in the dark. Since I had almost zero experience with the spey rod I couldn't do it without being able to see what I was doing (and even that was pretty laughable..). But the last night the guide showed me how to use the two hander in the blackness. Guess now I have an excuse to go back!!

As to the "slow" fishing that is really in the eye of the beholder. TDF is NOT a place to go if getting a lot of string pulls is important. This fishery is all about getting that brown trout of a lifetime.....and that we did!
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Beautiful fish what lodge did you go to?
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Beautiful fish what lodge did you go to?
Kau Tapen and words can not describe how well run that place is. In fact all of us there sat around dinner one night trying to come up with something, anything, that they could improve on. We came up with one thing.....they could have sharper knives for cutting meat. Seriously. This place has their collective act together from top to bottom.
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17 landed in 6 days fishing is very good ratio for salmon/steelhead, unless you're from the Great Lakes maybe. Most of us west coast guys would love that.
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Thanks for sharing ifsteve. RG is on my bucket list so I checked out the Kau Tapen website, which is pretty slick. Looks like they are part of a bigger chain of lodges and they give the standard "email us and our sales team will get back to you" for questions regarding price etc.

I'm not ready for a one-on-one with the "sales team" (or the sticker shock regarding price) but do you know if there is a waiting list for prime weeks?

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17 landed in 6 days fishing is very good ratio for salmon/steelhead, unless you're from the Great Lakes maybe. Most of us west coast guys would love that.
Maybe slow for the stocked ditches, but I'd take that ratio on our GL wild fish rivers any day.

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You can ususally get a good week at Kau Tapen with some advance planning.....as like a year in advance. They have about an 80% repeat customer rate and after going there I can see why. Nervous Waters, if Kau Tapen is any indication, really has their program dialed in from a customer service standpoint.

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The Rio Grand is a special place. If you want to catch a 20lb sea run brown it's the place to go. I have been fortunate to go there 5 times now and have had 10 fish 20lb or over biggest 24lb. Hooked and lost bigger ones and seen them jump!
15 for 6 days this year so nothing wrong with 17. It's been low and clear the last few years which makes it challenging but that makes it all the sweeter when you get a big one on.
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