Argentina Golden Dorado Fishing: Pira Lodge
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The Golden Dorado
The Golden Dorado is the bully of the Latin American mid-continent. Behind the glowing golden flanks of this somewhat salmonoid looking fish is a ferocious predator. These fish are fast moving acrobatic and will sometimes hunt in packs of up to 30. It´s Latin name of ‘Salminus Maxillosusrsquo; hints at both its power and beauty. The ‘Salminusrsquo; refers to its salmon-like features and ‘Maxillosusrsquo; the powerful jaws. Do not let the streamlined looks of these beautiful fish belie their true nature. Sharp teeth and powerful jaws will bend hooks and cut wires and once on the line they are famous for there jumps and long runs.
The Rivers & Environment
The lodge and fishing is located in the Corrientes Province, in the middle of the Iberia Marshland, a 1.3 million hectare natural reserve, twice the size of the Florida Everglades. The environment is comparable to southern Florida and the marshland teems with life with over 350 types of birds, 85 mammals and 75 reptile species. Although Golden Dorado are more frequently caught in murky waters the Iberia marshland has a vast system of crystal-clear creeks, flowing rivers, shallows and lakes.
Powerful aggressive fish they will provide spectacular action when hooked on a fly rod. The clarity of the water should provide plenty of opportunities for sight casting which is done primarily from skiffs giving unparalleled access to the huge fishable area. It should be noted that Dorado fishing is in itrsquo;s infancy however the guides at Pira have been unravelling the secrets for longer than most. Fly-fishing with 7-9 wt lines using both floating and sinking lines is the focus however light spinning gear can also provide some great action and in particular during the heat of the day.
The Pira lodge is built in a typical Corrientes style enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the vast wetlands. Designed in keeping with local architecture it never the less has all the comforts of a contemporary hotel. It accommodates up to 10 guests in five spacious rooms, each with private entrance, bath, air-conditioning and two double beds. The lodge has wonderful cuisine based on a wide selection of local meats, fresh vegetables and wonderful salads. Each morning full cooked breakfasts are available together with fresh fruit, yogurts, cereals and freshly baked bread. There is a well stocked bar and a fine selection of wines from Luigi Bosca Bodega which are served during lunch and dinner.
Besides the swimming pool which is a perfect place to relax out of the mid-day heat, horseback riding and canoeing can be arranged which is a perfect way to enjoy the spectacular wildlife. Snorkelling and night expeditions into the Marsh are also exciting ways to experience the environment above and below!
Best Times to Go
The Dorado season runs from December to May with December and January being the warmest months. Temperatures can reach 95 degrees during December and January with the weather cooling in March ranging from 55 to 85 degrees. Fishing is good throughout the season although the daily program does change to reflect the conditions.
Guests fly into Buenos Aires and typically overnight there before taking a flight from the domestic airport to either Corrientes or Resistencia airports, (approx 2 hr flight). The final journey to the lodge is by vehicle. It is possible to charter a private plane to Mercedes airport or to the lodge´s landing strip (weather permitting).
Availability and Pricing for the 2017/18 Season
If you would like to know more about the Golden Dorado, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Background reading for your trip:
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