Target Species: Golden Dorado, Pira Pita, and Pacu
Season: Year-round with seasonal spawning closures on the Parana river in November and December
Major Fisheries: Parana River, Corrientes River, and Ibera Marshlands
Non-Angling Area Activities: Wildlife viewing
Closest Major Air Hubs: Buenos Aires (AEP/EZE), Corrientes (CNQ), or Resistencia (RES)
Golden Dorado is often viewed as the apex predator fish in South America and despite their ferociousness, strength and brute power, they are exceptionally beautiful creatures to target on the fly. Fly fishing for golden dorado has grabbed the imagination of many anglers over the past decade and for good reason; they provide incredibly aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights.
The Northern Argentina region has two primary and distinctly different Dorado fisheries – the Parana river and the Ibera Marshlands – that offer their own unique qualities. The Parana River is a massive tailwater that flows southward from Brazil, creating a natural border between Argentina and Paraguay on its uppermost stretches, and runs its final course through Argentina (on both banks) as it finds its way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Due to its immense size it’s most effectively fished from powered boats while blind casting large streamer patterns to the abundant structure along its thickly vegetated jungle-like banks. With an area twice the size of the Florida Everglades, the Ibera Marshland is the second largest wetland ecosystem in the world. The system is made up of an enormous labyrinth of intimate creeks and lagoons that drain into the Corrientes River. Its crystal-clear waters create great sight casting opportunities to cruising fish.
Aside from Dorado, depending on the time of the season and area fished, anglers can catch a variety of other sought-after “jungle” species that are typically found in the same environment including Pira pita, Pacu, and Wolfish. Along with a diverse offering of exotic fish species, the area also supports a wide variety of wildlife and guests can expect to see Capybara, Caiman, and countless species of birds.
Yellow Dog works with and represents several excellent and varied fly fishing specific programs located in the sub-tropical region of Northern Argentina that offer easy travel logistics from Buenos Aires, terrific guides, and top of the line service and accommodations. Unlike the other popular dorado fisheries found in Bolivia, the programs in Northern Argentina are easily approachable to newcomers looking to test their hand at these magnificent fish without complicated travel logistics or the commitment of locking in full week package. In fact, trips of varying lengths can be easily added on to any Patagonia trout trip or combined together to create an ultimate Dorado experience.
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