When most fishermen think of Argentina, they typically conjure up images of the country’s incredible trout fishing. What they don’t always think of is the Golden Dorado fishing and wing shooting that takes place in the northern areas of this huge South American country. For that reason, Yellow Dog is proud to team with Fly Fishing Patagonia to offer a cast-and-blast experience of a lifetime! Catching a Golden Dorado on the fly is an incredibly visual experience, as these large, voracious fish will often leap six or seven times during a battle. With a customized package, you can also combine Dorado fishing with the region’s world-famous wing shooting for ducks, dove and perdiz. Accommodations for these packages are in a beautiful Spanish-Colonial estancia on the banks of the Corriente River, just north of the city of Esquina. Guests stay in elegant, European-designed rooms, and all meals are served in traditional Argentine fashion with fantastic wines from Mendoza.
LOCATION: Esquina, Argentina
SEASON: The season for dorado is open year-round. Dove and pigeon can also be hunted year-round. Duck and perdiz season is open May through September 1st.
CAPACITY: Maximum of 8 guests at any one time
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport/EZE and Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport/AEP)
TARGET SPECIES: Golden Dorado, surubi pintado, surubi atigrado, tararira, palometa, piranha, pacu, chafalote and pira pita
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
The main base of operations for Fly Fishing Patagonia's northern Dorado operations is Estancia La Pelada. This huge ranch operation is located on the Corriente River, roughly 35 kilometers north of the city of Esquina. Esquina is an old fishermen’s town, founded in 1806 by the Spanish.
Estancia La Pelada
Estancia La Pelada Lodge is the ideal Dorado fishing lodge, located 35 kilometers north of of Esquina and right on the Corriente River. This 12,500-acre family ranch is ideally suited for anglers, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. La Pelada is a Spanish Colonial-style estancia with an ancient feel, yet it is only about 45 years old. Its design represents classic Spanish architecture with stucco walls, high ceilings, courtyards, rounded windows, archways, and pillars. La Pelada holds eights guests in European-style rooms with private baths.
Food and Beverages
The meals at both Estancia La Pelada and Estancia Don Joaquin are cooked in the traditional Argentine fashion and include delicious specialty meats and fruits from the region, complemented by fine wines from the province of Mendoza.
Typical Length of Stay
Most packages are seven (7) nights / six (6) days, however all packages can be completely customized. There is a four night minimum stay at Fly Fishing Patagonia. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Estancia La Pelada has much to offer the non-angler and there is a great deal more to explore than just the fishing and hunting. Some of the many activities include flora and fauna tours via boat, spa services, touring local ranches, and visiting the historical town of Esquina. The Esatncia's vast, soft grasslands are a paradise for horseback riding and polo lessons, which are offered by the owners. Fly Fish Patagonia is happy to arrange a great itinerary for non-anglers, and has years of experience taking care of families and couples.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some U.S. cell phones may also work at the Estancia.
A typical day of fishing in the Esquina area will take you to two main rivers, the Corriente and the Parana. The Mississippi-like Parana River is a huge, deep, and un-wadeable river: a fishery that offers strong chances for 20 pound-plus fish. The Parana is not the most scenic area and is only recommended for those who are looking for fewer but bigger fish. The Parana River Delta is where most of the fishing takes place. The Delta offers a beautiful labyrinth of water channels and islands. It is a very similar environment to the Florida Everglades. The Corriente is smaller, more channelized, and wadeable, with sandy beaches and a sandy river bottom. You will have opportunities to wade and float fish, using comfortable and spacious 19-foot Carolina Skiffs. You will fish the main currents, channels, river mouths (bocas) and drop offs.
Sight fishing is the most enjoyable way of seeking out the golden dorado, though searching the drop-offs and currents with sink tips and giant streamers can be an excellent way to find big fish. Not only can you catch Dorado, but also Chafalote, Piranha, Palometa (big piranha), pre-historic Tararijas, Surubi catfish, and other exotic species of game fish. The Dorado in the area average seven to eight pounds each, and can reach up to 25 inches in the Esquina Area. In a week of fishing, proficient anglers can land several fish in the 12 to 16-pound class. Both fly and spin casting rods can be used. Seven and eight weight rods are the standard, with floating and sink-tip lines with steel leaders and 20-pound mono. You will fish with large streamers and tarpon flies (anywhere from three to eight inches long,) as well as poppers for explosive top-water action.
Hunting and Wingshooting Information
This is an operation that offers access to over 12,000 acres of hunting habitat that includes ponds, fields and rivers – all of which receive minimal pressure. This combination makes Estancia La Pelada a world-class hunting destination. The wing shooting can be divided into four distinct groups: ducks, partridge (perdiz), doves, and pigeon. Year-round, high-volume dove hunting in Esquina is fast and furious, and is commonly combined with dorado fishing for an awesome cast-and-blast Argentine adventure. Millions of doves inhabit this area, and hunters can easily shoot over 40 boxes of shells any day of the year. These dove hunts are usually an all-day affair with a traditional asado lunch served in the field. Due to crop damage from overwhelming dove and pigeon population, there are no limits on either. The dove/pigeon season is open year-round. The season for duck and Perdiz runs May 1st through August 31st. This is also prime time for Dorado and makes for the best cast and blast experience.
Boats and Equipment
Fly Fishing Patagonia utilizes 19-foot Carolina Skiffs and four man V-hulled boats equipped with Yamaha 70-150HP outboard motors for all fishing. Guns are available for rent at the Estancia. It is suggested that anglers bring their own fishing equipment, including rods, reels, lines, flies and terminal tackle. That said, Fly Fishing patagonia does offer rod rentals (fly, spin and casting rods) at $25 US per day, gun rentals ($50 per day), and unlimited use of flies ($15 per day). Please contact Yellow Dog to arrange for rental gear if you don't want to travel with your own.
How To Get There
Getting to Argentina is not difficult. Take an easy overnight flight to Buenos Aires' Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) from one of several major cities in the U.S., get a good night’s rest, and awake in Argentina. You will arrive into the International Airport in Buenos Aires, called Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini Airport, Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE). From there, you will need to transfer to the Domestic Airport in Buenos Aires (J. Newbery Domestic or AEP) which is located across the city, in order to catch your flight north. The fastest way to get to Esquina is via a 1.5 hours flight to Goya Airport (OYA) on Laer Airlines. The Goya airport is only a 40 to 55-minute ride to the Estancia. There are three convenient flights a week with afternoon departures from Buenos Aires making it possible to arrive at the lodge the same day you arrive in Argentina. Yellow Dog will be happy to assist with all transfers, logistics, and flights. If your travel schedule can not include one of the above flights, you can still reach the estancias from Buenos Aires by flying into the Corrientes, Resistencia or Santa Fe Airports. These airports are located three to four hours from the ranches and transfers to and from these airports cost $125 each way for one to three people and $225 each way for four to eight people. Guests can also charter a plane from Buenos Aires to theranch or to a small airstrip 10 minutes outside Esquina.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
The flight from Buenos Aires to Goya must be booked in Buenos Aires with cash, so if a flight to Goya is needed the price will be added to your package ($300 round-trip, $150 one way). You will be met by a Fly Fishing Patagonia agent at the airport and transferred to the Estancia. The drive from Goya Airport to Lodge is 55 minutes. Corrientes, Parana, Resistencia are alternative airports and are approximate three to four hours away.
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and other Western European nations do not need a visa for tourist trips of up to ninety days. You will need a valid passport and will have to fill in a landing card on arrival and you will be given a stamp for stays of thirty, sixty or ninety days. Staple your duplicate of the landing card into your passport, next to your entrance stamp, as you'll need it to leave the country. If you do lose it, it's rarely a serious problem, but you'll have to fill in a new form at the border control. On entering the country, you will also be given a customs declaration form. Duty is not charged on used personal effects, books, and other articles for non-commercial purposes, up to the value of $300. Make sure you declare any valuable electronic items such as laptop computers, as customs officers can be suspicious that you may be bringing them into the country to sell.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,390.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,800.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,290.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,640.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,805.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,330.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,750.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,090.00
- All accommodations in the Esquina area
- Food, wine, beer and spirits
- Local transportation and local airport shuttle from the Goya Airport (OYA)
- Professional daily guided hunting and fishing
- Fishing and hunting licenses
What's Not Included
- Transfers, hotels and food in Buenos Aires
- Air travel and related costs to Buenos Aires and within Argentina
- Shotgun shells, gun rental and rod rentals
- Flies and terminal tackle
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Transfer flight from Buenos Aires to Goya ($300.00 round-trip, $150.00 one-way)
"Both of our guides were excellent. Very helpful to my wife. They excelled in all areas and were one of the best parts of the trip."
- Jane and Denny S. (Crozet, VA)
"These guys really know how it do it right. Four days of camping with cold beverages, delicious 4 course meals, wines to die for and really comfortable sleeping arrangements. And on top of that, awesome fishing! Best fishing trip ever."
- Brian L. (New York, NY)
"Now that we've done the trip, it's amazing what we got for the money. It was really a huge bargain."
-Mark N. (PA)
"The dove hunting was outstanding. In 7 hours I shot 32 boxes of shells. My shoulder and cheek were black and blue and I was sore as hell. Even though the birds never stopped coming, I couldn't shoot anymore. Incredible!"
- Andy R. (Virginia)
"I just want to say thanks for everything! The trip truly was the trip of a lifetime. Oscar would always say he has good news and he has bad news, well I've got good news and bad news. The good news is the trip exceeded our expectations; the bad news is it was so good it would be impossible to ever repeat. Got our trip DVD last week. Thanks a lot! It was a great trip and it's nice to have the DVD as a memory. The trip was a real eye opening experience for my son, so much so that he changed his college major to Spanish and International Business. He's already planning on a semester abroad in Argentina!"
- Greg J. (San Diego, CA)
"Just a few words to thank you for the kind attention we received at Estancia La Pelada. Our group had a wonderful time there and thoroughly enjoyed our great fishing for Dorado, Palometas and Surubi. Oscar was a great host and we had a super time with him. Please pass on our warm greetings and affections to Augusto, Maria Jose, Marcelo and all the staff at La Pelada who made us feel equal or better than at home. A hug to all and many thanks."
- Carlos B. (Costa Rica)
"We very much enjoyed fishing with you guys, and thank you very much for hosting my father and I. We had an incredible time hanging out with you and Oscar, not to mention the dove hunting and dorado fishing. I have already spoken to Jim about how nice of an operation you guys run, and how strongly I will be recommending you guys to our clients. My father had an exception time with you guys and wanted to extend the invitation to Jackson anytime you are in the area. I will be in the Bozeman office early next week, and will be sending you out an email with some good photos. Talk to you soon."
- J. Hudgens (Yellow Dog Fly Fishing, Bozeman, MT)