Fly Fishing For Golden Dorado in the Marsh
Pira Lodge is tucked into northern Argentina’s lush marshlands. The area itself is twice the size of the Florida Everglades and is the second largest wetland in the world. This breathtakingly beautiful ecosystem is rich in flora and fauna and is home to over 350 different species of birds. The marsh is comprised of freshwater creeks, lakes, swamps, and lagoons all of which provide the perfect habitat for solid numbers of Golden Dorado. Unlike some other dorado destinations, the waters in the Ibera Marshland are clear making sight fishing possible. With a team of professional, bi-lingual guides, every angler will be in great hands to fully experience everything the destination has to offer. When you stay with Pira Lodge you will not only experience one of the premiere Golden Dorado fisheries of the world, but you’ll stay with a world-class lodge and staff.
Food and Beverages
Guests will enjoy traditional Argentine cuisine alongside terrific wines catered to pair with each meal. Aside from the traditional Argentine fare such as grilled meats, organic greens, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and homemade bread are served as well. Lunches are prepared daily and will leave guests well fueled for the fishing adventures in store each afternoon.
Typical Length of Stay
Custom trips of any length can be arranged however the typical length of stay is seven (7) nights / six (6) days of fishing.
Non-angling activities include horseback riding or bird watching. The marshlands of northern Argentina are home to a wide array of birds offering every avid birdwatcher an endless supply of new and exciting species. The lodge also has a terrific swimming pool for guests to relax in. Furthermore, snorkeling in the marshes is great for the more adventurous guests.
Internet / Communications
Internet is available for all guests
How To Get There
Getting to Argentina is not difficult. Take an easy overnight flight to Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) from one of several major cities in the U.S. You will arrive at the International Airport in Buenos Aires and from there, you will need to transfer to the Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport in Buenos Aires (AEP), which is located across the city, in order to catch your flight to Corrientes. The fastest way to get to the town of Ita Ibate and Pinti’s Lodge is with a 1.5-hour domestic flight to Corrientes on Aerolineas Argentinas. Pinti’s Lodge is only a 1 hour and 30-minute drive from the Corrientes Airport. Currently, there is only one morning flight from Buenos Aires to Corrientes. If your travel schedule does not allow for the morning flight to Corrientes, you can still reach Pinti’s from Buenos Aires by flying into Resistencia as there are two-afternoon flights. Resistencia airport is a 2-hour drive to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Anglers will be met at either the Corrientes Airport or the Resistencia Airport upon arrival. We recommend arriving on the morning flight to Corrientes and departing on the afternoon flight back to Buenos Aires.
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 can assist with travel logistics required for your trip and can recommend you to a preferred travel agent who can help you book airline tickets, hotels, transfers, trip insurance, and other travel needs. Contact us at 888-777-5060 for more information.
The Ibera Marshlands offer a seemingly endless expanse of Golden Dorado habitat for anglers to discover. Fish from a Hells Bay Skiff as your guide poles the marsh system in search of the voracious fish. Golden Dorado has a reputation for being aggressive, hard fighting, and a willingness to attack large baitfish imitations with reckless abandon. Fishing for Dorado is not for everyone and anglers should be prepared for long days stripping flies in the hot sun. Enjoy exploring the terrific fishery and taking lots of shots at dorado each day. But with over 3 million acres of freshwater creeks, lagoons, and shallows all chocked full with fish, anglers will leave wondering when’s the soonest they’ll be able to return.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers will fish from Hell’s Bay Skiffs with a guide. 9-foot 7 and 8-weight rods are recommended with a tropical floating line and sinking line.
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 can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Seven (7) nights / Six (6) days = $6,300.00
Six (6) nights / Five (5) days = $5,550.00
Five (5) nights / Four (4) days = $4,750.00
Four (4) nights / Three (3) days = $3,800.00
Three (3) nights / Two (2) days = $2,850.00
- All guided fishing and accommodations
- All meals and alcohol
What’s Not Included:
- Transfer to Mercedes
- Fishing License
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- International airfare and private charters
- Laundry service