Sight Fishing Clear Water For Golden Dorado
Located along the Paraná River in the Corrientes province of Argentina, Suindá Lodge was purposefully built to access the best golden dorado fishing Argentina can offer. The top predator of the Paraná River, golden dorado are the perfect gamefish: powerful, acrobatic, and downright mean. In addition to double-digit golden dorado, the lodge targets topwater-eating pacu and aggressive pira pita. Hosting a maximum of eight anglers at a time, the lodge utilizes custom, comfortable skiffs to access the clear waters of the infamous waters of the Paraná. An abundance of wildlife, expansive wilderness and seemingly infinite locations to target massive golden dorado make Suindá a truly immersive experience. Comfortable accommodations, personalized service, Argentinian wine and cuisine, and one of the world’s most unique freshwater fisheries make Suindá Lodge a must-visit for both entry-level and experienced anglers.
The newly built lodge is both refined and welcoming, overlooking the sprawling Paraná River and surrounding wilderness.
Three spacious, double-occupancy cabanas are perched on a high bluff atop stilts to grant guests access to stunning views. Each room comes with air-conditioning, comfortable bedding, and views of the wilderness from the comfort of the bed. Sleek, private bathrooms are both well-appointed and spacious and allow anglers and guests ample space to wash up after a long (and usually hot!) day of fishing. In addition, onsite housekeeping and laundry service keep your room and clothes clean and comfortable.
Wooden footbridges connect each room to the main dining hall, with the river only a short walk away. The main room is built from locally-sourced wood and combines modern flair with an authentic and immersive ambiance. A stocked bar is only a few steps away from the common area, where lounge chairs and couches make for a wonderful place to relax before and after a delectable dinner.
Food and Beverages
Suindá Lodge emphasizes fresh, regional meats and produce in all of its meals. The lodge feels it pertinent to combine a stellar angling experience with an authentic and inspiring dining experience. Traditional asado (Argentine BBQ), fresh salads, savory local cheeses, and bread baked in-house are all staples at the lodge, in addition to the wonderful desserts after dinner. While you are located in the middle of a remote ecosystem, the dining experience would leave you believing you’re in Buenos Aires, enjoying a top-shelf restaurant!
The wine program at Suindá Lodge has been hand-selected to represent the very best Argentina can offer. A wine partnership celebrates both heritage and the complexity of Argentinian wine, the selections on offer are ranked as some of the best in the world.
Typical Length of Stay
Stays as short as three (3) nights / two (2) days are available, but a seven (7) night / six (6) day package is recommended.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Suindá Lodge is primarily a fishing-focused destination but can accommodate non-angling guests. Bird-watching, enjoying the vast wilderness of the Paraná, and enjoying the comfort of the lodge are all potential options.
Internet / Communications
Telephone and Wi-Fi access 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 (EZE) and from there, you will need to transfer (40) minutes across town to the Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport in Buenos Aires (AEP), in order to catch your flight to Corrientes (CNQ) or Resistencia (RES).
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Upon arrival, anglers will be met at the Corrientes Airport or the Resistencia Airport. We recommend arriving on the morning flight to Corrientes and departing on the afternoon flight back to Buenos Aires.
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The Rio de la Plata is the second largest drainage system in South America and one of the largest in the world. It stretches across numerous South American countries and comprises freestone rivers, marshes, and lagoons. The apex predator of the Rio de la Plata, the golden dorado, is one of angling’s greatest sporting species–remarkably beautiful, strong, and violent. Tenacious eats and acrobatic leaps are the defining characteristics of golden dorado, but the real treat of this area is the ability to sight fish for these fish. Many golden dorado locations require hour after hour of blind casting for dorado, but the upper Paraná offers anglers clear water conditions and the ability to stalk and target individual fish. Dorado in the eight to ten-pound range makes for an epic fight but have been known to reach fifty pounds.
In addition to the prolific golden dorado fishery, dry fly fishing for pacu and pira pita is a phenomenal way to add diversity to your trip. Pira pita is one of South America’s strongest and most combative species and will greedily eat a topwater fly. Pacu, the omnivorous, fruit-eating fish, are a joy to target on fruit-imitations and are generally sight fished beneath overhanging trees. The pacu here grow big! Regularly weighing in over ten pounds.
The fishing schedule focuses on the two most productive times of the day: the morning and evening. The fishing day generally begins at 6 am or earlier to take advantage of cooler mornings. As the day heats up, fishing generally slows down, so guests will return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta. As temperatures cool, anglers will return to the water to fish until dusk. This schedule changes slightly depending on the time of year, fishing conditions, and weather. The guides at Suindá are very experienced and know when and where to be given the conditions.
Gear and Equipment
We recommend anglers bring two or three rods, if possible. A 9-foot, 9-weight is the ideal golden dorado rod with a high-quality reel. The reel should be durable with a smooth drag and be lined with fifty-pound backing. A tropical floating line will be used most of the trip, but a sinking line in the 300-450 grain range can be useful during certain situations.
We recommend a 9-foot, 7-weight for pacu and a 9-foot, 6-weight for pira pita. Both rods should have tropical floating lines and fifteen to twenty-pound backing.
Anglers should bring a variety of streamer patterns in the 2/0 to 4/0 range. Popular colors are black or black with red/chartreuse/yellow/purple. All flies should have plenty of flash and be tied four to six inches long. Deceivers, half and half, clousers, and cockroaches are all excellent options. In addition, anglers should bring a few mouse flies for the opportunity to target dorado on topwater! Pira pita and pacu will both eat topwater flies, with fruit imitations tied with deer hair on 1/0 hooks, a popular fly for pacu.
Anglers should bring a range of monofilament, from fifteen to seventy-pound test. Wire tippet is a MUST for golden dorado, as their razor-sharp teeth will slash through almost any monofilament.
Rates and Terms
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2022/2023 Rates (October 2022 – May 2023)
- 3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $3,250
- 4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $4,325
- 5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $5,390
- 6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $6,350
- 7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,950
Non-angling rate: $650 per night
- Accommodations based on double occupancy
- All meals, wines, beer, and local and international spirits
- Professional guide services
- Loaner fishing equipment (Rods, reels & lines)
What’s Not Included:
- International & domestic airfares
- Transfers in and out of the lodge
- Fishing Licenses ($50.00)
- Laundry service
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
Suinda Lodge (Northern, Argentina)
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A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. In no event will the lodge or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays, flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. The lodge will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the lodge and Yellow Dog are not responsible for covering costs associated with alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals or any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, and because of the no refund and no credit policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. If a canceled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be issued minus a $100.00 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Once again, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance all Argentina packages.
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