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Pira Lodge Argentina Golden Dorado Fly Fishing

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Golden Dorado Fishing trips

Pira Lodge Fly Fishing is located in Argentina’s northern province of Corrientes, in the middle of the Iberá Marshland. This vast 1.3 million hectare natural reserve is a massive spider web of lagoons, slow-moving streams and rivers. Sight fishing for these ultra-aggressive, acrobatic Golden Dorado in clear aquarium water is the norm in this area. It is what separates Ibera from the other, often muddy rivers in that part of the world. What makes the Pira Lodge Fly Fishing so unique from other Golden Dorado destinations is not just its strategic location sitting right on the edge of a channel providing direct access to the marsh system. It is also only 15 mins south of the Corrientes River, offers superior accommodation, knowledgeable staff and the only lodge that operates a state of the art Hell’s Bay flats skiffs to deliver you quickly and safely in the most remote areas of the fishery.

Freshwater Dorado, pound for pound, are some of the meanest, aggressive striking fish on the planet. They range in size in the Iberá marshlands from 3lb to 45lb. These fish will forever change your view of what an actual mean fish is all about, and if you have ever wanted to try your hand at Golden Dorado fishing, Pira Lodge has everything you can ever want.

When is the best season to travel?

Pira Lodge Fly Fishing is open all year-’round, However, like all fishing, there are peaks, and for the fishing alone, the peak season is December through April. By the time autumn arrives in May, the water starts to cool, and therefore the fish are less active, so expect less than the standard 10 to 20 strikes per day as you would expect in the peak season. It is possible to target Golden Dorados with complete floating lines and even surface flies during the warmer peak season. As the water cools, this gives way to using more sink tip lines for the less active fish.

A typical day fishing at Pira Lodge

As you wake on another lovely day on the Iberia marshes, you make your way to the main dining room, where you can enjoy your breakfast surrounded by the stunning sights and sounds of the wildlife. Once you have taken time to enjoy your breakfast, it’s only a short few hundred steps to the dock where your guides will be waiting. Once you are all aboard the Hell’s Bay skiffs, it’s time to depart and the first decision of the day. Do you turn left and head downstream to the Corrientes River or turn right into the vastness of the Iberia marshes. No matter which decision you make, the first thing you will remember is the fantastic wildlife that you will see along the way. You could even forget for a while that you are on a fishing trip, thinking you are actually on a safari. We are sure that you will have some luck on your Pira Lodge Fly Fishing adventure and your guide managing to bring some Golden Dorado to the boat for those all-important pictures.

At around 12.30, it will be time to head back to the lodge to avoid the primary heat of the day. On returning to the lodge, you are welcomed with refreshing drinks before you take lunch. This is the day’s main meal, consisting of expertly prepared soups, salads, meats and pasta, followed by sumptuous homemade desserts all accompanied by excellent Argentinean wines. After all these delights, you will probably wish to take a relaxing siesta.

Around 3 pm or later, if you prefer, it will be time to head back out with your guides for the evening session. The guides are never in a hurry to return, so unless you wish, they will keep you out on the water until the sun is setting. This is a magical time as all the shadows grow longer and the fish become more active. It is undoubtedly that particular moment to hook a Golden Dorado, which will only look even more impressive as it is lit up by the setting sun during those epic jumps.

Returning to the lodge, fresh hors d’oeuvres await your return. Dinner is served between 9 and 9:30 and will be as equally as impressive as lunch with lots of fine wines. Just remember to try and get some sleep as tomorrow you have to do it all again.

How do you fly fish for Golden Dorado?

Pira Lodge Fly Fishing has two different water types; you can fish the Iberá Marsh and the Corriente River. This vast wetland is a great opportunity for Dorado fishing in crystal-clear waters. These ideal conditions allow anglers to sight-fish for cruising Dorado with top-water floating lines, a technique that produces explosive, heart-stopping strikes. Casting in the Iberá marshlands requires different approaches. When casting in a channel at the Marsh, it is essential to cast as close to the weed/bank as possible. When you are prospecting the waters instead of sight casting, casts should be placed into every fishy looking piece of water. These are usually confluences, corners, bays, points and other forms of structure.

When fishing the Corriente river, you use both floating and sinking lines. When fishing floating lines, you would typically cast to the river’s edges where Dorado hang out to feed. When casting sinking lines, you cast across the river, swinging and stripping the fly.

Golden Dorado is a powerful and aggressive fish with predatory feeding behaviours. They mainly attack minnows, frogs, mice and other creatures best represented by more significant than average flies.

Dorado fishing is not a numbers game. Your success will come from being patient and practising. Though Dorado has a reputation for attacking anything unlucky enough that get in its way, their feeding frenzies can be few and far between. It is the thrill of fooling these smart fish that makes Dorado fishing so unique.

What tackle is required

For fly rods, recommend 9-foot 7 or 8-weight rods. We love the Scot Mackenzie rods as they have swift action, making them ideal for fishing at Pira.

A high-quality fly reel is essential, with a substantial, smooth drag is a must, as giant Dorado are both strong and fast. Reels should have the capacity for the fly line and 100 yards of 20-pound backing. Bring reels with spare spools to make it easier to change over fly lines for the different opportunities each day.

Please pack weight-forward tropical floating fly-lines (redfish, tarpon, and bonefish lines work well). Also, consider “over loading” your rods. For example, we often use an 8-weight floating line on a 7-weight rod, which has dual benefits: 1) It makes it easier to load the rod with less line, and 2) the heavier line makes casting larger flies easier. Also, we recommend bringing a fast-sinking line such as Rio’s Leviathan (or similar), which has a 26-foot, 300- to 350-grain sinking tip. Intermediate tip lines are good options, too, including RIO’s General Purpose Tropical F/I. Note: DO NOT bring conventional cold-water floating lines. The tropical weather makes them soft and gummy and, therefore, difficult to cast.

Leaders should be heavy enough to turn over big flies. Spools of mono should include 15, 20, 30, 40, 50 lbs, test weights. You should have 9 foot long tapered leaders (Knotted or Knotless, depending on your personal preference) for floating lines. For sinking lines 4-6 feet of 30 lb. mono should work well in most conditions. Maxima Ultragreen Mono is a good option for leader material. An important thing to consider in a Dorado leader is the shock or bite tippet. These fish have very sharp teeth that will cut even the strongest mono. Bring plenty of 20 to 40 lb test steel leader for your stay. AFW (American Fishing wire) in mat camo colour is a favourite among our guides.

CAN I EXTEND MY STAY

A question that gets asked many times is it possible to extend my stay? The simple answer is yes; you can stay at Pira Lodge Fly Fishing for as long as you wish. Although our standard itinerary is based on six days of fishing, this can be as short as only a two-day fishing trip if you would prefer. This makes Pira Lodge the perfect destination as either a dedicated 1-week trip or as an add on to any of the other incredible destinations we have to offer in Argentina. We can arrange for you to fish different rivers for Sea Trout, fish smaller rivers for wild Brown Trout, Chase monster Chinook Salmon and even Golden Dorado fly fishing. Being the UK leading specialist in fishing holidays to Argentina, we can tailor your itinerary to suit. Please feel free to ask, and we will always work something out for just you. View all tours in Argentina

Accommodation

This stylish and exquisite lodge benefits from a panoramic view of the wide and vast wetlands. It can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 deluxe twin rooms, each with a private entrance, private bath, two double beds, ceiling fans and air conditioning. A separate building, attached by covered walkways and open-air patios, accommodates the spacious living room, bar, and dining room areas, each with tall doors open to the wide veranda. Award-winning architects designed Pirá Lodge to respect traditional regional elegance offering all of the comforts and luxuries of a contemporary hotel. Relax and enjoy a cocktail at any hour, and cool off in the outdoor swimming pool after a rewarding day of fishing.

Food & Drink

Pira Lodge prides itself on using fresh and regional meats and produces, and by combining these, they create delicious flavours and varied meals that will fulfil any guest requests. The very experienced team of international chefs trained in both classic and avant-garde techniques execute the food. All the meals are prepared from scratch to be served at a moment’s notice, and team this with some of the world’s finest and best wines; you will soon find yourself living in your little piece of paradise.

Pira Lodges northern Argentinian kitchen specialises in diverse dishes that pair prime cuts of local meats with the freshest fruits and vegetables. Beyond traditional asados, salads and sides, enjoy exotic appetisers such as yacaré meat, savoury cheeses, and homemade bread such as our classic chipá rolls. Desserts tantalise guests with multiple textures and flavours designed to provide an unforgettably delicious final touch.

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

Day 1: (Friday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2: (Saturday)

Arrive Buenos Aires

Once you have arrived you will need to get a taxi to Jorge Newbery Airport. Transfer approx. 40 minutes (taxi not included). When you have arrived at Jorge Newberry airport you will need to check in for your short flight

Depart Jorge Newbery Airport, Arrive Resistencia

There will be a representative from Pira Lodge waiting to transfer you to the lodge. Transfer (approx. 4 hours)

Overnight Accommodation: Pira Lodge (Twin rooms) F/B

Days 3 to 8: Fishing Days (Sunday to Friday)

A typical spring fishing day will start in the morning from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, you will then have lunch at the lodge, followed by an afternoon fishing from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This will avoid fishing in the heat of the day and given how strenuous the fishing is, it will be a nice break from the sun. The majority of the fishing is sight casting to cruising fish or targeting deeper holes and fast runs from the bow of the boat with a single-handed eight or nine weight fly rod loaded with a floating or sink tip line is the ideal choice.

Streamers and Cockroach imitations are tied to steel traces to prevent a lightning turn of the head slicing the line in the Dorado’s dash for freedom.

Overnight Accommodation: Pira Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 9: (Saturday)

At a pre-arranged time you will be transferred back to Resistencia airport, where you will take the small flight. (Transfer approx. 4 hours)

Depart Resistencia, Arrive at Jorge Newbery Airport

Once you have collected your bags, make your way out of the terminal building and take a taxi to your overnight hotel (Taxi not included)

Overnight Accommodation: Buenos Aires Hotel (Twin room) B/B

Day 10: (Sunday)

Depending on your flight time, you will need to arrange with the reception at your hotel for a taxi back to the airport for your return flight. (Taxi not included)

Depart Buenos Aires

Day 11: (Monday)

Arrive the UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from December to March.

Golden Dorado

Season: All year
Peak: December to April
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 6lb

Pira Pita

Season: All year
Peak: December to April
Weight: 0.5lb to 2lb
Average Weight: 1lb

Surubi

Season: All year
Peak: December to April
Weight: 2lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 8lb

Package Details

Prices from
£6,785
per person

Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flight Buenos Aries to Resistencia
  • Transfers to and from Lodge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals at the lodge
  • All soft & alcoholic drinks at the lodge
  • 6 days fishing
  • Fishing license

Excluded

  • Transfers in Buenos Aries
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at Buenos Aries Hotels or bar expenses
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing tackle

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights in Buenos Aries
  • Single rooms in Buenos Aries
  • Shorter itineraries at Pira Lodge
  • Steelhead Fishing add on
  • King Salmon Fishing add on
  • Dove shooting add on

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Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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Reviews

Andrew

That is what the whole trip provided 100% attention to detail making our holiday one to remember and dream about going back too.

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Jim

Everything was organised to perfection, I just wished my casting and presentation was up to the same standards. The fishing takes a little getting used to with the large flies, fast stripping but that was my shortcomings. If I could make one suggestion, it would be that customer tries some Pike fishing in the UK first for practice casting large flies with a double-handed strip.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Jim, glad you had a great time and yes the more practice with the fly rod the more you will catch. However glad the guides helped you and that you still had a great time.

Kind Regards Peter

PS come with me on one my hosted trips and we will sort out that casting for you.

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Andy

Never fished for Dorado before had read and listened to the stories, but know I have lived the experience and feel I could write my own, great fishing and stunning lodge, defiantly top end location.

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We do appreciate you taking the time to complete your feedback and comments. I will look forward in dealing with you again as it was a pleasure.

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Mike

Peter, we have just returned back from fishing for the Golden Dorado and what a trip. On arrival we had a very long way for the transfer and then once we had travelled to the lodge the head guide informed us that the river was up 2 metres which made it chocolate brown. How the hell where we going to catch fish on a fly in this we thought. Our guide told us tomorrow it would be settled down and sure enough it was. We ended up with 4 perfect days of fishing which saw a total of 82 caught fish, I personally had 13 fish over 20lb, 4 fish over 30lb and my biggest was 42lb. Ryan who was with me had the biggest fish an amazing 44lb all caught on the fly.

These fish take and fight so hard on the fly, I can honestly say this is the best fishing holiday I have ever had, the organisation from start to finish was spot on. yes the travel to and from the lodge is long and bumpy on the way out we did think what had we done but after 4 days amazing fishing we would have walked home.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Mike it was so nice to talk to you on the phone and listen to someone who is so excited about their holiday. Sounds like both you and Ryan had a great trip and glad you liked the lodge, food which in your own words was out of this world, plus though all the guides were spot on. I look forward in personally handling all your future holiday requirements. Regards Peter

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Kevin

Pira exceeded both my expectations as an angler and my wife's as a non angler.

The accommodations were comfortable and luxurious, especially after what was a long drive in.

The food was extraordinary, Maria could be an acclaimed chef anywhere, and she never disappointed at any meal. They were all 5 star.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Kevin a big thank you to you and your wife for such a good destination review about Pira Lodge.

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Ron

Pira Lodge is first class both in terms of its facilities and the staff.

Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and this is also reflected in the amenities which include a selection of board games and books as well comfortable seating inside and out and a nice swimming pool.

The fishing is superb and the guides will make sure you have a good chance of encountering a Golden Dorado. If you do hook into one of these beautiful creatures then you are in for the fight of a lifetime.

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Ron, thank you for such a great destination review very much appreciated.

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Robert

Generally everything was superb both the fishing and shooting

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Secure Lodge Bolivia

Secure Lodge is the perfect destination for fly anglers looking for the jungle experience, with access to lots of water, giving all anglers many opportunities for fly fishing with heavy and light fly rods. The rivers contain an abundant number of Golden Dorado and provides an experience you'll remember forever.

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Latest Reports

Large Golden Dorado Under Blue Sky

Pirá Lodge Fishing Report – Finishing February 2020

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Two anglers with a Golden dorado

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A large male Steelhead Salmon

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