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Suindá Lodge Argentina Golden Dorado On The Fly

Tour Code ARG024

Fishing The Paraná River

Suindá Lodge is a Golden Dorado anglers dream, strategically located near the town of Itatí in the province of Corrientes in Argentina; it offers travelling anglers the chance to fish the most productive sections of the Upper Paraná River. The river marks the border between Argentina and Paraguay and is a clear-water fishery that consistently produces good numbers of specimen fish. Its fast-flowing runs that course over beautiful rock gardens and its sandbank zones are the perfect habitats for these colossal predators as they hunt the Sabolo baitfish congregating in big schools.

Located on the southern bank, on the Argentinian side of the Paraná River, perched on a high bluff, offering soaring views of the sprawling river and its natural surroundings, the lodge is comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully constructed. It serves as the central hub and resting place for all anglers visiting to target some of the largest Dorado found anywhere in South America, as well as Pacú and hard-charging Pira Pítá – the two other species that make up the freshwater’ grand slam’.

Catering for eight rods, Suindá is a first-class program for those searching for exciting freshwater fly fishing opportunities combined with some of the most technical yet rewarding fishing out there; it’s also a destination where double-figure Dorados are a possibility all season long.

Freshwater’s Grandest Slam

The fishing at Suindá takes place on the mighty Paraná River, or the “Río Paraná” as it’s also known, which is the second longest river in South America, behind only the Amazon. This waterway is home to abundant numbers of specimen Golden Dorado, as well as Pirá Pitá and Pacu.

Some of the best fishing gets found on a stretch where the river borders Paraguay and here, the banks are flanked by jungle expanses on both edges. These structurally rich shorelines are littered with sunken logs and boulders, making them the perfect places for the Golden Dorado to sit, waiting to ambush the unsuspecting Sabolo baitfish. Drifting in the lodge’s custom, comfort-enhanced skiffs and casting flies close to the snags is the name of the game.

As well as this, the river also offers anglers some fantastic sight fishing opportunities, drifting over vast sand bars and wetting a fly in its crystal clear water, making for some explosive topwater takes. When conditions allow, it’s possible to leave the confines of the boat and wade these shallow bars.

The Golden Dorado in the river average between 5lb to 10lb, but fish pushing 30lb+ are not unusual. As well as Dorado, it’s also possible to target Pirá Pitá and Pacu and to catch all three of these fish in one day is classed by the lodge as a freshwater ‘grand slam’.

Daily Fishing Programme

Every day at Suindá begins with a fresh, hot breakfast prepared from local ingredients and eggs from the lodge’s chickens. After eating, anglers take the short 30m walk to the boat dock to meet up with their guide for the day. Typically the boats will set off around 6.00 am; however, this can sometimes vary depending on the conditions. 

Note: The guides at Suindá are professional and specialise in fly fishing; they’ve been navigating the waters of the incredible Paraná River and fishing for Golden Dorado for more years than most. We strongly recommend taking their advice to get the most out of your holiday. 

After spending the morning on the water pursuing Dorado, Pacú, and Pira Pítá, you will return to the lodge for lunch prepared by the lodge’s head chef. The midday heat is the perfect opportunity to take a dip in the pool with a cold beer in hand or to take a siesta to prepare for the evening session, which typically starts around 4.30 pm. The evening of fishing generally runs until dark before everyone returns to the lodge for dinner. Suindá runs an À la carte menu with delicious indigenous and international cuisine. After eating, it’s a case of drinks at the bar, with the chance to discuss the days fishing and the ‘ones that got away’.

To learn more about the Golden Dorado and Suindá  Lodge, visit our YouTube channel.

Golden Dorado Tackle

Golden Dorados are powerful, explosive predators; when fishing for them, you need the correct tackle. We recommend bringing 2 or 3 different single-handed setups, a 9-ft 8-wt or 9-wt rod to approach Dorado and a 9-ft. 6 or even 7-wt for the Pacu and Pirá Pitá. These need to be matched with a good quality reel with a robust and smooth drag with the capacity to take a fly line and 100 yards of 50lb backing.

Due to the weather, fly lines should all be ‘tropical’, and weight forward floating, with Redfish, Tarpon and Bonefish tapers all suitable. These will be used to fish streamers and topwater flies. Also, due to the nature of the fishing, it’s worth “over-lining” your rods, as it makes it easier to load the rod with less line, and the heavier line makes casting larger flies easier. Leaders should be serious enough to turn over big flies, and spools of mono should include 15lb to 70lb breaking strains. For floating lines, you should have 9ft long tapered leaders. For sinking lines 5-6ft of 30 to 50 lb depending on the kind of structure, you will be fishing. The lodge provides a wide selection of fly patterns, but we recommend you bring a good supply of your own to get you through your stay.

The primary fly fishing technique used is double-hauling; this is easy to learn and will pay dividends. It’s important to remember that your streamer must be stripped from the moment it touches the surface of the water. Fast-stripping of the fly is the key to more fish in the boat.

Accommodation

Suindá Lodge is newly constructed and located near the town of Itatí in the province of Corrientes. Set on stilts and built nine feet off the ground, it offers some incredible views of the stunning Paraná River and its natural surroundings. 

The eco-property can accommodate eight anglers and includes three spacious, two-bedroom “Cabañas” with private bathrooms. Wooden footbridges conveniently connect each room to the main hall, built from local hardwood with soaring cathedral ceilings and designed to emulate local building traditions. Inside you will find a fully stocked bar, dining area, living/fly-tying area, and fly shop. The fly shop is fully stocked with any piece of tackle you may need and is home to a fleet of loaner flies fishing equipment, available free of charge. 

The lodge includes:
– Shared occupancy rooms
– Single rooms available based on demand
– Dining room, bar, fly-tying table and living area
– A fully equipped fly shop, with flies, rods, reels, lines and apparel
– Telephone and Wifi
– Housekeeping and laundry service
– Loaner fishing equipment (rods, reels and lines)
– Plunge Pool 

Food & Drink

During your stay, you will enjoy Argentina’s famed beef and fine wines, traditional Asados (BBQs), and delicious desserts prepared by Suindá’s unrivalled culinary team. Each meal gets served around the extra-large dining table, where fishing stories and the day’s adventures get shared with fellow anglers. 

WiFi is available in all the lodge buildings ensuring you can stay as connected to the outside world and share your fishing adventures with friends and family back home. 

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

The below itinerary is flexible should you require additional fishing days or additional free days to explore; 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:

Depart Any international Airport (See Details)

DAY 2:

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 Suindá waiting to transfer you to the lodge. Transfer (approx. 4 hours)

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

DAYS 3 TO 8: (FISHING DAYS)

A typical fishing day will start in the morning from around 6.00 am to around 10:00 am, when you will then stop for lunch at the lodge. The afternoon session will usually start around 4:30 pm till dark. This will avoid fishing in the heat of the day, and given how strenuous the fishing is, it’s always nice to have a break. Most of the fishing is casting to structures from the custom skiffs or sight casting to cruising fish. When conditions allow, it’s also possible to wade.

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

DAY 9:

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:

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:

Arrive Home

FISHING Seasons

The season runs from October to May.

Golden Dorado

Season: October to May
Peak: October to May
Weight: 4lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 8lb

Pacua

Season: October to May
Peak: October to May
Weight: 1lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 4lb

Pira Pita

Season: October to May
Peak: October to May
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 2lb

Package Details

Prices from
£8,692
per person

Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flight Buenos Aries to Resistencia
  • Transfers to and from the lodge
  • All accommodations as per itinerary
  • All meals at the lodge
  • All soft & alcoholic drinks at the lodge
  • 6 days of guided fishing
  • Loaner fishing tackle (rods, reels and lines)

Excluded

  • Transfers in Buenos Aries
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at Buenos Aries Hotels or bar expenses
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing licence ($50 per person)
  • Terminal tackle/flies

Optional extras

  • Single room (depending on demand)
  • Single skiff (depending on demand)
  • Non-angler surcharge

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Latest Reports

Suindá Lodge Fishing Report 9th April 2024

After several dry years from 2019 to 2022, we were blessed with ample rainfall and healthy water levels starting in 2023, largely due to water coming from Brazil. This rejuvenation significantly bolstered the entire fishery,...

Suindá Lodge Fishing Report 19th March 2024

Throughout February, our river experienced quite the rollercoaster ride in water levels, hitting its lowest point of the season before eventually settling at a historically regular level by the end. Despite the unpredictability, this period...

Suindá Lodge Fishing Report 25th January 2024

This season began with a significantly elevated water level, prompting an active migration of the entire fishery for spawning. Some weeks during spring were teeming with bait along banks and sandbars. Despite some fluctuations, the...
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