The mythic Dorado is clearly the primary fish to be targeted. Dorado ranging in size from 4 to 12 pounds are quite common and caught in good numbers. Each season several trophy fish above 40 pounds are landed.
Fishing is done from 17-foot skiff style boats that are equipped with 90hp four stroke motors. Additionally, each boat has a bow fitted electric trolling motor. These remote control engines allow the guides to silently approach each fishing area. On the upper Parana you’ll fish along the numerous river branches and channels casting towards cut banks, fallen trees and rock outcroppings. All of this structure is ideal habitat for a natural predator like the Dorado.
Omnivorous Species at Upper Parana
Pirapita, known locally as the “salmon of the river” ranges in size from 2 to 12 pounds. Once hooked, this extremely hard fighting fish is known for its acrobatic displays and multiple jumps. Being an omnivorous species, they are fished using large attractor flies that imitate insects, fruit, mice and even flowers. We target them on lighter equipment, 6 and 7 weight rods. Fishing for pirapita provides the perfect mid day break from casting large flies to Dorado.
Pacu, is often referred to as the “permit of the river”. Like Pirapita they are also omnivorous and often found feeding on or near the surface on fruit and insects. This can create great sight fishing possibilities. Pacu are not known for their jumping ability but pound for pound are extremely hard fighting.
Season and Weather
For protective reasons, during the spawning months of November and December, the fishery closes. Our water conditions are stable and predictable throughout the season therefore every month fishes equally well. However, the outside temperatures and humidity are something to consider when planning your visit. Due to the fact that Upper Parana closes for the months of November and December the combination package is not available. During those two months we only offer Dorado fishing at our Iberá location.
January through mid-March:
Very warm and humid. Average daytime temperature will in the 80’s to low 90’s F and 70’s F at night. The temperatures become cooler as you move from January to March. Nighttime temperature shouldn’t be an issue as all common areas and bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Late April through May:
Daytime temperatures between 70-80 F and nighttime temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s F. These cooler temperatures will push the smaller fish into deeper water. This can improve your odds of catching larger Dorado but the net result could be fewer smaller fish.
September and October:
Usually sees daytime temperatures between the high 70’s and low 80’s F and nighttime temperatures in the range of 55-65 F. Surface flies such as mouse and lizard patterns are effective during this time of year.
Between mid January and mid February and then again between mid March and mid April:
The pacu and pira pita feeding activity increases. These fish are omnivorous and take advantage of ripened fruit and beans that fall this time of year from overhanging trees.
We recommend #8, #7 and #6 weight, fast action 4 piece rods that are 9 feet long. Reels need to have good drag systems and include 30 pound backing. Fly lines should be tropical due to the warm water conditions and air temperature. Tropical WF Floating Line and Intermediate Clear Tip lines work the best. Lines need to have a head taper that is capable of turning over large flies.
The leaders should be 9 feet long ending with 20/25pound test saltwater fluorocarbon followed by a 30 pounds wire bite tippet. The wire bite tippet protects against the Dorado’s sharp teeth.
DAY 1: Fly from Buenos Aires to Corrientes Airport – Private transfer to La Alondra Lodge for welcome dinner
DAY 2 to 4: Three (3) full day fishing at Ibera Wetlands with lodging at La Alondra Lodge.
DAY 5: Early morning transfer from La Alondra to Parana on the Fly Lodge (two hours drive) ) with a full day of fishing on the Upper Parana River.
DAY 6 and 7: Two (2) full days of fishing on the Upper Parana River and lodging at Parana on the Fly Lodge.
DAY 8: Fly from Corrientes back to Buenos Aires
INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE
• All lodging as described on the itinerary
• All meals, beer and wine
• Full-time guide and coordinator during the trip
• Transportation between local airport and the lodges
• All the special services described on the itinerary
• Fishing license and fishing gear if needed.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE
• International and local flights
• Airport transfers in Buenos Aires from and the international airport and local airport.