Fresh Water Golden Dorado, the Tiger of the River.
It is hard to imagine that there is an area with such potential and is so accessible and available but yet still be virtually unexplored. The Dorado has emergee in the fishing community as a fierce game fish. The freshwater Dorado (Salminus Maxillosus) is known in Argentina as "the tiger of the river" and is considered to be the single most challenging native freshwater game fish of South America. It is a brilliant, yellow-colored fish with a powerful jaws and sharp teeth. This is a fish that does not die after spawning and never swims in the ocean. And as a result its voracious appetite, Dorado have the potential to grow to enormous sizes. The Dorado is an exceptionally strong swimmer and while normally ranging in size from 5 to 45 pounds, the world record is 70 lb. Dorado will crush flies with reckless abandon, and once hooked, will immediately explode out of the water in a series of outrageous jumps and relentless line-stripping runs.
The providence of Corrientes is one of the 3 (including Entre Rios and Misiones) that form the Argentina Mesopotamia in the North-Eastern corner of the country. The Uruguay and Parana Rivers encircle this land creating an island inside the continent. Its subtropical weather and abundance of water make this area a perfect combination of exuberant Fauna & Flora. In the middle of it all is the Ibera Wetlands, the second-largest wetland in the world after Pantanal in Brazil. Ibera has a sister system that most North Americans are more familiar with, the Everglades in Florida. This wetland is used as the migratory route for birds that share time between both areas. The native Golden Dorado is found in both the Parana and Uruguay basins, making for a fantastic fishing experience. The Dorado has been named one of the strongest and feistiest freshwater fish in the world.
Just a few miles to the West lies the city of Goya, a perfect lodging base to access the middle delta of the Parana River. Being one of the longest rivers in the world, the Parana is born in the heart of Brazil just south of the Amazon basin. Its slow flow results in the creation of many islands and ponds through it's more than 3,000 mile run. "Parana" is an aborigine's word meaning "as big as the sea". This middle delta is about 25 miles wide creating and endless labyrinth of islands and connecting streams. Some of these islands are completely free-floating, with the gentle currents slowly moving them around. The Parana's main channel is of color water. But in the delta regions where we fish, the waters will regain good clarity. Just a short boat ride from Goya is the Isoro Reserve, one of the best fishing areas of the Parana. Here the Dorado grows larger than Ibera as the abundance of other species makes a larger diet. Some of this resident fish are Pacu, Surubi, Piranha, Traira (Tararira), Sabalo and more...
While the Corrientes area enjoys a year round season, the spring, summer and fall periods are considered best for weather and Dorado fly fishing activity.
In addition to the Dorado, some of the more important other species are Pacu, Surubi, Piranha, Traira (Tararira), Sabalo and more...
Dorado trips can be combined with fishing for trout in Patagonia as well as a great Cast & Blast in the same area. We recommend a 3 to 5 day fishing trip to cover this vast area. There are now commerical flights serving Goya 3 time a week which makes for shorter transfers from Buenos Aires. Addionally, there are daily flights to Corrientes, the capital city of the Providence of the same name. From there it's an easy 2 hour drive to the posada.
Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires mid-moring. We will have arranged a reception and a transfer to the domestic airport for the flight to Goya. Upon arraival, there is an airport reception and quick transfer to the posada where you will check in, relax and enjoy the evening.
Day 2, 3, 4, 5: Full day fishing. Usually a typical day will start at 8 in the morning after breakfast and back for lunch at the lodge. Afternoon fishing begins around 3:30 and will continue to 7:30. You will meet your private boats and guide at the posada's private dock. This is a strict Catch & release fishery.
Day 6: Transfer from Goya to Buenos Aires for the night flight back to the States.
The traditional Posada del Sauce (Willow's Inn) is situated by the Parana River, in the city of Goya, Province of Corrientes. This hundred-year-old totally referbished Casona, located in the middle of 5 acres of green space where stillness, nature, relaxation, tradition, comfort and enjoyment are combined. The original and new style of the House are very naturally combined, making guests feel at home. Ceilings inside are made of Quebracho Colorado beams holding up the old tile roof, giving a particular charm and spaciousness. The living room, dining room and terrace/balcony have a river view adding a warm to the quite functionalal atmosphere and homey spirit. The Resort started its activity in 1994 and since then it has a broad experience in providing the best service for fishermen, hunters and tourist.
Meals are served in the restaurant and are included in your fishing package.
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