Dorado Fly Fishing
Parana on the Fly, Dorado Fly Fishing in Argentina
Dorado fly fishing conjures up visions of jungle environments. Including big beautiful fish, leaping and trying to throw a hook! Exotic species like piranhas, packs and pira pitas. In addition monkeys, alligators and exotic birds as companions. This is all true but also much more.
Dorado fly fishing is a relative newcomer to the fly fishing scene. Just as Parana on the Fly lodge is a relative newcomer. This is a signature lodge by our good friends at Andes Drifters. This fly-fishing mecca is owned by Andres and Marcello. The location and the experience of the guides are the best. Boats, flies and equipment are perfect. Therefore this is the finest location in the world for large dorado.
First of all, the lodge, Parana on the Fly, is located in the middle of water that boasts of the largest dorado in the world. The lodge itself is an old estancia that has been rehabilitated. Hence it has all of the creature comforts one would expect at a first-class operation. Private baths, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, bar, satellite TV, tying table etc. Most of all the staff will make every effort for you to have maximum comfort while staying at Parana on the Fly.
The stretch of the Parana that is fished has the largest dorado in the world. Almost certainly this is due to the enormous amount of their favorite food, the sabalo. While the average fish is 8 pounds most anglers will land a 20 pound fish during the week. In addition a lucky few will push 40 pounds.
In addition to dorado many other species are available. Pacu, Pira Pita Piranhas, Bogas and others can and will be caught. Reminiscent of saltwater fishing, all species are great fighters. Seems like they all sport significant teeth!
Equipment used are 7 and 8 weight rods employing floating and intermediate lines. Longer leaders are used and everything is finished with 40-pound steel wire! Flies are provided but I can make some suggestions if you want to bring some of your own.
Costs and Travel
The simplest way to get to Parana on the Fly to dorado fly fish is to fly into Buenos Aries. Then connect to Corrientes airport. You will be picked up by a staff member and transported to the lodge. It’s about a 45-minute drive. When leaving often it is better to fly from Resistencia to Buenos Aries to achieve a better connection.
Finally, the cost for 6 days fishing, 7 nights lodging is $4350 all-inclusive except airfare and gratuities.
Hosted Trip with Hawkins Outfitters
Hawkins Outfitters will host a week at the lodge. The dates are Jan 5th – Jan 12th, 2019. You are welcome to join Jon Ray. He will be there to help you with anything needed. In addition to working on your casting or presentation if needed we can enjoy a beer at the midday break.
Probably a trip to Argentina is on everyone’s bucket list. Hawkins Outfitters is the Midwest representative for Andes Drifters and Parana on the Fly. I can help you design a trip that includes one or both of these lodges. Due to my extensive experience in Argentina I will help you with travel, packing and equipment lists. Consequently I will make sure you are prepared for the experience that awaits you.
Join us or plan a trip of your own. Let us help!
Capt. Chuck Hawkins