A new season of Dorado angling on the fly is just getting underway at Pira Lodge in the Ibera Marshlands of Argentina. Our thanks to our friends at Pira for the recent update.
Available Dates for Pira Lodge:
Jan 21 to Jan 28 – 4 spots available
February 4 to February 11 – 4 spots available
March 3 to March 10 – 6 spots available
Give Brian a call if you’re unfamiliar with angling for “The River Tiger” or would like more information about this incredible trip! 800-552-2729 or brian [@] flywatertravel [dot] com
By Tito Saenz Rozas:
The beginning of October found me heading back to Pira Lodge as I did so many times for the start of another season! Alfonso, one of our great guides, was coming too. Having tried all travel options, I have no doubt that the bus is my favorite. Not only is the most comfortable, but it also travels at night, which gives me the chance to make the most of the day of arrival. The buses are first class with comfortable seats in which it’s easy to fall asleep. And that is what I did on my way to Pira.
Marcela, Pira Lodge house manager, was waiting for us at Mercedes bus station with a smile on her face and after an 1,5 hours ride in a 4WD, we reached Pira.
The weather was nice and we couldn’t wait to start fishing. The water level was low, so the first day we decided to go to the river. After half an hour of breaking through across the marsh, we arrived to the headwaters of the river. When the water is low, the landscape changes completely with hundreds of creeks flowing into the main course of the Corrientes River, giving us the possibility to fish from the banks of these clear water creeks, called headwaters.
We caught a great number of fish and saw many schools between in the range 3 to 7 lbs.
The following morning, we fished in a beautiful creek with sandbanks which reminded me of the Bahamas flats. The weather was a little bit chilly but the fishing was still good. I was fishing with a brand new TCX 6wt. sage rod and Alfonso was using a Z-axis 6-wt. I was casting from far away from the creek just to fish my side of the bank, when I hooked a very nice fish. Fishing with a 6-wt rod for this size of fish is great fun.
That afternoon Santi Seeber our sales director, and Fernando de las Carreras, CEO and founder of Nervous Waters, arrived to join us. We made plans for the following day and decided that we would stay all day long at the river.
We woke up with a cloudy, windy and cold day. Perfect for some great Dorado fishing. We fished the marsh and caught many 4-5 pounders. Later we decided to go down on the river to find bigger fish. The day was still cold and some rain showers started to fall. As the fishing at that place was a bit slow, I suggested that we went to fish a classical curve of the river in which we usually find nice fish. It’s a beautiful place to be at and both, Dorado and anglers love to spend time there. However, this time it wasn’t that active so we decided to move again to the junction of two creeks, which we call “año 67”. It was in this place that we fished the record of the lodge (24 lbs), a couple of years ago. We mainly fished with sinking lines swinging the fly downstream. He had already caught 5 or 6 fish, one after the other, using this technique, when heavy rain started to fall interrupting Santi’s moment of glory and forcing us to go back to the lodge.
The following day, which was our last, the weather was gorgeous. We fished the marsh instead of the river. Fishing was great. We spotted a couple of fish between 4 and 6 pounds. Alfonso caught a very nice fish with a floating line and a small streamer, making it more exciting and fun. These fish were fighting stronger than usually because of the water’s cold temperature. We saw some good fish in the range 10-15 pounds that were not active taking our flies. The morning passed quickly and it was soon time to head back to the city. We headed back to the lodge, giving all smiles for the end of our “spring break” fishing trip, while making plans and looking forward for the season to come. Please come and visit us this season.
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