Golden Dorado Fly Fishing
Upper Parana River, Ibera Wetlands, and Isoro Marsh
Golden Dorado Combo - Three Lodge Options
For this unique fly-fishing adventure, you’ll target golden dorado at two of the three Lodge options based on water conditions. You’ll stay five nights at two very nice lodges, two nights at camp in the heart of the Wetlands, and fly fish in two diverse landscapes. During Brad Staples’ exploratory trip in 2019, he was very impressed with the Lodges and the fishing. The package includes three domestic charter flights in Argentina.
2024 Hosted Week:
Seven anglers + host
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$7,550.00 per person
March 29 - April 6, 2024
Brad Staples hosts
The Ibera Wetlands
The Ibera Wetlands (Spanish for bright water), in the north-central Corrientes Province of Argentina, is one of the most important and largest freshwater wetlands in South America. Estimated to be 5,800 – 7,700 square miles, it is second in size only to the Pantanal in Brazil. In 2017, our operator was granted exclusive fishing access to this area. This license provides access to the wetland's endless miles of bogs, gin-clear creeks, swamps, lagoons, and lakes–prime golden dorado habitats.
The Iberá Wetlands is one of the premier golden dorado fisheries in South America and truly an experience not to be missed. The Ibera Wetlands provide daily opportunities to catch multiple golden dorado, typically ranging from 4 to 15 pounds on surface flies, poppers, and mouse patterns.
Guided Fly Fishing Facts
Season: This Combo package is available year-round, with peak fishing from September thru November and mid-March thru May.
Boats: At La Alondra´i Lodge, Flats-style boats with 40 HP motors and poling platforms are used. At Itati Lodge, Carolina Skiffs with 90 HP motors are located a few steps from the lodge and close to the action.
Guides: Knowledgeable, passionate, English-speaking golden dorado experts. Several of their guides have bailed out of the professional corporate world to pursue their passion. Two anglers per guide and boat.
Equipment: No fishing equipment is included but can be provided if you do not have it. A detailed gear and tackle list is included in our confirmation packet. Bring an 8-weight, 9-ft, four-piece, fast-action rod with a good fighting butt for golden dorado. This weight allows you to cast heavy flies and lessen arm fatigue. For pacu and pira pita, a stiff 6-weight, 9 ft, a four-piece with a good fighting butt is sufficient.
Flies: All necessary flies are included and provided by your guide.
Fishing License is included in the package.
Group Size: Seven anglers plus a host.
The Upper Parana River
The Parana River is over 3,000 miles long, traveling through Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. You'll fish the Upper Parana River, the tailwaters of the Yacyreta Hydroelectric Dam, located approximately 90 miles upstream. The resulting clear and stable water conditions produce an ideal fly fishing environment.
The River of Gold YouTube
The Upper Parana River offers you the chance to catch a trophy, a truly once-in-a-lifetime golden dorado. You'll target golden dorado between 4 and 30 pounds, and each season, a handful of fish above 40 pounds are landed! You'll cast surface and sub-surface flies around structures such as logs, rocks, and fallen trees in search of a huge wild beast. For a Parana River Grand Slam, target pacu and pira pita with dry flies.
Upper Parana River Golden Dorado
"Here, we call golden dorado, "Your Majesty."
The Hard-Fighting Pira Pita
The hard-fighting pira pita are known locally as the salmon of the river. They range from 2 to 12 pounds, jump multiple times, and put on a show. Large attractor flies that imitate insects, fruit, mice, and even flowers attract these omnivores. If conditions are right, fishing for pira pita provides a nice midday break from casting large flies to golden dorado.
Itati Lodge - Upper Parana River
For this fly-fishing adventure, you'll stay five nights at two very nice lodges and two nights at camp. You'll take a 30-minute charter flight between Lodges and get in three full days of guided fly fishing at each location.
Itati Lodge is a traditional “estancia” on the banks of the Parana River. The air-conditioned lodge accommodates up to ten anglers in five well-appointed bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Orlando, their professional chef, serves a blend of local flavors and international cuisine. The package also includes beer and wine. The boats are docked a few meters from the rooms, with a short ride to the fishing action. In between fishing sessions, you'll return to the Lodge for lunch. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
Itati Lodge Bedroom
Itati Lodge Dining
La Alondra´i Lodge
La Alondra´i Lodge, a reconditioned historic home in a peaceful setting, offers the perfect lodge experience for your visit to the marshland. Four spacious air-conditioned bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The adjoining gallery and patio are ideal gathering spaces. Excellent cuisine, plus beer and wine. The Lodge also has a new outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
La Alondra´i Bedroom
Fly Fishing for Gold
The Two Camps - Ibera Rugua Camp
The Ibera Rugua Camp hosts four anglers and is a two-bedroom rustic-style cabin with a separate dining area and gazebo. Each of the two bathrooms has a toilet and a hot shower. You will be well cared for by Omar, your host.
Yaguarete Ava Camp
The boat ride to the Yaguarete Ava Camp in the heart of the wetlands allows you to experience a unique perspective of this natural sanctuary. Four anglers per camp. Two comfortable tents sit on an elevated wooden platform. Each tent has a small table and two cots with a mattress and a sleeping bag. The Camp has one bathroom with a toilet and a hot shower. The dining structure is on a third platform.
Jetu'u Lodge - Isoro Marsh
Jetu'u Lodge is one of the three options. From Jetu’u Lodge, you’ll walk 200 yards to the boats. The Lodge is located mid-way from Goya to Reconquista in the Corrientes Province.
Isoro Marsh is a vast, natural wildlife sanctuary and a golden dorado fishing paradise. Isoro Marsh is a great location for surface patterns, depending on conditions. Since the Isoro Marsh gets its water source from the middle section of the Parana River, water levels are consistent throughout the season. An incredible clear water fishery with golden dorado, dogfish, and giant piranha is only a short boat ride from the Lodge.
Three Charter Flights Included
The itinerary includes three charter flights for convenience and longer fishing days. The charter flights to the Lodges land within walking distance of both Lodges.
The 30-minute flight between La Alondra´i Lodge and Itati Lodge is aboard a 4-passenger Cessna 206 aircraft. Two planes are flown, so the entire group arrives at Itati Lodge at about the same time. The return flight to Buenos Aires departs from Itati Lodge. (Both Buenos Aires flights will be aboard an 8-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan EX.)
Day 1: You'll fly from Buenos Aires to La Alondra´i Lodge. Chef-prepared welcome dinner. Stay at La Alondra´i Lodge.
Day 2 and 3: After breakfast, the guides will drive you to Ibera Wetlands, a 30-45-minute drive. You'll meet the boats, head to the fishing grounds, and stay two nights at camp.
Day 4: After a full day of guided fishing, your guide will drive the group back to La Alondra´i Lodge.
Day 5: Early morning 30-minute flight from La Alondra´i to Itati lodge. You'll fish a full day on the Upper Parana River.
Day 6 and 7: Two full fishing days on the Upper Parana River and lodging at Itati Lodge.
Day 8: You'll take a return flight from Itati Lodge to Buenos Aires.
Alcohol: At both lodges, beer, wine, tropical cocktails, whiskey, rum, and soft drinks are included in the package.
Golden Dorado Fly Fishing
2023 and 2024 USD Rate:
The Trip is Limited to 7 anglers + Host.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$7,550.00 per person
All rates are subject to change.
The Package Includes:
• Three domestic charter flights in Argentina
• Ground transfers in Argentina per package
• 7-nights lodging
• Meals at the Lodges
• Beer, wine, alcohol, and soft drinks
• Wi-Fi at the Lodges
• Laundry service
• 6-days guided fishing
• Fishing license
The Packages Does Not Include:• International airfare to Argentina, and return
• Hotel nights in Buenos aires
• Meals and ground transfers in Buenos Aires
• Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
• Fishing equipment
• Global Rescue
• Travel insurance
• Anything not covered under inclusions.
• As of December 10, 2020, Fishing with Larry now adds a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions.