Golden Dorado River Cruiser - Argentina

Paraná River Liveaboard Fishing

Within a few hours of Buenos Aires, you'll find fantastic golden dorado fishing opportunities in the vast upper delta of the Paraná River system. The Paraná River system is the second largest in South America, after the Amazon, and has a total length of over 1,500 miles, with hundreds of tributaries, deltas, marshlands, lagoons, side channels, full of fantastic flora and fauna, and yes, the aggressive Golden Dorado.

Paraná River Golden Dorado

Golden dorado Fishing

The Golden Dorado River Cruiser accesses some of the best dorado fishing on the Paraná River system. Each day, you'll fish new waters. Anglers will often not see another boat on the water during the entire day. The Golden Dorado River Cruiser allows anglers the mobility to move with the fish, according to seasons, weather, the arrival of baitfish... Follow the migrations for the best fishing year-round. A liveaboard operation targeting golden dorado program is the only one of its kind in Argentina. Within minutes of the main river, you can be casting to aggressive dorado and enjoying this expansive wilderness area while remaining close to civilization.
Golden Dorado are extraordinary hunters and are regarded as one of the best fighting freshwater fish on the planet. They’re aggressive with a ferocious strike, long, hard runs, high jumps, and fighting stamina. The locals call them River Tigers. They like moving water and most often stalk close to river structure. Be prepared for them to viciously strip set your hook, pulling hard on your line, or you’ll end up with nothing. Catches range from 2 to 15-pounds, with chances at larger fish during every trip.
Other Paraná River species include wolffish, vampire fish, pira pita, boga, and catfish.

Fishing Facts:

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Season:  The Golden Dorado River Cruiser runs year-round, with peak fishing from October through May.
Boats:  Four, 17½-foot North Carolina Skiffs with 90-HP Yamaha four-stroke engines. The boats are specifically designed for fly fishing and have remote control operated electric trolling motors, and two casting platforms, so anglers can comfortably cast at the same time. The guides all have radios in their boats for communication with the liveaboard and other guides. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides:  Local guides were born and raised on these waters. They speak both English and Spanish. You'll fish with a new guide each day.
Fishing Equipment is not included. Fly rods and reels are available with advance notice. Lures are welcome. A gear and tackle list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License is included in the package.

2022 Hosted Weeks:

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The fishing, great meals, vast wildlife, and exceptional birding make this a perfect trip for couples.
2022 Hosted Weeks with Brad Staples:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$4,950.00 per person
Non-angler companion $2,475.00
• March 19-26, 2022 - SOLD-OUT
• March 26 - April 2, 2022 - SOLD-OUT
• April 2-9, 2022: A few spots open
• April 9-13, 2022 - SOLD-OUT
2023 Hosted Weeks with Brad Staples:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$4,950.00 per person
Non-angler companion $2,475.00
Rates are subject to change.
• March 18-25, 2023
• March 25 - April 1, 2023
• April 1-8, 2023
• April 8-15, 2023
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Getting to the Liveaboard:

You’ll fly to Buenos Aires, arriving at Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). A Lodge representative will pick you up from the airport or your hotel in Buenos Aires. He'll drive you in a shuttle van to the marina, about a 2.5 to 3.5-hour drive. From the marina, there is a 26-foot boat transfer to the liveaboard that takes 60 to 90-minutes. Onboard the Cruiser, there will be a reception and an introduction to dorado fishing and tackle preparation. If time allows, you'll fish in the afternoon.

2022 USD Rates:

Rates valid to June 30, 2022.
7-nights on the Liveaboard
and 6.5-days guided fishing

$4,950.00 per person

6-nights on the Liveaboard
and 5.5-days guided fishing

$4,400.00 per person

5-nights on the Liveaboard
and 4.5-days guided fishing

$3,750.00 per person

4-nights on the Liveaboard
and 3.5-days guided fishing

$3,150.00 per person

Non-angler sharing a room:
7-nights and 6-days
$2,475.00 per person
6-nights and 5-days
$2,200.00 per person
5-nights and 4-days
$1,875.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days
$1,575.00 per person

Packages Include:

Airport reception, roundtrip ground transfers from Buenos Aires to the liveaboard, lodging, meals, alcoholic beverages (open bar policy), guided fishing, and a fishing license for anglers.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare, fishing equipment and tackle, one-load of laundry is included ($15.00 per load after that), gratuities, airport taxes (usually included in the cost of airfare), Global Rescue, Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Flies cost approximately $225.00 for a week’s supply.

Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

A deposit of 50% is due upon receipt of the invoice, and the balance is due 90 days before your arrival date. All deposits and payments are
non-refundable. We strongly advise you to purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance, which is included in the IMG Travel Insurance package.
Click here for Travel Insurance page.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  After your arrival, onboard the Cruiser, there will be a reception and an introduction to dorado fishing and tackle preparation. If time allows, you'll fish in the afternoon. Appetizers and cocktails are served. Dinner is at 9:00 p.m.
Days 2-7:  Breakfast is around 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. You'll meet your guide at 9:00 a.m. and depart for fishing. At 1:00 p.m., you'll have lunch on the boat while fishing or head back to the Cruiser for lunch. Fish from 3:00 p.m. until just before dark. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails on the upper deck before dinner at 9:00 p.m.
Day 8:  At 7:00 a.m., enjoy breakfast and depart at 8:30 a.m. for the shuttle back to Buenos Aires. Most flights back to the States leave in the evening.

New Cast-and-Blast Option

Parana River Guided Fishing

During duck hunting season, mid-May through mid-August, the operator offers a Cast-and-Blast program. Limit of 25 ducks per day. You’ll hunt early in the morning, then head back to the Cruiser for lunch and a siesta. You’ll fish in the afternoon after the water warms up.

Cast and Blast Option:
4-nights and 3.5-days guided fishing and duck hunting
$3,990.00 per person
Does not include a gun rental ($70.00), shells ($14.00 per box), or a hunting license ($120.00).
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Golden Dorado Cruiser

The Parana Gypsy

The Mothership

The Golden Dorado River Cruiser, a 66-foot, two-engine Mothership, provides the comfort and services of a first-class fishing lodge. The living room and dining room area has a 42-inch LCD TV. An open bar is included in the package. The upper deck is a great place to enjoy a beverage, overlooking the view.
220-Volt electricity is 24/7.

Comfortable Cabins

Air-conditioned Cabins

The air-conditioned liveaboard accommodates up to eight anglers in four cabins. Two anglers per room. Each cabin has a tv, two twin beds, and a bathroom with a decent-sized shower.
Communications:  Cellular phones may work at times, depending on your provider and the location of the boat. The Liveaboard has limited Wi-Fi, depending on the boat’s location.

North Carolina Boats

North Carolina Boats

The Liveaboard has four North Carolina Boats. Each boat has two casting platforms, so anglers can comfortably cast at the same time. While the guides slowly back the boats downriver with the use of electric trolling motors, you’ll have multiple shots at prime holding areas. Two anglers per boat and guide. A total fishing day is about 8-hours. Programs can be customized to your preferences and arranged on a daily basis with your guide and manager.

Excellent Meals

Excellent meals

Excellent meals are created by their dedicated chefs. In the evening, you’ll enjoy appetizers, specialty cheeses, cold cuts from La Pampa, including ham, dried fillet steak, bondiola, pork, deer, and wild boar chorizos secos (highly-seasoned sausages) and salami; as well as olives and pickles. Dinners include an outstanding selection of wines. Dessert is served with coffee, tea, or an after-dinner drink. The full open bar included in the package offers a nice selection of wines, beer, clear brandies from Catamarca, Patagonian liquors, whiskey, brandy, and cognac.

Carl Quartermus with a hosted week trophy.

Carl Quartermus

Gerald and his son Demitri - Hosted Week

Dorado fishing

Ira Drogran (85-years-young) and host Brad Staples


Numerous creeks, channels, and rivers to explore.

Parana River

Bob and Ted with a hosted week double.

Hosted Week Double

Brad and Charlie Swett with nice dorado.

Brad and Carl Quarertmus

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Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558