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GENERAL INFORMATION
The area between Yahape and Itaibaté in the province of Corrientes on the Paraná River is one of the few destinations in the Argentine Northeast where big Dorados can still be fly fished.

The natural features of Paraná River in this area, with clear and rough waters, many geographical features, islands and wide stone bed riffles, turn this spot into the ideal destination to find these amazing predators.

The High Parana is a large system that is a tailwater about 70 kilometers below the Yacireta Dam. Because it is a tailwater, unlike other large Argentine rivers, the water is generally clear. The nature of the river and fish requires skill, so the better, more experienced casters are rewarded. The reason is that much of the fishing is site casting to fish you see, or have seen, near tree stumps, behind rocks, or under overhangs and along cut banks. Accurate casts are rewarded. You will be fishing for Dorado up to about 25 pounds, but most will be 5 to 10 pounds.

There are also Pacú, a species similar to the Permit, which usually weigh from 8 to 12 pounds. Another species found in the area is the Pira Pita (called "salmon" by local people). They can reach 15 pounds, and are good fighters and jumpers. All in all the fishing can vary and be definitely fun. These last species can also be caught on dry fly.

Other species include Dientudo (a small barracuda looking fish) and Palometa, the largest of the piranha. Most of the fishing is done from boats, but when the dam releases a lot of water, it is possible to wade the small side channels, much like you would wade a stream for trout. Because it is a tailwater, it is not susceptible to low water.

The Parana is a huge river, several miles wide in some places, and you will mostly be fishing side channels that are 50 to 150 yards wide. The boats are designed so two fishermen are casting at the same time. The ecosystem of the Parana is essentially a jungle environment. There are monkeys in the trees, toucans, and an array of other birds and animals.

The breakfast is served around 6.00 am and fisherman generally are on the boats around 6.30 am. There is a short walk to reach the boat moorings. From there fishing begins immediately. You will be fishing the side channels of the Yahape and Itaibate areas, locations now famous for the concentration of fish. Casting while drifting along the shore is the most common practice and you will mostly be fishing structure.

SEASONS
January - October

ACCOMMODATIONS
The House was designed to cover every expectation of high demanding angler offering all basic accommodations and additional amenities. The lounge and the dining room look out across an endless expanse of the Parana river. It takes no more than 3 minutes to get from the lodge to the first place available for catch some good Dorado. The lodge has seven room with private bathroom and air conditioning. The lodge also provide Internet service. Bring your own laptop computer and be connected in the privacy of your room. For convenience and safety, every boat and guide is provided with VHF two-way radio systems for permanent communication with the lodge and the PNA.

PACKAGE
The fishing packages last between 3 and 6 days, including round-trip transportation from Corrientes or Resistencia, full board accommodation, fishing on boat and well qualified fishing guides with a wide knowledge of the river. Breakfast is served at 6.00 am. Depending on the fishing spot picked by the guide that day, the anglers are taken to fish the spots 15 or 30 minutes away. Because of the high temperatures at midday, we usually return to the ranch for lunch and take a nap. We go back to the river at 4.00 pm in the afternoon to fish until dark. The fishing season runs from January through June and from mid August through November 1st.

PRICING
U$S 2760.- Package / Per person
3 1/2 fishing days / 4 nights
Minimum 2 anglers


Included: Ground transfer, Corrientes airport / Ranch round trip; 4-night accommodation in an exclusive ranch with all meals and beverages (wine & beer); 3 and 1/2 fishing days with bilingual qualify guide and boat. Not included: Airfare to Corrientes and return; fishing equipment and flies; imported liquors; gratuities, clothes, personal insurance and gratuities.

HOW TO GET THERE
To access the ranch, you can fly from Buenos Aires to Corrientes or Resistencia, and then drive for 1 hour and a half. Domestic flights depart daily from Buenos Aires city. On the arrival a member of the staff will be waiting to drive you to the ranch. Domestic and private flights can be arranged.

EQUIPMENT & GEAR
Light shirt and trousers for tropical weather (Exoficcio, Patagonia, Columbia, etc.), hat or cap, tennis shoes or a good pair of sandals, a light waterproof jacket, a polar sweatshirt (the temperature decreases when sailing) polarized sunglasses, sunblock SPF 40 or higher, Insect repellent.

If you wish, you can bring your own equipment.
Fly Fishing tackle:
Rods: Two, if possible. 9ft, 7 and 8 weight. 3-or 4- piece, if possible.
Reels: A reel with a good drag system, holding at least 80 yards of 20-pound test backing.
Lines: WF floating line and a sinking tip line.
Leaders: for 5- to 7-foot floating lines with strong butts to turn big flies, 16-pound test tippets with 20 cm of 20-pound test steel wire.
Fies: Sizes 2/0 and 3/0, Deceiver patterns. Also poppers and divers with muddler head, weighted. Colors: black, black and red or black and yellow, chartreuse, white and yellow and white and olive have proved good options.
Accesories: tweezers, hook sharpener, nippers, boga grip, etc.

 
     
     
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