a high-quality lodge for Dorado flyfishing. Located in Corrientes,
in the Northeast of Argentina, Pirá offers tropical weather throughout
the 8 months of the fishing season. The season starts in October
and finishes in April.
Pirá cannot be compared to other lodges that fish Dorado due to
its remarkable facilities, high-qualified staff and strategic location
on the coast of the Iberá Marshlands. These marshlands cover an
area of over 1 million hectares and offer the chance of fishing
Dorado in pristine waters. These ideal conditions allow to cast
on sight and catch the Dorado with floating lines and surface flies,
a technique that produces spectacular hookups.
The Ibera Marshlands are worldly famous for the beauty of the sights
and ecosystem biodiversity. They are home to over 350 species of
birds, 85 species of mammals, and 70 reptiles. The largest populations
of the endangered marshland deer, alligators and American caimans
also have them as their habitat.
The Dorado (Salminus Maxillosus) is called the "Tiger of
the River" in Argentina and is regarded as one of the most sporting
fish of South America. It is a great swimmer and the average size
ranges from 5 to 12 pounds, even though the world record is over
All the fishermen will be accompanied by a professional guide and
will float the marshlands looking for Dorados, on modern Skiff Boats,
specially designed for flyfishing in this kind of habitat. The boats
are fully-equipped with four-stroke engines, silent and ecologic.
The guests at the lodge will find countless activities. For the
most demanding fishermen, day starts at dawn and finishes at sunset.
However, visitors like the idea of setting off early in the morning
and coming back at noon, to enjoy some refreshments, lunch, the
swimming-pool and a good nap. In the afternoon, the fishermen go
back to the water. This timetable helps them avoid the heat of midday,
and allows them to enjoy a meal prepared by the chef, apart from
spending some time with the guests that do not go fishing.
October - April
Located in the peninsula, on the Ibera Marshlands, Pirá Lodge
offers spectacular views of this huge and marvelous region. The
lodge has 5 spacious double rooms with a capacity of 10 guests,
containing private bathroom, queen-size beds and air conditioning.
In another building, joint by galleries, there is a large lounge,
a bar and the dining-room, with high doors facing the galleries.
Although the design of the lodge was based on the local architecture,
it offers the comfort of a modern and luxury hotel.
3000.- Package / Per person
fishing days / 4 nights
Minimum 2 anglers
Accommodation in double-occupancy rooms with private baths, breakfast,
meals on days of fishing, soft drinks and beer, typical dinner served
with wines, bilingual guide, modern skiff boats, transfer in/ out
from Mercedes city. Not included: Air
fares, cigars, fishing tackle, flies, clothes, personal equipment,
personal insurance and gratuities.
TO GET THERE
Pirá is located 680 km to the north of Buenos Aires. You can get
there in different ways: - The lodge has a private landing strip.
- Charter flights can be arranged from Buenos Aires airports. -
You can make the journey by land from Buenos Aires in a very comfortable
sleeping bus and it takes seven hours.
Light shirt and trousers for tropical weather (Exoficcio, Patagonia,
Columbia, etc.), hat or cap, tennis shoes or a good pair of sandals,
a light water-proof 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
Flies: 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.
Accessories: tweezers, hook sharpener, nippers, boga grip, etc.