SEASON: October – April
FISHING: Marsh and River
TRAVEL: Arrive regional airports, transfer ~4 hrs. to the lodge
CAPACITY: 10 anglers
RECOMMENDED STAY: 6-7 nights
7 NIGHT RATE: $6,950/angler
INCLUDED: Lodging, meals, open bar, Wi-Fi, guided fishing, rods, reels and lines.
NOT INCLUDED: Flights, license, terminal tackle, transfer to/from the lodge and services in Buenos Aires
Pira Lodge is Argentina’s first and only true world class Dorado fishing lodge. The purpose-built lodge is situated in the middle of 3 million acre biological reserve within the Ibera Marshlands. In 15 minutes from the lodge, both fly and light tackle anglers will fish the prime Golden Dorado waters of the marsh and the headwaters of the Corriente River. Pira Lodge is only freshwater Dorado destination that functions like a flats fishery with both poling Hell’s Bay Flats Skiffs and shallow wading opportunities. Guests are Pira Lodge will target resident and migratory Dorado ranging 5 to 20+ lbs. using floating or light sink tips lines, streamers, skaters and mouse patterns.
Pira Lodge is ideal for international anglers seeking a truly wild world class fishery with aggressive fish, superior guides, high end equipment, fine cuisine and luxurious accommodations.
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Built with exquisite Corrientes style, Pirá Lodge showcases spectacular panoramic views of the vast Ibera wetlands. Pirá was designed by award-winning architects to respect traditional regional elegance while offering all of the comforts and luxuries of a contemporary hotel. It accommodates up to 14 guests in seven deluxe rooms, each with a private entrance, private bath, two double beds, air conditioning and ceiling fans. A separate main building, attached by covered walkways and open-air patios, accommodates the spacious living room, bar, and dining areas, each with glass doors opening onto the veranda. Relax and enjoy a cocktail in the saltwater swimming pool after a rewarding day.
Each meal is professionally prepared with local meats and fresh and regionally grown and harvested produce. Combining these farm to table elements and award winning wines, creates delicious flavors that harbor hidden stories and package traditions on each plate.
Dorado fishing at Pira Lodge takes place in one of the planet’s largest ecological preserves. This fishery welcomes both fly and light tackle anglers and is divided in two parts: the lush and wild Ibera Marsh and the Corriente River. The intricate marsh is a vast system of crystal-clear creeks, rivers, sandy shallows, vegetated lined channels and lagoons. It’s “floating grass islands” are always shifting, making the marsh truly alive and dynamic. Big Dorado annually push into this skinny-water utopia. Here, we typically fish from Hell’s Bay skiffs, one angler at a time, although great wade-fishing opportunities are everywhere. The stunning Corriente River is perfect for stripping streamers and mice from the banks. Exciting sight fishing opportunities are constant in both the marsh and the river. Dorado average 6 lbs., but fish in the teens are caught weekly. Last season´s biggest dorado weighed in at 27.5 lbs.. We fish a variety of flies from mouse and saltwater patterns to large deceivers.
Comparable in size to Yellowstone Park, the Iberá Wetlands is a breathtakingly massive wetland located in north east Argentina. The Iberá is a critically important freshwater reserve for the region and also acts as a spawning ground for Golden Dorado and other fish. It is also a sanctuary to more than 350 bird species, as well as to deer, capybara and caiman. The Iberá Reserve is so large and so remote that there are reportedly over 100 indigenous subsistence-living families in the marsh, where they live peacefully and secretively in huts, and little is known about their hidden lives in this blue and green jewel of endless marshland.
The Corriente River drains the Ibera marshlands and flows roughly 300 km to empty into the Parana River at the town of Esquina. Anglers at Pira Lodge will fish only the very headwaters of the Corrientes where the flows are still clear, relatively narrow and shallow and the environs are still pristine. From flats boats, swinging streamers is a deadly technique and when levels rise, small side channels offer wading opportunities with mouse patterns.
(7 nights, 6 days)
Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires (EZE). Transfer to the domestic airport (AEP) and fly to Corrientes (CQN) or Resistencia (RES). The staff will pick you up and transfer you about 4 hours to the lodge. Check in, cocktails and dinner.
Day 2-7 6 days Golden Dorado Fishing at Pira Lodge
Day 8 Check out, transfer back to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires and home.
Weekly Rate: $6,950/angler
Included: Lodging, meals, open bar, wi-fi, guided fishing and rods, reels and lines.
Not Included: Flights, license, terminal tackle, ground transfers to/from lodge, laundry and services in Buenos Aires
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