Pira Lodge, Argentina – Duranglers Hosted Trip – Golden Dorado As Far as the Eye Can See
Pira Lodge is located in Northern Argentina’s Iberá Marshlands and is protected by a natural preserve more than twice the size of the Florida Everglades. Fishing for Golden Dorado, one of the most voracious and beautiful species to swim the planet, takes place aboard a fleet of 16-foot Hell’s Bay flats skiffs. You’ll dodge caymans and catch freshwater Dorado in the 5-to 20- pound class on everything from dry flies to stripped streamers. When your fishing day’s done, decompress and take in a traditional asado at one of the finest lodges fishing has to offer. However, it is the electric take and dazzling fight of the Dorado that bring fishermen back year after year!
Fishing Program: The freshwater Dorado is a hard fighting and acrobatic fish, well known for strong runs and relentless jumps. Throughout much of its range, the Dorado is caught in coloured or murky waters and generally with heavy spinning tackle.
The establishment of Pirá lodge in the Iberá marshland has generated a new alternative, allowing for clear water fishing on light spinning tackle and fly rods, with plenty of opportunity for sight casting. 7 and 8 weigh 9 foot rods are recommended, as well as floating and sinking heads. Traditional saltwater streamers and deceivers in black, purple chartreuse and white complete the required gear. It is also not uncommon to catch plenty of dorado on topwater bass and pike poppers, sliders, gurglers, and mouse patterns.
Non-fishing activities such as horseback riding, or bird watching are available to allow guests to enjoy the amazing wildlife in the area. The swimming pool is the perfect place for relaxing and sunbathing. Snorkeling and night expeditions into the Marsh are also exciting options.
Transport is provided from the lodge´s private dock to the fisheries in Hells Bay flat skiffs, fitted with VHF radios.
Accommodations and meals: Built with exquisite Corrientes style and pride, Pirá Lodge enjoys a spectacular panoramic view of the vast wetlands. It accommodates up to 10 guests in five deluxe rooms, each with a private entrance, private bath, two double beds, ceiling fans and air conditioning. A separate building, attached by covered walkways and open-air patios, accommodates the spacious living room, bar, and dining room areas—each with tall doors that open to the wide veranda. Pirá Lodge was designed by award-winning architects to respect traditional regional elegance—offering all of the comforts and luxuries of a contemporary hotel. Relax and enjoy a cocktail at any hour, and cool off in the outdoor swimming pool after a rewarding day of fishing.
A top-notch team of experienced national and international chefs, trained in both classic and avant-garde culinary techniques, execute our food. With an artisan’s touch, chefs prepare every dish by scratch to be served at a minute’s notice. In addition, our inspired lunch and dinner menus are paired with some of Argentina’s—and the world’s—best wines, Bodega Catena Zapata.
Friday/March 2nd: Arrive Buenos Aires
Guests fly into Buenos Aires on an overnight flight March 2nd and typically spent a day touring this wonderful city or book a “day room” at a hotel where you can rest, shower, eat lunch, etc. We then access Pira lodge by an overnight 1st class sleeper bus from Buenos Aires to Mercedes, that departs at 9:30 pm and arrives at 7am. Once at Mercedes, a lodge representative will meet you and drive you 1.15 hrs to the lodge in a four-wheel drive. This is a comfortable option that also makes the best use of you time. Day rooms in a hotel, an evening meal and transport to the bus station can all be arranged on request.
Saturday/March 3rd: Arrive Pira Lodge
Arrive and settle into Pira Lodge. Since we have arrived early with the overnight sleeper bus, you have to option to start fishing the afternoon of March 3rd.
Sunday/March 4th – Friday/March 9th: Fishing
To avoid the midday heat, anglers generally leave the lodge early in the morning around 8 am or earlier. Guests return to the lodge for a swim, lunch and drinks at around 12.30 pm. After lunch and a siesta, boats will typically leave the dock around 3:30, returning at dusk. Fishing hours will change slightly depending on the time of year.
Saturday/March 10th: Depart Pira Lodge
You will leave the lodge the 10th using the overnight sleeper bus. Therefore, you have the most of the day to enjoy Pira lodge and a morning of fishing.
Sunday/March 11th: Fly out of Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires the morning of March 11th and then fly back to the U.S.
Price is $ 5,775.00 p/person with double occupancy and two anglers per boat each day. This price does not include flights and travel expenses.
Included: Full room and board. All food and drink while at the lodge. Flies and tackle.
Not Included: Flights and travel expenses. $200 for the round trip sleeper bus.
To Join the trip To please call or e-mail Andy
- +1 (888) 347 – 4346