Fishing is done from 14 foot Skiff style boats and is similar to a saltwater fly-fishing experience. Guides pole the skiffs while anglers take their turns on the bow either sight or blind casting. The season is eight continuous months beginning September 1st and concluding on April 30th.
The Iberá Wetlands located in north central Corrientes Province, Argentina, is one of the most important and largest fresh water reservoirs in South America. Estimated to be 5,800 – 7,700 square miles, it is second in size only to the Pantanal in Brazil.
The mythic Dorado (Salminius Maxilosus) is clearly the primary fish to be targeted on this trip. Dorados ranging in size from 4 to 12 pounds are quite common and caught in good numbers.
Our accommodations will be the boutique lodge La Alondra. A short 20-minute drive to the dock. La Alondra features four air-conditioned bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a dining room, and a common gathering room. The nicely appointed grounds include an outside sitting area with fire-pit, provides an excellent place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine after a day of fishing. Meals are chef prepared and offer a nice mix of regional specialties and international cuisine.
Fly from Buenos Aires to Corrientes Airport – Private Transfer to La Alondra Lodge (2 hrs) for a welcome Dinner. We recommend you fly into Buenos Aires a night before and enjoy the city before embarking on your angling adventure.
Six (6) full days fishing in the Ibera Wetlands.
We recommend #8 and #6 weight, fast action rods that are 9 feet long. Reels need to have good drag systems and include 30 pound backing. Fly lines should be tropical due to the warm water conditions and air temperature. Tropical WF Floating Line and Intermediate Clear Tip lines work the best. The typical leader set-up is 8-9 ft of straight 50-pound test monofilament followed by 6-12 inched of 40-50 pound test wire bite tippet. Strong leaders are required to help prevent accidental break- offs in the water-grass and lilly pads.
Depart after a hearty breakfast. Drive back to Corrientes airport to board your flight back home via Buenos Aires.