Buenos Aires Fishing
An exotic fishing experience within easy reach of Argentina’s metropolitan hub
Those visiting Buenos Aires with only a day or two to spare must see and fish the nearby Paraná River Delta, just 45-minutes from the city. The unique fishery allows you to cast within view of city skyscrapers or tuck inside braided wetlands teeming with shots at elusive golden dorado and tarariras amid lush vegetation and great bird watching.
Top quality fly-fishing equipment is included, as well as exceptional meals and all drinks. The package deliver a remarkable approach to nature, far from what anyone would expect so close to the cultural epicenter of Buenos Aires.
Day trip options as well as overnight packages at our brand new lodge in a secluded island of the Paraná Delta.
Depending on conditions, we operate within nearby island chains scattershot throughout the Paraná Delta. Habitats include small channels in between islands, shores along the main and lower branches of the Parana, lagoons, and the exterior border of the delta—where it meets the Rio de la Plata.
Your Delta Day Trip will begin after breakfast, with a prearranged transfer from your hotel to the marina
After a morning fishing session and depending on where the fishing took place, lunch break will be held either at the lodge or full meals can be prepared in advance and taken onboard. All drinks, alcoholic and non alcoholic, are included for lunch.
The afternoon fishing session ends at 6 pm. Scheduled transfers return guests to hotels after fishing.
Lodge options are also available for those interested in an overnighter coupled with great dorado fishing.
For those staying overnight, appetizers and dinner are served at 8.30pm and breakfast time on the following morning is pre-arranged with guests, followed by some more great dorado and tararira fishing. Fishing hours will change slightly depending on the time of year.
Canoeing around the lodge area is a pleasant side activity. Birdwatching is fantastic as well. Other activities include exploring the cultural life at the Delta, visiting museums, ecological reservoirs and restaurants, among others.
Although the colorful species and its aggressive behavior make it one of the most exciting gamefish to catch, there is very little written about fly fishing for dorado in this area. Its complex feeding regime and migratory nature ensure challenging and rewarding fishing opportunities for both expert and entry-level anglers.
Dorado are strong and acrobatic—and their pursuit is often more about quality experiences than a numbers game. Our dorado range from 5 to 7 pounds, but guests continue to land 12 to 14+ pounders.
Tararira, on the other hand, are another awesome species that we target. These prehistoric looking, aggressive fish take poppers and surface flies like few others. Sight-fishing for them is our specialty. They are similar in size to local dorado. The biggest caught by our guests so far was 11.5 pounds.
Fly Fishing Equipment
The program provides anglers with the necessary high quality fishing equipment.
For those anglers who prefer using their own equipment, a 9 footer, 7 weight rod is a good all rounder choice for this area.
Lines and Leaders
The lines used are warm water floating fly lines. Leaders are usually as long as the rod, finished with a piece of wire to avoid cuts. Dorado have sharp teeth. 20 and 26 lbs test American fishing wire in CAMO color is the ideal.
Fast stripping is usually the way to present your fly: cloth finger covers are useful for those who are not so used to this kind of fishing. Polarized sunglasses are very important since there might be good chances for sight casting.
We will provide you with a selection of fly patterns, as well as a modest supply of backup tackle at very competitive prices. If you wish to bring your own flies, we recommend:
- Wet flies:
Big Saltwater Streamers are usually the norm.
Colors: Black, Black and Chartreuse/Red/Yellow, Red/Black, Purple and Black with plenty of flashabou.
Deceivers traditionally work very well.
Other well-known patterns such as Lefty’s Half and Half, Whistlers, Cock-Roaches and Clouser Minnows are excellent choices as well.
Poppers & Divers in similar color patterns have proven very effective in certain conditions.
All flies should have a generous quantity of flat, wide holographic flashabou. Weed guards, though not a must, have proven to be quite useful.
Size: from 2/0
Large Bombers, frogs, soft foam poppers, pencil poppers, deer hair poppers, Chernobyl ants and large bass or pike bugs.
Bring a selection of different colors as shade is often more important than style.
Mouse patterns have also proven to be successful in certain conditions.
Keep your hooks razor sharp. Delta Fishing Trips & Lodge strongly encourages the use of barbless hooks.
Spinning and Casting Equipment
Rods: An 8-foot 6-inch, two-handed medium- to heavy-action rod for 8- to 20-lb line will let you cast the 1/4 to 1 1/2 oz lures which we normally use. A 6-foot single-handed rod is also good for fishing pockets and smaller waters.
Reels: Open-face spinning reels are the easiest to use but, in experienced hands, bait casters can be even more accurate. Use ones with a high-speed retrieval ratio, as lures should be worked rapidly.
Leaders: Steel leaders are a must. Dorado have sharp teeth and a 5 to 10 inch, 20-30 lb test (Sampo) steel leader is needed. Don’t buy cheap leaders. We also recommend 10-20 pound monofilament line. Don’t plan to fish with braided lines; they tend to nick easily and weak spots are hard to detect.
Lures: The list is never-ending. Don’t be afraid to take your own and experiment. There’s always a chance that the lure you bring will change our way of fishing forever.
- Spoons, all colors; 1/4 to 2 oz silver and gold are very effective
- Rat-L-Trap, 1/4-3/4 oz
- Rapala Husky Jerk, 3/4 oz
- Rapala Jointed Minnow (very effective)
- Rapala Original Floating, 3/4 oz
- Rapala Rattlin Rap, 3/8 oz
- Daredevil Spoons, 2 oz
- Mepps Spinners, 1/2 oz
- Zara Spook
- Slugg-O Plastic Baits
- 1/4 to 3/4 oz Jigs with varied plastic bodies
- Any topwater prop bait
- Note: All sinking lures are better with weed guards
The summer climate in Buenos Aires is very hot. Normal “flats gear” is ideal, keeping in mind that long days in the sun are common, thus lightweight and light colored pants and shirts are best.
- Light colored trousers (full-length) and long sleeved shirts help protect you from the sun and insect bites
- A long-billed cap also protects you from the sun and enhances your vision
- Sunscreen is a must
- Many guests use sun-gloves and stripping guards
- Pack a light rain jacket as tropical showers are common
- On the boat, comfortable tennis shoes, tevas, flats boots, or canvas deck shoes are ideal
About the Dorado
Freshwater dorado or… Salminus maxillosus
The dorado is often described as a prehistoric salmon with the jaws of a pit bull terrier. You see that defenition a lot, because it is pretty accurate. The dorado are golden, they have a powerful set of jaws reminiscent of a dog, they are strong, and they jump. Pretty good recipe for a game fish isn’t it?
Dorado are hard-hitting, incredibly-strong, acrobatic fighters that has long been one of the most admired fish in South America; but it is almost completely unknown in the rest of the world. Outside of South America, the dorado suffers an identity crisis. Many anglers confuse this distinct gamefish with other species. Although the dorado’s body is reminiscent of the salmon, it is not at all related. The dorado does not die after spawning and never swims in the ocean. And while its common name is similar, the dorado is a freshwater gamefish and not to be confused with the saltwater “dolphin” fish (called ‘el dorado’ in many Spanish-speaking countries).
Dorado are exceptionally strong swimmers. They typically range in size from 5 to 10 pounds. In some fisheries, twenty pounders are common. The dorado’s intense, almost radiant, golden color is marked with holographic black horizontal stripes. This patterning, coupled with their powerful jaws and razor sharp teeth have earned the dorado the sobriquet “River Tiger” in Argentina. The dorado is a great jumper and a prodigious fighter. Once fooled with a fly or bait, their arm-wrenching strike is a testament to their aggressiveness and ferocity. As soon as an angler sets the hook, these wild leapers explode out of the water in a series of outrageous jumps.
About the Tararira
The tararira (Hoplias malabaricus) is a gamefish native to Argentina and popular among regional flyfishers. Its behavior is comparable to pike or largemouth bass. Mainly living in quiet shallow waters, they provide great top-water action and are known for acrobatic jumps. Although tararira are aggressive at times, they can also be a challenge. For instance, over the course of a day they’ll go from ignoring flies, to attacking a swimming duck. Quality fish in this area range from 3 to 6 pounds, but 10+ pounders have been caught. Ultimately, tararira are a unique gamefish that grow large, provide great sport, and are yours to discover.
Each room has a private bathroom. Single rooms are a possibility and available under request. If you would like one, please make the request prior to your trip.
$350 per person/night inclusive lodging costs at Delta Lodge