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04-21-2010, 11:04 PM
Fishing Report: Freshwater Dorado at Estancia Cortaderas, Argentina

by John Bothwell
Among the best kept secrets for serious freshwater anglers is certainly the golden Dorado or Salminus Maxillosus of Argentina. Thought to be a distant cousin of the salmon, this freshwater novelty has been likened to Tarpon, Tuna and even Wahoo and is a must on the travel itinerary of any serious fisherman.
At Estancia Cortaderas guests fish out of the Parana River system which is the largest river in Argentina. The lodge is built on a cliff 150 feet above the river allowing guests accessibility to the riverbank in just a few minutes. While both fly cast and spinning are effective methods of Dorado fishing, most guests enjoy the former. While the Parana proper is an enormous waterway home to a variety of large vessels navigating into the interior of the country, its reach goes far beyond what one sees bank to bank. It is in the vast system of streams, tributaries and lagoons whose reach may take one far from the visible river that Estancia Cortaderas offers what many consider the finest Dorado fishing in Argentina.
The diversity of the complex system on the fringe of the river is what makes the fishing program unique in offering an angler any number of fishing scenarios. Casting from the boat or a bank or wading a small stream are all possible any given day. Anything between an 8 and 11 wt. saltwater rod can be used although it is typically recommended to use a 9 wt. with floating, intermediate and sink tip fly lines. The current Dorado world record holder who caught a 48 lb. fish in Argentina this year recommends Versi-Tip line from Rio which has choices for the head from floating to sinking. The seasons in Argentina are opposite of those in the U.S. meaning that October through March are warm weather months when the fishing is best. Weather in Entre Rios where Estancia Cortaderas is located is very comfortable in warmer months, making for enjoyable days spent on the water.
To hook one of these beasts is an experience in and of itself which can hardly be adequately described by words. Acrobatic leaps accompany finger burning runs as the Dorado tries to escape its fate. For more information about Estancia Cortaderas and its Dorado fishing packages, write to john@argentinasbesthunting.com (john@argentinasbesthunting.com) or call 949.783.6193.