Pirá Lodge

Technical Fishing for Golden Dorado

Presentation Depending on the weather conditions and environment requires different presentations. For instance casting close quarters for Dorado in very calm water with little wind when the Dorados are less active requires a very different technique. The angler is required to present the fly with as little disturbance as possible. This means the cast should allow the fly and line to land without dissipating large volumes of water. During the retrieve the rod tip should be positioned under the water. This will allow the fly to be stripped without the line creating heavy disturbance on the water. However during times when the Dorado is active a heavy presentation on the surface of the water can attract the fish more. During times with high winds the presentation is not as important. This is due to water already having a lot of turbulence on the surface because of the wind. This therefore masks the disturbance made when the fly and line is presented on the water. The strip also doesn’t need to be as delicate as fishing with no wind. Casting Casting requires a different approach depending on the environment. For instance casting in the Parana river at large logs and trees near the bank requires a technical approach. When casting at the logs it is important to try and make casts both in front and behind the logs. This requires a cast close behind the log and a little in front. It is important to remember to compensate for where your fly land to allow the fly to pass the log. When casting at trees it is always good to try and present the fly under the tree near the bank to cover as much water as possible and secondly as fish use this habitat as cover. This is achieved by […]

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First Campaign to Iberá Marshlands

In march 2015 the first campaign was held in southern Esteros del Ibera in order to begin studying the feasibility of work during the following season Furthermore, within 5 days of fieldwork, several actions listed below were made: The first series of fishery data taken by guides from Pira Lodge were collected. The data were taken experimentally in early season using a specific Fisheries Information System (SIP). Was discussed with the guides the viability of notebooks designed to see if a change of format in order to optimize the collection of data was necessary. Management practices are also discussed when caught a fish that generate the lowest possible damage prior to its release. We worked in the fishing area used by the operation, mapping capture sites, transit and other characteristics of ecological and fishing interest. Government authority were contacted in order to create a collaborative work environment through the convergence of interests. Basic training for guides and rangers was performed in the collection of data on water quality and catches measurements. Specimens marking tests were conducted. Contact with researchers who are working in the area to work with them was taken.   Thus contact with stakeholders in the area was taken, and the first impression of the feasibility of the studies obtained to reformulate activities if necessary. The main conclusion was that the SIP generated appropriate data to the objectives of this first part of the study. They were obtained data of fishing effort (hours), catch per unit effort (fish/hour), the proportion of species caught, their sizes, and weights, in time and space, which will be used the first fisherie analysis. Shortly, the first results will be here. – Miguel A. Casalinuovo

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Pirá Lodge: End of Season 2015

Posted on April 3, 2015 by Nervous Waters Fishing Report (End of Season 2015) – by José Antonio Caparrós   This season started a bit earlier than others, and when I arrived at the lodge it rained hard for several days. That was my welcome to the marsh—high water and blocked fishing beats due to floating debris. But the fish were there. We just had to find them. After the big storms departed, dorado had spread out all over the marsh chasing small sábalos, their favorite food. The guide crew and I began scouting with good results. We found large dorado lurking in the typical spots. It was very encouraging for us to see life in the river! Fishing improved despite high-water levels. In the mainstem river we fished sinking lines, like the Leviathan 300 grain. And in shallower sections of the marsh, we used floating lines on 6-weights, casting dry flies with good results. The dorado fishing really came into its own by mid-season. Calm, stable weather led to awesome fishing. During that time, Shya and Ariel Kane caught several Corriente River fish weighing up to 15 pounds. Jean and Keith Howman from Scotland also experienced great summer fishing, landing many up to 12 pounds. To finish the season, we welcomed Argentine biologist Miguel Casalinuvo, who’s working on a dorado conservation project with Nervous Waters. The guides and I helped by taking measurements and weighing the fish. We’ve also been busy tagging dorado in order to track their movements throughout the system. Overall, it’s been a great season. And we’re looking forward to more of the same next year. Can’t wait to see you on the water! TOTAL FISH CAUGHT: 236 DORADO TOTAL FISH FROM 10 TO 16 LBS : 27 DORADO Jose Caparros Pirá Lodge Fishing Manager For […]

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Introducing the first golden dorado tagged at Pira Lodge!

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Nervous Waters Introducing the first golden dorado tagged at Pira Lodge! The project is taking place in conjunction with National Park Rangers, who are using GPS technology to track fish as they move in and out of the marshlands. Back at the lodge, our guide team records additional details about timing, place, and fish size to help complete the picture. This bright 6 pounder is one of 236 golden dorado released so far this season—of which 27 weighed between 10 and 16 pounds.

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Pirá Lodge – February 2015

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Nervous Waters Pirá Lodge – Fishing Report   Fishing Report (Feb 1- 20, 2015) – by José Antonio Caparros During the last two weeks of February, water has retreated and the marsh is shaping up nicely. While moving from one fishing spot to the next, wildlife abounds—everything from capybara to caiman and birds of various species. We’re also finding fish, of course, with good numbers concentrated in the headwaters of the Corrientes River and up and down the “Escondido” channel. One client, Ariel Kane, recently landed a 15-pound dorado, and we’re seeing several in this hard-fighting size-class in those zones. Idyllic water conditions have also allowed us to experiment with different angling techniques. We’re finding success, for instance, with mouse patterns on floating lines in the side-channels. In addition, we’ve had fun “swinging” 300-grain sinking lines across the river, similar to sea-trout and salmon fishing. Totals for this period included 60 dorado, with 7 weighing between 12 and 15 pounds—which has made for some very happy guests and guides! —Jose Caparros, fly-fishing manager, Pira Lodge For more Fishing Report click HERE

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A Golden Era

Three dorado lodges add even more variety to our bustling lodge portfolio. And with that variety comes another year of challenge, excitement, new hot spots, and an array of highlights you don’t want to miss reading about.   PIRA LODGE The beginning of the season at Pira Lodge was marked by rollercoaster weather, which kept us all on our toes. When heavy rains raised the marsh by 3 feet, the fish spread out and it was our job to find them. And so we did! The best fishing is still in the Corriente River, throwing large streamers on sinking lines. Another productive technique has been “drift-casting” from the boat, using floating lines. This gives marauding dorado plenty of opportunity to first spot and then smash the fly. Fish landed so far have been in PRIME condition… leading to many smiles this season. At this point conditions keep improving—with a spike in numbers, as well as larger dorado showing up in the catch stats. Seems like the best is yet to come… ALTO PARANA LODGE Scouting at the beginning of the season is exciting as always. This year, maybe more so. For starters, ideal water levels ushered in a plethora of early-returning baitfish. This phenomenon of course made for some happy, active dorado. Large pira pita, on the other hand, were caught using small streamers, while pacu populations had been busy fattening up on floating fruit. Not a bad start! Now that the season is in full swing, expectations have been met and even exceeded. The river keeps getting clearer by the day since the sun moved in and ushered away recent rains. Water temps are a bit warmer and levels are about normal—calling for longer leaders and lighter tippets. Big pira pita on dry flies is also back on the agenda! We’ve been successful sight- casting for them in narrow side-channels. Similarly, we’re also seeing more Pacu, where […]

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2015 Fishing Reports

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