December 2017


Introducing a Bigger Dorado Experience

We’re proud to announce our new partnership with Paraná River Outfitters (PRO)  PRO melds one of Argentina’s most established outfitters with arguably the finest golden dorado guides worldwide. Situated on the middle section of the Río Paraná– South America’s second longest river–this subtropical winter fishery (from June 20 to November 5) targets the river’s legendary dorado migration. The annual inflow of Sábalo brings the season to life. Aggressive dorado gorge on the baitfish, growing to sizes of 10 to 40+ lbs. After two full years of scouting, guides are keyed in on the fish habits and on their holding waters. You’ll sight-fish to monsters prowling the river’s long sandbars. You’ll explore remote backwater creeks. And you’ll cover everything from woody structure to cut-banks and deep channels. Fishing is an all-day event, with lunch served on the water, followed by a siesta. Custom Carolina Skiffs feature a double-deck design built specifically for the Paraná. Skiffs are captained by tenured bilingual guides. Fly and conventional tackle are both highly effective. Being on the Middle Paraná during the peak of the dorado migration is an unprecedented opportunity to target the river’s largest fish during a mostly untapped timeframe. We at Nervous Waters and our team at PRO are thrilled to introduce you to a new season on a truly special fishery.

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Pirá Lodge: Oct – Nov, 2017

A Stellar Start at Pira Lodge  We began the season with relatively high water levels in both the Corrientes River and the Ibera Marsh headwaters. Ample flows gave us the ability to re-explore many of the channels that had for years been too low to maneuver into. Little by little, water levels, however, have dropped. And we’re now finding most fish in the main channels and the lagoons. The dorado we’ve so far caught have been identified as resident fish. The migration has been somewhat delayed, but we’re expecting it to ramp up soon—which will mean an influx of fresh fish. Baitfish are currently hustling up the Corrientes River. That means the dorado aren’t far behind. In the marsh, top-water flies have been working very well, especially mini-poppers and mouse patterns. In the Corrientes, as per usual, the Andino Deceiver continues to kill it. Poppers and divers have also moved some nice fish. But really, any kind of deceiver—in black/yellow or orange/chartreuse—is a good choice. Lighter color combos such as white/yellow and white/green have worked well, too. What lines? It’s been a matter of floating varieties for the marsh, and floating and sinking lines for the river. Water clarity is crystal right now, so we’re recommending long leaders—between 8 and 10 feet. -Fabian Anastasio

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Dorado On The Fly In Argentina: A Round Trip

Nervous Water’s Pirá Lodge, located in the Ibera Marshlands, near the headwaters of the Corriente River, was the first operation built for anglers wanting to exclusively target freshwater dorado on the fly. Today, the company offers three unique, first-class programs fully dedicated to the species. This diversity allows us to craft combination trips that allow you to explore a variety of Argentina’s best dorado waters.   WHY A ROUND TRIP?   Dorado, due to how they react to seasonal conditions, are one of those species that requires patience and planning. By booking a combination trip with Nervous Waters, you increase your odds of catching more fish. You also broaden your fishing horizons, seeing new riverscapes, learning new techniques, and exploring an array of prime dorado habitats. These trips are not only educational, they’re the makings of a true adventure.   ALTO PARANÁ LODGE – Chase freshwater’s grandest slam Based out of a classic estancia on the upper section of the iconic Parana River, Alto Paraná Lodge is another dorado fishing must-see. Casting from custom made skiffs to bankside structure in the main river and across intimate tributaries is the standard. Considered slightly more technical than the waters of the Ibera, experienced casters will enjoy using floating lines and, sometimes, dry flies. A trophy-size dorado is the reward for flawless executions… and not just a random casualty. Our waters typically run clear/green and the fishing is done mostly casting under and right next to logs and near-shore structure-both prospecting and sight-fishing. In addition to dorado, these are some of the best waters in Argentina to experience two of the most interesting native species in the basin: pirá pitá and pacú. Both grow large, fight hard, and can be taken on dry flies.   PIRA LODGE – Your search for gold starts […]

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Stellar fishing in the Southern Hemisphere starts here: Argentina and Chile

At Nervous Waters we know that you love variety; catching a range of bucket-list species, experiencing new places and their unique cultures. That’s why we run 7 fly-fishing lodges around Argentina and Chile–so no matter what the “winter alert” weather is doing back home, we can bring you on a trip of a lifetime to the Rio Grande, where the sea-run brown trout migration is just about to detonate in a BIG WAY, or to the Ibera Marshlands where the dorado fishing is on fire. This winter, escape the same-old cold and enjoy sea-runs in Tierra del Fuego (December through March), brown trout in Patagonia, or dorado in the Ibera Marshlands (November through March). And remember, any of these itineraries can be made into a combo by including a day or two at Delta Lodge. Our summer is prime time for targeting a variety of fish species on the fly. We have a few remaining spots available at each lodge. Don’t miss out. Kau Tapen Lodge Sea-run brown trout, Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina 7 nights and 6 days fishing January 27th – February 3rd: 1 rod February 10th – 17th: 1 rod February 24th – March 3rd: 1 rod March 3rd – 10th: 3 rods Villa María Lodge Sea-run brown trout, Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina 7 nights and 6 days fishing March 9th – 16th: 2 rods March 16th – 23rd: 1 rod March 23rd – 30th: 4 rods Pirá Lodge Dorado, Ibera Marshlands, Corrientes, Argentina 5 nights and 4 days fishing April 3rd – 8th: 4 rods 6 nights and 5 days fishing February 18th – 24th: 2 rods 7 nights and 6 days fishing March 3rd – 10th: 6 rods April 7th – 14th: 4 rods Alto Paraná Lodge Dorado, Ituzaingó, Corrientes, Argentina 5 nights and 4 days fishing February 19th – 24th: 4 rods March 9th – […]

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Dorado Fishing Resources

Ever thought of going Golden Dorado fishing? The season is just getting started at Pira Lodge. Here are some great resources to learn more about dorado fishing:  

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DORADO TIPS: MAKING YOUR CASTS COUNT

Those new to freshwater dorado fishing are sometimes intimidated by the bigger flies we use for these fish, and are oftentimes unsure about how to cast them. Don’t panic. Those 2/0 streamers that are the all-rounders for the species, and even larger flies, can be as enjoyable to cast as smaller flies with lighter tackle. The key is to fish a balanced rig. With the right balance between rod, line, and leader, casting becomes less daunting. In fact, a well-balanced rig is empowering, helping make you a better caster. The most common mistake we see is anglers using a tippet or leader material that’s too thin or light for the weight of the fly, plus the wire. Unless you’re looking for small dorado, or using a light or ultralight approach (which by the way can be really cool), you shouldn’t use mono or fluorocarbon that is less than 20-pound test. Except for those special situations when dorado may become leader shy, 30-pound test is the standard. Another “trick” is to fish a line one size bigger than the rod weight. Most modern, fast-action rod designs cast well with the heavier line. And this kind of setup helps you load the rod more quickly and turnover a larger streamer more effectively. If you’re unsure of your casting ability, it’s also a good idea to start practicing during the lead up to your trip. You don’t even need water. Lawn casting in your backyard, or at a local park, is great for perfecting your stroke and tightening those loops. Use pliers to pinch off the whole hook bend to prevent accidents or snagging, then tie on the fly. Use your whole arm when casting rods from 7-weight on up. Bring your back-cast skyward, wait for the line to go straight, then punch it forward. And be sure to learn both the double-haul and the strip set. […]

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Great News for Trout Anglers

The two finest outfitters in South America have joined forces, and Nervous waters is excited to announce an exclusive collaboration with Patagonia River Guides (PRG) at our Northern Patagonia Lodge (NPL) operation. By joining together, Nervous Waters and Patagonia River Guides bring the best in guiding, water access, and amenities to anglers seeking to fish the legendary waters of Northern Patagonia.  Like Nervous Waters-Patagonia River Guides has revolutionized guided fishing in Patagonia-employing only the best equipment, service and safety standards that are cutting edge, with the best tented camps anywhere outside of Alaska. This insures that no matter where Nervous Waters clients fish in Argentina, they are assured the highest quality sport, service, accommodations, and amenities. About Nervous Waters: Nervous Waters operates fine fishing lodges in three countries, Argentina, Chile, and the Bahamas, where each lodge raises the bar for great fishing, accommodations, and regional services. In addition, all of our well-appointed lodges have been uniquely designed to complement the setting in which they are located, and we focus on two things-great fishing and great service. About Patagonia River Guides (PRG): The Patagonia River Guides experience is a unique blend of inspired guiding, varied fishing, beautiful scenery, interesting culture, lasting friendships and unrivaled service. There are few places in the world where you can enjoy the diversity and quality of trout-fishing offered in Patagonia, but careful planning and execution are critical to getting the most out of your fishing trip. PRG’s philosophy to fishing is straightforward: fish the best rivers at the best times with the best guides. Northern Patagonia Lodge: Northern Patagonia Lodge’s location in the heart of Northern Patagonia makes it the strategic hub for visiting anglers from around the world. In addition to floating and wade-fishing the Chimehuin river, you’ll also find incomparable trout fishing on the nearby Collon Cura and Alumine rivers, as well as on trophy lakes such as […]

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Fish the Best of the Bahamas: Abaco & Bair’s Lodges

Want to fish the Bahamas? Between Abaco and Bair’s lodges, we have access to some of the best flats fishing in The Bahamas. And if wading is your thing, Bair’s Lodge is your place. The southern end of South Andros has seemingly infinite flats, perfect for stepping off the skiff and stretching your legs, while searching for tails. Species diversity, or the ultra-rare Bahamas Grand Slam? Abaco is the spot. While we call it a bonefishery first, we also have healthy populations of tarpon and permit. Best news is those permit tend to be massive. We have the best luck with permit and tarpon in the fall and summer, when big moons move both species onto the flats.   Trophy hunting? That’s a tougher call. While South Andros has the larger average size, both locations produce monster bones. The West Side of Andros is a national park and has long been known as the Land of the Giants. And while the Marls isn’t known for giants, other parts of Abaco that we fish are. From Moore’s Island to Carters Cay, with some effort, that magical double-digit fish will be found. Numbers? If you’re into catching, we have you covered. The Marls National Park is our backyard at Abaco Lodge. It has one of the greatest densities of bonefish in the Caribbean. If numbers are your game, it’s a safe bet. And although the skiff runs are a little farther, the Southern Flats of South Andros is another place to check your bonefish box… over and over.  Available Dates  Abaco Lodge October 28th-November 1st: 4 rods November 27th-December 1st: 4 rods December 4th-9th: 2 rods March 1st-6th: 4 rods Bair’s Lodge October 19th – 24th: 4 rods November 25th – 30th: 4 rods November 30th – December 4th: 4 rods March 3rd-10th: 2 rods March […]

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Iberá Marshlands, Argentina: Freshwater Dorado Fly Fishing.

  Morphology: The Iberá Marshland, located in Corrientes Province in northeastern Argentina, is the world’s second largest wetlands system after Brazil’s Pantanal. Difficult access makes it a celebrated wilderness stronghold. In 1983, it was designated a Provincial Natural Reservoir, making it Argentina’s largest protected area. Its headwaters slowly flow in a southwesterly direction, eventually merging to become the Corriente River, an important tributary of the Paraná River. The system is a dorado fishing sanctuary, defined by its natural beauty. Species: There are numerous fish species swimming through the Ibera. But in terms of angling, the dorado is the most heralded. For those who enjoy stepping out of the mainstream experience, there are other interesting opportunities. Pira pita, tararira, surubi, to name a few—plus a long list of smaller exotic species for ultralight fishing enthusiasts. Size: In recent years, the Ibera system is where most 8- to 15-pound dorado have been landed on flies. Most of them with floating fly lines. There have also been good numbers of larger fish caught, reaching upwards of 15 to 20+ pounds. Privacy: Although there are technically no “private waters” in the system, tough access provides shelter from human impact. It’s highly likely that guests will not see another boat during their visit. Encounters with other anglers, from other lodges, are not an issue here. Fishing Techniques: From Pirá Lodge, we can fish two different types of waters: the Ibera Marsh, and the Corriente River and its headwaters. Fishing in the marsh is always from our Hells Bay flats skiffs, quietly drifting through clear water streams and channels while your guide uses a push pole to put you in casting range. This is an all floating-line experience. Sometimes even floating flies. And oftentimes, with good chances for sight-casting. At the river and headwaters, if the […]

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Gear we love – What’s in your box? All you need for your bonefish trip to the Bahamas

Gearing up for fishing trips is half the fun – ok, not quite half as much fun as pulling on a bonefish but it’s still fun.  Most people want to overthink their fly selection for the Bahamas.  These five patterns are all you need to get those fish to eat when you come to South Andros or Abaco.  Don’t overthink it, if you tie one of these on and put it in the right place the fish will eat. Puglisi spawning shrimp–  Far from a secret anymore this is our number one fly.  It has all the magic, translucent, lifelike, hint of orange.  This one gets fish to light up.  We like it in tan, sz 4 and 6 with beadchain eyes, get a few with lead eyes too just in case.  We cut off the weed guards as long as there isn’t any turtle grass. Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp– Simple, clean, no flash.  You can tie this one on and leave it for the week. Classic Gotcha – Never leave home without it!  Invented in the Bahamas by Jim McVay. We use bigger sizes for sharks and permit too.  Throwing on some rubber legs doesn’t hurt either. Micro Crab – you always need a superlight fly you can float into fish tailing in ankle deep water.  This one is it.  Tan size 8.  It lands so soft you can put it right on the nose when they are digging in and feeding. Chicone’s Coyote Ugly– Drew’s the real deal when it comes to custom bugs.  We order from him before all of our adventures, nothing beats custom ties.  You can too here.  This one is staple and is now commercially available from Umpqua.

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