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FISH STORY: AN EXTRAVAGANT OR INCREDIBLE TALE

  FISH STORY: AN EXTRAVAGANT OR INCREDIBLE TALE by Eric Ladd In the heart of northern Argentina lies the kingdom of the Dorado, spanning from Pira Lodge on the Ibera Marshlands, to Delta Lodge where the Paraná River empties into the Atlantic. In between, anglers encounter the largest Dorado on Planet Earth during their annual migrations. Join Mountain Outlaw Magazine as they adventure through our family of Golden Dorado lodges. Find the full article in this link: http://www.mtoutlaw.com/a-fish-story/

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At the edge of the world by Chad Shmukler

Images: Chad Shmukler and Earl Harper.  Words: Chad Shmukler. Tierra del Fuego, the windswept archipelago at the tip of South America, might rightly be called the edge of the world. Separated from the rest of the South American continent by the Straights of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost location on the entire globe one can reach without crossing the ship and sailor-swallowing Furious Fifties and making landfall on Antarctica. Split roughly down the middle, the western portions of Tierra del Fuego which border the Pacific Ocean belong to Chile, while the bulk of the eastern, Atlantic-facing lands are controlled by Argentina. The archipelago’s western reaches, predominated by small islands, are mostly mountainous, wet and sparsely inhabited. But the region’s largest island, which lies to its north and east and is separated from the rest of the archipelago by the Beagle Channel (named after the HMS Beagle, the vessel that carried Charles Darwin on his historic voyage of exploration) is a large, contiguous, semi-arid, mostly low-lying land mass. ABOVE Though Tierra del Fuego’s countless rivers and streams, which flow through austere landscapes and seemingly endless grasslands, first drew Chilean and Argentine settlers seeking to graze sheep and cattle, today they draw anglers from all over the globe, thanks to their well-held reputation as offering some of the finest trout fishing on the entire planet (photos: Earl Harper). ABOVE Despite the region’s extreme latitude, which keep Tierra del Fuego’s summers cooler than anywhere else on the South American continent, winters are relatively mild. As a result, the archipelago supports a diverse population of wildlife including these guanacos (a wild, close relative of the llama), fox, beaver, and almost 100 species of birds (photo: Chad Shmukler). View the rest of the story at Hatch Magazine

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Fly fishing in the Land of fire – by Evan Mcglinn

In the snow-capped Andes of nearby Chile, the Rio Grande flows through desolate lowland made up of sheep-farming estancias. There is little sign of man in this part of Argentina. Yet the remote locale features some of the largest brown trout in the world. Every fly fisherman owes a debt of gratitude to a troutloving Brit named John Goodall. He’s the chap who single handedly imported today’s massive sea-run brown trout into Argentina’s Rio Grande River in Tierra del Fuego. It’s a remote destination now so coveted by anglers that many are willing to endure 24 hours (or more) of travel just for a chance to cast to these brutes, which sometimes tip the scales at over 20 pounds. The river is responsible for five worldrecord brown trout—the largest being 35 pounds, 2 ounces caught in 1998. Fish ranging in size from 27 to 35 pounds are caught each season. Every week, 20-pound fish are caught and released. “You will probably catch more big fish in one week here than you will in your entire lifetime,” says Richard White, an avid angler from London who fished here in March. He confesses the biggest trout he ever caught back home was a little more than 8 pounds. Argentina’s Rio Grande River is responsible for five world-record brown trout— the largest being 35 pounds, 2 ounces caught in 1998 From Buenos Aires, fishermen typically fly three and a half hours on an Aerolíneas Argentinas flight to Ushuaia— the southernmost city in the world and a jumping-off spot for exploring Antarctica. From there it’s a four-hour car ride or a 35-minute hop via helicopter ($1,700/ three passengers), depending on which lodge they booked. The anglers coming here “are a very unique fishermen,” says Hank Ingram, a South American expert for travel outfitter Frontiers […]

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The 10 Best Fly-fishing Lodges Around the World

Top Ten Lodges in the world – and we are on it twice! We are so happy and proud to see two of our lodges on this famed list. Kau Tapen Lodge on the very first place – that, after 35 years of world-class brown trout fishing, has not lost any of its charm. And Abaco Lodge – now world-renowned saltwater destination in the Bahamas – made it on the sixth place! This would not be possible without our dear guests, who help us constantly improve our service and to keep the standard as high as possible. What a great motivation! Read the article 

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PIRA LODGE: ARGENTINA

A Week in the Corrientes Marshland Hunting Golden Dorado at Pira Lodge Pursuing the elusive salminus brasiliensis, the golden dorado, at Pira Lodge in Northern Argentina is an experience that expertly blends unapologetically wild environments with a level of luxury and comfort that is near impossible to find at a fishing lodge Article by Kathryn Fensterstock Read the article

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You’re gotta see it to believe it!

For several years now, we at Nervous Waters Fly Fishing have been expounding the virtues of fishing one of the world’s greatest ecological water systems ——-The Ibera Marshlands of Argentina.  The expanse of this mostly unexplored area is hard to imagine.  An area consisting of 3,000,000 acres, an area of more than 4,600 square miles, an area 4 times larger than the entire state of Rhode Island.  This virtually untapped fishing paradise is made up of crystal clear rivers, lakes, marshes and lagoons.  It is here where you will find what is arguably the hardest fighting and most beautiful fresh water fish species in all the world- the Golden Dorado.  This is where Nervous Waters Fly Fishing built it’s spectacular PIRA LODGE. The following article was written by Kate Fensterstock for TODAY’S FLYFISHER magazine.  Kate came to PIRA LODGE to experience the beauty of the Ibera Marshlands and experience it’s spectacular Golden Dorado fishing.  We hope you enjoy the following and invite you to experience PIRA LODGE for yourself. Read the article

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A Golden Opportunity

A Golden Opportunity story Kathryn Fensterstock photos Fly Fishing Nation Angler Kate Fensterstock recently joined us at Pira Lodge, in the Ibera Marsh. Here, in the pages of Country & Town House magazine, she recounts her breathtaking transformation from chalkstream trout chaser to jungle dorado huntress.   Read the article

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Gold Rush

Gold Rush story Kathryn Fensterstock photos Fly Fishing Nation   Be sure to check out the new issue of DUN Magazine for its colorful feature story on Pira Lodge, in the Ibera Marsh. The piece, entitled “Gold Rush”, details the great dorado fishing in the region. Plus it’s jam packed with stunning shots.   “Quietly crawling through marshland with my rod balanced on my shoulder and doing my best to stay out of sight, I was reminded of stalking chalk stream trout in the British countryside, not a technique I had anticipated when fishing for the aggressive golden dorado in the Ibera Marsh of Northern Argentina. But, I was in fact after salminus brasiliensis, and this morning’s delicate roll casting in the small and intricate channels of the marshland was one example of how golden dorado fishing constantly keeps an angler on their toes, trying new techniques in varied environments”. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE

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Season Fishing

A Fly in the Curtains

By Doug Larsen Copyright 2013 In 1984, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. Madonna was a controversial twenty-something pop star as she performed her hit, “Holiday” on American Bandstand. The blockbuster movie of that year was Ghostbusters, and it was no big deal to drive to the theater to see it, gasoline was a buck a gallon. Oblivious to the political and social activity over 6000 miles away in the United States, a woman in Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, the tiny island separated from the larger land mass of Argentina by the infamous Straits of Magellan, had been listening to the opinions of several respected Argentine anglers. Based upon their recommendations she was in the final stages of completing a plan. A year or two after the end of Argentina’s disastrous and bumbling war for the Falkland Islands (just a few hundred miles offshore of Tierra del Fuego) she was about to launch a fishing lodge on the Rio Grande, where she and her family owned land along the river. She proposed to introduce the sport fishing world to the huge sea run trout of Tierra del Fuego. While salmon angling trips to Iceland and trout fishing vacations in New Zealand are seen as commonplace among today’s discriminating global angler, in 1984 fly fishing travel was in it’s infancy. Sea run trout were known only to the British, the Norwegians, and to a few knowledgeable local estancieros in Tierra del Fuego. The few others that knew about the fishery were the well-traveled fly-fishing illuminati of the time–the likes of Joe Brooks, Jorge Donovan, and Juan “Bebe” Anchorena. They had insider information about the big trout, because ranching family members knew that the fish that had been planted there in1935 by John Goodall had grown, gone to the […]

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Fishing in Bahamas

Fly Fusion Magazine

Fly Fusion Magazine recently spotlighted the spectacular flats fishing at Abaco Lodge. For those planning fall trips to the Marls, this bonefish-rich photoessay by Daniel Shepler is sure to get you fired up. “This barracuda was spotted laid up, so we grabbed the trusty Redington Vapen Black pre-rigged with top water popper. The fly was placed just off the bow of the fish and we all watched as the fish exploded, head out of the water, for the popping surface fly…”   Read the article

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