FISH STORY: AN EXTRAVAGANT OR INCREDIBLE TALE by Eric Ladd In the heart of northern Argentina lies the kingdom of the Do..
Throughout the season, river flows fluctuated: ranging from low to normal levels. More rain than usual made for some challenging fishing, at times and we’ve seen everything from very productive sessions to some complex scenarios. Crystal clear water at times equaled spooky, careful fish, and we had to adjust our techniques accordingly for consistent results.
River levels are crucial to dorado migration. This fish is propelled upstream to spawn by surges in spring flows. After spawning they feed and recover, returning to their wintertime haunts. This year’s dorado population appears to have been incredibly healthy, a sign of a prodigious spawning season. Not only did we find dorado in good numbers, but baitfish populations were also abundant, including big schools of baby pira pita. Many small dorado were seen and caught, as well as some smaller pacu—lurking under their favorite fruit trees.
Apart from these young populations of gamefish, some of the biggest fish we’ve ever seen were landed this summer. We caught dorado weighing up to 30+ pounds. And we landed several large pacu, including a 15.5-pounder.
These have been exciting times and we’re looking forward to seeing with the Parana River brings us next season.
—Fabian Anastasio, Fly Fishing Guide