Pirá Pitá

Pirá Pitá

In northern Argentina there are two species belonging to the Brycon genus, both of them known in mainstream fishing culture as Pirá Pitás. Like dorado, they’re part of the Characidae Family and, among fly fishermen, they are distinguished by color: Pirá Pitá plateado or blanco (silver or white) and Pirá Pitá amarillo (yellow). The former is Brycon orbignyanus (Piracanjuba) and the latter is Brycon hilarii (Piraputanga). From a fishing standpoint, the balance between behavior, strength and physical characteristics make them two of the most interesting gamefish in South America. The upper section of the Parana River is one of the best places to catch Pirá Pitá. Anglers visiting the area with an 8-weight, in search of dorado, should also pack a 5- or 6-weight rod and some dry flies for encounters with the species. Being omnivorous, Pirá Pitá can be caught using a range of imitations, including those portraying insects, fruit, minnows, mice and even flowers. Be prepared for some very special surface takes.

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