Dorado have long been one of the most admired fish in South America; but for many years they were lesser-known to the rest of the world. Recently, they’ve found fame with traveling fly anglers who appreciate solid takes on streamers and exciting sight-fishing opportunities.
Although the Dorado’s body is similar to a salmon’s, the two species are not related. Unlike salmon, these fish never swim to the ocean. And while its common name is similar, the Dorado is a freshwater gamefish and not to be confused with the Mahi-Mahi which is also called ‘El Dorado’ in many Spanish-speaking countries.
Dorado typically range in size from 5-to-10 pounds. In some fisheries, much larger fish are common. The dorado is an acrobatic jumper and a prodigious fighter. Once fooled with a fly, their arm-wrenching strike is a testament to their ferocity. Join us at Pirá Lodge, Suindá Lodge, Delta Eco-Lodge or at Paraná River Outfitters and experience their power for yourself.