February 2016


Alto Paraná Fishing Report – January 2016

The Parana River was much higher than usual to start the season due to heavy rains in Brazil and northeastern Argentina. But lately it’s been dropping into form and conditions are improving. Migrating schools of dorado have been pushing baitfish upstream, moving quickly along the banks and attacking wayward sabalo. We’ve had success tracking their movements and targeting the feeding frenzies throughout the day. Pira pita fishing has been fantastic on mouse patterns, Chernobyl ants, and other large dry-fly imitations. Fish size is better than it’s ever been. Pacu fishing has been more difficult, on the other hand. But as river flows stabilize we expect the action to escalate, especially when the fruit starts falling more frequently providing more opportunity for pacu to feed on top. In addition to the above-mentioned species, we’ve already landed four chafalotes this season—an amazing (and rare) freshwater predator to catch on the fly!   Best, Fabian Anastasio Alto Parana Fishing Manager  

Read More

A Golden Era

Three dorado lodges add even more variety to our bustling lodge portfolio. And with that variety comes another year of challenge, excitement, new hot spots, and an array of highlights you don’t want to miss reading about.   PIRA LODGE The beginning of the season at Pira Lodge was marked by rollercoaster weather, which kept us all on our toes. When heavy rains raised the marsh by 3 feet, the fish spread out and it was our job to find them. And so we did! The best fishing is still in the Corriente River, throwing large streamers on sinking lines. Another productive technique has been “drift-casting” from the boat, using floating lines. This gives marauding dorado plenty of opportunity to first spot and then smash the fly. Fish landed so far have been in PRIME condition… leading to many smiles this season. At this point conditions keep improving—with a spike in numbers, as well as larger dorado showing up in the catch stats. Seems like the best is yet to come… ALTO PARANA LODGE Scouting at the beginning of the season is exciting as always. This year, maybe more so. For starters, ideal water levels ushered in a plethora of early-returning baitfish. This phenomenon of course made for some happy, active dorado. Large pira pita, on the other hand, were caught using small streamers, while pacu populations had been busy fattening up on floating fruit. Not a bad start! Now that the season is in full swing, expectations have been met and even exceeded. The river keeps getting clearer by the day since the sun moved in and ushered away recent rains. Water temps are a bit warmer and levels are about normal—calling for longer leaders and lighter tippets. Big pira pita on dry flies is also back on the agenda! We’ve been successful sight- casting for them in narrow side-channels. Similarly, we’re also seeing more Pacu, where […]

Read More

Alto Paraná Lodge – Fishing Report

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Nervous Waters Alto Paraná Lodge Fishing Report – January 2015 – By Fabián Anastasio The river is getting clearer by the day since the sun moved in and ushered away recent rains. Water temps are a bit warmer and levels are about back to normal—calling for longer leaders and lighter tippets. Big pira pita and dry-fly fishing are also back on the agenda! We’ve had good success sight-casting for them in narrow side-channels. Similarly, we’re also seeing more pacu, where wet and dry “fruit flies” make for fun fishing. Last, and definitely not least, dorado have been cruising shorelines and corralling large baitfish schools. They’re on the hunt… and so are we! The guide team has been busy designing new flies for the season: a big, buggy, and ultra-buoyant dry fly for pacu and pira pita and some deadly foam fruit imitations with enough “slash” to provoke savage responses. Smaller streamers for large, wary dorado are also being tweaked and tested. And some days they work better than the big Andino Deceivers. The arsenal continues to evolve. We look forward to catching up with you on the water soon. Fabián Anastasio Alto Paraná Lodge fishing report For more Fishing Report click HERE

Read More

Pacu @ Alto Parana Lodge

Posted on February 4, 2015 by Nervous Waters Alto Parana Lodge is one of the most emblematic “estancias” in Corrientes Province and hosts anglers in the search of diversity, challenge, and adrenaline. The video, just another day in paradise! Check out other Fly Fishing videos at Nervous Waters’ YouTube Channel

Read More