April 2016

Pira Lodge – End of Season 2016

Pira Fishing

The Dream Season Seasons, just like the name implies, are all about change. Some are challenging, where rewards are hard won. Others are easier, where seemingly every cast comes with the promise of a hard-pulling dorado. Seasons are about weather: Too much rain. Never enough rain. And seasons are about the fish. Where were they? Did they bite? And how much did they weigh? This past season at Pira Lodge was all of the above, but more than any one individual seasonal-ism, 2016 will be remembered for its great overall fishing. It was a dream season for all those involved. It’s always great to get back to the marsh to see how big the dorado are getting. This year our guides and clients found some HUGE ones. Starting in January we found healthy numbers large fish. High-water conditions also gave us ample opportunity to explore outside the main river and fish small channels that are typically dry. We found some spectacular mousing for mega dorado in these skinny-water haunts. February was also fantastic at Pira. With water levels dropping and cooling, golden dorado became active and aggressive. Stormy days with sweeping atmospheric pressure changes made the dorado go wild. Fishing in the marsh came to life with some exciting surface action. The Corrientes River, on the other hand, also fished well. We saw many fish in the 5- to 10-pound class, with a good number of 11- to 15-pound dorado. A special mention must be made of our Russian guest who landed a beastly 21.5 pounder, which is an excellent fish for Pira. Or anywhere for that matter. The good fishing theme continued through March—in the marsh and on the river and its productive side channels. It was a month of great visual takes and some great fish. Notably, another […]

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Alto Paraná Fishing Report – March 2016

This season has been an interesting ride, considering we had one of the highest water years on the Parana I’ve ever seen: from a booming beginning of January, to almost normal levels in mid-February, to higher than ever the first week of March. Despite the conditions, the fishing was surprisingly good. Not easy, but rewarding. We had weeks during which clients had many hookups. We also had slower weeks when some species were off, and others saved the day. Those hero fish often came in the form of BIG pira pita. We consistently found strong, healthy fish in good numbers. Most of them were taken on mouse patterns, and the eats were dynamite. Pacu, on the other hand, were elusive. High water gave them a lot of room to hide. But fishing improved markedly when water levels temporarily dropped last month. Dorado remain the kings of the Parana. From feeding frenzy situations to long drifts along holding spots where they wait to ambush prey, we found success with a selection of large and small streamers—even mouse patterns. We want to thank all of our guests who worked so hard while keeping spirits up through some difficult conditions. We hope to see you again soon on this amazing part of the Paraná River. The Best, Fabian Anastasio Fishing Manager at Alto Paraná Lodge  

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Alto Paraná Lodge: End of Season

Alto Paraná Lodge – Fishing Report End of Season 2014-2015 This season water levels were higher, but more stable than last year. Baitfish schools benefitted, spreading out along the banks, up and down the Alto Paraná River system. In January we still caught fish despite some severe rainstorms and marginal water clarity. By February and through the month of March conditions improved. Pacú fishing, for instance, was superb. Almost all guests caught at least one of these strong fighters, most of them on fruit flies, and many of them while sight-casting in clear water. They were cruising the banks in good numbers this year. Pira Pita fishing, on the other hand, was more inconsistent, but we still caught some amazing specimens on dry flies. These hard fighters are becoming a favorite with both new and returning flyfishers. As for BIG Dorado, Alto Paraná continues to produce… not every day, not every session, but those who put time and effort into the equation are often rewarded. Large dorado were active this summer, and we hooked some nice ones casting to baitfish schools. We also landed a few “golden torpedoes” while wading the river’s skinny sandbanks and intricate side channels. Line control, fast retrieves, strip-sets, accurate casting, and patience…. that’s dorado fishing. When it all comes together, prepare for the pull! We’re looking forward to seeing you next season. Fabian Anastasio Fishing Manager, Alto Paraná Lodge For more Fishing Report click HERE

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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 […]

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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

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