March 2016


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 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  

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