Iberá Marshlands, Argentina

For many years one of Latin America’s most exciting game fish was kept a secret in its heartland. For over a decade now, the Golden Dorado or ‘River Tiger’ as it is affectionately known, has been discovered and has quickly become a one-of-a-kind fly-fishing experience.

Pira Lodge is located in Northern Argentina’s Iberá Marshlands and is protected by a natural preserve more than twice the size of the Florida Everglades. Fishing for Golden Dorado, one of the most voracious and beautiful species to swim the planet, takes place aboard a fleet of 16-foot Hell’s Bay flats skiffs. You’ll dodge caymans and catch freshwater Dorado in the 5-to 20- pound class on everything from dry flies to stripped streamers. When your fishing day’s done, decompress and take in a traditional asado at one of the finest lodges fishing has to offer. However, it is the electric take and dazzling fight of the Dorado that bring fishermen back year after year!


  • The first and most detail oriented fishing lodge specifically built for one of the most exciting gamefish in the world: the freshwater dorado.
  • Uniquely positioned and supremely comfortable lodge with direct access to the Iberá Marshlands – nearly three million acres of largely unexplored marshland, including creeks, rivers, lagoons and freshwater flats, all teeming with fish
  • Crystal clear water throughout the entire fishery throughout the season, which leads to great opportunities for sight fishing
  • Friendly, bilingual guides with knowledge about the Dorado and his habits, and years of experience boating in this vast natural reservoir
  • The only featured freshwater Dorado destination in South America with state of the art Hell’s Bay flats skiffs, to deliver anglers quickly and safely in the most remote areas of the fishery
  • A spectacular abundance of flora and fauna make for a naturalist and fisherman’s dream destination – over 350 bird species are seen regularly
  • Unique non angling activities in a tropical paradise include horseback riding, a sparkling swimming pool and bird watching, which combine to make a vacation within a vacation
  • Several transportation options exist for Pira Lodge. Arrive commercially or via a private charter directly to our private landing strip at the lodge


Coordinates: 28°44’01.8″S 58°03’38.1″W

The lodge is located in the Corrientes Province, Northeast Argentina, in the middle of the Ibera Marshlands, within 1,300,000 hectares of Natural Reserve. This area is twice the size of the Florida Everglades. The lodge sits right on the edge of a channel providing direct access to the marsh system and to the Corrientes River, located 15 min south of the lodge.

The Ibera Marshland is a vast system of non-polluted crystal-clear creeks, flowing rivers, shallows and lakes. The Province of Corrientes borders Uruguay, and enjoys one of Argentina’s subtropical climate patterns, with temperatures in the mid-80s early and late in the season. The Ibera Marshland is almost completely unexplored and uninhabited. It is home to more than 350 species of birds (e.g parrots, southern screamers, kingfishers, ibis, herons), 85 mammals and almost 70 reptiles, apart from an incredible abundance of flora. During your stay you will have a chance to see species such as capybara, river otters, Yacare (cayman), howler monkeys and marsh deer. If you are interested in spending extra time spotting the wildlife or the unique birdlife of the Ibera, please let the head guide know on arrival

Getting There

Guests fly into Buenos Aires and typically overnight there having spent a day touring this wonderful city. The lodge can be accessed from Buenos Aires by: – An overnight 1st class sleeper bus from Buenos Aires to Mercedes, arriving at 7am.

Once at Mercedes, a lodge representative will meet you and drive you 1.15 hrs to the lodge in a four-wheel drive. This is a comfortable option that also makes the best use of you time. Day rooms in a hotel, an evening meal and transport to the terminal can all be arranged on request. – Charter plane from Buenos Aires to Mercedes airport or to the lodge’s landing strip (weather permitting). The drive from Mercedes to the lodge takes 1 hour and 15 min by four-wheel drive.



Facilities & Services

The Lodge

Built with exquisite Corrientes style and pride, Pirá Lodge enjoys a spectacular panoramic view of the vast wetlands. It accommodates up to 10 guests in five deluxe rooms, each with a private entrance, private bath, two double beds, ceiling fans and air conditioning. A separate building, attached by covered walkways and open-air patios, accommodates the spacious living room, bar, and dining room areas—each with tall doors that open to the wide veranda. Pirá Lodge was designed by award-winning architects to respect traditional regional elegance—offering all of the comforts and luxuries of a contemporary hotel. Relax and enjoy a cocktail at any hour, and cool off in the outdoor swimming pool after a rewarding day of fishing.

Food and Drink

At Nervous Waters, our kitchens come to life through the use of fresh and regionally representative meats and produce. By combining these elements, we create delicious flavors and varied textures that harbor hidden stories and package traditions on each plate.

A top-notch team of experienced national and international chefs, trained in both classic and avant-garde culinary techniques, execute our food. With an artisan’s touch, chefs prepare every dish by scratch to be served at a minute’s notice. In addition, our inspired lunch and dinner menus are paired with some of Argentina’s—and the world’s—best wines, Bodega Catena Zapata.

In addition to our focus on fresh food with organic origins, we also celebrate our Argentine heritage with a wine partnership that brings truly world class wines to our lodges. We feel that the food we present and the wines we serve should mirror the sporting opportunities we offer—and be the very best available. While our vast country offers many options for traditional activities such as riding, hunting, eating good meats, and drinking good wines, we have chosen to blend fine food and outdoor activity at an even higher level. We feel our offerings from Bodega Catena Zapata blend perfectly into our harmonious niche in the sporting environment. Boasting many accolades from the wine community at large, a Bodega Catena Zapata wine recently received a “number four in the world” icon ranking from Wine Advocate. These are truly great wines that compete on the world stage and in addition to enjoying your sporting holiday and our excellent menus, we also hope you will also take note of our wines. They hold a special place in our culture and we are proud to serve them to you. Our Northern Argentina kitchens specialize in diverse dishes that pair prime cuts of local meats with the freshest fruits and vegetables. Beyond traditional asados, salads and sides, enjoy exotic appetizers such as yacaré meat, savory cheeses, and homemade breads such as our classic chipá rolls. Desserts tantalize guests with multiple textures and flavors designed to provide an unforgettably delicious final touch.

Fishing Methods

Depending on conditions, the type of presentation may vary. sometimes a splashy landing of the fly in the water is actually effective as a trigger for a strike. In other cases, the opposite, a very sutil and noisless presentation is the way to go. If you are torn about this at any point, your guide will surely give you good advise about this. During the retrieve, in many cases, is convenient that the rod tip is positioned slightly under the water surface. This will allow the fly to be stripped without the line creating heavy disturbance on the water. During times with high winds the presentation is not as important. This is due to water already having a lot of turbulence on the surface because of the wind. This therefore masks the disturbance made when the fly and line is presented on the water.
Casting in the Iberá marshlands requires different approaches. In general, when casting in a channel at the marsh, it is important to cast as close to the weed/bank as possible. When you are prospecting the waters instead of sight casting, casts should be placed in to every fishy looking piece of water This are usually, confluences, corners, bays, points and othe forms of structure. Many of this streams at the Marsh have quiet tall ride over in the back, therefore high backcast are ofen usefull.
When fishing the Corriente river, we use both floating and sinking lines. Normally when fishing floating lines we cast to the edges of the river where Dorado hang out to feed. When casting sinking lines in most cases we do it across; we work swinging and stripping the fly.

Stripping speed can vary depending on the speed of the current, fish moods, etc. In most cases, an erratic fast stripping is the all round tecnic but again this might vary according to the fish behaivor.
A fishing glove or a finger cloth might be usefull for intense stripping.

The Daily Program

To avoid the midday heat, anglers generally leave the lodge early in the morning around 8 am or earlier. Guests return to the lodge for a swim, lunch and drinks at around 12.30 pm. After Lunch and a siesta boats will typically leave the dock around 4:30, returning at dusk. Fishing hours will change slightly depending on the time of year. Non-fishing activities such as horseback riding, or bird watching are available to allow our guests to enjoy the amazing wildlife in the area, and should be organized with the head guide. The swimming pool is the perfect place for relaxing and sunbathing. Snorkeling and Night expeditions into the Marsh are also exciting options.


There is little written on Dorado fishing on the fly. Our guides have been exploring the area and Dorado fishing itself for more years than most. Do follow their advice, designed to maximize your enjoyment of this incredible fighting fish. The Dorado, (Salminus brasiliensis), is an aggressive fish, and once hooked makes impressive and acrobatic multiple jumps. This complex and challenging fish can be found near confluences, on edges of eddies, riffles, sharp bends in the current, and close to overhanging carpets of water hyacinth. It can be fished in narrow runs, on skinny water, large fish are hooked in a multitude of differing locations, so let your guide show you the multitude of ever-changing locations where you can make contact with these fish.


Specie Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sea-Run Brown Trout
Pirá Pitá
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Wild black buck
Axis deer
Red Stag
Fallow Deer
Wild Boar


Specie Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fishing Equipment

  • Rods: We recommend 9-foot 7 or 8-weight rods. Sage makes some of the best dorado rods available. In addition to a lifetime warranty, the company engineers several highperformance options perfectly suited for fishing at Pira.
  • Reels: A quality fly reel is important. A strong, smooth drag is a must, as larger dorado are both strong and fast. Reels should have capacity for the fly line and 100 yards of 20-pound backing.
  • Lines: Pack weight-forward tropical floating fly-lines (redfish, tarpon, and bonefish lines works well). Also consider “over-lining” your rods. For example, we often use a 8-weight floating line on an 7-weight rod, which has dual benefits: 1) It makes it easier to load the rod with less line and 2) the heavier line makes casting larger flies easier.
    Additionally, we recommend bringing a fast-sinking line such as Rio’s Leviathan (or similar), which has a 26-foot, 300- to 350-grain sinking tip. Intermediate tip lines are good options, too, including RIO’s General Purpose Tropical F/I.
    Note: DO NOT bring conventional cold-water floating lines. Our tropical weather makes them soft and gummy and therefore difficult to cast.
  • Leaders: the leaders should be heavy enough to turn over big flies. Spools of mono should include 30, 40, 50 lbs, test weights. For floating lines you should have 9 foot long tapered leaders (Knotted or Knotless, depending on your personal preference).
    For sinking lines 4-6 feet of 30 lb. mono should work well in most conditions. Maxima Ultragreen Mono is a good option for leader material. An important thing to consider in a Dorado leader is the shock, or bite tippet. These fish have very sharp teeth that will cut even the strongest mono. Bring plenty of 30 to 40 lb test steel leader for your stay.RIO Knotable Wire 30-40 lbs in mate camo colour is a favorite among our guides.


Dorado Fly Patterns

In most cases, golden dorado prefer dark streamers that produce visible silhouettes. Nervertheless, there are situations when carrying a mixture of brighter colors can be effective. So don’t be afraid to experiment across the color spectrum. All flies should be tied on stout 1/0 to 3/0 hooks. Streamers can be tied from 4 to 6 inches long, or longer. However, it’s important that they’re light enough to cast. For the real big stuff, we recommend hydrophobic materials that shed water and therefore cast farther than a water-soaked materials. In order to make your flies more durable, add glue or epoxy throughout the tying process if necesary.
For more details on a few of our favorite, dorado flies—including how to properly tie and fish them-  follow the link.

Spinning and Baitcasting Equipments

  • Rods: In both cases, spinning and bait-casting, fix to 8 ft rods for light to medium action are recommended.
  • Reels: Open-face spinning reels are the easiest to use but, in experienced hands, bait-casters are the easiest to use accurately and they give you the best chance to place your lure where you want it. Bait-casters should feature a high-speed retrieval ratio, as lures are normally worked very rapidly. Whichever style is your favorite, it will need to be loaded with 25-30 lb line.
  • Leaders: Steel leaders are a must. Dorado have sharp teeth and a 5 to 10 inch, 20-30 lb test steel leader is needed.
  • Lures: The list is never-ending. Don’t be afraid to take your own and experiment. There’s always a chance that the lure you bring will change our way of fishing forever. Just keep in mind, that the Ibera Reserve only allows a single hook attached to the rear of the lure, or 1 treble hook hung from the center of the lure. We recommend bringing single hooks in 5/0 and 6/0 sizes. 

– Spinner baits

– Spoons from to 1/4 to 2 oz (johnson minous and other moddels that have weed gaurd are specially recomended)

– Weedless frog imitations

– Rapala Gliding Rap 12

– Rapala Super Shad Rap 14

– Rapala C Rap 8-10 & 12

– Rat-L-Trap, 1/4-3/4 oz

– Rapala Husky Jerk, 3/4 oz

– Rapala Jointed Minnow (very effective)

– Rapala Original Floating, 3/4 oz

– Rapala Rattlin Rap, 3/8 oz

– Rapala Original Floating, 3/4 oz

– Mepps Spinners, 2, 3 and 4

– Zara Spook § Hula Poppers

– Slugg-O Plastic Baits

– Jigs from 1/4 to 3/4 oz

– Wood Choppers (and basically any top water lures with propelers)

Note: for those how enjoy the pleasure of ultra ligth fishing the area has very good possibilities not only for dorado and tararira but for a number of interesting native species.


There is little written on Dorado fishing on the fly. Our guides have been exploring the area and Dorado fishing itself for more years than most. Do follow their advice, designed to maximize your enjoyment of this incredible fighting fish. The Dorado, (Salminus brasiliensis), is an aggressive fish, and once hooked makes impressive and acrobatic multiple jumps. This complex and challenging fish can be found near confluences, on edges of eddies, riffles, sharp bends in the current, and close to overhanging carpets of water hyacinth. It can be fished in narrow runs, on skinny water, large fish are hooked in a multitude of differing locations, so let your guide show you the multitude of ever-changing locations where you can make contact with these fish.

Pirá Lodge


Season: October 2020 – April 2021

7 nights / 6 days fishing $ 6,300
6 nights / 5 days fishing $ 5,550
5 nights / 4 days fishing $ 4,750
4 nights / 3 days fishing $ 3,800
3 nights / 2 days fishing $ 2,850

Prices are in USD

* Single room and boat: 60% surcharge.

* Non-fisher: $450 per night depending on availability.

Rates are per person based on dbl occupancy and shared guide.

  • Included: Lodging, Meals, all wines, beer, and local spirits at the Lodge, Professional guide services & loaner fishing equipment (Rods, reels & Lines).
  • Not included: Transfer from Mercedes to the lodge, Fishing license, gratuities for guides and house staff, airfare and private charters, in-house laundry service.
  • Fishing license: $50 per person
  • Payment terms: 50% deposit to guarantee booking. Balance 60 days prior to departure.

*Prices are in USD


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The tough conditions from the last days of the previous week persisted. The start into this week was not an easy one: while the water kept droppin..[...]

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Welcome to Villa María Lodge 2019 season!! This year we started with normal conditions for January here, that means dry and windy. The water le..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge Week 1: January 5 – 12, 2019

The first week of the 2019 season is in the books – and not only are we happy to have made some new friends along this week, but the overall resu..[...]

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Guide’s week: the very, very first week of the season, even before the first group of clients arrive. For us, this is a very important week. Not..[...]

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By Stephan Dombaj   The headline “Teamworking” may come as a surprise to some readers. Fishing tends to blur the lines between recreationa..[...]

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Tierra del Fuego means land of fire. But “land of wind”, as many traveling anglers know, would be an equally appropriate title for this breatht..[...]

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For several years now, we at Nervous Waters Fly Fishing have been expounding the virtues of fishing one of the world’s greatest ecological water ..[...]

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How to shoot the perfect hero shot

How to Hero Shot by Stephan  Dombaj You travel halfway around the globe to explore the best fishing waters in Argentina, so don’t settle for a l..[...]

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A Golden Opportunity

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Welcome to Suindá Lodge, on the remote Upper Paraná River

Starting in January 2019, Nervous Waters will officially open its newly built Suindá Lodge. Suindá is a dorado-fisher’s dream, strategically ..[...]

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Gold Rush

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Top Flies for Rio Grande Trout… And How To Fish ’Em

By S. Dombaj and T. Burrell Argentina’s Rio Grande and its Rio Menendez tributary are home to healthy returns of migrating trout that can reach n..[...]

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Comfort Meets Premium Tent-Camp Adventure – Argentina

  Multi-night floats on Patagonia’s A-List trout streams are a must-do for serious trout fishers. And Patagonia River Guide’s ..[...]

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Pirá Lodge: End of March Report 2018

The second half of March began with late-summer storms that brought rain and cooler temperatures to the Marsh. The water clarity in some channels t..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge: March 10-24, 2018

As we are closing in towards the end of the season, the fishing can get a bit less predictable. I personally love fishing the late weeks of the sea..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge: March 2 – 16, 2018

During the first week of March we welcomed six new anglers to the Rio Grande. Familiar with the river’s famous sea-run brown trout, these seaso..[...]

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Pirá Lodge: Mid- March Report 2018

March is prime-time in the Marsh, and this year it began with warm weather and optimal water conditions. We couldn’t wait to get out and to re-ex..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge: Feb 24 – March 10, 2018

The past two weeks have been a blast! And it’s nice to be able to say that in spite of the tough fishing conditions that we’ve had due to still..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge: Feb 16 – March 1, 2018

We’ve welcomed some old friends and made some new ones at Villa Maria during the past couple weeks, with a global mix of guests from Denmark, Ice..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge: Feb 10 -24, 2018

Kau Tapen is all about the good times. The fishing is just the cherry on top, at least this is what we want it to be. The world’s largest sea tro..[...]

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Pirá Lodge – February Report 2018

We kicked off the second half of February with some storm activity. Not enough to blow the system out, but water levels came up slightly, making fo..[...]

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Pirá Lodge Mid- February Report 2018

We started our second month of the season at Pira Lodge with perfect weather and crystal clear water. River levels remain stable, but river tempera..[...]

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Kau Tapen Week 5: Feb 3-10, 2018

It’s Saturday and that means switchover day. It’s an exciting day for all of us here at Kau Tapen. Relief about last week’s success and excit..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge Week 5: Feb. 2-9, 2018

This past week we hosted a great group of Swiss, American, and British anglers. It was a mix that included first-timers, second-timers, and long-ti..[...]

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Kau Tapen Week 4: Jan 27- Feb 3, 2018

Another week is in the books and the fishing has been a rollercoaster ride indeed. While conditions were almost perfect and stable during the previ..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge Week 4: Jan 26 – Feb 2, 2018

Similar to what we’ve seen the past two weeks, the river remains low, clear and in fantastic shape! We’ve also been experiencing a return to so..[...]

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Pirá Lodge – January Report 2018

Fishing conditions have been optimal, and with water levels continuing to drop, we’re finding fish concentrated in the main channels. We had a fe..[...]

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Kau Tapen Week 3: Jan. 20-27, 2018

For the first time this season, the water did not change much before the arrival of our new group. The river had been dropping at a constant pace a..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge Week 3: Jan. 19 – 26, 2018

The river has come into prime condition, a very comfortable level for fishing, and the clarity is about as good as it gets. The water level has con..[...]

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Kau Tapen Week 2: Jan 13-20, 2018

“Unusual conditions“ is what would describe the past week’s fishing. The rains that had poured down during the last days of the previous fish..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge Week 2: January 12 – 19, 2018

Since last week, the river is down and its clarity is getting better by the day. This means that the wading is easier, but more importantly we’..[...]

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Pira Lodge: Mid -January Report, 2018

The year started with some excellent fishing, and we continue to see good numbers of dorado throughout the system. Juvenile fish are concentrated i..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge Week 1: January 5 – 12, 2018

If last year’s low and clear opening-week water levels were surprising, this year’s high water has been even more shocking. It’s been several..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge Week 1: Jan 6-13, 2018

Upon the arrival of the guide’s team in late December, the river looked fantastic, meandering through the vast grasslands of Tierra del Fuego in ..[...]

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Pirá Lodge- December 2017

After couple weeks on the water, I’m happy to report that the high expectations we had for the season are becoming a reality. The marsh and the r..[...]

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Introducing a Bigger Dorado Experience

We’re proud to announce our new partnership with Paraná River Outfitters (PRO)  PRO melds one of Argentina’s most established outfitters with..[...]

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Pirá Lodge: Oct – Nov, 2017

A Stellar Start at Pira Lodge  We began the season with relatively high water levels in both the Corrientes River and the Ibera Marsh headwaters. ..[...]

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Dorado On The Fly In Argentina: A Round Trip

Nervous Water’s Pirá Lodge, located in the Ibera Marshlands, near the headwaters of the Corriente River, was the first operation built for a..[...]

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Stellar fishing in the Southern Hemisphere starts here: Argentina and Chile

At Nervous Waters we know that you love variety; catching a range of bucket-list species, experiencing new places and their unique cultures. That..[...]

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Dorado Fishing Resources

Ever thought of going Golden Dorado fishing? The season is just getting started at Pira Lodge. Here are some great resources to learn more about d..[...]

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Those new to freshwater dorado fishing are sometimes intimidated by the bigger flies we use for these fish, and are oftentimes unsure about how to ..[...]

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Great News for Trout Anglers

The two finest outfitters in South America have joined forces, and Nervous waters is excited to announce an exclusive collaboration with Patagonia ..[...]

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Iberá Marshlands, Argentina: Freshwater Dorado Fly Fishing.

  Morphology: The Iberá Marshland, located in Corrientes Province in northeastern Argentina, is the world’s second largest wetlands system ..[...]

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Gear we love – What’s in your box? All you need for your bonefish trip to the Bahamas

Gearing up for fishing trips is half the fun – ok, not quite half as much fun as pulling on a bonefish but it’s still fun.  Most people want t..[...]

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Rio Grande, Argentina: Best river in the world to fish for Giant Sea-Run Brown Trout.

1. Morphology: The Rio Grand comes to life on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego and flows for 150 miles in a generally eastward direction, twis..[...]

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10 Truths About Dorado Fishing

You’ve seen them in the fly-fishing film tours, all over the web, and splashed across brochures advertising far-flung adventures to exotic lo..[...]

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Fishing in Chile

Gear we love – The most important piece of gear I own

Bonefishing is all about being able to see.  My sunglasses are my number one piece of equipment when I’m sight fishing.   Anywhere I travel I ..[...]

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Fishing Fun in Chile

All New G&G Bahamas Bonefish Schools

Big changes are coming for the 2018 Bahamas Bonefish School Jan 13-20 and 20-27, 2018 The Bonefish School on South Andros is one of our most popul..[...]

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Gear we love – Keep dry – Patagonia Stormfont Pack 30L

Here at Nervous Waters we spend our lives on the water.  Wading the endless flats of South Andros to the banks of the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fue..[...]

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Fishing on Sight

End of Season Report Alto Paraná Lodge – 2017

Throughout the season, river flows fluctuated: ranging from low to normal levels. More rain than usual made for some challenging fishing, at times ..[...]

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Fly Fishing Trip

Pirá Lodge – End of Season Report 2017

A Year in Review Pira Lodge’s season began with great weather, ideal water conditions, and a remarkable push of dorado. Expectations were underst..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge – End of Season Report 2017

When we stepped into the river for the first time in 2017, it was eerily similar to how we left it back in April 2016. There were no signs of the u..[...]

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Best Fly Fishing

Kau Tapen Lodge – End of Season Report 2017

Kau Tapen Lodge: Year End Review Sitting down to write the final report of the season, what first comes to mind are the beaming faces of ecstatic c..[...]

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Fishing Experience

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 12 : March 25 – April 1, 2017

The last week of summer proved to be an epic time at KauTapen lodge. We received new friends from France, and the CEO of Nervous Waters stopped by ..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 11 : March 18 – 25, 2017

The week began with some challenging fishing due to high water and chocolate-colored flows. But as the days progressed, conditions improved as the ..[...]

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Bahamas Fly Fishing Services

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 11: March 16 – 24 , 2017

Similar to what we experienced the last couple of weeks, river levels have been seesawing daily due to some rain mixed with snowmelt from the headw..[...]

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Fishing Report Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 10 : March 11 – 18, 2017

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 10 : March 11 – 18, 2017

The week passed was a tough one, we were incredibly unlucky with the weather conditions. We got off to a flying start on day one, river was in good..[...]

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Fishing Report Villa Maria Lodge – Week 9 & 10: March 4 - 16, 2017

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 9 & 10: March 4 – 16, 2017

The last couple of week in Rio Grande, especially the lower section, have been as challenging as ever. February has been quite particular, as it ra..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 9: March 4 - 11, 2017

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 9: March 4 – 11, 2017

Wow!! One of the finest weeks of the last few years just went down on paper with 253 hooked fish in six days. The Rio Grande and the Menedez were b..[...]

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Brown Trout Fly Fishing Services

Pira Lodge – February 2017

February began with good water conditions. The result was 60 golden dorado caught between 3 boats during the first week. Most of the fish were in t..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 8: Feb. 25 – March 4, 2017

It’s been an explosive week at Kau Tapen Lodge. The river has been flowing at an ideal level, water clarity was good, and the wind was practicall..[...]

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Easy Fly Fishing

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 8: Feb. 24 – March 3, 2017

Another group of returning guests visited us at Villa Maria Lodge this last past week. Having logged more than 10 trips to the Rio Grande, they wer..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 7: Feb. 18 – 25, 2017

This past week ushered in some variable weather, with light wind to start followed by a nuclear easterly that packed plenty of rain. River levels b..[...]

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Fishing Report Alto Parana – February 2017

This season the Parana River ran slightly lower than usual for many weeks, so the water has been clear and warm. Those same conditions have helped ..[...]

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Fishing for Fun

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 7: Feb. 18 – 23, 2017

This past week we had a mixed group of first timers and Villa Maria Lodge regulars from Iceland and England. In between jokes about the Cold War an..[...]

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Small Fishing Trip

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 6: Feb. 10 – 17, 2017

Like the last days of the previous week, this fishing week started with some rain in the lower stretch but there were serious cells of rain and sno..[...]

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Fishing Girl

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 6: Feb. 11 – 18, 2017

It’s safe to say this has been our most prolific week of the season, so far. And we can back up that claim with an outstanding number of incr..[...]

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Fishing in Bahamas

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 5: Feb. 3 – 9, 2017

  The House of Forstinger’s Friends visited us last week. Willy first traveled to Villa Maria Lodge in 1986, so he’s seen a lot and has pl..[...]

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Full Size Render

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 5: Feb. 4 – 11, 2017

Our fifth week at Kau Tapen lodge has come to an end. This time clients from Austria, the U.S. and England experienced some highly variable conditi..[...]

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Red Fish

Fishing Report Chime Lodge January 2017

  Malleo Waters are low for this time of year and the fish are holding in deeper pools. Late afternoon dry-fly fishing has been productice usi..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 4: Jan. 28 – Feb. 4, 2017

Week four was made memorable by another awesome bunch of anglers at the lodge. Guests varied from experienced to first timers. Six members of the t..[...]

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Fishing Trip in Chile

Pirá Lodge: January Report 2017

This year marks one of the best seasons I’ve experienced in the Ibera wetlands. And we couldn’t have asked for a better start. Water conditions..[...]

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Fisher Man

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 3: Jan. 21 – 28, 2017

Another week down at Kau Tapen Lodge as we continue onward with (mostly) good conditions and excellent results. Water temperatures have been perfec..[...]

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Aires Fly Fishing

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 3: Jan. 21 – 26, 2017

“The perfect week at the perfect lodge with the perfect guides.” That’s how one of our returning guests, Axel, described Week 3 at Villa Mari..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge – Week 4: Jan 21 – 26, 2017

The House of Forstinger’s Friends visited us last week. Willy first traveled to Villa Maria Lodge in 1986, so he’s seen a lot and has plenty of..[...]

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Amazing Fishing

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 2: Jan. 14 – 19, 2017

We just finished the second week of the season at Villa Maria Lodge and it was fantastic. In addition to great fishing we welcomed some familiar fa..[...]

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Amazing Fly Fishing

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 2: Jan. 14 – 21, 2017

  Our second week at Kau Tapen has come to an end and I’m pretty safe in saying the week was a success. We had a mixed group of guests f..[...]

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Lake Fishing

Kau Tapen Lodge – Week 1: Jan. 7 – 14, 2017

Kau Tapen Fishing Report Week 1: Jan. 7-14, 2017 Kau Tapen Lodge on the Rio Grande kicks off its 34th season this year. Over the years the river ha..[...]

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Bahamas Bonefishing

Villa Maria Lodge – Week 1: Jan. 6 – 12, 2017

Villa Maria Lodge – Fishing Report Fishing Report (Jan. 6 – 12, 2017) By Alejandro Martello   Welcome to Villa María Lodge 2017! You..[...]

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A Fly in the Curtains

By Doug Larsen Copyright 2013 In 1984, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. Madonna was a controversial twenty-something pop star as s..[...]

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Fly Fusion Magazine

Fly Fusion Magazine recently spotlighted the spectacular flats fishing at Abaco Lodge. For those planning fall trips to the Marls, this bonefish-ri..[...]

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Fly Girls Week

Fly Girls Week 2017 @ Abaco Lodge

We’re At It Again… Fly Girls Week 2017 is just around the corner! After an extremely successful and fun inaugural trip to Nervous Waters’ Bai..[...]

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Bonefish Beware: Fish with Flip Pallot @AbacoLodge in June

In 2009, Flip Pallot attended the opening of Abaco Lodge and spent time with its managing partner, Oliver White. It was the beginning of a wonderfu..[...]

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Pira Pitá Fly Patterns

At Alto Parana lodge, anglers target resident Pira Pitá with lighter tackle than what is typically used for dorado. We recommend 6 weight rods for..[...]

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Dorado Fishing

Every Cast Gets Us Closer

Every Cast Gets Us Closer Casting 4 A Cure at Bair’s Lodge, Bahamas Winter at Bair’s Lodge is the time to escape the cold and connect w..[...]

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Fishing Desk

Dorado Fly Patterns

In most cases, golden dorado prefer dark patterns that produce great silhouettes in tannin-colored waters. But there are situations when carrying a..[...]

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Fishing at Water


We are hoping to tag 1,000 fish that week -some on rod and reel some with nets. Clients are welcome and encouraged to be as involved in this proces..[...]

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Joe Drew


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Pira Fishing

Pira Lodge – End of Season 2016

The Dream Season Seasons, just like the name implies, are all about change. Some are challenging, where rewards are hard won. Others are easier, wh..[...]

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Season Essentials

Villa María Lodge: March 20 – 27, 2016

We have just  finished one of the most challenging weeks on the Rio Grande this season. The problem wasn’t fish—we have the fish! But the weat..[...]

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End of Season

Pacú Fly Patterns

Pacú fishing at Alto Parana lodge is all about exciting sight-fishing opportunities. We use 7 or 8-weight rods, rigged with floating tropical line..[...]

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Studies about the Rio Grande

By Bio. Miguel Casalinuovo. Tech. Carlos Luizón began studying salmonids in the Rio Grande system in 2006. He described the basic biology of trout..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge – January 10 – 16, 2015

This year we’re off to an interesting start at Villa Maria. The river’s course changed noticeably during spring floods and the fish have been b..[...]

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