Suindá
Lodge

Itatí, Argentina
Dorado, Pacú & Pira Pitá

 

Alto Parana LodgeDorado are one of the most exciting and complete gamefish you’ll find anywhere. By complete we mean a perfect mixture of characteristics we appreciate as anglers: beauty and ferocity, acrobatic ability, complex behavior, and a little mystery. Although dorado exist only in South America, their environments are diverse— big rivers to small streams, freestones to tailwaters, jungle marshes to river deltas. The clear upper Parana River, where Suindá lodge is located, is legendary for dorado. Being one of the main arteries of an intricate basin, it produces good numbers of larger fish. That said, these fish are tricky, moody, smart, and sensitive. But prepare to be rewarded for the challenge with thrilling, adrenalinelaced fishing. In addition to dorado, this region of the Upper Paraná also boasts two other great freshwater game species: pirá pita (Brycon Orbignyanus) and pacú (Colossoma Mitrei).

Why Choose Suindá Lodge?

  • Located on the upper Paraná system, where clear waters offer exceptional sight-fishing opportunities for dorado, as well as pirá pitá and pacú on dries.
  • Comfortable, well-appointed lodge houses 6-8 anglers.
  • Professional guides specialize in flyfishing techniques, as well as gear fishing on the upper Paraná.
  • A multispecies program designed for anglers in search of thrilling fishing.
  • Situated on the most pristine section of the legendary Paraná River—the mainartery in the basin.
  • Double-digit dorado are a possibility… all season long.
  • The most productive section for exotic pacú and hard-charging pira pítá on the Paraná, two superstar species that make up our freshwater grandslam program when combined with dorado.
  • Featuring custom, comfort-enhanced skiffs specifically designed for fishing the Paraná.
  • High-quality loaner equipment.
  • Nature in abundance. The River Delta ranks as one of the nation’s top bird- watching destinations.
  • À la carte menu, with delicious indigenous and international cuisine.

Location

Coordinates: 27°16’50.39″S58°10’5.83″W

Nervous Waters’ newly built dorado-fishing camp is located near the town of Itatí, in the province of Corrientes. Stilted living quarters are perched on a high bluff and set an additional nine feet above ground, offering soaring views of the sprawling river and its natural surroundings. The eco-property includes three spacious, two-bedroom “cabañas”, with private bathrooms. Wooden footbridges conveniently connect each room to the main dining hall. From there, it’s a short walk to the water, where you’ll spend your days exploring the Paraná’s most productive, structurerich sections for monster dorado.

The river here marks the border between Argentina and Paraguay.

This section of the Paraná flows clear along beautiful fishy banks, sandbars, rocks and islands that create deltas and smaller “riachos” (streams).

Getting There

Daily flights are available from Buenos Aires Aeroparque Domestic Airport (AEP) to Corrientes (CNQ) or Resistencia (RES). These 2 neighboring airports are located 40 minutes from each other by car. It’s a 1-hour nonstop flight to any of these airports.

From there to the lodge is a 45 minutes (CNQ) to 1-hour and 25 minutes’drive (RES)

 

Facilities & Services

The Lodge

  • Capacity: 8 people
  • All rooms are based on shared occupancy; single rooms based on availability
  • Dining room, bar, fly-tying area
  • Fly shop fully equipped with flies, rods, reels, lines, and apparel
  • Telephone and internet access
  • Gourmet dining with Argentina’s famed beef and fine wines, traditional Asados (BBQs), and delicious desserts
  • Housekeeping and laundry service
  • Loaner rod service

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.

  • Dorado are one of the most exiting species anglers can catch on a fly.
  • One of the best sections of the Paraná River to catch pira pitá and pacú on dry flies.
  • Good sight-fishing opportunities for all three species.
  • Tackle: 7- to 9-weight outfits for dorado and pacú; 5- to 6-weight outfits for pira pitá. All with tropical floating fly lines.
  • Flies: 4- to 6-inch streamers tied on 2/0 to 4/0 hooks, include a few mice imitations; bulky floating attractors tied in 1/0 hooks and some weighted deer hair fruit imitations tied on 1/0 for pira pitá and 2/0 for pacú.
  • Fishing schedule: two fishing sessions a day, coming back to the lodge for lunch and siesta. Fishing times can vary depending on season and climate. The best guides and equipment.
  • This is a strictly catch-and-release program.

alto-parana-7Dorado

Our guides have been exploring the area and its dorado fishing itself for more years than most. Do follow their advice.

The Dorado (salminus brasiliensis) is an aggressive, acrobatic fish. It 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 in the river.

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Pira Pita

There are two species we target: Brycon Orbignianus and the commonly named in Brazil Piraputanga. Both are, pound for pound, two of the most combative freshwater species. Plus, they take surface flies.

 

 

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Pacu

Incredibly strong and complex, this omnivorous round shaped fish can provide sight-casting opportunities and great dry-fly action. Not only that, they can get big: 15+ pounders have been caught.

Season

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

Bahamas

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

Fishing Equipment

Dorado fishing requires casting large flies in high temperatures. If you think your casting abilities are not up to it or want to take a break during the day, we suggest you bring a casting or spinning rod. Double-hauling is an easily learnt technique which will pay dividends when you’re fishing for dorado and elsewhere. It’s important to remember that your streamer fly must be stripped from the moment it touches the surface of the water. Fast-stripping of the fly is the key to more fish in the boat but it can be tiring after a long day, another reason to bring your casting rods.

  • Rods: We recommend bringing 2 different single-handed set of rods to approach the different species. An 9-ft. 8-wt rod to approach dorado with reels carrying tropical floating lines (Bnoefish – Tarpon or RedFish Tapers all work well). At Alto Paraná Lodge we mostly fish floating lines for dorado; although under certain water level conditions we could use a sinking line (250 to 350 grain) to fish some of the rocks that hold big fish. An 9-ft. 6 or even 7 weight rod is suggested for Pira Pitá dry fly fishing. Floating tropical lines are a must to cast smaller flies under this warm weather condition. We approach Pacu with both 8 and 7 weight rods and fruit patterns; also floating lines are used. We recommend rods from Sage.
  • Reels: A quality reel is important. And a strong, smooth drag is a must, as many fish will take long, fast runs. Reels (and spare spools) should have capacity for the fly line and 100 yards of 20-pound backing. We recommend reels from Sage.
  • Lines: Pack weight-forward tropical floating fly-lines (redfish, tarpon, and bonefish tapers all work). These lines are used to fish streamers and top-water flies. Also consider “over-lining” your rods. For example, we often use a 9-weight floating line on an 8-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 a RIO 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: Freshwater Dorado are not particularly leader shy. WhilFreshwater Dorado are not particularly leader shy. While reasonable stealth should be exercised, the leaders should be heavy enough to turn over big wind resistant flies, so heavy-strong butts are important. Spools of mono should include 15, 20, 30, 40, 50 lbs, test weights, for tippets. For floating lines you should have 8 to 9 foot long tapered leaders (Knotted or Knotless, depending on your personal preference). For sinking lines 4-6 feet of 20-30 lb. mono should work well. Maxima Ultragreen Mono is a good option for leader material. The most 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. We recommend using a 26 to 40 lb. wire section at the end of your leader. American Fishing Wire and Malin BOA wire are both good options. Bring plenty 26 to 40 lb test steel leader for your stay. AFW (American Fishing wire) Surflon Micro Supreme 7×7 Stainless Leader wire in camo brown is a favorite among our guides. 26 and 40lb test for Dorado and Pacú; and 13lb test for Pirá Pitá.
  • Flies: The Lodge provides a wide selection of fly patterns as well as a modest supply of backup tackle at very competitive prices. This notwithstanding, we recommend you bring a good supply of your own flies to get you through your stay.
  • Wet Flies: Big Saltwater Streamers are usually the norm. Colors: Black, Black and Chartreuse/Red/Yellow, Red/Black, Purple and Black with plenty of flashabou. Deceivers traditionally work very well. Other well-known patterns such as: Lefty’s Half and Half, Whistlers, CockRoaches and Clouser Minnows are excellent choices as well. Poppers & Divers in similar color patterns have proven very effective in certain conditions. All flies should have a generous quantity of flat, wide holographic flashabou. Weed guards, though not a must, have proven to be quite useful. Size: from 1/0 to 3/0 (mostly 2-0 and 3-0)
  • Floating: Large Bombers, frogs, soft foam poppers, pencil poppers, deer hair poppers, Chernobyl ants and large bass or pike bugs. Bring a selection of different colors as shade is often more important than style. Size: 1/0 to 2/0. For Pacú and Pirá Pita, we recommend fruit imitation flies. Keep your hooks razor sharp. Alto Paraná Lodge strongly encourages the use of barbless hooks.

Spinning and Casting Equipment

  • Rods: An 8-foot 6-inch, two-handed medium- to heavy-action rod for 8- to 20-lb line will let you cast the 1/4 to 1 1/2 oz lures we normally use here. A 6-foot single-handed rod is also good to have to fish pockets and smaller waters. Take 2- or 3-piece rods for ease of transport.
  • 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 pound multifilament line.
  • Leaders: Steel leaders are a must. Dorado have sharp teeth and a 5 to 10 inch, 30-45 lb test (Sampo) steel leader is needed.
  • Lures: Of course, the list available is never-ending. Don’t be afraid to take your own and experiment. There is a good possibility that a lure you bring will change our way of fishing forever. Below is a sampling of those we have tried that have worked:
  • Spoons, all colors; 1/4 to 2 oz silver and gold are very effective 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
  • Daredevil Spoons, 2 oz
  • Mepps Spinners, 1/2 oz
  • Zara Spook
  • Slugg-O Plastic Baits § 1/4 to 3/4 oz Jigs with varied plastic bodies
  • Any topwater prop bait

Note: All sinking lures are better with weed guards.

Fly Patterns

Dorado Fly Patterns:

In most cases, golden dorado prefer dark fly patterns that produce great silhouettes in tannin-colored waters. But 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 2/0 to 4/0 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 and easier than a watersoaked piece of bunny strip. In order to make your flies more durable, add glue or epoxy throughout the tying process.

For more details on some of our favorite, deadly dorado flies—including how to properly tie and fish them— follow the link.

 

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- to 7-weight rods for presenting assorted dry flies—similar to the foambodied, terrestrial-style flies that are used for trout. The difference is, fly patterns for Pira Pitá are bigger and use stronger (up to 1/0) hooks. In addition to drys, we also fish small, bright baitfish imitations and leech-style streamers.

For more details on some of our favorite, deadly Pira Pitá flies— including how to properly tie and fish them— follow the link.

Pacú Fly Patterns:

Pacú fishing at Alto Parana lodge is all about exciting sight-fishing opportunities. We use 8-weight rods, rigged with floating tropical lines, in order to pitch spun deer-hair “fruit patterns” tied on stout hooks, as well as foam, high-floating dry flies and smaller streamers, toward intended targets. Pacú are omnivores, so fooling them on the fruit, and on top, is sure to please all the purists in the group!

For more details on some of our favorite, deadly pacú flies—including how to properly tie and fish them— follow the link..

alto-parana-7Dorado

Our guides have been exploring the area and its dorado fishing itself for more years than most. Do follow their advice.

The Dorado (salminus brasiliensis) is an aggressive, acrobatic fish. It 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 in the river.

alto-parana-8

Pira Pita

There are two species we target: Brycon Orbignianus and the commonly named in Brazil Piraputanga. Both are, pound for pound, two of the most combative freshwater species. Plus, they take surface flies.

 

 

alto-parana-10

Pacu

Incredibly strong and complex, this omnivorous round shaped fish can provide sight-casting opportunities and great dry-fly action. Not only that, they can get big: 15+ pounders have been caught.

Suindá Lodge

RATES

Season: October 2020 – April 30, 2021

7 nights / 6 days fishing $ 5,950
6 nights / 5 days fishing $ 5,370
5 nights / 4 days fishing $ 4,625
4 nights / 3 days fishing $ 3,800
3 nights / 2 days fishing $ 2,850

Prices are in USD

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

Single Boat: 60% surcharge.

Non-fisher rates: $ 450 per night subjected to availability.

  • Included: Lodging, meals, all wine, beer, and local spirits at the Lodge. Professional guide services & loaner fishing equipment (Rods, Reels & Lines).
  • Not included: Transfer from Corrientes (CNQ) or Resistencia (RES) to the lodge, fishing license ($50 per person), 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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Kau Tapen Lodge Week 4: Jan 26 – Feb 2, 2019

Going into the new week, the river was at the lowest many of us had ever seen it. But a lovely group was on its way here, eager to tackle whatever ..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge Week 3: January 19 – 26, 2019

The river remained at its very low water level, as the new group of clients arrived. Our prayers for more rain had not been answered and the sticks..[...]

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Villa Maria Lodge Week 2: January 18 – 25, 2019

We just finished our second week at Villa Maria Lodge We can easily split the week in two: The first three days the river remained low and dropping..[...]

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Kau Tapen Lodge Week 2: January 12 – 18, 2019

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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Villa Maria Lodge Week 1: January 11 – 17, 2019

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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Kau Tapen Lodge – Guide’s week: Dec 29, 2018 -Jan 5, 2019

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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PIRA LODGE: ARGENTINA

A Week in the Corrientes Marshland Hunting Golden Dorado at Pira Lodge Pursuing the elusive salminus brasiliensis, the golden dorado, at Pira Lodge..[...]

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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

A Golden Opportunity story Kathryn Fensterstock photos Fly Fishing Nation Angler Kate Fensterstock recently joined us at Pira Lodge, in the Ibera M..[...]

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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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DORADO TIPS: MAKING YOUR CASTS COUNT

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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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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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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Flip

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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Pirapita

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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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

FISH & SUPPORT BTT!

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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  What could be better? The great thing about a hosted trip is exceptional fishing at a top-notch lodge—but also combining that action with ..[...]

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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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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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