For the last eleven years we have offered spectacular fly fishing trips for Golden Dorado on the High Parana River in Argentina. We are operating out of the new lodge on the River, Refugio Amokañi. Pinti, our head guide, has developed an incredible place right on the water… complete with monkeys in the trees and a spectacular veranda view of the river. Because you simply walk down the steps to the skiffs, this is an improvement over Estancias Atalaya, although I know many of you are missing the ranch. Fishing is generally arranged for 3 to 6 day trips, and it is often combined with a weeks stay at another Argentine fishery; typically Laguna Larga or the Limay River Lodge.
The ecosystem of the Parana is essentially a jungle environment. There are monkeys in the trees, toucans, caimans, and an array of other birds and animals.
The lodge is located just upriver from the small village of Ita’ Ibate’. The rooms are single occupancy with ceiling fans, refrigerated air conditioning and a private bath. Meals are classic Argentine fair with copious amounts of good wine. Having a well deserved beverage and appetizer on the veranda overlooking the river is pretty awesome. It takes no more than three minutes to reach the closest fishing, and at first light the skiff and guide are waiting for at the bottom of the stairs. The fishing day is split, with lunch at the lodge and time for a siesta. We start early, with breakfast at about 6:00 AM, breaking for lunch at 12:00 or so, and then returning to the river at 3:30 PM for fishing until dark. This maximizes the productive bite time.
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