Argentina: Golden Dorado on the Big Fly

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Argentines have dubbed Salminus maxillosus the ‘river tiger’ which makes sense when you combine the golden dorado’s holographic black stripes and aggressive personality.

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Take the hitting power of a Mohammed Ali punch, the jaws of a pit bull, aerial acrobatics that would do Cirque de Soleil proud, and a body with the red muscle power of a salmon designed for launching itself upstream and you have the golden dorado. So good they named it twice.

South Americans are justifiably proud of this fabulous game fish, even as they wait for the rest of the angling world to discover their gold. Don’t be confused by the sobriquet ‘dorado’ – this isn’t the saltwater dolphin fish often called ‘dorado’ or any of the number of other species whose gold colour is acknowledged with the name. What the golden dorado is is a hard-battling master of the take it and run school of fighting: rocketing leaps follow an arm-dislocating strike before it makes like Michael Phelps.

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That’s assuming you have the skill to cast a fly that looks like a bit of escaped carnival costume as if it were a Black Gnat. And the ability to convince the fish that this garish floating wedding fascinator is a gourmet snack.
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All while avoiding the timber obstacle course of an Argentinian river. With an average golden dorado weighing in at five to ten pounds, productive fisheries regularly produce 20lb specimens. The reward of landing your quarry is rapidly tempered by that pit bull’s jaw of teeth…tiger indeed!
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SEASON

September – January

KIT & CLOTHING

No specific clothing is required, neutral colours are best and layering should take into account the extreme range of temperatures which can be experienced during the day.

Waders are essential to reach the areas the fish inhabit

Polarised sunglasses and a hat will not only provide protection, but make spotting of fish easier.

Rods

9ft 7wt

Lines

Weight forward lines, both slow sink and floating, used so make sure you have both.

GROUP SIZE

2-18 rods

AIRPORT OF ARRIVAL

Buenos Aires

VISAS & LICENCES

Not required

Fishing licences are arranged by Outside Days

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Contact your GP for the most up to date recommendations.

INSURANCE

For foreign trips we recommend that individuals take out holiday insurance.

TIPS

Tipping practices vary between lodges. At our primary lodge, the lodge manager collects $100 USD per day per person and distributes it between the lodge and field staff. No additional tipping is required.

CURRENCY

Argentina’s currency is the peso, but almost all establishments prefer US dollars.

TIME ZONE

GMT -3

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