UPPER DELTA OF THE RIO PARANA, SANTA FE PROVINCE, ARGENTINA
The Golden Dorado River Cruiser is a great place to get into golden dorado fishing. The lodge is a live-aboard mothership which allows anglers to fish from early morning until dark. Here, many different techniques can be used to target dorado that are primarily in the 3-6lb class. Guided anglers that stay on the River Cruiser have access to miles of river channels off the main Parana River. The numbers of fish, the variety of fish species in addition to dorado, the relatively close proximity to Buneos Aires, and wonderful guides, staff, food, and comfortable accommodations make this one of our favorites, especially as an add-on to the beginning or end of a trout trip to Patagonia.
The Golden Dorado River Cruiser features all the ingredients for a great trip chasing the hard fighting golden Dorado, as well as other fantastic game fish like Pacu, Pira Pita, Tararira, Surubi, and Chafalote in the upper delta of the Paraná River system.
The Paraná River is born in the south of Brazil and as it enters Argentina it receives water from several smaller rivers and tributaries. As it enters the provinces of Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, it is joined by the Uruguay River and forms one of the largest deltas in the world, finishing at La Plata River near the city of Buenos Aires, before going into the Atlantic Ocean.
This large river system is the second biggest in South America, after the Amazon, with a total length of over 1500 miles. The tributaries, deltas, marshlands, lagoons, and side channels, are full of fantastic fishing as well as flora and fauna.
The mothership moves throughout the delta over the course of your stay onboard. Each day you will be fishing new areas, working different types of water including runs, lagoon inlets/outlets, small side channels, and tributary streams. Fishing is done from brand new boats, specially designed for fly fishing, with two casting platforms that allow comfortable casting and fishing of two anglers at the same time, with remote operated electrical engine done by the guide.
The Golden Dorado River Cruiser is the one and only mother ship fishing program in all of Argentina. Lodging is on a fully upgraded liveaboard ship, adapted for the modern angler looking for comfort and quick access to great fishing. The mother ship features 4 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, each with air conditioning for added comfort. Meals are prepared by the River Cruiser’s Chef and matched with distinguished and high-class wines of Argentina, personally selected by the owners, who take pride in this selection.
A fantastic feature of this lodge is the short travel distance from Buenos Aires and Rosario City. If you are in Rosario, you can get to the Marina in 45 minutes. And, if you are coming from Buenos Aires, the Marina is only 2.5 hours away.
Golden Dorado are extraordinary hunters. They are always in search of an easy prey that happens to go by their holding spot (even a smaller Dorado!). They like moving water, and most times stalk close to river structure.