Golden Dorado River Cruiser - Liveaboard

Fly Fish for Golden Dorado on the Paraná River. Within a few hours of Buenos Aires, you'll find fantastic golden dorado fishing opportunities in the heart of the intricate and vast Paraná River. This river, combined with its tributaries, extends 3,032 miles in length from the convergence of the Grande and Paranaíba rivers in southern Brazil.


Paraná River Golden Dorado

Golden dorado Fishing

The Golden Dorado River Cruiser accesses some of the best dorado fishing on the Paraná River system. Each day, you'll fish new waters. Often anglers will not see another boat on the water for the entire day. The Golden Dorado River Cruiser allows anglers the mobility to move with the fish, according to seasons, weather, the arrival of bait fish… Follow the migrations for the best fishing year-round. This golden dorado liveaboard program is the only one of its kind in Argentina. Within minutes of the main river, you can be casting to aggressive dorado and enjoying this expansive wilderness area, while remaining close to civilization.
In addition to the golden dorado, there are also opportunities to catch pacu, wolffish, vampire fish, pira pita, tararira, boga, and surubi. These species provide excellent year-round fishing.
Dorado: Golden dorado are considered one of the best fighting freshwater fish on the planet. They’re aggressive with a ferocious strike, long, hard runs, high jumps, and fighting stamina. The locals call them River Tigers. If you put a good cast to a hot spot and start stripping the line as soon as the fly hits the water, a nice dorado could be charging your fly within seconds. These are not timid fish. Be prepared for them to viciously strip set your hook, pulling hard on your line, or you’ll end up with nothing. Dorado are tackle busting, mean, acrobatic fighters. Catches range from 2 to 15-pounds, with chances at bigger fish during every trip.

Boats and Guides:

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Boats:  For this adventure, they have four brand new 17½-foot North Carolina Skiffs with 90-h.p. Yamaha fourstroke engines. The boats are specifically designed for fly fishing. Each has two casting platforms and a remote control operated electrical trolling engine. The electric engines allow the boats to slowly move downriver giving you multiple casts at prime holding areas for the dorado.
Guides:  Local guides were born and raised on these waters, and speak both English and Spanish.
Cast and Blast” packages are also an option, with fishing in the mornings and dove and pigeon shooting in the evenings.
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The Golden Dorado River Cruiser

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The Golden Dorado River Cruiser accommodates a maximum of eight anglers. There are four double occupancy bedrooms with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. Also, a living room/dining room with a 42-inch LCD TV, and a beautiful upper deck round out an amenity list that provides all the comfort and services of a first-class fishing lodge. Electricity is available 24 hours a day (220 volts).
This area offers some of the most varied bird species in Argentina. The fishing, great meals, vast wildlife and exceptional birding make the a perfect trip for couples.
Excellent meals created by their dedicated chef. In the evening, you’ll enjoy appetizers specialty cheeses, cold cuts from La Pampa, including ham, dried fillet steak, “bondiola”, pork, deer and wild boar “chorizos secos” (highly-seasoned sausages) and salami; as well as olives and pickles. Dinners are accompanied by an outstanding selection of wines. Dessert is served with coffee, tea, or an after-dinner drink. The full open bar (included in the package) offers a fine selection of wines, beer, clear brandies from Catamarca, Patagonian liquors, whiskey, brandy, and cognac.

Getting Here:

From the States, you will typically fly into Buenos Aires, arriving at Ezeiza International Airport. There will be a representative of the Dorado Cruiser waiting for you. You will then drive about 2.5 hours to the marina in the shuttle van. From the marina, there is a boat
transfer to the liveaboard that takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Depending on where the liveaboard is located, you might fly into Rosario, Corrientes, or Resistencia. All these cities are near the Paraná River. You will be notified prior to your trip.


2017-2018 Rates:

Double occupancy
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing:
$4,200.00 p.p.
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$2,600.00 p.p.
Cast and Blast

4-nights and 3.5-days guided
$2,600.00 p.p.
Non-angler 7-nights and 6-days
$1,650.00 p.p.
Non-angler 4-nights and 3-days
$950.00 p.p.

Packages include:

Airport reception, round trip ground transfers to the liveaboard, lodging, meals, open bar, guided fishing and fishing license for anglers, and Wi-Fi.

Packages do not include:

Airfare, fishing equipment and tackle, phone calls, gratuities, airport taxes (usually included in cost of airfare), and anything not mentioned under the inclusions. The Cast and Blast does not include cartridges or hunting licenses.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  After your arrival, onboard the Cruiser, there will be a reception and an introduction to dorado fishing and tackle preparation. If time allows, you'll fish in the afternoon. Appetizers and cocktails are served. Dinner is at 9:00 p.m.
Days 2-7:  Breakfast is around 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Meet your guide at 9:00 a.m. and depart for your morning fishing. At 1:00 p.m., have lunch on the boat while fishing or head back to the Cruiser for lunch. Fish from 3:00 p.m. until just before dark. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails on the upper deck prior to dinner at 9:00 p.m.
Day 8:  At 7:00 a.m., enjoy breakfast and depart at 8:30 a.m. for the shuttle back to Buenos Aires. Most flights back to the States leave in the evening.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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