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I recently had the privilege of hosting a trip to the upper Rio Parana for 6 days of golden dorado, pira pita and pacu fishing. The river was extremely high due to heavy rains in Brazil, but that didn’t seem to deter the dorado from displaying their characteristic acrobatics. Trying to capture jumps on camera is almost, and i repeat, almost, as much fun as having the rod in hand, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

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After two days fishing at La Zona, I took a 10 hour bus ride to Corrientes, and then jumped into a taxi to reach a little town further north. There, I met two good friends who are expert guides in the Parana river, Peto and Mariano. Almost immediately after the arrival they showed me a photo of a beautiful catfish that they caught the day before. It was an 80 pound Surubi, huge fish!!!

Next day we got up at five in the morning and headed to the Parana River. This river section is very interesting because the water is pretty clear compared to the lower Parana. We were able to use floating lines and  see the fish taking the big and bulky flies. We caught three different fish species, Dorado, Pira-Pita dorado and Pira-pita Blanco, all of them are very good fighters.

We fished the area three days in total and covered over 100 km of the Parana, including Paso de la Patria, Yahape and Repeski. The fishing was very good and the scenery is even better, it is a real paradise.

For more info about this area visit our report Yahape fly fishing – Dorado, Pacu & Pira-Pita

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I was really looking forward to do this trip. My plan was to go to the lodge called La Zona in the city of Concordia to fish the last days of the season, and after that, travel north to fish the upper Parana River in Corrientes province.

The weather was balmy and expert Dorado fisherman say that fishing for them while the weather is cold can be tricky.  Luckily we proved them wrong.

I arrived to La Zona  on Tuesday and got ready to start fishing the next morning. Ten weight rod and 350 grains line was my main set up -heavy stuff.  That night the temperature was 0,6 degrees C.

Early in the  morning, Hector (the manager of the operation) picked me up and we headed to the river. The start  was slow but picked up quickly, and at the end was fantastic.  I broke my personal Dorado record.

Next morning I went fishing again, this time my guide was Enzo, an expert guide of these waters.  The weather was a bit warmer than the day before. We caught ten Dorados total, which surprised Enzo,  he thought the fishing was going to be very slow cause of the cold weather.

It was very surprising to see such a healthy Dorado population. Their tails are perfect intact, unlike the ragged and bite-ridden tails common of Dorados who share their habitat with big populations of Piraña (these fish bite the Dorados tail, sometimes taking big pieces of them).

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