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Here’s some photos kindly sent to us by Pinti in Repeski on the Rio Parana. Can’t wait to go back!

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Good news from Peto have arrived, fishing for dorado in the upper Parana is picking up, as it usually happens every year by the end of the winter.

Check out this beast that one of Peto’s client has taken from the biggest river in Argentina.

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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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Pacu Man!!

Pacu Man!!

When you talk to seasoned Dorado fishermen about their favorite places to fish, the name Repeski comes up quite often, and it’s easy to see why.  My first experience fishing the area was last July with our friend & consummate guide, Peto. Although the middle of winter wasn’t prime time, I was enthralled with the style of fishing and saw enough action keep me begging for more.

Located between the small towns of Itatí and Itá Ibaté along the enormous Paraná River in Northern Argentina, the Repeski area offers fly fishermen enough diversity and challenge to ensure there’s never a dull moment. Big, challenging fish is a sure recipe for an angling addiction, and Repeski has that in spades. Fishing here is more akin to largemouth bass or snook fishing –  plying the shoreline w/ precise casts into dense cover. Every cast is a challenge, demanding concentration and above average precision. Here a difference of 2 feet determines success or failure. This is of course part the allure of Repeski.

Because it is a tailwater fishery, the water runs relatively clear, allowing anglers to see most of the strikes as they happen. It takes either nerves of steel or Zen-like absent mindedness to remain calm and not pull your fly away when you see a double-digit dorado rise out of the depths to chase your 7-inch long streamer.   In addition there’s always the possibly for gold or silver Pira Pita (looks similar to a shad) and Pacu (the permit of the Rio Parana), which sit under fruit-laden trees waiting for a breeze, bird or monkey to knock lunch into the water. You essentially never know what’s going to end up on the end of your line on any given cast, but you can bet your ass that whatever it is will have razor sharp teeth and an attitude to match.

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One of the most respected and knowledgeable fly fishing guides in Argentina is Guillermo Ricigliano, who graciously helped us with some of the research for Fly Fishing in Patagonia: A Trout Bum’s Guide to Argentina. He seems to have a supernatural talent for always catching the biggest fish. Be it huge brown trout in Patagonia or a trophy dorado in northern Argentina, he never fails to impress. On a trip to a relatively new destination called the Rio Juramento in northwest Argentina last October, he landed what is the record fly-caught Dorado for the river. It weighted 17.5 kilos!! (38.6 lbs)

Record fly-caught golden dorado from Rio Juramento

Record fly-caught golden dorado from Rio Juramento

golden dorado from argentina

Guillermo "Willy" Ricigliano (on the left) with trophy golden dorado

Golden Dorado fly fishing in Argentina

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