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A couple weeks ago I made a repeat trip up to the upper Rio Parana (which happens to have the best dorado fishing in Argentina imho) with Tom McMurray & Brandon White from Marine Ventures Foundation, a non-profit fisheries conservation foundation.  They were interested in investigating Argentina’s native fish species, namely the golden dorado, in order to document what issues surround the fishery and what, if any, conservation measures are being taken. After talking w/ the locals and various stake holders in the area, we discovered that fisheries “management” or “conservation” or whatever you want to call it, is actually rather progressive in this part of Argentina. Despite the utter lack of scientific knowledge on dorado populations, officials largely realize the economic value dorado provide in the form of sport fishing and tourism, and want to preserve the resource. In fact, killing a dorado is now illegal in both the Corrientes province of Argentina and across the river in Paraguay. Nonetheless, the region is acutely impoverished and many locals break the rules and poach fish just to make ends meat. But at least the attitudes of the decision makers at the top of the pyramid seem to be oriented in the right direction. Perhaps our fisheries stakeholders could learn a thing or to from them.. But enough of fishing politics. We did manage to fit some actual fishing too!

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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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By Tom McMurray

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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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