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Being the 8th largest country in the world, Argentina offers an incredible diversity of angling options. This is in part what makes deciding where to fish in a limited amount of time such a difficult proposition. Imagine coming to the US for the first time & only having 3 weeks to experience the best of what our country has to offer. Do you target trout, steelhead, tarpon, redfish, salmon, bass or some combination of the above? And where? When? With which guides? The possibilities are mind-boggling.

Argentina challenges us with  a similar dilemma (if you call too many fishing options a dilemma). For the sake of brevity, there are essentially 3 target species found within Argentina, and they inhabit different corners of the country:

  • In the north, Dorado occupy the Rio de la Plata basin, and are unique to this watershed.  Dorado is arguably one of the best freshwater flyrod species on earth, though they remain relatively unknown to many foreign anglers.
  • In northern/central Patagonia, multitudes of pristine rivers & lakes provide habitat for robust populations of brown, rainbow and brook trout. This is the most popular destination among visiting anglers.
  • In southern Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego, the world’s best runs of sea trout (i.e. anadromous brown trout), draw anglers from around the globe to brave the elements for a chance at 20 + pounders.

To experience all of these fisheries would be much like fishing for tarpon in Florida, steelhead in Alaska, and trout in Montana all in one fell swoop. It’s the ultimate fishing itinerary, and requires a minimum of 3 weeks to pull it off without cutting yourself short in any one destination. Trips like this are my favorite to plan because they are a non-stop, whirlwind fishing adventure hard to top. I had the pleasure of doing exactly that for Trent & Ken from Anchorage, Alaska.   One week & Patagonia, another in Tierra del Fuego, and a few days of Dorado fishing to top it off. Here are some pictures they just sent me of their trip:

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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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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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