Built in 1800 and recently refurbished, Alto Paraná Lodge is one of the most ancient estancias in Corrientes Province. The estancia extends from the Paraná River all the way down to the Iberá Marshlands surrounded by an ambience of paradise with exuberant vegetation and fauna.
The main house has four fully air conditioned-single bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. There’s also a large living room, a dining area, a fully stocked bar and a fly-tying table. A veranda surrounds the whole house providing a spectacular view of an immense park with local species and to the swimming pool.
The lodge can host up to 4 anglers and 4 non-anglers in perfect taste and comfort.
The Cuisine at Alto Paraná Lodge is as good as you have come to expect from our other Nervous Waters Lodges. We offer an a la carte menu which includes local meats, garden-fresh vegetables, and inspired deserts. A traditional Asado (BBQ) will be held once during your stay, where you’ll sample spectacular cuts of meat and delicious salads.
Breakfast is served al fresco during part of the season. Made-to-order plates are the norm, featuring fresh eggs and meats, together with fruit, yogurts, home-baked breads, jams, and a selection of cereals.
Our well stocked bar is always open, and a list of fine wines will be served during lunches and dinners.
Alto Paraná Lodge is located in the best part of the Paraná River in terms of chances to catch super sized Dorado, Pira Pitá and Pacú on dry flies. There are also great opportunities for sight-fishing for the three species.
The fishing program consists of two fishing sessions a day, going back to the lodge for lunch and siesta. The fishing times can vary depending on the month and climate.
In terms of tackle, 7- to 9-weight outfits are recommended for Dorado and Pacú while 5- to 6-weight outfits are the ideal for pira pitá. All with tropical floating fly lines.
Flies: 4- to 6-inch streamers tied on 2/0 hooks, include a few mice imitations; bulky floating attractors tied in 1/0 hooks and some weighted deer hair fruit imitations tied on 1/0 for pira pitá and 2/0 for pacú.
Alto Paraná lodge is based out of a traditional northern Argentinean tropical estancia located in Corrientes province by the legendary Paraná River. The river here marks the border between Argentina and Paraguay.
This section of the Paraná flows clear along beautiful fishy banks, sand bars, and islands that create deltas and smaller “riachos” (streams).
Daily flights are available from Buenos Aires (Aeroparque domestic airport AEP) to Posadas (PSS) – 1.3 hours nonstop flight. From there it’s a 1.2-hour drive to the lodge.
DoradoDorado (Salminus maxillosus) are simply one of the most exciting and complete gamefish you’ll find anywhere. By complete we mean a perfect mixture of things we appreciate as anglers: beauty and fercoity, complex behavior, elegant jumps, and mystery. Although Dorado exist only in South America their envionrments are diverse—from big rivers to small streams, freestones, marshes, and deltas. The clear waters of upper Paraná River, where Alto Paraná lodge is located, are legendary for its dorado population. Being one of the main arteries of a vast basin, they exist in both numbers and good size. That being said, these fish are tricky, moody, smart, and sensitive. But prepare to be rewarded for the challenge with thrilling, adrenaline-laced fishing. Compared to other fresh and saltwater persuits dorado stand stall as one of the best. In addition to dorado, this region of the Upper Paraná also boasts two other great freshwater game species: pirá pita (Brycon Orbignyanus) and pacu (Colossoma Mitrei).
PacuIn Argentina, “pacu” stem from the species Piaractus mesopotamicus, scientifically named Colossoma mitrei. These round-shaped fish are generally considered omnivorous, but they eat everything from fruits and other kinds of vegetation to minnows and insects. A 20-pound fish is definitely big and not extremely rare and 35+ pounders have been caught. Argentina’ all-time record weighed 39 pounds.
Historically, pacu could be found all the way up the Rio de la Plata basin—and close to Buenos Aires. Today, the upper section of the Parana River is the best area in Argentina to target them. Pacu on the fly are not easy and have been compared to permit because of their overall wariness and keen senses. Nevertheless, each season a good number are caught on flies. And sight-casting opportunities exist. Although they rarely jump, pacu are known for long runs and hard fights. Their surface takes will take your breath away. Definitely a special gamefish.
Pira PitaThere are two species of pira pita (pira = “fish”; pita = “red”) swimming the waters of the upper Parana River. Known as silver pira pita and yellow pira pita, because of their color, they really are Brycon orbignyanus and Brycon hilarii, respectively. This genus, part of the characidae family, has 42 identified species. And many, including those previously mentioned, are among the most exciting and interesting fish to chase with flies.
Although they have good numbers of followers, pira pitas’ international exposure remains limited. And it’s just a matter of time until this species gets its due. Pira pita have many of the highlights we look for in a gamefish: beauty; unique and complex feeding behaviors (being an omnivorous fish, you’ll find ideal circumstances for dry-fly fishing); lightning fast speeds; and explosive energy. Pound for pound they are among the strongest freshwater species in the world. And they jump!
The two species we catch in the Parana River typically range from 2 to 9 pounds, but we’ve seen fish in the 15- to 20-pound class. The biggest we’ve landed on a fly weighted 13 pounds. Fishing techniques include casting bug or fruits imitations near trees and overhanging branches in channels and braids formed in and around islands. Many of the most experienced flyfishers in Argentina rank pira pita among their favorite freshwater species. The reasons are obvious.