Built with exquisite Corrientes style and pride, Pira Lodge enjoys a spectacular panoramic view of the vast wetlands. It accommodates up to 10 guests in five deluxe rooms, each with a private entrance, private bath, two double beds, and ceiling fans and air conditioning.
A separate building, attached by covered walkways and open-air patios, accommodates the spacious living room, bar, and dining room areas—each with tall doors that open to the wide veranda.
Pira Lodge was designed by award-winning architects to respect traditional regional elegance—offering all of the comforts and luxuries of a contemporary hotel. Relax and enjoy a cocktail at any hour, and cool off in the outdoor swimming pool after a rewarding day of fishing.
Pira Lodge offers wonderful cuisine, with a menu focusing on 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 from the Luigi Bosca Bodega will be served during lunches and dinners.
Freshwater dorado fishing at Pira Lodge is unique in that it brings all the challenges and excitement of saltwater, flats-style fishing to remote, uninhabited freshwater environs. Board immaculate Hells Bay flats skiffs and stalk large, cruising fish in skinny water with floating lines and precise presentations. And then switch it up, and bang the banks with sink-tip lines—similar to how you’d target large brown trout from drift boats on the world’s best tailwater fisheries.
This diverse program—marked by daily adventures chasing supercharged fish—defines fly-fishing at Pira. The golden dorado is the king around these parts: a beautifully marked, aggressive eater with a penchant for leaping sky-high once hooked.
Source its preferred haunts near river confluences, at the heads of sculpted side channels, and in and around to overhanging carpets of water hyacinth. Hide-and-seek is part of the fun. The fish will take care of the former, while your expert fly-fishing guides will direct your search for awesome fishing during the duration of your stay at Pira.
Pira Lodge is located in northeastern Argentina’s Corrientes Province, in the heart of the Ibera Marshlands, and is surrounded by a 1,300,000-hectare nature reserve. The region borders Uruguay and enjoys a subtropical climate, with typical temperatures in the mid-80s early and late in the season.
Upon arriving at the lodge, anglers have prime access to the area’s best fly-fishing via an on-site boat launch, loaded with Hell’s Bay skiffs. The Corrientes River is about a 15-minute run south. Immersed in the system, you’ll find an abundance of clear creeks, flowing rivers, sight-fishing specific shallows, and lakes.
SpeciesFreshwater dorado (or golden dorado) have leaped to the forefront of a long list of formidable gamefish in recent times. Why? The reasons are many. Dorado, for instance, are breathtakingly beautiful. They are also hard-hitting, incredibly strong predators that jump high and grow big. World record fish can push the 50-pound mark.
South American fly fishers have known these truths for generations. But outside the region, dorado have historically suffered an identity crisis. Although the dorado’s body shape is reminiscent of many salmonids, it is not at all related. Dorado do not die after spawning and never swim to the ocean. And while its common name is similar, the South American dorado is a freshwater gamefish and not to be confused with the saltwater “dolphin” fish (called ‘el dorado’ in many Spanish-speaking countries).
Dorado of the Ibera Marshlands typically range in size from 5 to 10 pounds. In some fisheries, twenty pounders are common. Its intense, almost radiant, golden body is marked with holographic black horizontal stripes. This patterning, coupled with their powerful jaws and razor sharp teeth, have earned it the nickname “River Tiger” in Argentina. The dorado is a great jumper and a prodigious fighter. Once fooled with a fly, their arm-wrenching strike is a testament to their ferocity.