We started the second month of the season with water levels still high and fishing condition challenging, a lot more water than usual have our dorado spread all over this massive territory of aquatic wilderness.
We hosted Dave M for his 11th time here at Pira. He had a great time sharing yet another week with us. Even in the tough conditions he managed to get some good dorado- mainly fishing in shallower Marsh areas.
Some other friends came back as well, Clark S and Peter W, both for a third year in a row; and they came with a new guest too. Most of that foursome targeted dorados with dry flies. Peter W was the luckiest of the four– releasing a 17 lb. beauty on a mouse pattern in a channel far upstream in the Marsh.
As the week continued, the water levels and the temperatures started to normalize, and the water began to drop considerably. Fishing in the River became far better, with most of the fish close to underwater banks they became far easier to target. Also, millions of minnows swimming were migrating along the shore, so there were tons of sábalos also mixed with dorados.
Another friend from Chicago was also back with us this week, and most of his fishing was casting along the banks using Dahlberg divers. Some explosive takes up on the surface resulted– awesome to see that action!!
Continuing the search of the golden bars in the Marsh required driving quite some distance along the braided water in our Hell’s Bays boats, but we are always looking forward to the next day of our Pira adventures. Continued thanks to our exceptional team of guides, Gene, José, Agustín, we each wait for new guests to arrive and continue to want only to share this amazing fishery in this magical place called Ibera. Hope you can join us soon.
Fishing Manager, Pira Lodge
In the latter half of January we hosted repeat guests that had been here several other Times; as was the case of Meredith and her group
of awesome people.
For most of them this type of fishing was totally new, and it could also be quite technical as we fish in many narrow channels. Golden dorados are most like salt water species, they take aggressively, fight very hard and produce acrobatic jumps. One of the things I enjoy so much is to see the contrast of the gold coming out of the black color water and flashing that light. Meredith put a lot of effort casting most of the days using top water flies, and mouse patterns were our best fly to fish top water; casting downstream and skating across the channels. Using that technique she landed a beautiful 13 lbs and a 9 lbs in the same morning session.
Other techniques we use is casting 300 grain lines across the channels and swinging like traditional salmon fishing. Right now, with the water conditions we have, many of the sectors of the marsh allow us to practice this technique.
The days move fast and new guests arrived to share the fishing in this unique place on earth. Terry and Jenifer from Scotland, had big expectations, and were anxious to add a new specie. One morning session I asked Terry if he wouldn’t mind a ride that was farther
than usual, and went far into the marsh. Places where we don’t go very often because of more difficult access. Arriving, I added
a few pound test to his leader, as we were in “big mamas” territory. He started with a nice take on top and was that fast he cannot set the hook. Score 1-0. We continued drifting and casting downstream to a big island and another bite. This fish took the fly so smoothly, but when Terry set the hook the fish ran downstream and nearly took the whole line. When we saw that big mama jump we could not believe the size. It took a while to bring the fish closer because that area is full of weed and the fish was around the grass. Finally we landed the golden beauty. On the scale it tipped to 27.4 lbs !!! This is a new record for the Lodge.
Will also managed to get a 15 pound fish in the marsh, and Steve and Shelly had an amazing session–with 19 lbs, 16 lbs, and 13 pound fish. Three in double digits.
As the days go on some big summer storms have arrived and made the water level rise and rise, so we are fishing amazing amounts of water. Water clarity and temperature are still great.
We hope you will come and visit us soon-to see the brilliant gold fish fly out of the black water!Jose Caparros