Dorado Fishing in Salta
South America’s golden dorado are rare trophies—few Americans have ever caught one and many have never even heard of the species. They are distant cousins of salmon and share many traits with large salmon and trout. Their legendary reputation as a fantastic game fish is well deserved. They punish lures and flies, instantly make multiple acrobatic leaps like a tarpon and make finger-burning runs. The beautiful clearwater mountain rivers of northwestern Argentina — in particular Salta Province — provide habitat to 15-30 pound adult specimens as they migrate up the rivers to spawn, and juvenile fish from 3-10 pounds reside in the rivers year-round. On a good day here, an angler might hook ten to twenty fish and any fish hooked will provide a thrilling fight in these small waters.
A six to eight-weight fly rod is recommended with floating and sink tip lines. Deceiver, clouser or muddler patters on 1/0 to 3/0 hooks with combinations of black, blue, brown or red with white underbodies, tied with deer hair or bunny fur work well. Spin/baitcasting fast-action rods are recommended to cast 2" to 4" diving minnows and 1/4 oz. to 1/2 oz. silver and gold spoons and spinners.
A note of reality: Dorados are sensitive to temperature drops, and during the bird hunting season, they can turn off and on with the weather. A temperature drop of 20 degrees will turn the dorado off from feeding, and fishing will get tough—an angler might only hook two or three fish all day. Warmer days offer more aggressive fish and good numbers of hookups. Fishing is best early and late in the season—April/May and September – November when the weather is warmer.
Outfiter Floro Lavalle has Patagonia-trained guides and rights to the very productive Dorado, Del Valle and Seco Rivers which are easily accessed from the same lodge as the hunting. In addition, Lavalle has a dedicated four bedroom fishing lodge just minutes from the streams. All streams are wadeable.
Rod & Gun Resources is proud to offer this great Salta Golden Dorado fly-fishing trip. Our outfitter and experienced fly-fishing guides know all the nuances of Golden Dorado fly-fishing.