Located in Argentina's northern province of Corrientes, Pira enjoys a tropical “Floridian” climate and is repeatedly labeled one of the world’s top guest accommodations by returning anglers. Surrounded by the vast 3-million acre Ibera Marsh, Pira affords anglers crystal-clear waters ideal for sight-fish cruising dorado with top-water floating lines; a technique that produces explosive, heart-stopping strikes.
Targeted from Hell’s Bay skiffs, Pira’s dorado-salminus maxillosus-are known as "Tigers of the River" and are considered the most challenging native freshwater game fish of South America. Flashing radiant gold flanks, strong backs and jaws, dorado hammer flies and are immediately addicting.
Repeatedly heralded, Pira offers 5 grand, high-ceiling double occupancy rooms with private bathroom and A/C along a meandering open air corridor. The main lodge faces the swimming pool and marsh beckons with a spacious living room, social bar and light airy dining room all bordered by open verandas.
7/8 wt. fast-action fly rods with weight forward floating lines are primary. Corresponding tropical sink-tip lines are recommended. Knotable wire is a must for dorado fishing. Tropical weight flats clothing and plenty of sun protection is necessary in the Ibera.
Pira accommodates non-angling guests and is supremely comfortable for couples. With remote beauty comes travel logistic challenges. Frontiers is versed in all arrival methods and a personal conversation with our experts is highly recommended. The Ibera is similar to the US Everglades, sun and insect protection is recommended and clothing and gear should be “tropical specific.” Fishing from the skiffs is reminiscent of saltwater flats fishing or Florida Bay. Birding is extraordinary and many boast their best day at Pira. Combine with the Alto Parana for an ultimate Argentina dorado experience.
7-night/6-day fishing package: $5,565 per angler
Pira entertains any length of stay: $795 per night/angler
Fishing license: $50 per person
Tackle rental: $25 per day
Regional transfers are not included; there are many options, please contact Frontiers for clarification.
We began the season with relatively high water levels in both the Corrientes River and the Ibera Marsh headwaters. Ample flows gave us the ability to re-explore many of the channels that had for years been too low to maneuver into.
Little by little, water levels, however, have dropped. And we’re now finding most fish in the main channels and the lagoons. The dorado we’ve so far caught have been identified as resident fish. ...