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 you crystal-clear waters ideal for sight fishing while cruising for 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 and strong backs and jaws, dorado hammer flies and are immediately addicting.
Pira offers seven grand, high-ceiling double occupancy rooms with private bathroom and air conditioning along a meandering open-air corridor. The main lodge faces the swimming pool and marsh, featuring a spacious living room, social bar, and 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: $6,300 per angler, based on shared room and guide.
Pira entertains any length of stay; call for additional rates.
Fishing license: $50 per person
Regional transfers are not included; there are many options, please contact Frontiers for clarification.
In October and November of 2018, I did a sweeping road trip of all the Dorado fisheries in northeastern Argentina visiting all our Frontiers destinations, including Pira Lodge, Parana River Outfitters, Suinda Lodge, Delta Lodge and the Golden Dorado River Cruiser.
The first thing that stuck out to me is the diversity of atmosphere and fisheries. I handpicked all these dorado destinations myself. However, each could not be ...