Golden Dorado Cruiser is a new Dorado fishing program that utilizes a mobile mother-ship to keep anglers into the prime water throughout their fishing week. This is an exciting new Dorado fishing destination located on the Parana Delta a 4,600 square mile natural marsh with thousands of lagoons, channels, back-bays and river banks, perfect habitat for Dorado.
Mobility is the key to this fishery as the mother-ship keeps you within in easy striking distance of fresh-fisheries; happy, willing and aggressive fish.
Dorado are among the finest game fish on the planet – their striking beauty mixed with their beast-mode aggressive and acrobatic behavior make Dorado one of the finest freshwater species to pursue with a fly rod.
Combine a top game fish that with world class lodging provided by a full-service Mother Ship, with guaranteed mobility to some of the hottest and most remote fishing spots in the Parana River and delta system, gourmet meals served with some of the finest wines of Argentina, top notch hardcore guides, and first-class fishing skiffs and you have yourself a solid fishing program.
This unique river system has a very large and complex system of marshlands, lagoons, tributaries, creeks, and islands, which acts as a huge water filter making its waters much clearer than the waters of the main Paraná and Uruguay rivers.
The Delta is the meeting of the waters, where the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers join and fabulously rich ecosystem and supports the largest migrations of baitfish – sábalo, pejerrey and sardines all of which are the main food source of dorado, as well as other predatory fish, such as the Chafalote (Paraná river Payara fish), Palometa, Surubi (big catfish), Pira Pitá, Wolf Fish, and Pacu.
Reservations & Rates
• 7-nights and 6-days guided fishing: $4,950 per person dbl occ
• 6-nights and 5-days guided fishing: $4,400 per person dbl occ
• 5-nights and 4-days guided fishing: $3,750 per person dbl occ
• 4-nights and 3-days guided fishing $3,150 per person dbl occ
• 3-nights and 2-days guided fishing $2,450 per person dbl occ
• Non-Angling rate: 50% of angling rate
Included in your Golden Dorado Cruiser package are airport reception, round trip ground transfers to the live aboard, lodging, meals, open bar, guided fishing and fishing license for anglers.
Not included in your Golden Dorado Cruiser package are airfare, fishing equipment, flies, and tackle, phone calls, gratuities, and anything not mentioned under the inclusions.
The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.
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Seasons for the Golden Dorado Cruiser
The Golden Dorado River Cruiser runs year-round, with peak Dorado fishing November through March.
The months of October, November, December and into early January also offer good numbers of wolf fish (Tararira in Spanish.) and they are great fun to catch on poppers.
Getting to the Golden Dorado Cruiser
The programs normally run Saturday to Saturday, but it is possible to adjust in/out days to other days of the week as well as to do shorter stays due to its proximity to Buenos Aires and rather easy travel logistics.
To get to the Golden Dorado River Cruiser, a ground transfer and boat transfer is necessary and included in the package. Normally it will take approximately 3 hours by private auto transfer from a Buenos Aires hotel or international or domestic airports to a marina. From the marina you will load your gear in a skiff and run about 1 hour to the exact location of the Mother Ship, depending on its location, they are constantly on the move...
Arrive Parana Gipsy with reception from the Captain and staff, followed by an introduction to Golden Dorado fishing and preparation of all fishing tackle. This is the time to get your gear ready, relax and prepare for a week of fishing. Fishing in the afternoon is possible, always depending on time of arrival at the mother ship.
Dinner is served around 9:00 pm and appetizers and cocktails are available before lunch and dinner.
Fishing Day: The fishing day is usually split into two sessions, morning and evening, with lunch at the mothership at 1:00 pm usually followed by a siesta. This maximizes the most productive bite time, while also avoiding the hottest part of the day. Dinner is served with a nice wine around 9:00 pm after a shower and short period to gather for drinks on the deck or in the salon.
DAYS 2 to 7:
Breakfast usually starts at 8:00 am.
(Morning Fishing Session): After breakfast at 8.30am you will meet your guide with your fishing partner, and load up in your fishing skiff and head out to your fishing area. Waters and drinks will be packed in your cooler.
Lunch: Depending on location of the Mother Ship and preference of anglers, lunch can be arranged at the Cruiser or on the fly with your guide at the most convenient location while fishing. Normally lunch is planned for 1:00 pm.
(Afternoon Fishing Session): Depending on the time of the year and your preference, fishing in the afternoon starts at around 3:00 pm and finishes at dusk.
Expect long fishing days, in excess of 8 hours. The fishing programs can be customized to guests’ preferences and arranged daily with your guide and manager.
Dinner is served around 9 PM. Appetizers and cocktails are available before lunch and dinner.
This is your departure day and guests usually leave after breakfast between 8:00 – 9:00 am with a one hour boat ride back to the Marina, and 3 hour auto transfer back to Buenos Aires or domestic or international airport.
Lodging at Golden Dorado Cruiser
The Parana Gipsy (mothership) is 75 feet long and 25 feet wide. She draws about 1 meter 20 centimeters in draft and easily cruises at about 6 - 10 knots. She has full range of navigational electronics onboard and is powered by two Fiat Diesel engines (Ivecos), twin screws.
The mother ship has in its first or lower level, four very comfortable double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, all provided with air conditioning and heating system, 24 hours electricity, TV, and comfortable twin beds. The second level has a beautiful living room and dining room as well as kitchen, outside there is a deck to relax and take pleasure in the beautiful views of the river, wildlife, all while enjoying a cocktail while before lunch or dinner. The upper level has a very nice solarium, and a magnificent 360 degrees view, provided with comfortable lounge chairs.
Golden Dorado Cruiser provides laundry service; one day service, folded neatly in a bag and placed on your bed.
The Parana Gipsy can accommodate eight anglers maximum per week.
Fishing at Golden Dorado Cruiser
The majority of the fishing is carried out from 17 foot Carolina Skiffs powered by 90 hp Yamaha 4-stoke outboards and move at a max speed of just over 30 mph. Each skiff has a Minn Kota remote control electric motor that the guide uses to keep the boat within casting distance of the shore line and structure. These boats are spacious enough for two anglers to cast forward and aft, and the skiffs are in tip-top condition and excellent crafts to fly fish from.
Your guide will keep you in position with an electric trolling motor while you drift downstream parallel to the bank, trying to hit the most productive looking lies and ambush spots along the way. Golden Dorado are extremely aggressive feeders and will hold on ambush points, usually close to moving water, to dart and attack unsuspecting baitfish. The attack on your fly is lighting fast, often just a streak of gold in the water and once you feel the fish hit your fly, you must strip-set aggressively in order to drive the hook into their boney mouth. A trout set (lifting the rod tip) does not work on these fish, only a strip set will get the hook driven home. Dorado fishing is fly casting intensive; you are literally casting all the time the skiff is positioned within casting distance of structure, pace yourself...
The nature of the river and its fish rewards competent casters, so it is advisable that you practice your accuracy with big, wind resistant flies. To be successful you must cover a lot of water and keep your fly in the water as much possible while at the same time, eliminating as many false casts as you can. The reason; much of the fishing is centered on trying to hit specific targets near tree stumps, behind rocks, under overhangs and along cut banks. Accurate casts are paramount to success and being a double haul and generate line speed will assure you can cast your fly (BIG streamers) accurately and with the least amount of casting.
At the same time you are pounding the bank with flies, you will be taking in the verdant ecosystem of the Parana Delta. There are over 1,000 different species of birds that call this natural marshland home – always something to observe while fishing.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• Mobility of the mother ship, the “Parana Gipsy” keeps you within quick and easy striking distance of new water every day and over happy fish that by nature are voracious feeders with a nasty set of teeth. You’ll spend more time fishing for Dorado and less time running in the boat basing out of this mobile fishing platform.
• The Golden Dorado Cruiser program affords simple and easy travel to and from and avoids the hassles of transferring to and flying out of the domestic airport. This is about as hassle free travel as you will find; you will be met at the international airport and 3 hours later be on the boat, rigging up your rod for the evening of fishing – no wasted time or motion.
• The Dorado fishing here is simple, easy and long casts are not needed, 30 - 50 feet will keep you in fish all day. This is a perfect fishery for folks new to fly fishing and/or Dorado fishing and that predicate a successful trip on numbers of fish landed. You’ll experience plenty of action; expect to land two to three dozen Dorado a day, 2 – 7 pounds. And larger fish, up to 10 pounds and over are an everyday occurrence.
• This is an all-inclusive package that includes everything, open bar, round trip ground transfers, guided fishing and gourmet meals…the works; outfitted by one of the most respected and successful outfitters in Argentina. You don’t have to worry about a thing and focus on your fishing and enjoying your experience on the Parana Delta.