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Andes Outfitters Dorado Fishing is located in Northwest Argentina near the city of Salta. This small and personable outfitting operation offers what may be the best and most reliable Golden Dorado fishing in all of Argentina - a place where you can can consistently catch fish on both the famous Juramento River, and on small, clear mountain streams. Long-time Argentine outfitter Martin Carranza and his experienced staff operate this service, which is based in the Salta area and on a 20,000-acre private ranch with exclusive access to the best section of the Rio Tucanes. The lodge's private stretch of this river is 12 miles long and averages only 30' to 60' wide. The lodge also offers fishing on a 50-mile section of the Juramento River, a larger tailwater where most of the fishing is done from rafts. The average Dorado in the areas are 8 to 10 pounds on the smaller rivers, and can be significantly larger on the Juramento, where fish over 20 pounds are be caught on a regular basis.
Standard packages are 7 nights / 6 fishing days, although trips of any length can be arranged.
Anglers fishing with Andes Outfitters Dorado operation will typically stay in two different areas over the course of the week.
For better access to the Rio Juramento, guests will stay at Hosteria Ayres de Campo, which is located in the small town of J.V. Gonzalez. From there you will have very easy access to the best stretches of water on the famous Juramento River. The Hosteria offers five double rooms, each with private bath.
Starting in 2012, Andes Outfitters will also offer VIP camping options on both the Juramento and the smaller Rio Tucanes. Camping equipment includes 6'3" Goretex tents, cots, mats, pillows, porta potty (portable loo), satellite phone and portable generator. This is the best way to fish this incredible productive streams without spending long hours driving to and from the river. The campsites for the smaller waters are located on a private cattle ranch that has belonged to a local family since the late 1900’s. It was formerly a logging ranch until the owners decided to follow the same rules as the National Park and preserve it as such. There are ancient trees with extremely hard and precious wood and in its most remote parts there are incredible wild animals like Puma, Tapir, Yaguarete (South American Jaguar), Monkeys, Toucans, several species of Parrots, and the tasty but protected Pava del Monte (or wild South American turkey).
While staying in both Salta and the small town of J.V. Gonzalez, there are numerous restaurants where you can enjoy great Argentine food each night. Hotel Salta is right in front of central square and within walking distance to many great restaurants, including one of our favorites called Doña Salta, which offers excellent Argentine cuisine and great Malbec wines. While in camp, the outfitter's chef will prepare excellent homemade meals, served with great local Malbec that is second to none.
Two of the rivers that are offered exclusively through Andes Outfitters are located on a 20,000 acre private ranch with exclusive access to the best section of Rio Tucanes, adjacent to the border of a National Park, a great sanctuary for wildlife, including the fabled Golden Dorado. This operations home waters, the Rio Tucanes, is a tributary of a tributary of the Parana River basin.The Lodge's private stretch of river is 19 km long and only 30’ to 60’ wide. It is protected within a jungle (yunga) canyon, creating a situation where there is no wind, making it very easy to fly fish. Andes Outfitters also offers easy access to the Juramento River. This fantastic river was tamed after the building of a hydroelectric dam in 1973. Dorado migrated from the Parana River basin and created what is the only clear tailwater river with “L” size Dorado (up to 40 lbs). The Juramento River averages 100 ft. wide but you rarely cast longer than 50 ft. The average Dorado is 8 to 10 lbs and during your stay you may hook fish well over 20 lbs. The record Dorado to the boat on a fly is 37 lbs.
Rio Tucane - The fabled Rio Tucanes originates in Parque Nacional el Rey. It is a true spring creek, as it is born from cold water springs in the Sierra Cresta del Gallo and Sierra del Piquete. When you arrive at the Rio Tucanes you'll be amazed at its beauty, and your first impression will most likely be that this is the perfect trout stream. In reality, this small river holds Dorado up to 20 lbs.
Rio Juramento - The Juramento River, a tailwater born below El Tunal Dam in Northwest Argentina, has proven to be the best and most reliable Dorado river in the world. After long talks with local authorities and guides, the owners of Anders Outfitters secured a 10 year permit to float the river from just below the dam for more than 50 miles downstream, giving clients the opportunity to fly fish the most productive section of this river.The Juramento is a small river (averaging 50' to 100' wide) compared to most Dorado Rivers in Argentina. Since most trips on the Juramento involve floating in rafts, no long cast are required (15' to 30' casts are the norm). The water is clear to tea-colored, depending on the season. A typical day can produce an average of 20 strikes, with maybe half of these fish actually hooked and some landed. Fish over 15 lbs will push you and your tackle to the limits, and - depending on the anglers' fighting skills - it can be a fish caught or a fish lost.
Rio Dorado - The Rio Dorado is the twin brother of the Rio Tucanes and is also a great river to fish. Only accessible by intrepid anglers willing to hike for 3 hrs. in extreme heat, this is one of the finest dorado rivers in the world.
Andes Outfitters utilizes rafts to float and fish the Juramento and area waters. The lodge does have a limited supply of rods and reels for client use, although anglers are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Yellow Dog will provide complete pre-trip packets and detailed packing and equipment lists for all bookings.
Even though Dorado Lodge is a fishing-focused operation, the are a number of other activities in the area for non-anglers to enjoy, including horseback riding, bird watching (there are countless bird species in the area!), and hiking. The city of Salta is a great city to explore, walk, and shop.
Getting to Argentina is not difficult. Take an easy overnight flight to Buenos Aires from one of several major cities in the U.S., get a good night’s rest, and awake in Argentina. You will arrive into the International Airport in Buenos Aires, called Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini Airport, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Airport Code: EZE). From there, you will need to transfer to the Domestic Airport in Buenos Aires (J. Newbury Domestic or AEP) which is located across the city, in order to catch you flight north to Salta. Yellow Dog will be happy to assist with all transfers, logistics, and flights.
If you would like, you will be met by Yellow Dog's transfer agent and tour guide at Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini Airport in Buenos Aires, and transferred to your hotel or directly to the domestic airport for immediate departure to Salta, Argentina using Aerolinas Argentinas or LAN Airlines. Upon arrival in Salta, a representative from Andes Outfitters will pick you up and drive you to the hotel in Salta.
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. For single occupancy supplement, please add $250.00 per day. Dorado Lodge (Tucanes River wade fishing) has a minimum stay of 3 nights with 2 days fishing.
7 nights and 6.5 days fishing ------------------------------------------------------- $3,950
3 nights and 2.5 days fishing ------------------------------------------------------- $1,800
Guide service only (Juramento) ----------------------------------------------------- $550
(per day for 1 or 2 people)
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Sample Week-Long Itinerary
This is for informational purposes only. Your itinerary may change according time of year, the fishing conditions both on the Rio Tucanes and Rio Juramento, and your personal fishing preferences.
Day 1 - Departure from Aeroparque Airport in Buenos Aires to Salta. (2 hr flight). Arrival at Salta airport and transfer to Hotel Salta or Altos de Balcarce (both 4 star hotels)
Day 2 - All day float on a stretch of Rio Juramento. Your head guide will decide which stretch is convenient for that days float. Overnight at Rio Juramento Lodge.
Day 3 - All day float Rio Juramento, different beat. Overnight at Juramento Lodge.
Day 4 - All day float Rio Juramento, different beat. Overnight at Rio Juramento Lodge.
Day 5 - All day float Rio Juramento, different beat. Overnight at Rio Juramento Lodge.
Day 6 - Drive to River camp (3 hrs) on Rio Tucanes all day wade fishing. Overnight at River camp.
Day 7 - Wade fishing Rio Tucanes until around 3 pm then transfer to Hotel Salta. Hotel Salta is right in front of central square and within walking distance to many points of interest. We’ll have a farewell dinner at a local Restaurant called Doña Salta where you will enjoy excellent Argentine cuisine while pouring some local Malbec wines.
Day 8 - All morning shopping in town. Early afternoon flight back to Buenos Aires or your selected sightseeing tours near Salta (Train of the Clouds, Wine tours, San Antonio de los Cobres, Valles Calchaquies, etc.)