An Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Argentina

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Dorados on the Fly

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The Story

Follow your adventurous angling spirit to Argentina and enjoy and Orvis-endorsed experience at Dorados on the Fly, where passionate anglers have spent two decades pioneering the finest trophy Dorado fishing opportunities in Argentina. Ricardo 'Pinti' Pinto's Dorados on the Fly lodge is located on the prime section of the upper Paraná for those who want to catch big, aggressive Golden Dorado on the fly. Pinti has assembled a team of the finest renowned local guides, all of whom were born and raised near in the region and have spent a lifetime exploring the fishery. Pinti and his team have developed fisheries throughout South America, and Pinti built his business on what he considers the best and most productive location on the Paraná.

At the Lodge:

The Dorados on the Fly lodge is located on a high bluff overlooking the expanse of the beautiful Parana river. It is nestled in a rural jungle-like setting, and offers seven single rooms, each one with a private bathroom, air conditioner and Wi-fi.

The lodge features a main building in which guests enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main dining area is contained within a great room that features a pool table, bar area, and plenty of sitting space for sharing fish stories. This room opens onto a patio with a grand view of the river.

Food & Drink:

Pinti takes great pride in the food and beverage offering at Dorados on the Fly. Guests and guides share meals in the main dining area at the Lodge, and anglers generally return to the lodge for lunch. Menus are centered around classic Argentinian fare prepared by a dedicated and personable chef. Meals include plenty of fantastic local beef, classic Argentinian asados, empanadas, fresh vegetables, delicious desserts, and of course, a wide selection of Mendoza's best Malbecs.

What is Provided:

The rate includes transfers in/out from the local airport, lodging, all meals and drinks (including wine and beer), guiding, laundry, and fishing license.

DOES NOT INCLUDE : Fishing equipment, flies, gratuities for guides and lodge staff.

Gear Recommendations:

6-7 wt. for Pacu and Pira-Pita
8-9 wt. for Dorado
Tropical weather fly lines are a must, identical to those used for bonefish, redfish, permit, or tarpon. Floating 40/30/20 lb. test leader material.
American fishing wire. 7x7 40 lb. test.

What to Bring:

Rain Gear
Good Polarized sunglasses


Dorados on the Fly can offer fishing year-round. Even though double-digit Dorados are possible throughout the year, late March, April, May, October, November, and December are prime times.

The best months for dry flies and sight-fishing for Pacu and Pira-Pita are January, February, March, and September.


Dorados (Salminus brasilliensis) are an acrobatic, predatory fish much like a salmonid in profile.

Pira-Pita (Brycon orbignanus) run slightly smaller than Dorado but are similarly acrobatic.

Pacu (Colosoma mesopotamicus ) are a large-profile fish somewhat like a large piranha. Pacu and Pira-Pita are known to take dry flies at certain times of year.


Pinti's lodge is located in the middle of a huge delta created by the Parana river. This vast jungle/river system provides perfect habitat for Dorados, Pacu, and Pira-Pita.

Anglers at Dorados on the Fly will target structure like sunken trees, rocks, water seams, pockets, drop-offs, and sandbars, depending on water level and time of year. Dorado angling is done mostly with streamers, making the fishing very exciting and dynamic. Nearly all of the fishing is accomplished from boats equipped with both trolling and outboard motors.

Typical Weather:

From October through April, you should expect a range between 65F/100F
April/May and September, 60F /85F.

2021-2022 Season & Rates:

Double Occupancy - Shared Room and Guide
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,800.00 per person
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,700.00 per person
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,500.00 per person
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,200.00 per person

Single Occupancy - Single room and single guide
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $4,200.00 per person
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $5,550.00 per person
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $6,750.00 per person
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $7,800.00 per person

Or $780 per night / per person in single rooms sharing a boat

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Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

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Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

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Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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