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Don Joaquin

Don Joaquin



Argentina is very well known for its wing shooting options, but it is also well know for the quality and quantity of fly fishing.

 

From the sea run brown trout in south Patagonia, to the nice rainbows in little creeks in northern Patagonia, to the amazing Golden Dorado in the north of the country.

Argentina Golden Dorado is a rare game fish known for its unique beauty, ferocious fighting, explosive runs and tarpon-like acrobatics.  Though the fish has been famous among South American anglers for quite some time, very few outsiders had even heard of the Golden Dorado - let alone fished for them.  In the last 10 years, however, the Dorados reputation as one of the worlds best freshwater fighters went global.  Today, adventurous anglers from around the world are flocking to South America in pursuit of this magnificent game fish.

 

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General Information

At the town of  Esquina, the Paraná River is met by the smaller Corrientes River and the convergence of this rivers I the heart of duck hunting in Corrientes

Combining excellent service, the comfort of a loving family and a relaxed atmosphere we will cater to your specific desires. We invite you to connect up close with nature, live the Argentine estancia lifestyle and participate in the best fly fishing.

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Accommodations

Estancia Don Joaquin has twelve rooms with private bathroom and air conditioning system. Each room has been decorated by minor details that add coziness and distinction. Big windows with field and wetlands view. Each room has the name of a local Argentine bird.

The lodge comprises 13 Suites, 2 Living Rooms, 3 Dining Rooms, BBQ Terrace with Wood Oven and a 14m swimming pool. Every suite has its own bathroom, air conditioning and daily maid service and free wi fi.

. 13 double/single standard rooms; each with private bathroom.

. Dining room, sitting room, and bar.

. Massage service

. Internet access 

. Maid and laundry service

. Gift shop, logo wear and accessories

. Professional fishing guides

 

The galleries at the house are the perfect place to have a drink and appetizer before enjoying lunch at the deck overlooking the river.

Quiet Sleep

We want all of our guests to enjoy their stay at our lodge.  We ask that, during the hours of 9pm-6am, guests be considerate of those who are sleeping. If you plan to stay up late with friends please keep noise to a minimum to avoid disturbing others. 

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Cuisine

Our Meals

Our menu was designed to include the most popular meals that we normally request in any restaurant in the country. We wish to delight our guests with one special meal every evening. We also worked special appetizers for the evenings and we always have duck, perdiz and some dove breast grilled with onion and bacon in our menu. Our Chef works passionately every day to satisfy all our guests. We have delicious local desserts for every meal, and you will enjoy our famous sweet milk caramel or “dulce de leche” in some of our specials.

Great breakfast with eggs and bacon. “Asados” (BBQ), and special requests available. Wine is special every night and, as a suggestion; do not go home without trying mate, the special Gaucho tea.

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The Fishing

The Most effective flies comprehend Clouser Deep Minnows, Andino Deceiver, Lefty´s Deceiver, Poppers and other minnow-imitating flies. Equipments used range from #6 to #10, depending on the size of the average fishstock. This fish usually takes flies both on surface and sub-surface. It is commmon the use of Intermediate and Sinking-Tip fly lines in places with fast current, preferred by this species.

The fly must be worked with long, slow pulls. The Dorado though being an avid hunter, also is a lazy chaser. So, if the fly moves too fast or with short, fast movements the Dorado can just skip attacking.

Flies tied for dorado usually contain lots of flash. This fish likes shiny, colorful flies or black ones when the water is muddy or turbid. In the State of São Paulo, Brazil, clousers tied in white and blue deliver the best results. Due to the Dorado´s very sharp teeth, it is very recommended that the angler uses a steel wire or a good piece of fluorocarbon monofilament bite tippet, to avoid losing the fish and the lure.

There are other species in the Paraná River such as; Pacu (Piaractus Mesopotamicus), Pira Pita (Brycon Orbignanus), Surubi (Platistoma Fasciatum) and the main source of food for the Dorado, Bogas (which is similar to the American Carp).

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Gear and Equipment

Rods

We recommend #6/7/8/9 fast action rods, so big streamers with lead eyes don´t boder your casting.

Reels

The reel has to have a good brake. The backing should be well loaded (150 yards of 20 pounds), large arbor if possible.

Lines

You will need tropical fly lines for saltwater. We advise to bring one clear/sinking tip and one floating line.

We will use 9 feet leaders that would finish in a diameter no smaller than 20/30 Lb. resistance.

Dorado flies are big streamers tied in #1/0 al #5/0 hooks. Every fly will be tied on a stainless steel knottable leader of not less than 8 inches long and 15 to 30 Lb. test strength.

Flies

You will need average two dozen dorado flies in various patterns for your trip; but we are able to provide you with the right fly fishing flies. it si importanta to have a bunch of flies with heavy lead eyes, some medium weight flies with bead chain eyes. Sizes should be mostly #3/0’s with a few #4/0’s and a few smaller #2’s. Flies should be darker patterns and combination with black, and also need some very light or white patterns for white sand flats.Some of the best patterns are streamers tied with muddler head and well loaded of. 

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Traveling Here

The best international connection is through Buenos Aires (Argentina). Ministro Pistarini Airport (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Right now, 31 airlines operate out of Ministro Pistarini Airport.

Ministro Pistarini Airport offers nonstop flights to 51 cities.

Every week, at least 126 domestic flights and 833 international flights depart from Ministro Pistarini Airport.

Guests will transfer 45mins to the Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport and fly 1 hour north to Santa Fe where they are picked up and driven 3 hours to the lodge. The Resistencia Airport can also be used as an alternative airport as Parana city, too.

Private charters can be arranged with departure from the international airport and service to Goya. Our staff will meet guests and drive only one hour to the lodge.

All domestic flights originate from Buenos Aires. Flights into Parana, Corrientes, Resistencia or Santa Fe can be booked online or with your travel agent.  We will organize your ground transportation in Buenos Aires to make it hassle free.-

Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Important Information 

Important change to the Reciprocity Fee s policy for American, Canadian and Australian passport holders visiting Argentina.

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Argentina. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. The reciprocity fee still apllies to Australian and Canadian passport holders.


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Recommended Clothing

Fishing Shirts (quick drying). Long sleeve and short sleeve.

Polarized Sunglasses 

Pair of sun fly fishing gloves

Cotton T-shirts or dry fit

large tube Waterproof Sunscreen 50 SPF

comfortable dry fit pants for wading

Waterproof Boxers or under wears tight whiteys

Neck protection

Shorts, quick dry wading style with brief.

Socks for fishing and non fishing

Hats or caps

Breathable Light Weight Rain Jacket (Simms could be a good option)

Waterproof Belt for your shorts and pants.

Wading and boat Shoes 

casual shoes, sandals or flip-flops 

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