For a sportsman, Argentina’s southern Entre Rios Province is an amazing, amazing place. Home to perhaps the world’s greatest concentration of ducks, truly vast numbers of non-migratory eared doves and what outdoor writers and returning anglers are calling “spectacular” fishing for freshwater golden dorado (Salminus brasiliensis). Dorado are one of THE most sought-after freshwater fish in the traveling angler’s world—strikingly beautiful, punishing lures and flies, instantly making multiple acrobatic leaps like tarpon, and making finger-burning runs. They range in size from three to twenty pounds in Entre Rios’ thousands of square miles of sub-tropical rivers. This area is both spawning grounds and a year-round habitat, but the peak of fishing season and the best chance for larger fish is November through March – local summer with warm water conditions.
All of this amazing avian and aquatic activity can be accessed from the same authentic, comfortable place—our renowned mixed-bag bird hunting lodge, Estancia Santa Rosa, a three hour drive north of Buenos Aires. The lodge has eight bedrooms with seven baths, and offers impeccable organization, experienced guides, attentive service and excellent cuisine, wines and bar. Santa Rosa’s most important feature is close access to both world-class angling and gunning.
To give you an idea of the numbers: In the peak November through March season, pairs of anglers can expect 30-80 hookups a day, on fish from three to twenty pounds—and keep in mind these fish strike lures and flies hard enough to yank the rod right out of a fisherman’s hands! This is an excellent fly rodding destination, as dorado readily take big streamers and even skated mouse patterns on the surface. And conventional baitcasting or spinning fishermen can expect even more hits on Rapala-type diving lures and big spoons.
Again on numbers: Summer (November through March) in Entre Rios is the peak of dove season, with sorghum, corn and soy bean fields attracting doves by the hundreds of thousands. Hunters will see never-ending clouds of doves exiting and returning to the roost at all angles and enjoy gunning for challenging and acrobatic targets. This is super-high volume shooting, with hunters routinely expending 30-60 boxes in an afternoon!
This remarkable combination of world-class fishing and super-high-volume gunning can actually be done ON THE SAME DAY, FROM THE SAME LODGE. Anglers make their first cast around 7 a.m., return to the lodge around 1 p.m. for lunch and a quick nap, then head to the dove fields around 3 p.m., blasting away until 7 p.m. or whenever their shoulders call it quits. Fishing-only days or shooting-only days are also allowed.
This is easily one of the best cast and blast combinations to be found anywhere in the world.
Rates: $895/night (subject to change). Included are accommodations, all meals, open bar, hunting and fishing licenses, all services of professional guides and round-trip airport transfers. Not included are commercial air travel, gun rental at $70/day, shells at $15/box (subject to change) and tips.
Use of high quality bait casting and spinning rods and good reels is included in the price, as are all dorado lures. Fly fishermen need to bring their own rods, reels, leader, flies, etc. First rate back ups for all fly gear and flies will be available at the lodge in case of trouble with fly equipment.
HOW TO GET THERE
Buenos Aires is best reached from Miami, Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston on American Airlines, United Airlines, LATAM, Aerolineas Argentinas or Delta Airlines. Guests are met upon arrival in Buenos Aires and transferred via private vehicle three hours to the estancia.