URUGUAY GOLDEN DORADO FISHING AT SALTO GRANDE
The Salto Grande golden dorado fishery is considered by many traveling anglers to provide the most unique and consistently productive fishing experience in the entire world! Quoting from The Angling Report, “La Zona (Salto Grande) is a place where the normal rules don’t apply. These awesome fish are so huge and numerous it is like something out of prehistory…”
These aggressive and acrobatic fish are a real handful. If your rod is not yanked right out of your hands on the strike, you have a serious fight with a huge golden trophy screaming out line and jumping maniacally. This fishery is home to virtually all of the dorado world records (including over a dozen fly fishing records). The dorado grow enormous here, due to the abundance of food produced in the Uruguay River below the Salto Grande hydro-electric dam. The average landed fish is around 14-15 pounds, but Salto Grande brutes go to 30-40-50 pounds and above!
The guides are quite experienced and the fishing is done from spacious 22′ center console boats. Fly fishermen, spin casters and bait casters can all expect to hook/jump anywhere from ten to thirty dorado each day. In order to keep the quality at this amazing level, fishing is allowed only Friday through Monday.
One of the most amazing components of a trip to this area is the option to combine the big-time fishing with big-time dove shooting. Guests have the daily option of all-day fishing, all-day shooting or splitting the day into fishing mornings and afternoon shooting. This is world-class gunning—shooters routinely go through 15-30 boxes in an afternoon.
Our guests are accommodated in single rooms at the Horacio Quiroga Resort, which sits just above the Salto Grande dam on the Uruguayan side of the Salto Grande Lake. The fishing area is immediately below the dam, so the trip to the boats each morning is only a few minutes. The resort is surrounded by a 450-acre national park and features multiple pools and thermal baths, along with an excellent bars and restaurants. Our guests are hosted in a private dining and cocktail area. The hotel has 24-hour Internet use and wireless access is available in many locations throughout the facility.
$4600 PER PERSON – 5 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS / 8 OUTINGS
The price includes ground transportation to/from Montevideo or Buenos Aires, single accommodations, all meals and drinks, including beer, wine and liquor, fishing license, rods and reels, fishing lures, and fully guided fishing and hunting outings. The price does not include commercial or charter air travel, Uruguay hunting permit ($200), shells at $16/box, gun rental ($50 per half-day), laundry, and tips.
PRIME TIME: November – March
American Airlines currently has limited non-stop flights from Miami to Montevideo Carrasco International Airport. COPA and United also fly from the US to Montevideo with stops in Panama City. Alternately, guests may opt to fly to Buenos Aires EZE using Delta, United, American and other carriers. Once you are finished with Immigration and Customs you will be met by outfitter staff and driven 4.5 hours to Horacio Quiroga Resort (included in the price) or you can opt for a charter flight to and drive 20 minutes to the resort.
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