Check list before you come
This checklist includes everything a person might need for a Golden Fly Fishing week. This was compiled with the help of several anglers with years of experience in fishing the Golden area.
We feel confident that if you have everything on this list you won’t forget anything important.
If you notice something that is missing from our checklist, please e-mail us and we’ll add this to future editions.
The ideal outfit to develop the fly fishing of Golden Dorados
We recommend #7/8/9 fast action rods, so big streamers with lead eyes don´t boder your casting.
The reel has to have a good brake. The backing should be well loaded (150 yards of 20 pounds), large arbor if possible.
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.
The right equipment for Pirá Pytá
The Fly fishing of Pirá Pytá is done with light equipment, rods and lines ranging from #4 to #6. This subtle fishing allows us to think on a delicate cast and good presentation of the fly with floating lines, so the powerful line and rod are not the main issue. Even though it is advisable to use strong salt water leaders and also use fluorocarbon leaders or otherwise, wire leaders of 10 Lb.
Bring back up rods for dorados in case of breakage.
6 Pirá Pitá leaders -12 feet 1X or 14 lb.
The heavier tippets will allow you to land many more fish and handle them more easily when releasing them.
1 Spool 02X (20 lb.) Fluorocarbon tippet.
6 - 10 Quick Change Golden Dorado leaders. OUR GUIDES ALWAYS RECCOMMEND TO MAKE YOUR LEADERS IN 3 PARTS: START THE BUT SECTION ON A 40 LB FLUOROCARBON OF 2 FOOT, FOLLOW IT WITH 1.7 FOOT OF 30 LB FLUOROCARBON AND USE A 20 LB SHOCK TIPPET WHERE YOU WILL TIE THE STEINLESS STEELL LEADER WITH THE FLY.
Bring 2 dozen dorado flies in various patterns for a week of fishing. You need at least a dozen flies with heavy lead eyes, others can be medium weight flies (with bead chain eyes). Some of the best patterns are streamers tied with muddler head and well loaded of. Sizes should be mostly #3/0’s with a few #4/0’s and a few smaller #2’s. Most flies should be darker patterns – in combination with black, but you also need some very light or white patterns for white sand flats.
Pirá Pitá flies
Small dry flies or nymphs tied in hooks ranging from #10 to # 2/0 are the ones for Pirás. The recommended ones are the Ututu or Chernobyl. We also use a fly that looks like a fruit, just like the flies that look like eggs. The ones we use during the spawn for catching trouts and salmons, but they have to be heavy enough so we imitate the falling of fruits from a tree.
We use the fruits mentioned before by excellence.
2 - Waterproof boxes
1 Pair of sun gloves (M, L or XL)
2 Pair of Striped finger guards
1 Clippers and retractor
1 Fishing pliers
1 Reel lube, drag lubricants
1 Insect repellant – spray or lotion
1 large tube Waterproof Sunscreen 50 SPF
1 LED Head Lamp
2 Pr. Polarized Sunglasses – high quality Tan or brown lenses
1 Spray bottle lens cleaning solution, lens tissues
1 Fly Line cleaner and line pad cleaner box
Misc. magazines or books to read on the trip
Playing cards, Crib board etc.
Clothing to Bring
6 Fishing Shirts – quick drying style. At least 2 Long sleeve ones.
6-8 Cotton T-shirts if you use these
6-8 pr. Boxers or tight whiteys
2-4 Pr. Light Weight, quick dry wading pants
2-4 Pr. Shorts, quick dry wading style with brief.
8 pr. Socks
2 Flats Hats or caps
1 Breathable Light Weight Rain Jacket with hood
1 Waterproof Belt for your shorts or pants.
1 Boat Shoes with sipped soles to wear in the flats skiffs
1 pr. Sandals, flip-flops if you like these to wear at the hotel
Stuff you shouldn´t forget
Your Passport – check to make sure this is current. Make two copies and put them in your wallet and hand carry.
Money – The best bet is to bring Euros or American Dollars to change into Pesos Argentinos upon arrival in Argentina, you will use them during your trip, at airports and personal transportation. For gratuities at the Lodge and guide tips and also to pay your bar and beverage tab at the end of the week you won´t need Pesos. We accept every currency. No credit cards are accepted.
Airline tickets, Flight and trip itinerary
Prescribed medicines that you need to take. Aspirin, Motrin. A kit with Antibiotics, Imodium AD etc. In case of emergency
First aid kit- including bandages, waterproof adhesive silo tape.
Anti-itch cream for insect bites
Zap A Gap Super Glue for bad cuts, repairs
Moisturizer Cream like Intensive Care ones for your hands
Chap Stick SPF 30 for your lips.
Torch or lighter for Cigars, cigar cutter – BUT NOT in your carry-on
Cigarettes, chewing gum and other tobacco products.
Small digital camera including charger and cords. Be sure to bring a USB cord to download photos to your computer or iPod. Extra memory cards for your cameras.
Pelican Waterproof cases for your cameras. Remember your charger, extra flash cards etc.
Laptop Computer, charger in a soft case
1-2 GB Flash Memory USB drive for transferring photos from one computer to another
IPod or CD player, headphones
Palm or Blackberry
2 Plug in wall conversion plugs to go from a std. 2 or 3 prong 220v. to 110v. In Argentina we use 220v.