Salta - DORADO AND DOVES!
To truly experience this destination, with all of its different rivers in the valley and in the hills, you’ll want to plan for five full days. When fishing the rivers in the hills, you move from the main lodge – Chacu – to the fishing camp – San Fernando – which is located just 20 minutes from the rivers. Chacu is about two hours away and San Fernando is just on the other of the rivers. San Fernando is more of a fishing camp than a 5-star hotel, however, everything you need is provided – comfortable bedrooms, hot water, electricity (generator), and a great dining area with a grill – all of it looks into the tropical forest. You’ll spend two nights here, and three nights at Chacu.
After fishing these rivers, you’ll move back to Chacu where you will spend the last two nights and fish the valley river – the Juramento. This river is wider than the others, carries more water, and is full of dead trees and branches above and below the water line. These conditions provide excellent protection and cover for the Golden Dorado – there are lots of fish in the Juramento River, and a lot of “big ones” as well. The best fish are close to the dead branches, so you’ll need to cast close to the dead trees – you may lose some flies, but you’ll hook some unbelievable fish! Seeing that piece of gold as it jumps fully out of the water will be imprinted in your memory forever!
Wine Tours in Salta and Cafayate can be arranged after the fishing trip. Non-fishing guests can relax at the lodge and go sightseeing and shopping in Salta while the fishing trip is underway. A “cast and blast” program is also available for those who enjoy dove and pigeon hunting.
South America’s Golden Dorado is a rare trophy! Few Americans have ever caught one and many have never even heard of the species. Their legendary reputation as a fantastic game fish is well deserved. The Golden Dorado punish lures and flies, make multiple acrobatic leaps instantly like the tarpon, and make finger-burning runs.
At Chacu there are two places to fish for Golden Dorado – one is by wading the crystal clear rivers in the tropical forest area, and the other is by floating a bigger river in the flat lands. Both options present challenges for anglers, but the rewards can be out of this world. There are three rivers heading up into the tropical forest – the Del Valle, the Seco, and the Dorado. These rivers require a good deal of walking over small boulders, a great deal of stealth approaching the banks, and precise casting to small pockets of water.
Fishing for Golden Dorado in these rivers is like fishing for trout except you hook them like a tarpon – you can actually see them cruising the runs and pools. There are big fish in these small to mid-size rivers; the average size is 6 pounds, however, you will see 10 to 15 pounders as well.
The fishing is incredible, the landscape is beautiful, and you won’t see another human being besides your partner and your guide.
Chacu is a magnificent 20,000 sq. feet lodge, offers nine bedrooms, lovely dining and cocktail areas, shaded patios, gardens, and fountains. It has all of the charm of a European country manor, but with modern comfort and convenience. The lodge sits in a lovely hillside location on a 12,000-acre private ranch. The sauna, massage and spa will take care of your significant other while you fish. Dining is uniformly terrific -- featuring famed Argentine beef, local specialties, game dishes, and delightful Malbec red wines. There’s Internet and cell phone coverage at the lodge as well.
The fishing is accessed easily from this lodge, but there is also another fishing camp closer to some of the rivers in case you want to be right next to the action – please inquire with Detail Company Adventures. The drives to the fishing areas range from 20 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the river.
The lodge is located near a local town called Las Lajitas, and is a 1 hour and 45-minute drive from the Salta City Airport. The flight from Buenos Aires to Salta is about 2 hours – comfortable, jet service, on time.
Several airlines fly to Buenos Aires from the U.S. with non-stop service offered from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami, New York, and Houston. Getting to Buenos Aires from the U.S. is not a problem.
When you arrive in Buenos Aires, you can either choose to stay in a hotel for the night and enjoy Buenos Aires which is a very cosmopolitan city, or transfer to the domestic airport for the flight to Salta.
Best time to go suggested by DCA: Year-round, best from March to June and mid-August to December
“I have fished all over the world and I find this an incredible experience. The fishing, the guides, the service and the experience, all out of this world. Guides, staff, food and the wine were excellent. What a great fighting, acrobatic fish! I will come back!”
Joe M. – Colorado, May 2012