The carpet-bombing surface fishing at downstream was physically demanding
but very simplistic. The result of every trial will become clear within
3 seconds. Meanwhile, this count & swing fishing demands patience and
Less exciting. But in fact, I do not dislike this kind of quiet fishing
either. While I was indulging in a happy imagination - coaching my big
black deceiver how to swim, ZOOM!!
The hook was firmly set on the left end of the cartridge. The fish must
have taken the fly facing upstream as the fly began turning. When feeling
the hook and the downward pressure, the fish would run upstream against
the current, offering anglers a great opportunity to strike.
As the sun climbed down on the horizon, the water began boiling with spectacular
splashes everywhere. Hatching mosquitoes were the dinner bell, calling
up the minnows and other baitfish - as well as those bigger predators looking
for a more filling dinner.
The action continued for about an hour, and we had a great with small muddlers
on a floating line. We caught some small dorados (locally called, Doradidas)
and many palometas. The first day at El Dorado thus ended all well.
At the bottom of the mysterious water, some powerful creature grabbed the
fly. Within seconds, a golden bullet shot up skyward at the far end of
the big pool.
Keeping the flying fish in the corner of the eyes, I reeled in the line
as fast as possible, and when taut, I gave a serious strike, and again,
and yet again!!. Good! Now the fish is on!!
The fish, when pulled near to the boat, tried to dive underneath the boat
over and over. And all the while he manly fought with his head against
the current, Every time he shook his head, the golden glare lighted up
the whiskey colored river. What a divine shine. A true gold!!
It is obvious at the first glance that the condition here is quite a bit
different from the one downstream, i.e. around Esquina where we fished
until yesterday. The river is here much narrower, only 20meters wide, or
up to 50meters at the widest. And the river is snaking around in the flat
wetland, with no rocks nor trees in sight. All this green carpet are no
more than floating weeds, lilypads or hyacinths. Apart from the strips
of Tierra Firma along the river, which is also little more than a mound
of sands washed up by the current, few places where you can stand dry.
And the clarity of the water! Unlike at downstream where we could see only
30cm thru, the water here, filtered by the grass and gravel on the bottom,
is coloured but gin clear. The main channel of the river here is surprisingly
deep too, with average depth I would guess at 3 to 5meters. And still we
could often see the weeds down on the river bed, dancing in the whiskey
coloured mellow light.
And that surely demands a tweak in the way you fish. Here you cannot cast
aiming at the banks simply because there are no defined banks in the first
place. Those grassy edges are actually a part of (largely submerged) grassy
islands, offering few structures for fish to take cover. And because the
water is so clear, those cautious big fish tend to shy away from the light,
preferring the darker depth in the center of the river. To entice those
fish holding deep, you must cast a sinking line across, count it down to
reach the desired depth, and let the fly swing. Yes, just like fishing
Esteros del Ibera, the huge marshland stretching as far as the eyes could
reach. It pours out the water at the southern most point, giving birth
to Rio Corrientes.
Estancia El Dorado is located several miles to the south of it, offering
great accessibility to the best fishing beats in the river as well as in
Generally speaking fish are easier to spot in the river, while the sheer
size and the constant water condition of Ibera offers unlimited potentials
to explore too.
Looking for a big golden nugget, we are to try our luck here for the coming