Salta Golden Dorado Fly Fishing

Golden Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) are stunningly beautiful fish with a brilliant golden hue interrupted by lines of black lateral dots and dashes like Morse Code punctuated by bright golden-orange tails and fins. Fly fishing for Golden Dorado can be accurately likened to fishing for giant rainbow trout on steroids.

Native to South America, they are perhaps the continent's most sought after quarry for fly fishermen. Their legendary reputation is well deserved—they punish flies with ferocious strikes, instantly perform multiple acrobatic leaps like a tarpon, and make finger-burning runs.

Dorado River trophy.Dorado River trophy.
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In Salta Province, Argentina, the habitat for Golden Dorado ranges from large sub-tropical, floatable rivers to gin-clear, scenic, wadeable mountain streams where the fish range from 3- to 20-plus pounds.

Effective flies imitate the Golden Dorado's preferred diet of sabalo and other baitfish. In most instances, large streamers fished with sink-tip lines are preferred, but a floating line and surface mice or poppers can be great fun. Fly rods will range from 6- to 9-weights, depending on the fishery.

South American Fly Fishers is proud to offer this adventurous Salta Golden Dorado fly fishing program. Longtime outfitters and friends, Floro Lavalle and Cristian Duretta of Sierra Outfitters, meticulously oversee every aspect of this program with superb, English-speaking fly fishing guides.


$4195 for 6 nights/5 days of fishing—single occupancy if possible.


September through May

TRAVEL LOGISTICS (Subject to Change)

American Airlines, Delta, United, Lan Chile, Aerolineas Argentinas and Varig offer flight service to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Dallas, New York, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, or Los Angeles. Most of the flights depart the U.S. in the evening and arrive Argentina early to late morning the next day. From Buenos Aires, anglers take a two-hour jet flight north to Salta City. Estancia Chacu is around two hours (by van) from the Salta airport.


You might find our Salta Golden Dorado Fly Fishing Details and Gear Information PDF helpful.