If you’re a passionate fly fisher, you’ve spent your share of layovers in Buenos Aires waiting for the next day’s flight to the famed waters of Patagonia. You’ve done the sights—the tango shows, the steak restaurants, Evita’s grave. Now try something new: Take your fly rod north about an hour and a half, where city lights yield to the unexpected Paraná Delta, an 8,400-square-mile labyrinth of islands, veinal waterways, and flowering trees reminiscent of those of the Louisiana bayou. Here Nervous Waters, known for some of the best fly-fishing lodges around, has teamed up with expert guide Noel Pollak to open Delta Lodge. The freshwater dorado is an obsession for many fly fishers. The fish is big, golden, and explosive. Area-raised Pollak is arguably the best dorado guide on the continent. The lodge opened earlier this year with the goal of allowing guests to experience dorado fishing, and the unique Paraná, for a night or two, before heading elsewhere.
Mission accomplished: A few hours after arriving you can be tossing big streamers from the deck of Pollak’s boat within sight of B.A.’s skyscrapers, then turn a corner and stalk the fish with not a human in sight. While the fishing is perhaps not as world-class as, say, some of Nervous Waters’ dorado lodges farther north, it still can be very good.
And the two-room Delta Lodge? Picture a nice fish camp on stilts: whitewashed walls of rough-sawn timber, but with a bidet in the bathroom. Hammocks in the trees. At dusk, candles light the way to the chef’s excellent asado, paired with a big Mendoza red.
Price is $350 for a room with private bath, all meals and open bar. Full-day fishing costs an additional $750 for up to two people, including all gear and lunch. Contact Frontiers Travel: 800-245-1950; frontierstravel.com.