Salto Grande Lake fly fishing

Ready for the battles of the Dorados?

Being highly desired by many, Rancho Salvaje Safari invites you to this epic battle where your endurance will be put to the test. Get ready for the thrilling pursuit of the Dorado, one of Argentina’s most fighting fish.
Dorado fishing is a unique experience that requires time, strength, and stamina. Each encounter with this magnificent fish can last between 15 and 30 minutes. Its jumps out of the water and resistance make it a challenging fish to catch, as it often manages to release the hook.

Dorado fishing is an opportunity no passionate angler wants to miss. The satisfaction of successfully catching this giant fish is incomparable. Their weight varies between 20 to 39 pounds.

So, if you’re ready to embark on a unique experience filled with excitement and challenge, prepare to face the Dorado in Argentine waters. Discover the true battle that only this fighting fish can offer you.

Our Lodge

Our exclusive lodge is located in the picturesque outskirts of Concordia, offering the advantage of a quick transfer to the exciting fishing area where you will embark on an unparalleled adventure.

Designed to meet the needs of the most discerning anglers, our lodge offers a wide range of carefully selected amenities and services to ensure a pleasant and successful stay.

The facilities of our lodge have been conceived to provide maximum comfort. We have double and single rooms, all elegantly decorated and equipped with private bathrooms, providing a cozy retreat for up to 6
people. Additionally, you can enjoy our comfortable living rooms and spacious terraces, ideal places to relax, share exciting fishing stories with fellow anglers, and admire the majesty of the surroundings.
When it comes to culinary delights, our lodge takes pride in offering exquisite homemade meals, with a special emphasis on the fresh and authentic flavors of the fish caught in the area. After an exhilarating day on the water, we invite you to savor a unique gastronomic experience, delighting your palate with our carefully crafted preparations while you relax and enjoy the company of your fellow anglers.

The Location of the Salto Grande Lake

Salto Grande is an impressive and beautiful locality located in the city of Concordia, in the province of Entre Ríos, Argentina. Its main attraction is the famous Salto Grande hydroelectric dam, which is situated on the Uruguay River, on the border between Argentina and Uruguay, where the fishing for the famous and enormous dorados takes place.

The location of Salto Grande is truly privileged. Surrounded by a natural environment of great beauty, it is located about 15 kilometers north of the center of the city of Concordia. The area is characterized by its extensive green areas, mighty rivers, and stunning landscapes.Its crystal-clear and pristine waters are home to an abundant population of trout, including rainbow trout and brown trout. These species find an ideal habitat in the river, ensuring an exciting and rewarding fishing experience for visitors.
The remote and secluded location of the Olnie Lake and River makes it a special destination. Far from the crowds and surrounded by pristine nature, it is the perfect setting for a peaceful and harmonious fishing experience in tune with the environment. Here, anglers can enjoy the tranquility and serenity of Patagonia while immersing themselves in the thrill of fishing in one of the region’s most beautiful rivers.

Fishing Location:

In the thrilling adventure of dorado fishing, the Salto Grande dam is the place to be, where only a very small group of nationally authorized companies can navigate and fish in its surroundings. The fishing location is a key element to ensure a successful and exciting experience. Each day, before setting out, careful planning is done, taking into account various factors such as winds, water levels, and other elements that can influence the behavior of dorados.

The expert fishing guides will thoroughly assess the environmental conditions to select the most promising fishing areas. These strategic points below the dam have become true stages where dorados offer a unique and fascinating spectacle.

The Salto Grande dam harbors privileged corners where dorados gather in search of food and challenges.

The currents and underwater structures present in these places create ideal conditions for dorados to thrive in abundance and showcase all their aggression and skill.

Season

The trout fishing season in Olnie Lake and River generally extends from October to April. During these months, the weather conditions and water levels are favorable for fishing activity. The water temperature is more suitable, and the trout are in full feeding mode, increasing the chances of success for anglers.
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Our Fishing Equipmen

At Rancho Salvaje Safari, we ensure that every angler has the option to bring their own fishing equipment. Our experienced guides will be at your disposal to advise you on the type of lure to use and provide valuable tips throughout your experience. If you prefer to travel light and not carry additional gear, we offer new state-of-the-art equipment. Our guides, who will be by your side during this incredible adventure, have crafted flies specifically for you, ensuring that you have the right tools to make the most of your fishing experience. At Rancho Salvaje Safari, we strive to provide comfort and quality in every aspect of your fishing trip. Whether you prefer to bring your own gear or take advantage of our high-end equipment, you can be confident that you’ll be ready to face any challenge that Salto Grande presents. Get ready to enjoy fly fishing at its best, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and guided by passionate experts. At Rancho Salvaje Safari, we are committed to providing you with an unforgettable experience at Salto Grande in the Argentine Patagonia.

Some of our equipment and recommendations include:

• Fishing Rods:
Medium to heavy action rods, with a length of around 7 to 8 feet (2.1 to 2.4 meters).
Preferably made w0ith materials like carbon fiber or graphite, which provide strength and sensitivity.

• Reels:
Spinning or baitcasting reels are the most commonly used.
Choose a reel with good line capacity and a smooth yet strong braking system to handle the powerful pulls of the dorado.

• Lines:
Braided lines with high strength are recommended due to their durability and sensitivity.
Opt for lines with sufficient resistance capacity to face the strength of the dorado and avoid breakage.
 Use a fluorocarbon leader of around 30 to 40 pounds (13.6 to 18.1 kg) to prevent the dorado’s teeth from cutting the main line.

• Lures:
Crankbaits: Sturdy-bodied lures with realistic and vibrant swimming action.
Jerkbaits: Slow-sinking lures that imitate the erratic movements of injured prey.
Spinnerbaits: Lures with rotating metallic blades that attract the attention of the dorado.
 Swimbaits: Lures that mimic swimming fish, with a realistic appearance and action.
Opt for bright and eye-catching colors like gold, red, green, and orange, which attract the dorado’s attention in murky waters.

• Hooks and Baits:
Use hooks ranging from size 2/0 to 5/0, preferably made of corrosion-resistant steel.
 You can use live baits such as minnows, eels, or small shads to attract dorados.
 Artificial lures like spoons and jigs are also effective for dorado fishing.

Single Hand

Two Handed Rod

Clothing

When it comes to fishing in Lake Strobel, Lake Olnie, or Salto Grande Dam, it's important to dress appropriately to be comfortable and protected during your fishing expedition. Here are some tips on what type of clothing to wear in this environment

  • Layered clothing: Opt for dressing in layers, allowing you to adjust your attire according to changing
    weather conditions. Start with a long-sleeved shirt or quick-drying shirt as a base layer, and then add a sweatshirt or fleece jacket as an intermediate layer. For the outer layer, choose a windbreaker or waterproof jacket to protect you from gusts of wind and possible rain.
  • Durable pants: Select durable and comfortable pants that allow for free movement. Trekking pants or fishing pants made from water-resistant and quick-drying materials are ideal to protect you from splashes and provide comfort during long fishing days.
  • Appropriate footwear: Wear waterproof shoes or boots with non-slip soles to tackle the wet conditions of the lake. Ensure they are comfortable and provide good support for walking on uneven terrain.
  • Hat and sunglasses: Shield your face and eyes from the sun by wearing a cap with a visor to prevent glare and protect against UV rays. Additionally, use polarized sunglasses to enhance your vision and safeguard your eyes from water reflection.
  • Gloves: Consider wearing lightweight yet sturdy gloves to protect your hands from cold, wind, and contact with fish and gear. Fingerless or convertible gloves will allow dexterity for handling fishing equipment without sacrificing protection.
  • Remember that the weather in Lake Strobel can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for any eventualities. Adapting your clothing to the weather conditions will enable you to enjoy a more comfortable and pleasant fishing experience.

Essential Clothing

We recommend bringing the following clothing to suit the weather conditions

Licenses

Fishing licenses are obtained on-site on the day of your arrival at the facilities in any of the locations where you wish to fish with us.

Itinerary

We will provide you with a typical itinerary, but if you wish to engage in animal hunting or tourism before or after fishing, we can easily arrange transfers to your desired locations. All our hunting and fishing programs can be combined and individually tailored.

Similarly, if you want to add additional fishing days, it can be done without any inconvenience.

If you decide to combine your fishing program with activities such as animal hunting, tourism, or fishing in different areas, don’t worry. Our service ensures that transfers from one place to another are as efficient and fast as possible.

We understand that your time is valuable, and we want you to make the most of each chosen experience. Therefore, we will make sure that any time lost during transfers can be recovered through fishing, hunting, or sightseeing activities.

Day 1

- Warm welcome at Ministro Pistarini International Airport.
- Private vehicle transfer to the Lodge located in the city of Concordia (4:00 hours).
- Arrival at the lodge, where our renowned chef will greet you with typical regional appetizers and tastings, followed by an exquisite dinner.

Days 2, 3, 4:

- Wake up to an international breakfast, where you'll find everything you can imagine to start your day with energy.
- Begin the dorado fishing adventure, but first, you'll meet your assigned fishing guide, who will take you by boat to the best fishing spots.
- At 12:00 hours, a tasty lunch will be waiting for you, followed by leisure time to rest or engage in various activities if you wish.
- Resume fishing for the monstrous dorados that inhabit this place, enjoying the company of our expert guides.
- As the night falls, savor a delicious dinner while sharing your fishing stories with other passionate anglers or guides in a cozy atmosphere.

Day 5:

- Start the day with an international breakfast, indulging in a variety of culinary delights.
- Transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport or the designated destination according to your program.

Combine fishing with our Hunting Programs

At Rancho Salvaje Safari, we take pride in offering a unique experience that combines the thrill of hunting with incredible fishing in both the southern and northern regions of Argentina.


Depending on the month you choose, you can select fishing alongside certain big game animals or even specific small game animals.


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Get in contact with Rancho Salvaje Safari, let’s customize your trip to your needs, dates and accommodations.

Just fill in the form below with your name and email address with a short message and and we will get back to you.

Santa Rosalia 1541, San Andres, CP 1651, Buenos Aires, Argentina.