Argentina Golden Dorado

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Page Contents
  1. Why Visit and Fish Argentina
  2. Definition of Guided DIY
  3. Your Argentina Team
  4. About the Golden Dorado Biz
  5. Golden Dorado Guided DIY Options
  6. Frequent Questions and Answers
  7. Fee's, Terms and Conditions, Welcome Brochure

1.  Why Visit and Fish Argentina


Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world and covers over 1 million square miles. Despite its size, Argentina is only inhabited by 40 million people.  Half of the population lives within ten of the largest metropolitan areas.  The other half of the population is spread throughout rural areas and in some parts of the country, population density is among the lowest in the world.  This affords visitors the opportunity to entertain in modern cities' such as Buenos Aires, yet escape to...


  • Oceans of open land in Patagonia...equivalent to the America West +100 years ago
  • Explore the longest mountain range in the world,  the Andes at 4,400 miles.
  • Visit the highest mountain in the western hemisphere, Aconcagua 22,841ft
  • Stand on wind swept beaches and view Sea Lions, Penguins and Orcas.
  • Drive to the end of the earth and visit the land of fire, Tierra del Fuego.
  • Tour Antarctica, it's only +/- 400 nautical miles from Tierra del Fuego.
  • Watch monkeys and other exotic species while fishing in subtropical forest.
  • Feel the power and the spray of the longest waterfall in the word, Iguazu Falls.
  • Witness one of the few advancing glaciers in the world, Peritio Moreno. 
  • Savor Argentinas famous cuisine (beef) and Malbec wines.
  • And of course, wet a line in the immense network of lakes and rivers filled with wild Salmon, Steelhead, Sea Run Brown Trout, Brown-Rainbow-Brook Trout and South America's very own apex predator, the Golden Dorado.

To say the very least, for both tourist and the angler, there is much to see and explore in Argentina. We hope your travels are safe and we look forward to hosting you. 


2. Definition of Guided DIY Fishing

Think lodge type fishing programs without the lodge; without large groups of people, and without lodge prices.
  1. By Argentina law, all waters in Argentina are PUBLIC.  This means we guide you (walk-wade and float) on all waters, even waters that are falsely marketed as private lodge waters.   
  2. Daily Fishing Plan: we focus on the best fishing times and spots. For example, we pick you up each morning and transport you to the river.  Generally, we leave very early because we want our clients to be the first group on the water. This feature is critical in geographic areas that are dominated by the lodge industry.
  3. Flexibility:  you have complete control of your time/daily schedule.  When you are off the water, you can do anything you want. 
  4. Safety/Comfort:  we put you in our private apartment or hotel, located within walking distance to town. You'll have easy access to grocery stores, restaurants, bars, banks, healthcare, and seasonal festivities. Each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom, hot water, wifi, and may sleep up to six anglers.  Price range $50-$100 USD per night, total. 
  5. We offer food/beverage services, but our clients prefer to buy and prepare their own food. 
  6. We provide transportation to/from the airport, lodging, and rivers.
  
3. Your Argentina Team


Head Fishing Guide: Gus and his family.

There are hundred of organizations selling trips to Argentina.  In our opinion they are all the same -- the vast majority of them are booking agents, employees filling lodges for a high commission. We think we are different and we believe it is important for you to know who you are working with.  By working with FCFF:

  • You work directly with the owner and managing partners.
  • All of our trips are hosted by an owner or managing partner.     

Team Members:

Head Fishing -- Assistant Hunting Guide :  Gustavo was born and raised in Argentina. He grew up on the Delta de Parana, which is part of the enormous Parana river system.  In the delta, which is a massive eco-system in itself, Gus and his father hunted for small game and fished for species such as Dorado, Surubi, Pacu, and Pirapita.  At age seventeen, Gus learned how to fly fish on a Patagonia river called Pichi Leufu; a small freestone tributary to the Limay river system. Growing up nearby water, Gus not only fished, but he began rowing.  He eventually became an Argentine single skull champion.  He held this distinction while attending the University of Buenos Aires.  After college, rowing in the Olympics was an option, but he married, started a family, and spent fifteen years as a banking system analyst.  Gus left the banking world, and like Lucas, followed his heart.  Gus is an expert walk-wade and floating guide.  When the Patagonia fishing season is closed, he works with our Golden Dorado clients, and assists Lucas with our hunting programs. We are extremely fortunate to have Gus on our team. You are in good hands!


Head Hunting Guide: Lucas and his lovely assistant/hostess.  































Head Hunting Guide -- Assistant Fishing Guide:  Generations ago, the O'Farrell clan immigrated to Argentina from Ireland. Lucas was born in Buenos Aires.  He was raised on his family's estancias, just outside of Buenos Aires and in the mountains of Patagonia.  He learned how to fly fish on the rio Quillen, one of Argentina's best dry-fly rivers. His hunting career began on his family's ranch, targeting small game and birds. Today, he continues to hunt birds, but he has developed into one of the best big game guides. His father is a surgeon, and as a result of his hard work, he has created a good life for his family.  As such, Lucas and his siblings have been given the opportunity to attend the best schools.  Lucas graduated from the best university in Argentina.  His love of the outdoors led him to managing his family's ranches, and professional guiding.  Lucas is an expert trout and sea run trout guide; and he's not too bad on the oars.  Whether it is hunting or fishing, he and Gus are the very best. We are very fortunate to have Lucas on our team. You are in very good hands!


Owner, Host, Program Coordinator





- FFI Certified Casting Instructor
- Former NH Licensed Fly Fishing Guide
- Former NH Fish & Game Certified Fly Fishing Instructor
- Former Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counselor
- Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishers International Life Member
- CPR, First-Aide, NOLS Wilderness First-Aide PADI, NASBLA
- Bachelor of Arts and varsity football, Iowa State University 1992
- Prior Career: 15 years Medical Sales & Product Development
- Former Advisor for Phillips Exeter Academy Fly Fishing Club
- Former board member of Great Bay TU and Three Rivers Stocking

Over 200 years ago, my family emigrated from Ireland to Tilting, New Foundland. Tilting is located on Fogo Island and for decades the Foley’s earned a living as in-shore Cod fisherman. I have visited Tilting, but I grew up fishing trout streams and the coastal waters of New England.  My love for fishing and adventure travel has led me to places such as Alaska, British Columbia, Montana, New Zealand, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Africa and more.  In fact, in 1999, I spent one year DIY fishing and hiking the Andes mountain range (from Tierra del Fuego to southern Columbia, and from the Galapagos Islands to Brazil).  Since then, I have regularly returned to fish South America, and at one time, I managed an Orvis endorsed fly-fishing lodge in Argentina. As you can imagine, my fly-fishing adventures around the world have provided many wonderful life experiences. As such, I love to share my global fishing experiences by hosting anglers on national and international trips. When I am home in the U.S.A., I am busy teaching, guiding, and doing my part to make my fishing community a better place. 

Take Away Message

We are a team of highly educated professionals with tons of fishing, hunting, and outdoor experience. We know Argentina. You are working directly with owners/partners.  Once again, you are in very good hands!  


A few hours from BsAs, Gus working with our client.

4.  About the Golden Dorado Biz 

A while back, in Argentina, there was a GOLD rush.  No, not for the precious metal that sells for $1,000 per/ounce.  I am talking about a toothy beast, that lives in South American waters, called a Golden Dorado. The rush was on to stake claims, build lodges, and book clients. Unfortunately, much like the history of the precious metal, a lot of anglers were sold fools gold. Specifically, I have met investors who purchased bogus land and long term leases. I have met anglers who were sold off-season trips (i.e. they were mis-informed and caught nothing). To offer a critical opinion, I do not know how anyone could sell such a trip; in my world, that is stealing and is wrong. So, as the rush was on, we purposely sat back and watched. We explored, and slowly began to prepare the best guided DIY Golden Dorado programs available in Argentina.

5.  Golden Dorado Guided DIY Options

Option #1: Buenos Aires Golden Dorado

Whether you are a DIY soloist or a small DIY group, just about anywhere in the world, it is possible to do your own fishing trips.  However, tapping into local knowledge, for instance, where to fish the best waters, can be very challenging (especially, if you only have 1-2 weeks in a foreign country). 

Our guided DIY trips are designed to eliminate all the challenges associated with independent traveling and fishing.  Our trips are 100% designed to meet the needs of all anglers, and offer the best value and life experience Argentina has to offer.  


General Info

  • Where:  We fish the Entre Rios province, focusing on several key areas on the Rio Parana, and within the Rio Parana Delta System.  From Buenos Aires (BsAs), ranging from 1.5 - 3.0 hour drive, we offer Golden Dorado fishing programs.
  • How:  We pick you up at the Buenos Aires Airport and guide/travel with you until the end.
  • When:  Overall, mid November to March (see frequently asked questions).
  • Equipment:  Fishing is available with 6wt-8wt fly rods and light tackle equipment.
  • Flights:  Our services do not included the cost of airfare.
  • Who:  Trips available for two to four anglers. 
  • Cost:  Each DIY trip is 100% customized to meet your personal needs.  Please contact FCFF for more details. 

Rio Juramento



Option #2: Salta Guided DIY Float

Salta is home to world class, technical Dorado fishing.  The area is known to hold some of the largest Dorado's in all of Argentina.  Our guided DIY trips are designed to eliminate all the challenges associated with independent traveling and fishing.  By working side-by-side with our Salta partner, you will focus 100% of your time trying to catch, and land, one of these monsters. Our trips are 100% designed to meet the needs of all anglers, and offer the best value and life experience Argentina has to offer.

 General Info

  • Where: We drift the Rio Juramento, and walk-wade smaller rivers near the Bolivian border.
  • How:  From BsAs, you'll fly to Salta and meet your guide.
  • When:  Overall, April through December (see frequently asked questions).
  • Equipment:  Fishing is available with 8wt-10wt fly rods and light tackle equipment.
  • Flights:  Our services do not included the cost of airfare.
  • Who:  Trips available for two to four anglers. 
  • Cost:  Each DIY trip is 100% customized t meet your personal needs.  Please contact FCFF for more details. 























Option #3: Salta Guided DIY Walk-Wade


Do you prefer to walk-wade and fish technical rivers?  How about catching large Dorado's in small, trout like streams, on 6wt fly rods?  If you answered yes to these questions, there are several rivers north of Salta, along the Bolivian border, that will rock your world.

Salta's reputation for world class technical Dorado fishing is unquestionable.  The area is known to hold some of the largest Dorado's in all of Argentina.  Our guided DIY trips are designed to eliminate all the challenges associated with independent traveling and fishing.  By working side-by-side with our walk-wade Salta guides, you will focus 100% of your time trying to catch one of these monsters, and return safely to tell about it. Our trips are 100% designed to meet the needs of all anglers, and offer the best value and life experience Argentina has to offer.  

General Info

  • Where:  Home base is Salta and small villages along the Bolivian border.
  • How:  Fly from BsAs to Salta; meet your guide. Drive up to 3 hours. Stay in local hotels.
  • When:  Overall, April through December (see frequently asked questions).
  • Equipment:  Fishing is available with 5wt-8wt fly rods and light tackle equipment.
  • Flights:  Our services do not included the cost of airfare.
  • Who:  Trips available for two to four anglers. 
  • Cost:  Each DIY trip is 100% customized t meet your personal needs.  Please contact FCFF for more details.  

6. Frequent Questions and  Answers

Q:  During the fishing season, what is the best month/week to target BsAs Dorados? 
A:  As stated above, November through March.  However, the best time is November through December (changing from spring to summer). 

Q:  During the Salta fishing season, what is the best month/week to target Dorados? 
A:   The best months: mid April through the end of June; mid-October until early December (changing from summer to fall; and, changing from winter to spring). The very best times vary, but it's always best to focus when the seasons change (this is when the monsters are most active). 

Q:  I am a beginner/intermediate angler.  What will the fishing be like for me; will I be catching lots of big fish? 
A:   Truth be told, the majority of the time, it could be very challenging for you.  You might be a beginner/advance beginner/intermediate angler back home, but this is a different ball game.  Please speak directly with me.  

Q: I am a beginner/intermediate, can you teach me?
A: There is a major difference between guiding and teaching. Our programs are set up for guiding proficient anglers.  My suggestions; 1) talk to me before investing thousands of $'s; 2) take lessons, practice at home and get as much experience on the water (and still be prepared to be humbled).

Q:  Are there blood suck mosquito's and life threaten insects/animals?
A:  Surprisingly, no mosquito's or poisonous insect/animals.  Your biggest worry should be sun protection, wind protection and hydration. 

Q:  If I wanted to hire you to take me to different parts of Argentina, would you do so?
A:  Yes.  Please see fishing and hunting options, and contact me for more details.

Q:  Can you send me more detailed information about your services.

A:  Yes.  One we receive a deposit, you will receive an in depth welcome brochure.  99.9% of all Q&A and pre-trip planning, will be in this document.


7.  Fee's, Payment, Terms- Conditions, Welcome Brochure

Argentina Fee's

We do not post a fee schedule because each trip is 100% customized to meet your personal needs. We believe you'll find our fee's to be very competitive. 


Repeat Client Pricing

Despite horrific inflation rates in Argentina, our program has been designed to reward loyalty. Here's how it works:
  • If you repeat the same itinerary as the previous year, your pricing will be the same (exact dates/months are not critical).
  • Upon the third year, if your repeat the same program as year two, we may increase the price, but only up-charge by 10%.
  • Upon the fourth year, if you repeat the same program as year three, your pricing will be the same. 

USA Payment Options
  • Venmo, Cash, Bank Check, Money Order

International Payment Options
  • Paypal, E-Transfer

Welcome Brochure

Upon receipt of your deposit, you will receive an extensive informational brochure. 



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