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juramento dorado

hey, guys…this is going to be a pretty simple post.  i was at the Rio Juramento in the Salta province last week, fishing for dorado with some friends of mine who have been outfitting and guiding river floats here for 20 years.  i first floated the Rio Juramento back almost 14 years ago.  it’s always been a very technical fishing river for dorado, but in a good way.  the fish are smart, and behind any clump of submerged sticks can lie a 40 pound fish ready to pounce, so you have to fish hard, make lots of precise casts in fast moving water, and psychologically be ready at all times.  there are days when you get lots of strikes, but for the most part, you are hoping for 5-6 hookups of 6-10 pound fish and maybe a monster of 15-20 pounds or bigger.  like dorado fishing anywhere, you can also get skunked when conditions seem perfectly fine.  that’s dorado fishing!

juramento dorado 2

the Rio Juramento has 2 main sections.  the upper section is gorgeous, flowing clear between two reservoirs (Cabra Corral and El Tunal) at the base of the foothills of the nearby Andes.  the lower section flows from El Tunal through flatter farmland.  each of the two days, we floated 25+ miles because the water moves so fast (8000 c.f.s.???), and also probably just for the heck of it.

on this particular trip, i was with an old friend, Tuna Labarta, considered probably the finest fly fisherman in all of Argentina (he’d rank in the top 5% anywhere in the U.S.) and Alejandro Haro, guide and outfitter who runs Juramento Fly Fishing.  Tuna is an absolute fishing animal who has pulled many fish in the 30-40 pound range from this river over the years.  the best seasons to fish the Rio Juramento are generally from September thru November and from mid April thru May.  please email me at if you wish to book a trip.  cheers!  (photos © Joey Lin 2012)

Argentina Dorado Fishing

hi, guys…sorry, it’s been a while since my last update, and i have a backlog of stuff to post…

nice double digit dorado - photo by Agustin Garcia

here are some photos from a gem of a destination in northwest Argentina, in the Salta region.  these are photos from a small mountain stream called the Rio Dorado where my friends have access to some private property in the Yungas.  the Salta region is a great dorado fishing destination for those who happen to be in Argentina for other reasons.  making a full week is difficult here, even in combination with the Rio Juramento nearby.  you have to plan very carefully the time of year you come and lower your expectations, as there are many variables that go into a successful trip in this area (weather, timing, etc.).  one great combination you can do is to go visit the wine country near Cafayate or go up to Purmamarca for sight seeing, as we did on this trip, so as not to make the entire trip focused only on fishing.

jeff and a very nice dorado

some years ago, due to a big flood, a whole bunch of dorado entered the system from below, and when the waters receded, the dorado remained.  today, the pools in this river have many dorado from 10-20 pounds, since they are protected from poachers, being well within private property.  at barely 100 CFS during the normal season, the fishing can be tricky at times, especially with the river being so low and clear with so many dorado packed in there, so a stealth approach is required (sometimes, it’s actually better to fish for them immediately after a heavy rain when the water is muddy).

average dorado from a small riffle in about 18" of water

on this particular trip, i was with Frank and Chantz Butler and Jeff Clarkson from Texas.  we were fishing with Agustin Garcia, Sebastian Zavalia and Ignacio de Freijo, who run a company called Fly Fishing Salta.  they are a very professional outfit and know every single inch of this river.  we took horses on parts of it, mainly just to cover more water each day.  with the river so clear, once you spook a pool, you have to move on to the next.  the best way to fish this river is to camp, since the roads coming in can be blown out when it rains.

watercress and sabalo for appetizers...guiso for the main course

fishing was very typical for Rio Dorado.  when it’s crazy, it can be crazy…otherwise, you are looking at 3-4 hookups per person per day on a normal good day.  obviously, this depends on how much water you cover and how many mistakes you make, but as with dorado, you could easily get skunked on any given day as well.  dorado are very sensitive to sudden changes in water temperature, and recent rains had cooled the water temperatures, and thrown their feeding cycle off a bit, but every one of us had a double digit fish.

to book a trip, please email me.

cheers!  photos © Joey Lin and Agustin Garcia

Back in Patagonia!


oh, my god.  3 months without a post.  that’s blog blasphemy.  excuses, excuses.  i’ve been wrapped up in personal stuff, not to mention lots of extraneous non-fishing travel,  being in the wrong place at the wrong time, freezing my butt off in the northern hemisphere during November.  then slowly dying in Buenos Aires with nothing going on but drinking and spending money.  need to get back outside.

well, needless to say, i’m back in Patagonia, now.  hosting a bunch of groups at our place with the Northern Patagonia Fishing Club!  holy crap, the weather is nice and the fishing fantastic (more on that later!).

went out with my good friend and guide Javier Herrera to explore a crazy little creek.  spent a few days backpacking to fishless water, but found a little gem of a creek.  caught a few 22-inch browns and spooked some even bigger.  here are some photos of the area and me with a chunky 18-incher.  lot of new zealand-style fishing here.  if you can stand long enough to cast, the horseflies were ridiculous.  you’d be lucky not to inhale one while breathing, they were so thick.  but isn’t there always some kind of catch with all good things???  (photos by Joey Lin and Javier Herrera, 2010).  cheers!

Nice Dorados from La Zona

bert horn and cole eslyn with nice dorados from la zona (rio uruguay below salto grande), argentina

hey, guys.  i wanted to share some photos from 2 weeks ago.  Bert Horn and Cole Eslyn came down to fish for Dorados in Yahapé and the upper Rio Paraná for about 10 days.  Here are some Dorados from La Zona, below Salto Grande on the Rio Uruguay, fishing with Enzo.  These are 33 and 24 pounds respectively.  Lots of fish were caught near the rocks in shallow water with poppers.  Argentina is still experiencing drought conditions all over…hopefully this ends soon!  (photo’s by Cole Eslyn and Bert Horn, respectively).

on another note, i’m on my way this monday to spend 2 weeks in the Bahamas.  first i’m going to Bair’s Lodge for a week, then going out to check out their sister lodge in Abaco, which will be opening on April 19th!  i’ll be sure and post from there, so stay tuned!  cheers - Joey

Artsy Fartsy Trout Photo

artsy fartsy trout photo

ok, guys.  the other day i went with some friends and their family to the Rio Aluminé.  they were doing some rafting and we stuck around to roast a goat.  meanwhile, i took off down the river looking for some rising trout.  found one in the shade.  crappy light as it was quite windy and the fish was swiming in and out of the shade.  i got some quite good photos of this fish rising and slurping down spinners that were floating by, but i like this one best for some reason.  just has a weird mood to it and i like it.  later next week, i’ll post the rising trout photos.  © Joey Lin 2009, cheers!

Back in Patagonia!!

hey, guys…been a while.  i took a break from hectic office work here in Buenos Aires and went to Patagonia to visit some friends this past week.  right now we are in the beginning of the fishing season here in Argentina, so there’s a lot of paperwork and preparation.  for everyone out there who’s wondering, we have good water levels this year in Patagonia, at least up north in the Aluminé area.  maybe a bit below average, but more water than last year for sure.

more fishing in our \

i spent a couple of days with my good friend Javier Herrera (guide for Northern Patagonia Fishing Club) up in the Aluminé region, checking out a couple pieces of water that almost never get fished.  one of them is mostly spring fed.  19″-22″ rainbows, and fat…with the occasional lunker brown.  no small fish and not a lot of fish in general, maybe 1-2 in each good pool, but we caught them all on dry flies with easy casting.  it was kind of a crappy day with clouds and a lot of wind.  the other spot here in the photos wasn’t such great fishing, but stunningly beautiful scenery in a deep canyon with araucaria’s (prehistoric pine) everywhere.  all in all it was a hell of a way to get the season started.  there’ll be much more to come in the weeks ahead, i’ll try and post as often as possible.  cheers.  joey (photos © Joey lin 2008, except the one of me taken by Javier!).

crazy fish rising

Dorado Fishing near Salta, Argentina

fishing photos from the rio dorado

hey, everyone.  been a while since i posted.  we’re pretty much out of fishing season here, so i’m doing a lot of work in Buenos Aires for the upcoming fishing season.

had some visitors this week.  my good friends Frank Butler and Ken Korth who came with some other friends from San Antonio to visit and do some hunting for dove, perdiz and ducks.  last week we went to Frank’s ranch in Tucuman, in northwestern Argentina.  the rainy season had ended and it had been quite cold recently, but we decided to take a day and go fish for Dorado after a ridiculous day of dove shooting the previous day.

it was a super long-ass day.  2.5 hour drive to get to the town of Las Lajitas, then 45 minutes on dirt roads into private property to access the Rio Dorado.  then quite a bit of hiking.  the Rio Dorado is a gorgeous stream that runs into the Rio Bermejo.  we met up with Sebastian Zavila, a guide from Salta who runs a company called Fly Fishing Salta.

we had perfect weather and decent flows.  air temperature was in the mid 70’s all day, not a cloud in the sky, and the river was running about 100 cfs.  fishing was a bit slow and the Dorado were not particularly active, but we did manage to hook some fish.  all in all, Frank and i hooked about 7-8 fish in the 2-3 pound range.  here’s a photo of Sebastian with a 5-pounder i caught.  i jumped a fish of 8-10 pounds, and Frank lost a monster fish of 12-14 pounds…all in water that was no deeper than 3-5 feet in most places that held fish.  amazing quality of fish in a tiny river this small.  but, this was one of the most slippery rivers i’d ever waded in, was like walking on 1000 bars of wet soap.  and the biting flies destroyed me.  still itching almost a week later from all the bug bites.  cheers.  joey.  photos © Joey Lin 2008

Dorado Fishing at Yahapé

ramiro badessich and pinti fishing for dorado on the upper paraná river at repesqui

hey, guys.  i’m stuck here in Buenos Aires, fall is upon us and the fishing season is winding down here in Argentina.  my business partner, who helps run Yahapé Fly Fishing, ran up to Corrientes to fish with my buddies Ramiro Badessich and Ricardo “Pinti” Pinto, guides for that operation up there on the upper Rio Paraná.  this is a photo from yesterday.  it was really cold, as a strong front passed thru, so fishing was slow as far as numbers, but they were moving really big fish.

Pinti says the best time for big fish this time of year is right when the weather starts getting cold, but before winter sets in.  this fish is somewhere in the 18+ pound range.  they hooked a few other fish in the 20+ pound range as well.  if you want to book a trip, call me or email me at and i’ll hook you up.  photo © Sebastian Casado ‘08.  see ya.

Tierra del Fuego, part 2 (Rio Grande)

sheep running away from truck estancia san julio, Toon Ken Lodge

ok, so the second half of my trip. i left Irigoyen and headed for Rio Grande where i had to meet up with some clients of mine that flew in. this was Bennett Dorrance and some friends, all super nice guys. we had originally booked Kau Tapen Lodge, but because of schedule conflicts, had to move to Toon Ken Lodge further up river. again, the fishing was a bit slow, the water was 1 degree celsius, and i was stuck guideless to fish the river. but this was a business trip for me to visit Toon Ken (haven’t been since they rebuilt the lodge a few years ago), and to visit some guide friends over at Kau Tapen.

toon ken lodge, estancia san julio, rio grande, tierra del fuego, argentina

there were some fish caught in the 3 days the group was there, but not many by either lodge in this particular week. some rain had brought some fresh fish into the lower river, but not too many up where we were. Bob Anderson got a 15 pounder and a 12 pounder, and the rest of the guys caught some smaller resident fish. i didn’t do so well. the photos are of the upper Rio Grande. there’s my friend Barrett Mattison with a 16 pound sea trout (hen) caught by an Argentine client. the sheep photo is on the Estancia San Julio on the way back to Toon Ken. i couldn’t decide which photo i liked best, so i put up this version. but CLICK HERE to see an alternate version. i like them both.

food and lodging were excellent at Toon Ken. the highlight of the trip for me was going with the group to Ushuaia (where Bennett had to park the plane), and eating centolla (king crab) and taking the flight back to Buenos Aires. Bennett was kind enough to invite me on his Dessault Falcon, an impressive private jet. never been on a private plane like this one. was the smoothest plane ride i’ve ever been on. was amazing how quickly and easily it climbed to 43,000 feet, our cruising altitude.  photos © Joey Lin 2008, cheers!

Tierra del Fuego, part 1 (Rio Irigoyen)

fishing on the irigoyen river, tierra del fuego, far end rivers

so i just got back from Tierra del Fuego.  for those of you who don’t know, it’s the island tip of South America.  was headed down for a couple of reasons.  one was to check out my friends’ new fishing operation for sea run brown trout on the Irigoyen.

this was a spectacular location, not the typical imagery of sea trout fishing on the Rio Grande.  it’s a small river that meanders through forests.  there are beavers and dead fall all over the river, which makes for quite an interesting setting to catch these monster fish (they were consistently catching them up to 24 pounds this past season).  i got really lazy and didn’t take too many photos of the river itself.

the trip to get there was particularly brutal.  we had a flight delay, then a 3.5 hour full flight to Ushuaia (southern most city in the world, jumping off point to Antarctica), then about a 5 hour car ride to the lodge on a private estancia in the middle of nowhere.

fishing was not so great since it was early April and the fish were just in the middle of the spawn.  the water was also super cold, like 1 degree celsius during the day.  i happened to be there for only a few days to check out the lodge/logistics and was with a group of 4 guests i didn’t know, so i really wasn’t left with much water to play in.  anyway, here are a few photos from the area before i headed off to Rio Grande with a group of mine.  more details on that later.  photos © Joey Lin, 2008.

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