For something a little different the Northern provinces of Argentina has a unique fishery for the famous Dorado, the golden, powerful fish that is a great freshwater fly rod species.

Estancia Don Joaquin offers a unique Estancia experience for those anglers wanting to fly-fish for Dorado near Esquina in the Corrientes region.

  • Season: all year round
  • Dorado fishing in the Corrientes region
  • Traditional Estancia experience
  • Ideal for fishing and non-fishing holidays
  • Non-fishing activities include horse-riding and wildlife viewing
  • Average temperature: 0℃ in winter, 14℃ in warmer months

Estancia Don Joaquin lodge is an award-winning working cattle ranch set in the Corrientes Province of Argentina. Recently refurbished and restored, it offers visiting guests a combination of modern comforts and traditional elegance with clean, comfortable and beautifully presented accommodation. There are thirteen suites with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning and daily maid service.

There are two living rooms and three dining rooms together with a BBQ terrace and a fourteen-metre swimming pool, all set within beautiful gardens. This is an ideal location for both fishing and non-fishing partners. In addition to the fishing, other available activities are bird-watching, horseback-riding with Polo lessons available, wildlife safaris, Gaucho demonstrations and participation. And if that isn't enough, there is also a Spa where you can relax after a busy day.

The cuisine is outstanding and the lodge offers all home-made food using local ingredients and traditional cooking styles, accompanied by a selection of fine Argentinian wines. Guests interested in cooking and food preparation are also welcome to join the team in the kitchen and try their hand at preparing local dishes.

Temperatures: December and January are the hottest months, with temperatures of up to 35℃. Towards June and July the temperature cools down, ranging from 13℃ to 29℃, with mornings and evenings a little cooler.

WIFI is available at Estancia del Joaquin but bring your own laptop or tablet.

Esquina Argentina is famous for its Dorado fly fishing. The Don Joaquin Estancia offers professionally-guided fly fishing tours on the Corrientes River. The lodge can cater for you whether beginner or seasoned angler. The lodge has access to experienced guides and well-maintained boats to access the river fishing. All fishing is 'catch and release' and we would urge all anglers to de-barb hooks.

The Dorado, (Salminus Maxillosus), is an aggressive fish, and once hooked, it makes impressive and acrobatic multiple jumps. This complex and challenging fish can be found near confluences, on edges of eddies, riffles, sharp bends in the current, and close to overhanging carpets of water hyacinth. It can be fished in narrow runs, on skinny water. Large fish are hooked in a multitude of differing locations, so let your guide show you the ever-changing locations where you can make contact with these fish.

The lodge offers a three-day or six-day fishing programme with the basic programme following this sequence:

  • Welcome to the Don Joaquin estate.
  • After breakfast at the lodge you will be transferred to Esquina Port to meet the Guide where you depart for the Corrientes river.
  • Following a day's fishing and a gourmet lunch on the river, you return to the Don Joaquin Estancia for the evening meal.

We would advise all anglers to take all the equipment they will need for fly fishing. Single handed rods, floating and sinking fly lines, bite tippet or small wire traces and bait pattern flies.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence.

Fly direct to Buenos Aires and then a two-hour flight to Goya where you will be met by the lodge staff and transferred by car for a one-hour scenic drive.


Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
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