Just returned from the North West region of Argentina to chase some Golden Dorado with friend and long time fishing partner Nick “The Coz” Cozmo, the Golden Dorado has been a fish that I have wanted to knock off the list for a long time, and what a fish it is!
Due to coldwater fish kill in some of the smaller rivers we ended up floating a larger tailwater and after a week in the boat, we were exhausted, but for good reason. Backwards thinking became a popular theme when fishing for these fish from the boat.
-Manic casting at a pace I had never encountered with 8 and 9wts, but really slow stripping if any?
-This fish can really be anywhere?
-Always fish the pillows, any pillows, always?
-Lay the wood to the fish with the rod like you would a Tarpon, but play it like a trout?
-The fish jump you do not need to bow?
-Using wire for a fish in the Salmon family in the Jungle?
-Deaddrifting 10 inch flies?
As backwards thinking became the norm we witnessed some amazing moments. Watching a 20+ pound Dorado take the fly and blow up a 9wt on the hook set like it was a tooth pick was something I will never forget. Seeing an even bigger fish take the fly, jump, and run like a tuna through log jams like a NASCAR driver into the backing, will be etched into my mind as well.
Along the backwards line, The Coz put it the best after getting worked by a big Dorado when he said “This is a mean fish that I think was meant to be in the ocean, but got stuck in the rivers”
More to come on this one…………………….