Uruguay Golden Dorado / Blue Wolfish

Welcome to Estancia Santa Sofia lodge, the finest fishing/hunting program in all Uruguay. With world-class lodging in one of the most beautiful countries in South America, adapted to the modern angler, looking to find comfort, while accessing these powerful Golden Dorados and Iridescent (Blue) Wolfish that can mainly be caught in Uruguay. This amazing program features all the ingredients to make a trip of a lifetime, chasing the hard fighting Golden Dorado, as well as the unique Iridescent (Blue) Wolfish of Uruguay. Another important characteristic of our program is the short distance from Montevideo to the Estancia Santa Sofia Lodge. It is a 2.5 hour drive from Montevideo to the lodge across the beautiful Uruguayan countryside.


Fly Fishing
Golden Dorado eagerly strike big streamer type flies, black and dark flies being the favorite colors. You need to have a good number of flies with you as the toothy Dorado can make short work of a fly. Fishing is conducted from boats and thus the casting is unobstructed. 8 & 9 wt fly rods loaded with floating and/or sinking tips fly lines are the norm with 20 – 30 lb. tippets sporting steel leaders being necessary as the Dorado have a mouthful of some rather impressive teeth.

Bait Casting & Spinning
Like most fish, Golden Dorado do 95% of their feeding subsurface. Hard plastic subsurface baits, both shallow and medium depth lures are the ticket such as Yo Zuri Crystal Minnows, Rapala and Pervasa type lures. Medium to medium heavy bait casting and/or spinning rods are necessary with reels of a basic bass sized bait casting reel or a 2500-4000 class spinning reel loaded with 50 lb braided Kevlar line being ideal. Again, you will need 12 inches or more of steel leader as the Dorado sport a mouthful of impressive teeth.

Tornasol Tarariras (Iridescent Wolfish)
The Iridescent (Blue) Wolfish dwells exclusively in the Uruguay river basin, including the Negro river (North) and the Santa Lucia river (South) in Uruguay. In Argentina they are found in lesser numbers in lagoons with muddy and sandy bottoms that are common in the Argentine margin of the river.

Although trophies can reach the 20lb. mark, a usual trophy normally is within the 12 to 15 lb. range. The most abundant size range is between 4 to 8 lbs.

The Iridescent wolfish requires different lures than the common tararira, since they dwell in different environments and have different feeding and reproduction habits. Fishing tactics for this prized fish require extra subtlety, and expert guidance from local guides is strongly advisable to obtain results. Lure selection has to be very precise, because of the sensitivity of this species, everything counts: water conditions, time of day, Season, weather, etc.

Top water action is rare but fishing with top lures such as the rubber frogs and small poppers is possible as well, normally the attack their lures near the bottom or in mid-water when water level is about 3 to 6 ft., and the temperature at the surface is abt. 75 deg. Fahrenheit, outside the spawning season. Early season they are found in quiet waters and shallows near noon. In Summer and hot weather they are found in deeper waters or in the shadow of coastal trees or in the mouth of fresh affluent streams. Clear waters enable sight fishing where shallow waters will allow us to appreciate the explosion of the lure attack and the black/blue torpedo running towards the deep. Your guide will be able to tell you more about current conditions.

Generally speaking, fishing in this waters imply line tangling often in vegetation and sunken wood, chosen line should be able to handle the extra effort. Trophy fishing in clear lagoons do not have this hurdle, and monofilament of no less than 0.28mm is acceptable and rod should support no less than 8 lbs.. Braided line is advisable for extra sensitivity, anglers enjoying the feel of the lure working will appreciate the upgrade, and the hits are thoroughly felt in the handle of the rod also. Less friction adds to the cast range and precision. The risk of losing the trophy is increased though, due to the line stretching, but this can mitigated with a more flexible rod and an intelligent use of the reel brake. Recommended for savvy anglers or curious ones.

Biggest trophies are so because they have survived a lot of incidents making them quite astute in overcoming all kind of fishing challenges with a perverse critical timing. They rarely swallow an artificial lure, and normally the start with a try that only compromises their lips and external cartilages. These lines try to be a teaser introduction to this fantastic species. Anglers should try their well proven skills to try to catch this exotic trophy fish, not all of them will be successful, but the gratification of fishing a Iridescent Wolfish trophy will make this trip memorable.

4 days fishing (extra days can be set up at $800 per day)

PACKAGE PRICE (2020 Season Rates):
5 days / 3 nights / 4 days fishing 
Rates start at $2890.00 depending on time of year
(double occupancy) plus international airfare 
Call for current rates fishing two anglers per boat

$1200.00 May be paid with check, credit card, certified check or money order. Final payments are typically due 60 days prior to departure.

Our in-house travel agency can help you make your flight arrangements. Note: airfares are subject to change and confirmed only at time of booking. Airline ticketing, refund, change and baggage restrictions may apply.

Domestic travel from Montevideo 
All meals at Estancia Santa Sofia Lodge
4 days plus of guided fishing for Golden Dorado

International airfare to Buenos Aires, hotel room, tips or gratuities, any items of personal nature.

October through April
Note: Dates are a rough estimate of times different species of fish are in streams and available to anglers.

Call us to confirm space availability or to request specific dates.

Fly into Montevideo, Uruguay. Transfer via Estancia Santa Sofia ground service to transfer Van to Lodge.

6 anglers

Estancia Santa Sofia Lodge. There are air conditioned single rooms. Included in the package are deliciously cooked meals, beverages, transfers to the fishery, expert guides and specially designed fishing boats.

A large variety made to order.

Based on 4 days fishing (Subject to revision per flight schedules. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)
Day 1: Arrival in Montevideo, Uruguay. Transfer via van 2.5 hours across country side to Estancia Santa Sofia Lodge, settle in and eat lunch then fish the first afternoon.
Days 2, 3 &4: Full fishing days either for Golden Dorado or Iridescent Wolfish. Dinner and overnight at Estancia Santa Sofia Lodge.
Day 5: Fish a half day in the morning return via van for return trip to Montevideo. Transfer to hotel or international airport for flight home.
Day rooms and transfers or city tours can be arranged for your time in Montevideo

A valid passport required for U.S. citizens. Passengers assume all responsibility for obtaining valid passports.

Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Note: health precautions are offered here as an informational service only. See your doctor or health clinic.

Spanish & some English

Daytime temperatures typically range from 60 to 90 degrees, depending on the season.
Spring (September - November)
Summer (December - March)
Fall (April - May)

We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover any losses should you have to cancel to due to unforeseen illness or other emergency. Certain restrictions do apply. Premium rates are typically about $65 per $1,000 of coverage, and usually include some benefits for lost baggage, trip interruption, and emergency evacuation. Forms for Travel Insurance may be obtained by calling our office.

Our recommended packing list and other briefing materials will be furnished on receipt of your trip deposit and reservation form.

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