Thursday, July 26, 2007

Last trip. "Dorados" on bamboo Goya Corrientes ARGENTINA

Dorado is a great fish. I can compare this fishing with Sea Runs or Atlantic Salmon. Is a beautiful fish and strong like a bull. I was addicted to this fishing in the past, but the use of graphite stuff, put me out of this wonderful fishing. Happens that I really enjoy fishing with bamboo rods and this time when my son Sebastian ask me to join him in this trip I think... why not?... lets try the new SSS with this spectacular fish.

In the last months I worked into a new Rod Series, the SSS's (Swelled, sealed, Series). This rods are made as all my rods but they are impregnated with a new product that I found in the last year. The resultant is a very powerful rod that let me cast a floating or a shooting taper and fight the fish with confidence. I decide to take a 8' 2/2 for a #6 line that also allows me to cast a ST7 with the big flies that we use to fish this great fish.

After an 8 hours trip from Buenos Aires we arrived to Goya city at 0.06 AM. Our guide Javier Enriques was waiting for us at the bus station. After 15 minutes we were taking a full breakfast at the lodge, and Javier said... Can I take a look to your equipment. Sebastian that take his graphite stuff (SAGE 908 SP Plus) passed the exam without problems but when Javier take a look to my rod... he said, "hey man you are joking me?, don't tell me that you want to use this rod with Dorado... it's beautiful but this fish will not take consideration on this and will break it at the first run". This was the beginning, imagine my face... but this take my challenge to a hot point.

The Parana River.

The river shows magnificent; it was cold, very cold about 35 F. The boat was very comfortable and we start the journey to the fishing zone about 40 minutes of navigation. During the trip Javier was telling us that big schools of "mojarras" (little shads) were traveling waters down and the Dorado's attack them with ferocity.

Finally with strong anxiety we arrived to the first spot. We aligned our rods and reels, we tie a leader with the fly and made the first cast. When I was thinking about to the best way to approach to the fish eating zone... I got the first take that really surprised me and I lost it.
Now I was transformed in a fisherman, with all my sense pointing to the next fish. Five minutes later I feel literally that my rod was pulled out of my hands and I make contact with the first Dorado of the trip.

The take

Dorado is a high acrobatic fish and the jumps are a special show in this kind of fishing.

The jump

It was a strong fight. The new rod performs great and I was floating over the boat because my addiction grows highly to past levels. Now I can confirm that I can fish Dorado's on Bamboo and this makes me feel happy as a rodmaker and also as a fisherman.

After two days of hard fishing I take more than 25 Dorados, Javier with open eyes said to me... "Sir that cane rods are wonderful fishing instruments and now I know for experience that you can fish Dorados with them".

After all this I can said that this trip take Dorado again into my 3 first fishing species together with Trout and Salmon