Even today, the Argentine North continues to be a mysterious, almost unexplored, site as regards sport fishing. However, in its geography of rain forests, yungas, valleys and ravines, it keeps two of the species with the highest sport value in the country: the trout and the dorado.
In the surroundings of the Baritú National Park, located in the Province of Salta and its border with neighboring Bolivia, there are important rivers where anglers can catch dorados and trouts. Framed in subtropical weather, with parrots and toucans included, and with abundant vegetation and fauna corresponding to the tucumano-oranense rain forest, these rivers are ideal for fly-fishing.
The North of Salta is covered by a subtropical rain forest known as yunga, where the towns of Pichanal, Embarcación, Tartagal, Aguaray, Salvador Mazza, Orán and Los Toldos are set. There, the sub-Andean mountain ranges predominate and are divided by valleys which, having rainfalls that surpass the one thousand millimeters, act as drainage important streams and small rivers that pour into larger rivers, such as the Alto Bermejo, the Grande de Tarija, the Juramento, the Pescado, the Lipeo, the Valle and the Dorado.
These water courses are characterized by having clear waters during the dry season, which ranges from March to November, and turbid waters during the wet season, in the summer. The bed of these rivers is rocky and steep, giving origin to the same kind of flumes and pools that are formed in the Patagonian trout rivers in Argentina.
In addition to trout and dorado fishing, a great variety of dykes and dams is presented along the entire region, among which the Cabral Corral dyke in Salta stands out. These works also enable the fishing of sport species, such as the pejerrey and the wolf fish, whose sizes surpass those of the same species in the rest of the Argentinian environments.
The Province of Santiago del Estero appears in the center of the region. The Río Hondo hot springs are also within the area, where the homonymous frontal dyke, together with the Salí and Dulce Rivers, represent the most important sites to catch large-sized dorados, as well as large breams and wolf fish.
At the Bermejo River, the dorado fishing world record has been established with a specimen that reached 31.5 kilograms of weight. A unique attraction of the area, which is not usual in many places, must be added to all this: fishing in crystal-clear warm water courses.