Casaré River - Angling Frontiers - Bolivia

Golden Dorado - Fly-Fishing-Only

The Casaré River is nestled in the meeting point between the Bolivian Amazon and the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains of Bolivia. This indigenous territory boasts an unbroken expanse of jungle and incredible biodiversity and is one of the most isolated and remote places in the world. For the Casaré Expedition, guests have the option of spending one night in an expedition fly camp, which allows you to fish deeper in the jungle.

Fly Fishing the Casaré River

Casaré Fly Fishing

Dr. Meng Syn with Casaré golden dorado.

Two Options:  Angling Frontiers offers two packages—the Casaré Main Camp and the Casaré Jungle Fishing Adventure. With both options, you’ll fly fish for golden dorado and other jungle species, target catfish up to 100-pounds with heavy spin gear, and explore the headwaters sector of this remote and pristine Amazonian river.
The Casaré River Camp on the Pachene River is close to its confluence with the Casaré River. The remote Camp is limited to six anglers per trip and provides easier wading opportunities than the Jungle Fishing Adventure. You'll fly fish the lower woody structure of the Casaré River to the remote boulder-riddled clear waters of the upper sector. Anglers split into two groups and rotate through the program's designated beats.
Species:  Target golden dorado, yatorana, catfish, and other species on the fly. Anglers also can try baitfishing for giant and armored catfish.
The terrain in this region of the Bolivian Amazon is not easy to traverse. You'll mostly be wade fishing. Rocks and boulders can be slippery, and often there are steep banks or fast-moving water. Medical Evacuation coverage, such as Global Rescue, is required for this adventure.
View our client Dr. Meng Syn's phenomenal videos:
Expedition Casaré

Expedition Casaré Golden Dorado

Fishing Facts:

Golden Dorado Fishing

Season:  The Camps are open June through October.
Group size:  Angling Frontiers, the outfitter, takes only six anglers per week. Fishing beats are rotated. As a result, there is limited fishing pressure, and every group gets to experience fresh pools and runs.
Guides:  English-speaking professional guides and local bilingual guides are experts on these waters and have great knowledge of the culture within this jungle terrain. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Boats:  Motor-powered dugout canoes are used.
Equipment:  Heavy spinning and baitcasting equipment are available for anglers wanting to target giant catfish. Extra tackle is available for purchase at the main camp. A detailed list of what to bring is in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  Permission to fish is included in the package.

Casaré Jungle Fishing Adventure:  This option is for physically fit anglers who want to explore deep into the Tsimane Jungle. And, is not for the faint of heart. The staff erects what they call Fly Camps for remote overnight trips. With the Fly Camps, you’ll have more of a jungle experience—you can bathe in the river, sleep closer to the jungle, and hear jungle sounds all around your tent.
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Casaré River Camp:

Casaré River Camp

The Casaré Camp is a semi-permanent camp that is quite comfortable, fully equipped, and serves as the headquarters. The use of large, safari-style tents with comfortable beds and meshed-in dining areas help anglers feel at home in the jungle. Camp showers and simple flushable toilets. Generated electricity is available for lighting and to charge electronics. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Meals:  The cooks prepare local dishes and some fusion cuisine, as well as traditional international dishes.
Alcohol:  Local liquor, beer, and wine are served in the evenings.
Communications:  Satellite internet in Casaré's main camp is now set up and available. Most guests don't care for having internet out in the jungle, but for our guests who do, the fee is $100.00 per person for the week. Internet in the middle of the jungle wilderness is very hard to get, and even then, very expensive to have, even a decent connection. It will not be amazing internet, but you will be able to message home and even video chat and send some pictures, sometimes it can be good enough to make a post on social media, but it isn’t guaranteed. Emails sometimes don't fully download. Be advised that it will not be city-quality internet.

Casaré River Dorado

Casaré River photos

Jim Schmid with golden dorado.

Casaré River Golden Dorado

Casaré River is a pristine mountain stream.

Casaré River Fishing

Pacu or Pirapitinga fishing

 River Pacu

Surubi or Striped Catfish

Casaré River Catfish

Yatorana fishing, too.

Casaré River Yatorana

Local culture

Casaré River Culture

Casaré River main camp lodging

Casaré River Lodging

Casaré Camp dinner buffet

Casaré Buffet Dining

Getting to the Camp:

You'll fly to Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. A representative will drive you to the Los Tajibos Hotel. The next morning, he'll meet you at 6:00 a.m. to drive you to the airport. You'll take a 2.5-hour charter flight to the new airstrip in the jungle. They’ll transfer you by dugout canoe upriver to the main Casaré Camp, a two-hour ride. You’ll settle into your tent and gear up. After lunch, the guides provide an orientation. You’ll then split into teams and fish the home beats around camp until dark. (The first and last night hotel nights in Santa Cruz and roundtrip charter flight are included in the package. The charter flight has a 50-pound baggage limit.)

2021 USD Rates:

The Camps are open June through October.

Casaré River Expedition
Limited to four anglers per week.
9-nights (2 at hotel 7 at camp)
and 7-days guided fishing

$5,250 + $550 Native Comm. Fee =$5,800.00 per person

Jungle Fishing Adventure

Limited to four anglers per week.
9-nights (2 at hotel 7 at camp)
and 7-days guided fishing

$5,950 + $550 Native Comm Fee = $6,500.00 per person
Click here for Jungle Fishing Adventure.

Packages Include:

Airport meet and greet in Santa Cruz, first and last night’s stay at Los Tajibos Hotel and Convention Center in Santa Cruz, ground transfers between the airport and hotel, round-trip private charter flight between Santa Cruz and Camp, professional fly fishing guides and local indigenous guides, use of guide operated boats, camp accommodations, all meals at Camp, soft drinks, local beer, wine, and local liquor. Heavy spinning and bait-casting equipment are available for you to use.

Packages Do Not Include:

International airfare, domestic airfare, visa, airport taxes and fees, extra hotel nights, any meals outside of the fishing areas, indigenous territory fees, gratuities to fishing guides and camp staff, satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), optional limited Wi-Fi at the main Casaré Camp ($100.00 p.p. per week), any imported or specialty alcoholic beverages, excess baggage charges, transportation not included in the itinerary, optional or side trips, fly-fishing gear, tackle, or flies (a limited number of flies are for sale at camp for $8.00-$12.00 each), required medical evacuation insurance, Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558