Caño Negro Lodge - Bolivia
Lures or Flies for Peacock Bass and Payara
Caño Negro Lodge, also known as Caño Negro Green Forest Lodge, is located in the midst of a two-million-acre nature preserve in the Rio Negro San Simon system. Protected rivers and lagoons hold huge populations of gamefish, including peacock bass and payara. Due to the fishing and the exotic wildlife, this area has been nicknamed the Jurassic Park of the Amazon.
Caño Negro Fishing:
Our clients have caught 30 peacock bass in a day fishing top-water or sub-surface lures and flies. Here,
the mighty saber-tooth payara, river tiger of South America, offers the thrilling, tackle-busting fishing experience of a lifetime. Hailed as "tarpon on steroids,
these payara range from five to 25-pounds and can exceed 50-pounds. Ten to 15 hookups a day is the norm on payara.
In addition to payara, these river and lagoon systems have the highest concentrations of peacock bass found anywhere on earth. Peacocks range from around 2-to 12-pounds.
It's not uncommon for an angler to land 30 to 40 peacock bass a day! Other excellent gamefish include brawny pacu up to 30-pounds, brilliant yatoranas, curvina (croaker), giant catfish, nearly 20 different species of piranha. Anglers have reported coming in contact with at least 50 piranhas a day.
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Fishing Season: Mid-July thru October.
Boats: The fishing boats range from aluminum sleds to local custom-made wooden boats. They are equipped with outboard motors, casting decks, comfortable seats, and coolers for soft drinks and lunches. The Lodge also uses custom-made long and stable dugouts. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Fishing Guides: The hardworking guides are knowledgeable of the river systems and speak very little English. They're able to help you select the right lures/flies, provide help with casting and techniques. Fly fishing instruction is available at the Lodge. Caño Negro has a full-time bilingual host.
Dove Shooting - Cast and Blast Option
Season: May through October.
Olivia is the world's mecca for high-volume dove hunting. 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 eared doves (Zenaida Auriculata) migrate from Brazil each April to feed on the literally millions of acres of sorghum, sunflowers, and soybeans. They stay until November, offering bird hunting that is best described as "astonishing." Hunters routinely expend 60-100 boxes a day on shoots in a great variety of settings.
See Cast and Blast Package below.
Caño Negro Green Forest Lodge
Caño Negro Lodge is located in the picturesque Amazonian jungle and accommodates up to 12 anglers. Two anglers per air-conditioned bedroom with a private bathroom.
Wildlife viewing includes a wide variety of birds, giant caimans, and possibly a jaguar laying on the beach or strolling across the riverbanks.
Meals: The large dining room has an adjacent lounge and bar and a scenic view of the vast spring-fed lagoons. Bolivian and American meals feature fresh fish, beef, pork, and chicken accompanied by an assortment of delicious soups, salads, rice, bread, and mixed vegetables. The camp supplies bottled water, soft drinks, local liquor, beer, and wine with dinner. Bring your own specialty liquor.
Communications: Wi-Fi is available at the Lodge for $10.00 per person per day. Only satellite phones will work at Caño Negro. Diesel-generated electricity is turned off from 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Electricity is 220-volt and requires a converter and adapter for U.S. devices.
Nearest Hospital: The nearest health facility is in Santa Cruz, a two-hour charter flight from the Lodge.
Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever Vaccine is recommended as Santa Cruz is considered a Dengue-affected area.
Getting to the Lodge:
Travel to Santa Cruz is easy. American Airlines has daily one-stop overnight flights from Miami each evening, arriving Santa Cruz the next morning. You'll take a two-hour charter flight from Santa Cruz to the Lodge, where you'll land on the Lodge's dirt runway near the Rio Negro/Rio San Simon fishing area. There is a 40-pound baggage limit for the charter flight. *For the roundtrip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the Lodge to be included in the package, you must have a two-person minimum booking.
2021 USD Rates:
3-nights at the Lodge
and 3-days guided fishing
$3,295.00* per person
4-nights at the Lodge
and 4-days guided fishing
$4,195.00* per person
6-nights at the Lodge
and 7-days guided fishing
$5,595.00* per person
*For the roundtrip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the Lodge to be included in the package, you must have a two-passenger minimum booking. If an angler is solo, he must pay an additional $1,800.00.
Roundtrip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the fishing area (with a 2-person minimum booking), airport ground transfers in Bolivia, lodging, all meals in the fishing areas, beverages (soft drinks, local liquors, beer, and wine), daily laundry service, guided fishing, use of boats, local licenses, and upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn.
Packages Do Not Include:
Commercial air travel, the tourist visa ($160.00 p.p.), airport taxes and fees, Wi-Fi access $10.00 p.p. per day, gratuities (to the Lodge staff, fishing guides, and fishing camp staff), lures and tackle, ammunition, items of a personal nature, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. The hotel in Santa Cruz will cost around $100.00 per night (single or double occupancy). If hunters bring their own gun, the gun clearance fee will be $250.00 p.p. (a maximum of two guns per Gun Importation Permit). *If you are booking as a single angler, the roundtrip charter flight is an additional $1,800.00.
Las Palomas Lodge and Caño Negro Lodge
May through October.
6-nights at the Lodges and
3-days dove shooting
and 3-days guided fishing
$5,595.00 per person
Roundtrip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the fishing area (a 2-person minimum booking is required), airport ground transfers in Bolivia, all meals in the shooting and fishing areas, accommodations, beverages (soft drinks, local liquors, beer, and wine), laundry, shotgun cleaning, guides, use of boats, hunting license, and upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn.
Packages Do Not Include:
Commercial air travel, the roundtrip charter flight (a minimum 2-person booking is required), the tourist visa ($160.00 p.p.), airport taxes and fees, Wi-Fi access $10.00 p.p. per day, gratuities (to the Lodge staff, fishing guides, and fishing camp staff), lures and tackle, ammunition, items of a personal nature, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. The hotel in Santa Cruz will cost around $100.00 per night (single or double occupancy). If hunters bring their own gun, the gun clearance fee will be $250.00 p.p. (a maximum of two guns per Gun Importation Permit).