Fly fishing for Golden Dorado - Tsimané (pronounced Chi-mon-ee) is situated in the heart of Bolivia, within the National Park and Indian Reservation Isiboro Secure (TIPNIS). Home to some of the most amazing, untouched rivers of the world, Tsimané’s operating area is about 125 miles from the capital city of La Paz and 270 miles from Santa Cruz.
Tsimané Lodge Fishing
Tsimané’s (chee-mon-ee) three lodges—Pluma, Secure, and Agua Negra—offer miles of pristine rivers located exclusively inside the Isiboro Secure National Park.
This is probably the best fly rod fishery for golden dorado in the world. Sightcast freestone mountain rivers for two dorado species, pirapitinga, and pacú.
Each day, two anglers and one guide will fish one beat/location. The fishing manager rotates the anglers and beats on a schedule; no angler will fish the same beat twice. Fishing is performed in different ways - walking upstream and sightfishing in low waters or prospecting fish in runs and deep pools. You must be physically fit as there is a lot of wade fishing. Strict catch-and-release. Water types vary from deep pools to rugged, terraced pocket water.
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Dr. Meng Syn's Tsimané Blog Post #1
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Dr. Meng's Tsimané Flicker post
New Tsimané YouTube - The Dorado
Tsimané's Peak Fishing Months
The peak months for Tsimané dorado are May to early June and late August to mid-October. This is when the weather gets warmer and clear water conditions give anglers stunning sightfishing opportunities.
Two different species of dorado are available plus other Amazon basin fish such as pirapitinga (pacues) and yatorana.
Two guests and two guides per custom-made aluminum canoe. 99% of the fishing is done wading or fishing from the bank. The river structures vary in every section of the river. From sandy and small gravel beaches to sharp volcanic rocks passing through all kind of freestones. Wading is not difficult or risky, but there is a lot of it. Only eight anglers can fish this section of the national park each week.
Optional overnights at the Upper Pluma or Itirizama headwater camps—a maximum of two anglers at each camp. An area downstream from the Oromomo Indian Community offers a magnificent dorado fishery with log structure in the runs and side channels.
Tsimané's Three Lodges
Pluma, Secure, and Agua Negra Lodges
Each lodge operates separately.
Pluma Lodge is Tsimané's most deluxe lodge and is strategically located on the Pluma River, near the confluence of the upper Pluma and the Itirizama. Wooden cabins with spacious ensuite bathrooms. The Lodge accommodates six anglers for the 2019 season.
Secure Lodge takes advantage of all Secure River waters, blending the finest aspects of angling techniques with majestic scenery, clear mountain rivers and exotic species of gamefish of significant size and fighting capabilities.
Agua Negra Lodge accommodates four anglers and fishes all waters of the Agua Negra, the Secure medium sector, and the tiny and prolific Chimoro jungle creek on the fly. Agua Negra is one of Tsimané’s jewels due to its excellent number of dorado, pirapitingas, and the largest number of surubí atigrado (South American striped catfish). Fly fish the main and Upper Pluma River, the Itirizama and the lower sections of the Secure River from Pluma Lodge, with a max of eight anglers per trip.
All three lodges were built with local hardwoods and have log cabins with box-spring beds, hot water showers, and electric lights. Free Wi-Fi is available at all lodges. Use of a satellite phone is $5.00 per minute. International cuisine and great Argentinean wines, beer and spirits.
Getting to Pluma Lodge:
After staying a night at a five-star hotel in Santa Cruz (arranged for by outfitter and included in package), a lodge representative will meet you in the morning, and drive you to the local airport. The group of eight anglers will take a 90-minute charter flight to Oromomo Community landing strip. Guides will transfer guests by boat (a 20-minute ride upstream) to Secure Coruya Dock. From here, guests will be transported on 4x4 vehicles – a 45 to 60-minute drive on a gorgeous road in the middle of the jungle to Pluma Lodge. This is an example for Pluma. Getting to each Lodge is different. Request an information packet for full details.
2019 USD Rates:
Agua Negra Lodge or Secure Lodge
9-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$5,800 + $570 Native Comm. Fee =
$6,370.00 per person
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$7,600 + $670 Native Comm. Fee =
$8,270.00 per person
Non-angler rates, shorter trips, extended trips, and a headwaters program are available.
Airport reception in Santa Cruz, two nights (first and last evening’s stay) at a 5-star hotel in Santa Cruz, ground transfers in Santa Cruz, all round-trip charter flights inside Bolivia, accommodations at the lodges (with a possibility of staying overnight at a headwater camp) 6-days guided fishing, as of 2019, Untamed Angling provides Global Rescue Medical Evacuation Coverage a $119.00 value, all meals and beverages—beer, wine, and spirits—at the lodges (plus optional overnight at a headwater camp).
Packages do not include:
International airfare, Bolivian visa, Native Community Tax and National Park Fee—payable in Bolivia, meals and beverages in Santa Cruz, gratuities, $25.00 departure (exit) tax, fly fishing leaders, wire, flies, excess baggage charges, accident or baggage insurance, accidents during the trip and subsequent emergency removal procedures, trip cancellation or interruption by the customer, transportation not included in the itinerary, optional or side trips, phone calls, items or accommodations not specifically listed as included, mini-bar or any other consumption not included in the hotel daily rate, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
All visitors to Bolivia need a Yellow Fever Vaccine certification as Santa Cruz is considered a Dengue affected area. A yellow fever vaccination card is REQUIRED for this adventure. (We also advise our guests to be current with hepatitis and tetanus vaccinations.)