"Tsimane combines, like no other flyfishing destination, the possibility to a visual fishing with a floating line after aggressive fish in majestic surroundings."
For more information about TSIMANE BOLIVIA contact Mr Jorgen Berggren phone +46 70 350 6802
Tsimane combines, like no other fly fishing destination, the possibility to a visual fishing with a floating line after aggressive fish in majestic surroundings. In the river system of Secure there are today three lodges, Secure (Asunta), Aquas Negras and Pluma. The first two are smaller with focus on clear mountain streams and hiking in remote wilderness. Pluma is a larger and very comfortable lodge that fish the lower part of Secure river and it´s tributaries. During a typical fishing day large native canoes with motors are used. Part of the time is spent fishing from the canoe drifting targeting sunken tree trunks and backwaters. In many places the rivers are possible to vade a sight fish. This makes especially the fishing for the Golden Dorado very exciting!
To reach Tsimane you will need to travel to the second largest city in Bolivia; Santa Cruz de la Sierra. From Europe this is easy flying through Madrid. Take in to account that you will need to stay overnight in Santa Cruz flying in and out. With small to medium size planes you will land in the jungle after approx. 1,5 hours flight. A boat transport will take you the last way.
Itinerary including travel and fishing as follows:
Day 0: Departure on international flight to Santa Cruz, overnight at hotel.
Day 1: Transfer to airport and flight to destination, boat-transfer, meet and great, evening-fishing and dinner.
Day 2-7: Breakfast. Full fishing-days from 8.00 a.m-5.00 p.m with a lunchbreak. Boat-transfer back to lodge for a cocktail, snacks and 3 course dinner with wine.
Day 8: Breakfast and boat-transfer to airstrip, flight back to Santa Cruz, overnight at hotel. Day 9: Transfer to airport, return-flight to Europe/international destination.
The lodge offers very nice safari type tents, beautifully furnished with comfortable beds and well ventilated. There is a bathroom with shower and toilet in each tent, plenty of room for gear, electricity to charge devices and a small sitting-area in front. All guests will be surprised over the quality of food being prepared in both international and local style. The dinner is served in a large sitting room with WIFI and telephone-service.
Tsimane is a fly-fish only destination where you fish with barbless hooks (easy enough to break the barb with a pair of pliers). All the fishing is on an ”catch and release” basis since the whole area is a protected reserve. Fishing is conducted from large canoes drifting or by foot wading through streams and rapids. Whether allowing (and the anglers physics) guides will arrange a real adventure fishing pristine headwaters with an overnight in tents. Technically the fishing can be very demanding due to the Golden Dorados preference to hold in among tree-roots and logs. Many of the guides speak English (besides Spanish) and all are very experienced).
For the fishing onehanded rods in line # 6-9 are used. Most of the time a 9-10 ft. #8/9 is the weapon preferred. Since the flies used most of the time are quite big and heavy a floating WF line with a shorter more aggressive head will make the casting a bit easier. The reel should be robust with a good break armed with 200 m of 50 lb backing. Since the Dorado not only is very strong and aggressive but also has got sharp teeth, leaders of 30 lb wire or 80 lb flourocarbon are needed. Clothing is made out of leggings with a tight fit (there could be some nasty parasites in the water), shorts, a fast drying long-sleeve shirt and wading-boots with neoprene socks. Take in to consideration the fishing can mean a lot of hiking. Take care of your feet. Rain gear is a must!
The flies are more or less the same type used for saltwater tarpon fishing. They should be tied on a very strong hook (Tiemco SP 600 or Owner AKI) in size #1-2/0. Material used are rabbit-strips or synthetic fiber (type Craftfur). Good colour combos are: Black/Yellow and Black/Red. Bring a couple of big poppers and for the Paku a fly imitating a fruit/nut is needed. (See fly gallery).
from May to October. Price 5300 – 5800 USD. (Ask us for special discounts).
Included in the price: Meet and greet at Santa Cruz airport. Overnight at hote in Santa Cruz (2 nights). Transfer to/from airport. Private charter-flight to/from destination. 7 nights in shared accommodation and 6 fishing days with guide. All meals and beverage.
Not included in the price: International flight to Santa Cruz, travel insurance, fishing gear and flies, tips to guides and staff, local tax to Indian community 570 USD.