GOLDEN DORADO – AGUA NEGRA – BOLIVIA
Tsimane opens the possibility to fly-fish for huge Dorado in small mountain rivers with super clear waters surrounded by a virgin rainforest where the dorado population remains completely untouched. It’s not uncommon at certain times to see big shoals of dorado busting the surface on endless hunts. One has to be prepared for more technical situations in which Dorado appear more selective. Sight fishing in clear shallow waters takes an accurate cast and a silent approach. Surface fly-fishing during these hunts requires good speed and reflex as it can all be over in a split second.
We fish with quite large flies which most of our guests are not accustomed to, therefore it is essential to pay attention to the recommendations of the pro guide at all times. The fishing will take place during the dry season, from May up to and including October, a period in which the most astonishing migration of Sabalos and Dorados in South America takes place. These fish arrive in their millions every year seeking a breeding spot, where they spawn, from December to January.
In addition to Dorados, large Pacus and Yatoranas can be caught and also occasionally striped Surubis.
90% of the fishing at Tsimane is done by wet wading in the river or fishing from the banks. The river structure varies tremendously from river section to section: from sandy and small gravel beaches to sharp volcanic rock, the shoals are transitioning through all kinds of freestones and boulders. Wading is not difficult or dangerous; however, there is a lot of it. We recommend guests to at least do some walking/running the weeks prior to their visit.
The Agua Negra lodge is a lodge built entirely from sustainable wood cut from the nearby jungle. The lodge features 3 tent cabins for up to 4 anglers, with each cabin having its own private bathroom. They also have the comforts of home with sprung mattress beds. Each cabin has hot water and electricity. All meals are included as well as soft and alcoholic drinks.
There are 2 pro guides as well as 2 local which will accompany you all the way.
Getting to the fishing grounds
Each day you will pair up and leave the comfort of the lodge and head out to the fishing grounds. You will wade and sight cast to huge fish on your journey through the river. Departure from the lodge is around 5.30 and you’ll also get the opportunity of camping out in the headwaters and go further up river to sight fish for big fish – this is back-packing style. Only a few have ever fished that far up. This is something that everyone should try, after all its what you have travelled for.
The main target specie for the trip is the mighty golden dorado. However there are other species which can targeted on the fly such as Yatorane, Pacu and Surubi.
May to October. This is the dry season.
The below itinerary is only as a guide, as there are flights that depart daily from various UK airports.
Although the fishing has set weeks, there are daily flights departing from the UK, should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Bolivia – the itinerary can be tailored to suit you.
Depart UK (alternative routes available)
MIAMI/SANTA CRUZ 2250/0541+1
You will be met and transferred to a 5* hotel in Santa Cruz – room only, twin room
After breakfast, depart the hotel at approx. 0930 on a transfer back to the airport where you will take a 90 min. charter flight into the Oromomo Indian Community. There you will be taken up stream via a dugout canoe to the Agua Negra Lodge which again will take approx. 90 min, depending of the water level of the river. Accommodation is luxury twin tents. Unpack, wind down and get ready for the first days fishing in the morning.
After breakfast you will be split up and assigned to a guide before heading off for a full day guided fishing which is between 8 and 9 hours. You have the choice to take an option of a one or two night back-packing style trip higher up in the headwaters, deep into the jungle for an unforgettable experience or return to the lodge.
Day 5 Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge
Day 6 Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge
Day 7 Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge
Day 8 Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge
Day 9 Full day guided fishing – overnight all-inclusive at the lodge
Day 10 Depart the lodge and Oromono Village (same way you came in – dugout canoe and charter flight) for your return journey back to Santa Cruz. Overnight in a 5* hotel – room only.
Transfer to the airport
SANTA CRUZ/MIAMI 0830/1531
From: £6,156.00 (incl taxes) PER PERSON – subject to availability and & exchange rates