Imagine wading freestone streams, sight casting light tackle and floating lines amongst the most majestic, pristine scenery imaginable, for aggressive fish that go no less than 8 to 40lbs. How does that work for you?
Located in a remote, indigenous territory of Bolivia where the Andes meet the upper Amazon, the rivers of Tsimane (Chimané) are both familiar and foreign. They're pure jungle freestone fisheries, surrounded by tropical vegetation, and as clear as any western trout steam. Virtually all of the fishing is done on foot, either wading or fishing from the bank. The rivers and their tributaries vary from sandy pools and gravel beaches to heavy riffles lined with freestone boulders.
The fish are called Golden Dorado. They will chew through 40 lb. wire trace, shatter even the stoutest nine-weight, and will even try to take a hunk of flesh out your arm while you're holding a trophy for a grip-n-grin. They're fearless predators, and a top game fish that any adventure-oriented angler should have on his or her bucket list.
No other fly fishing destination offers a more visceral immersion into the jungle haunts of dorado than the Tsimane area in Bolivia. If you have an ounce of adventure in your fly fishing soul and are keen to fish dorado in a hyper-remote location, then Tsimane is the place.
The very word "Tsimane" conjures up images of giant 30lb Golden Dorado, 8wt fly rods, wet
wading warm water and sight casting to feeding giants. Wet wading small, warm water freestone streams surrounded by lush green jungle is par for the course. But, what and where is Tsimane exactly?
Tsimane is an area located within Isiboro Secure (TIPNIS), a National Park and Native Community Land located in the middle of Bolivia. The name "Tsimane" originates from the indigenous Tsimane people who with the Yuracaré and Mojeño-Trinitario peoples live within TIPNIS, a 5,298.02 square mile native community land.
Tsimane is the most exciting jungle destination to arrive on the angling scene in a generation and gets our vote as one of the top exotic fly fisheries on Earth. This small stream, sight-fishing hotspot boasts incredible numbers of two species of Dorado that occasionally tip the scales at up to 40 pounds, along with fierce Amazon Pacú that can weigh up to 25 pounds.
Anglers headed to one of our lodges in Tsimane fly to Santa Cruz, the largest city in Bolivia with a metropolitan population closing in on 2 million people. The Bolivian population, estimated at 10 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Mestizos,
Europeans, Asians and Africans. It is unusual in that it is comprised of 60% indigenous peoples. The main language is Spanish.
Tsimane blends, like no other destination on Earth, the best aspects of fly fishing: sight casting, freestone wading, floating lines, majestic vistas, mountain rivers with clear waters; and four extremely sporting species of fish reaching very significant sizes. This has been described like streamer fishing in a freestone river for tarpon on steroids. The Dorado are high jumpers with tremendous strength. It is a new fly rod challenge involving the wildest version of Dorado, one of the most powerful and beautiful of freshwater fishes.
Every week, groups of only 4-8 anglers will enjoy comfortable wilderness lodges which offer outstanding international cuisine. They will set off every morning in locally constructed dugout canoes, specially developed for this environment and led by an expert dorado fly-fishing guide and two native assistants from the local Tsimane tribes. Indeed, the interaction with the natives is one of the most fulfilling parts of the Tsimane experience.
Pluma Lodge is located in the Tsimane area of the Bolivian jungle. Tsimane the most exciting jungle destination to arrive on the angling scene in a generation and gets our vote as one of the top exotic fly fisheries on Earth.
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