Lunch is taken on the fly, riverside between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. A great lunch is packed in a cooler along with plenty of bottled waters, soft drinks and if you like some cold beers.
You are usually back to the lodge/camp no later than 6:30 p.m. Grab a quick shower, change and appetizers and cocktails are available in the lodge at 7:00 p.m.
Dinner is an event in South America and served between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Based out of the comforts of the main Pluma Lodge and the two headwaters out-camps, anglers have access to three different rivers, each different and unique: the Pluma River, Itirizama River, and the lower Secure River. This broad variety of waters and pools allow groups to fish fresh water every day, and rarely, if ever, repeat the same fishing beat. The water types very from deep pools to rugged terraced pocket water.
The Tsimane Pluma Lodge experience is based on one very comfortable jungle lodge, built entirely from sustainable wood cut from the nearby jungle. There are also two smaller headwater out-camp options, one on the upper Pluma River and one on the upper Itirizama River, one of the main tributaries to the Pluma.
The accommodation offered at the lodge and camps allow anglers to access three rivers, which are diametrically different; The Pluma River, Itirizama River and the lower Secure River. Its wide variety of waters and pools allow groups not to repeat beats during their 6 day stay. They can be caught in a wide variety of waters and using different techniques. Near those places there are magnificent fishing spots for piratingas, yatoranas and catfishes such as tiger surubíes (South American striped catfish).
The Pluma River: is a crystal clear, medium-size freestone river whose structure is immensely rich and beautiful. The fact that it runs from south to north and parallel to the Mosetenes Mountain Range (without going deep into the mountains) makes it wider and more open; it is easy to wade there due to its wide banks composed by round shaped gravel and rock beds. Further upriver it gets narrower, its structure similar to a classic trout freestone river: it is full of shallow runs, boulders, and well defined deep pools and clear water. Fishing on the Pluma is done by walking and wading upstream, and at times using a Chiman canoe (no engine) which is very convenient especially for returning to the lodge at the end of the day.
The lower Pluma extends from the confluence with the Itirizama River to its mouth in the Secure River. The structure of this sector is similar to its higher reaches but with 50-60% more water volume. The pools are wider and deeper and the runs are more powerful. The increase in the water volume results in even more spectacular battles with the fish! The lower Pluma River beats are very accessible, and the fishing is carried out on canoes (without engines) running downstream. Anglers come back to the Lodge traveling by land on 4x4 vehicles through a jungle path. There are a wide variety of waters here, including steep drop offs, long runs, sandy flats, islands and deep pools.
The Itirizama River s similar in nature to the headwaters of the Pluma River; however, the Itirizama – considered by many anglers “the jewel in the crown” in Tsimane – has some extremely different features including many swift runs, rapids, waterfalls and big boulders. Very deep pools are found among those geographical features and they are generally on exposed stone slopes. Undoubtedly, this river offers the hardest hikes to access, so it is recommended only for anglers in very good physical condition. Its water is the coldest and the clearest of all Tsimane, so fishing can be very technical at times. The Itirizama is a fishery where one typically won’t catch as many fish; but it is home to the largest fish in the entire system.
The Lower Secure River is the sector that goes from the confluence with the Pluma River to the Oromomo community. Here the Secure River bottom has fine sediment and there are many sunken logs lining its banks. This is home to “Coruya”, one of the most active fishing beats in Tsimane due to the large number and the size of the dorados. There’s a large Delta region with numerous braided channels, sand bars and other features to concentrate baitfish, and therefore Dorado, in good numbers.
Addition for 2015 season: At Pluma Lodge there will be two new aluminum skiffs with comfortable casting and poling platforms. These new skiffs will allow anglers to fish more and better in comparison with the dugout canoes. We will keep the dugout canoes for the upper Pluma and Itirizama Rivers since they really perform best there. The skiffs will have a base at Coruya port on the lower Secure River, to fish all the lower secure, the delta area and 30 miles of new, never-before-fished water, below and downstream of the Oromomo community, only accessible with these new and faster boats.