Dorado are king salmon with rotten attitudes and even worse orthodonture!

The Tsimane Agua Negra experience is based on a comfortable jungle lodge. Each room features double accommodation. Agua Negra operates a lodge located in an unspoiled area close to the junction of the Agua Negra and Secure Rivers, and are suited for no more than 4 anglers at one time.

The Agua Negra River is an important tributary of the Secure River and it is the newest addition to the Tsimane fishery. This river, which has its own lodge for only 4 anglers plus a new headwaters outcamp, runs from east to west and offers intermediate wading difficulty.

The Lower Agua Negra sector has features similar to a flood plain river (low gradient) but its water is clear and runs slow. The river meanders through a river valley with numerous sandy beaches, deep runs and cover to hold strong populations of dorado and yatoranas. The latter can be tempted using lightweight fly rods, dry flies, and/or small streamers. The lower Agua Negra is the perfect spot to sight-cast to dorado during feeding frenzy activity – an adrenaline infused angling moment not soon forgotten!

Undoubtedly, the high sector of the Agua Negra River is one of Tsimane’s jewels due to its excellent number of dorado and pirapitingas (pacus). Moreover, the largest number of surubim (South American Striped catfish) is found in this river. This is an ideal place for those anglers that want to try and trick these powerful catfish using flies. Fishing, usually done with sight casting, is prevalent in this region where the water is extremely clear. Since these large fish often move in schools, double hookups are frequent. Fishing in this section of the Agua Negra is done by walking upstream and sight fishing in low waters and prospecting for fish in runs and deep pools. To be successful on these waters you must use a floating line, long leader and delicate presentation.

Secure River – the middle sector of the upper Secure River runs from the Ushwea village to the confluence of the Chimoro and Secure Rivers. The fishing here is carried out by wading downstream and the means of transportation is with dugout canoes, poled or powered by small outboard motors. The middle section of the Secure River is shallow and open, similar to the rivers further down on the flood plain. Its clear waters gradually become stained due to tributaries that sweep sediments from the high plateau. More and more logs and fallen trees are found in the typical stone structure of the Secure. The logs, sunken trees, and subsurface structure are the perfect ambush points for a large numer of really lage dorado. The highest concentration of sabalos (the main forage fish in these waters) can be found here, resulting in feeding frenzies of packs of ravenous dorado at times.

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Reservations & Rates

Reservations should be made a year in advance. Tsimane has been one of those "instant" successes. Since Agua Negra Lodge hosts only 4 anglers at a time, spots fill fast.

The cost of the week-long (9 Nights; 6 Days) Agua Negra package is $5,380.00 per person.

Included in your angling package at the Tsimane Agua Negra Lodge is 6 and half days guided fishing, and 7 nights at the jungle lodge; (with possibility for headwater camps overnights). All inclusive meals and, 2 nights at Santa Cruz Hotel, Ground transfers in Santa Cruz, and all round trip Charters flights.

Not included in your angling package at Tsimane Agua Negra Lodge are International Flight tickets, meals and beverage in hotel, tips and gratuities, special tours, trip insurance, Airport taxes, Indian fee + National Park Fee (USD $670 per angler pay directly in Bolivia).

Native Community Fee:
Starting in 2012, the Tipnis Natives (where Tsimane is located) have formed a board to protect their interests moving forward. This board includes representatives from all 22 Secure River Communities, as well as all the communities in State of Beni. The leaders of the association have made the decision to implement a significant user tax on all visiting anglers. The funds from the tax will primarily be used for social projects, infrastructure development, transportation, and medical and education projects.

The total Fee for guests at Agua Negra Lodge will be $570 ($450 per person to the Indians, plus $120 for a National Park Fee for the government)

The tax will be payable in (Cash $USD) to a representative in Santa Cruz and anglers will receive a receipt from the Association. This fee represents an important step in the continuing effort to protect our ability to continue to share this amazing and unique part of the world.

The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

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Seasons at Agua Negra Lodge

The Tsimane angling season runs from May/June through Mid October.

THIS RELATIVELY NEW FISHERY (opened in 2009) is providing clear-water, sight-fishing in rivers that are inhabited by two different Dorado species and other species from the Amazon basin, such as the pirapitinga (or Amazon pacu) and the yatorana (pound for pound, one of the strongest

fresh-water species). It is fished by wet-wading (no waders needed) different beats on the rivers. A combination of traditional dugout canoes, ATVs, and hiking are utilized get to the fishing beats, and there is literally miles upon miles of water to choose from. Forage fish, called sabalo, start migrating up the rivers with the start of the Tsimane season, followed closely by the ravenous Dorado and other species, feeding on them all the way up stream. The freestone streams are usually running crystal clear and picking out your target fish before casting is the rule. Of course, if the water clarity is off or the water is high, blind casting into the boulder gardens and logjams will produce fish as well.

Both species (Sabalo and Golden Dorado) start their migration upstream from March/April according the intensity of the rainy season and water level. May and June find schools of Sabalo and Dorado running upstream on both the Secure and Pluma Rivers, where the Tsimane lodges are located. It is a very exciting time; the Dorado are very hungry and aggressive. Hunting scenes of big schools of Dorado attacking Sabalo are very common. The water color is right, and temperature is a little bit lower than September, nothing can affect the fishing (except in cases of strong cold fronts). By September, the fish are well into the river systems. The evenings can be cool and the days can be hot. Anglers have to be prepared for any weather.

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Getting to Agua Negra Lodge

Getting to Bolivia these days is relatively simple and painless with a wide choice of convenient, daily flights from Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and New York.

THE TRIP PACKAGES BEGIN at Santa Cruz, Bolivia. So anglers must first get there. There are many daily flights from major cities of the US and

world-wide. You will need a passport valid to 6 months past your departure from Bolivia. US citizens will need to get a visitor's visa for entry to Bolivia. At this time the cost of the visa is $165 USD and is available at the Santa Cruz airport upon landing and prior to passing through customs. You will get your invite to Bolivia after you book your trip. You will then need to take that invitation along with CASH and other documentation to the booth at the airport prior to passing through Customs.

Once you arrive in Santa Cruz, a Tsimane Lodge representative will meet you and take you to the hotel (part of the package). The next morning you will be transferred to the airport for the charter ride to the first river. And from there you will travel by boat to the lodge.

When departing, you will be taken again to the same hotel for the last night (also part of the package). The next day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Charter Flights:
The lodge has scheduled one charter plane for each 4-person group. The planes carry a maximum of 450 kgs (992 lbs) including person and luggage. We have figured each individual's weight + luggage at 112 kgs (247 lbs). We request you control your luggage weight to match this total weight limit per person.

Any unnecessary items that you won't use in the camp can be stored at Casa Patio Hotel Boutique concierge and they will keep it all in safe until you come back to Santa Cruz. All luggage will be weighted prior to departure and any overweight items can be left with our city host.

Travel Documents:
All visitors to Bolivia should carry a Yellow Fever Vaccine certification. A valid passport is mandatory for entry into Bolvia. You passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of proposed entry into Bolivia is required to enter and depart Bolivia. For most European countries no visa is required.

American Citizens: U.S. citizens seeking to enter Bolivia as tourists must have an entry visa. Bolivian tourist visas can be applied for by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the U.S., as well as at Bolivian ports of entry, such as at Bolivia's international airports and at land border crossings. Bolivian tourist visas are valid for five years from the date of issuance. The cost of the tourist visa is $165 U.S. dollars. The $165 fee can be paid in cash, by deposit to the Bolivian Consulate's bank account or by money order.

HIGHLY Recommended: Tourists applying for their visa upon arrival to Bolivia must pay this fee in cash (new bills, no tears, no marks – fresh, clean bills) to immigration authorities. In addition to the $165 fee, the applicant must present a visa application form with a 4 x 4 centimeters (2" x 2") color photograph, a passport with a validity of not less than 6 months. Please visit the Embassy of Bolivia web site at for details on how to apply or contact the nearest Bolivian Embassy or Consulate.

Bolivian consulates in the United States are located in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC (202) 232- 4827/8. We strongly recommend Trip cancellation insurance.

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Lodging at Agua Negra Lodge

The Tsimane Agua Negra experience is based on a comfortable jungle lodge. Each room features double accommodation. Agua Negra operates a lodge located in an unspoiled area close to the junction of the Agua Negra and Secure Rivers, and are suited for no more than 4 anglers at one time.

This remote jungle lodge offers cozy safari-style tent cabins with spring

box beds, private bathrooms with hot water and electric light. Every evening guests will be delighted by the delicious International cuisine paired with great Argentine wines in a well-fashioned living and dining room. Satellite internet wireless connection and phone service are provided for all our guests in both lodges, and laundry service is available at the lodges at no additional cost.

Generators provide electricity, 220-volts, so be sure to bring the proper adapters depending on your electronic device and country of origin. You can charge batteries and use electric shavers or hair dryers. Solar panels are also incorporated into the electronic grid for increased efficiency and sustainability. Electric power is available from 6:00 am to 10:00 am, and again from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Satellite Internet wireless connection and phone service is included for all guests.

Laundry service is provided at no additional cost. Just leave your close on the floor, and they will be returned washed and folded.

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Fishing at Agua Negra Lodge

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.

Tsimane's operational area is about 125 miles (200km) from the Capital City La Paz and 270 miles (470 km) from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, our operation's base point and the most important city in the Country. There are many options to arrive to Santa Cruz's Viru Viru International Airport, including daily flights from Miami (American Airlines), Sao Paolo (Tam, Gol and Boliviana), Buenos Aires (Aerolineas Argentinas and Boliviana), Panama (Copa) and Lima (Taca) and therefore a quite direct connection to all of the main Airports of the world.

The attraction of Agua Negra and the magnificent Dorado that roam its waters is more than just great fishing.

Besides the Dorado (the king of the river) there are other species to pursue, such as Pacu (our jungle freshwater permit) and Yatoranas. Together these species make a trio very difficult to match in warm freshwater fly fishing. The rivers we fish are very similar to freestone trout rivers with similar looking pools, runs, pocket water, and riffles. If you are a good and pragmatic trout angler, you will feel comfortable reading and fishing these rivers.

Every week, groups of only 4 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.

Fishing in these rivers, regardless of the huge populations of fish, represents several challenges for the angler. These fish can be spooky in such small and clear water and every pool and run must be thought-out and a plan developed with your guide before casting a fly into it. Dorado are very fast swimmers, super aggressive and flies must be placed not only with accuracy but also at the right time. Anglers who are able to shoot 60 feet of line with one or two false casts will have a big advantage. Being able to double haul in order to generate line speed will be a huge advantage. The flies we use are generally quite large and most anglers find it difficult to cast them accurately, with distance – in a hurry. We encourage guests to practice in order to get familiar with their equipment, flies and lines.

It's also worth noting that it is important to go light, carrying what you need in your shirt and pants pockets; a few flies, a spool of mono and wire is all you need with pliers on your waist and nothing else. Leave the rest of the gear in the boat, which will always be located close by in case you need something out of your kit.

Setting The Hook:
Dorado, Yatorana and Pirapitinga have extremely bony and hard mouths. A low rod strip-set is the only method that consistently buries the fly hook into these fish's mouth, just like a tarpon set. If you are not familiar with the strip-set, it might take some getting used to.

Catch & Release:
Tsimane practices a strict catch and release policy on all species. Avoid unnecessary handling of the fish. Barbless hooks are mandatory. Handling these fish requires special precautions, not only to avoid harming them but also to prevent injuries to anglers. All of these fish have very strong jaws and razor sharp teeth. And they know how to use them.

Most of the fishing at Tsimane is done by wading in the river or fishing from the bank. The river structure varies tremendously, from sandy and small gravel beaches to sharp volcanic rock shoals transitioning through all kind of freestones and boulders. There is a lot of walking, so we recommend guests to at least do some walking/running the weeks prior to their visit to prepare and get in shape.

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Making Reservations to Agua Negra Lodge

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.