Dorado may be the most bad ass fish that swims in freshwater!

Even in one of the most remote places in the world, guest will enjoy the comfort and style of a world-class destination at Pluma Lodge.

The main Pluma Lodge features four log cabins and sleeps up to eight anglers. Each cabin has spring box beds, private bathrooms with hot water and electric lights. Argentine wines and exceptionally-prepared International Cuisine will put an exclamation point on each and every action-packed angling day, with satellite internet wireless connection and phone service an added bonus.

The upper Pluma and Itirizama Headwaters Camps are a real paradise, located in the pristine headwaters of these two amazing mountain rivers. The camp operations are designed to offer entirely new sections of river each day. There are two different and established camp locations on the upper Pluma River (both comfortable African-style wall tent cabins), and two similar camp locations in upper Itirizama Rivier (one established wall tent cabin and the other a mobile camp). All camp locations offer chemical tent toilets, bag showers and a gazebo to be used as a living room.

Electric Power will be available from 6:00 am to 10:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am. The lodge has laundry service available at no additional cost.

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Reservations & Rates

The cost of the week-long Pluma Lodge Angling package is $7,600.00 per person.
Non Angler Rate: $5,000.00 per person
Single Occupancy: $13,900.00 per person.

Included in your angling package at Pluma Lodge are two (2) nights at a 5 star hotel in Santa Cruz, ground transfers in Santa Cruz upon arrival, charter flights – Santa Cruz – Lodge – Santa Cruz, 6 and half full days fishing with one pro guide and two local guides per two anglers in fishing areas, 7 nights lodging at Pluma Lodge, and all inclusive meals, beverages and spirits at the lodge. Winston Fly Fishing Rods to use.

Not included in your angling package at Pluma Lodge are International Flights, Meals and Beverages in Santa Cruz Hotel, fly fishing leaders, wire and flies, tips and gratuities, and trip insurance, Airport taxes and US$550 Indian Communities Fee payable in Bolivia).

Native Community Tax: 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 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 Pluma Lodge

The season for Pluma Lodge runs from April/May through Mid October.

The fishinge at Pluma Lodge is timed to coincide with the dry season so the rivers will be at their lowest. Temperatures can see the 90's during the day and drop to the 50's or 60's at night over the course of its season. Of course, rains can come at ay time, but this is the best time of the year to fish there. The rivers are more like clear mountain trout streams where sight fishing is the rule. Waders are not needed as all rivers are wet-waded.



Dorado, during their annual migration (on low/mid sections of rivers), are always following Sabalo school's migration (Dorado's main source of food). Both species migrate upstream from March/April according the intensity of the rainy season/water level. So May and June schools of Sabalo and Dorado are running upstream on Secure and Pluma. It is a very interesting time; Dorado are very hungry and aggressive. Hunting scenes of big schools of Dorado attacking Sabalos are very common. Water color is right, and the temperature is a little bit lower than in September, but there is nothing that can affect fishing (except for an occasional, strong, cold fronts and/or heavy rains). As the season progresses, the rivers fill with predator and prey fishes offering every angler ample opportunity to hook and land not only Dorado but other species as well.

The rivers are inhabited by two different dorado species and other fish from the Amazon basin, such as the pirapitinga or Amazon pacu and the yatorana (pound by pound, one of the strongest fresh-water species). There is also a Amazonian Catfish called a Surubim available to fish for and is a very formidable species to tie into.

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Getting to Pluma 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 $160 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.

Any traveling items or luggage not needed on the trip may be left in storage at the hotel for safe keeping.

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Lodging at Pluma Lodge

Even in one of the most remote places in the world, guest will enjoy the comfort and style of a world-class destination at Pluma Lodge.

The main Pluma Lodge features four log cabins and sleeps up to eight anglers. Each cabin has spring box beds, private bathrooms with hot water and electric lights. Argentine wines and exceptionally-prepared International Cuisine will put an exclamation point on each and every action-packed angling day, with satellite internet wireless connection and phone service an added bonus.



The upper Pluma and Itirizama Headwaters Camps are a real paradise, located in the pristine headwaters of these two amazing mountain rivers. The camp operations are designed to offer entirely new sections of river each day. There are two different and established camp locations on the upper Pluma River (both comfortable African-style wall tent cabins), and two similar camp locations in upper Itirizama Rivier (one established wall tent cabin and the other a mobile camp). All camp locations offer chemical tent toilets, bag showers and a gazebo to be used as a living room.

Electric Power will be available from 6:00 am to 10:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am. The lodge has laundry service available at no additional cost.

Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. with coffee, hot water for tea, varied fresh squeezed fruit juice, cereals with liquid yogurt, and a ham and cheese plate with toast. You can request cook to order eggs and omelets, usually served with bacon.

Lunch is taken on the fly, packed in a cooler with icepacks and was everything from pasta salads, quiches, sandwiches, all in sizes you could hardly finish. Often they pack some fruit and always a bunch of packaged cookies, granola bars, and treats. The cooler is packed full of bottled waters (at least eight to ten per angler) cokes, sprites, Red Bull and beer. It’s imperative that guests take in enough water and your guides will encouraged you to drink as much as they can...

Dinner is always preceded by appetizers “Picado” (hot and cold, meats, cheeses, nuts, chips, olives, etc.) along with cocktails around the central coffee table and wrap around sofa. Dinner is served between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and is pretty formal with placemats, cloth napkins, nice silverware crystal wine glasses, water glasses, etc. Dishes included homemade ravioli, chicken, beef, pasta with vegetables, fresh baked bread and very tasty and sophisticated desserts. At the end of your week, the chef will cook an asado (barbeque) with beef, pork, sweetbreads on a wood fired grill, with salads and bread. All the camps/lodges have an open bar policy with most of the most popular brands of spirits.

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Fishing at Pluma Lodge

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.

Typical Fishing Day:
Coffee is ready and available at 7:00 a.m. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. You come to breakfast dressed for fishing (minus your wading boots). You’ll meet your guides at the dock at 8:15 a.m. ready for an all-day fishing sortie.



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.

What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?

• THE MOST UNIQUE DORADO FISHERY IN THE WORLD Tsimane is the only fishery we know of, anywhere in the World, where you can wade fish in clear mountain streams for Dorado. Tsimane is an extremely unique fishery, an exotic jungle fly fishing adventure, far off the beaten path and the #1 jungle fishing trip in World. If you had to make one jungle trip in your life, this is the trip; it will change you for life.

• THE MOST RESPECTED JUNGLE OUTFITTER IN THE WORLD Tsimane is outfitted by the “Jungle Guys” Untamed Angling, the most experienced and recognized jungle outfitters in the world; the same fanatic anglers that discovered the Rio Marie’, the giant peacock bass fishing destination in Brazil. These folks are pros with years of operating experience in the Jungle; you are in very capable hands. The management and staff will take care of all the logistics, support and mechanics of the trip, all you have to do is fish as hard as you can and enjoy the experience.

• GIVING BACK TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Tsimane is an award winning collaborative program between local Indigenous Indians, the Bolivian Government and Untamed Angling in an effort to promote conservation, sustainability and culture. A portion of your dollars are making a difference in native’s life and the understanding and conservation of the Bolivian Jungle and its native species.

• DELUXE JUNGLE FISHING LODGE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Just because you’re in the most remote corner of the Bolivian Jungle mountain lands doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. Anglers fishing at Tsimane are accommodated in a deluxe lodge boasting every imaginable amenity you would expect in a topnotch fishing lodge. Spacious guest rooms with full bathrooms, 24 hour power, ceiling fans along with fine cuisine prepared by a trained chef are what to expect. You sleep comfortably at night after a dining on world-class food and be well rested and fueled for a full day of fishing trophy dorado.

• WILDLIFE VIEWING ODYSSEY Tsiamne Lodges are located in a National Park; an Indigenous Territory named TIPNIS, within the regions of Beni and Cochabamba. It is part of the Vilcabamba - Amboró Conservation Corridor, in the Sub-Andean strip of the tropical Andes between Peru and Bolivia. Every day angler will see hundreds of Macaws, Toucans, giant and colorful butterflies, different mammals like jaguars, tapirs, and native deer, all living inside a pristine jungle forest environment. Anglers come to Tsimane to fish, but are exposed to wildlife viewing odyssey like a National Geographic movie. Bring your camera and your binoculars for this trip, you don’t want to miss a thing…

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Making Reservations to Pluma Lodge

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours (Monday - Friday • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM), or email us at travel@theflyshop.com 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.