Tsimane Sécure Lodge blends, like no other destination on Earth, the best aspects of fly fishing: wading pristine freestone rivers, majestic vistas in a truly wild place, and sight casting to what many believe to be the finest sport fish swimming in fresh water: the golden dorado!

The Tsimane Sécure Lodge experience is based on a comfortable jungle lodge built from sustainable wood cut from the nearby jungle. There’s also the option to do headwater out-camps the upper Sécure River.  This remote jungle lodge features double accommodations with four cozy safari-style tent cabins with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, and electricity. The lodge accommodates up to 6 anglers.

Tsimane is located within a National Park and Indigenous Territory, where the Amazon jungle meets the Andes mountain chain. The landscape is incredible, its rivers and streams are clear water gems cascading through the jungle and rugged mountain canyons. Tsimane blends, like no other destination on Earth, the best aspects of fly fishing: sight casting, freestone wading, floating lines, majestic vistas, mountain rivers; and hard-hitting, aggressive fish that will put a massive bend in an 8 or 9 weight fly rod, punctuated by repeated aerial acrobatics.

The landscape is incredible and its rivers are streams of clear running water, through jungle and the mountains, ideal for wading and sight-casting to monster dorado and pacu.  The jungle remains in an absolute virgin state. Millions of butterflies of every imaginable color flitter in the warm breezes, while the whispers of hundreds of hidden birds and animals whisper from the depths of the jungle.

Anglers 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.

Sécure Waters:
Based on the comforts of the main Sécure Lodge and the opportunity of doing headwaters out-camps, anglers have access to a broad variety of waters and pools which allow groups to fish in fresh water every day, and rarely, if ever, repeat the same fishing beat. This is one of the main rivers of the TIPNIS and the most important tributary of the Isiboro River, Madeira River and the Amazon itself, one with the widest biodiversity in the world. This river is born in the confluence of the Nutusama and Cascarrillas streams. Along its first sectors this river goes from north to south; moreover, between the Mosetenes Range and the Eva Eva Mountain Range; it is wedged among peaks that range from 900 to 2,000 meters above sea level. The river length is 497 km until it reaches the Isiboro River.

Upper Sécure River: This is the sector of the Sécure River that is found upstream from the Sécure Lodge. The river here is extremely beautiful with crystal clear water, wedged among mountains and allows anglers an extremely close and exciting contact with the jungle. The means of transportation are handmade Chiman wood dugout canoes (coambas) powered by pushing poles or engines. After a few hours navigating upstream, one can encounter two small tributaries (The Ashahana and the Maniquisito). On the higher Sécure we find dorados of over 30 pounds, many of them residents. There are also a lot of pacus, moturos, surubis and yatoranas, which are excellent species for practicing different fishing techniques.

Sécure River: The Sécure River runs from Sécure Lodge to the Ushwea Village. The fishing here is carried out by fishing downstream and the means of transportation is with dugout canoes, poled or engine powered. The middle section of the Sécure River is shallow and open, similar to the rivers further down on the in plain regions. Its clear waters gradually become colored 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 Sécure River. The logs, sunken trees and subsurface structure are the perfect ambush points for a large numbers of dorados.  The beats in this sector are more accessible. The river features a large variety of fishing situations. There are long runs, “flats” with sandy riverbanks, and fords with ditches and deep pools. Dorados are undoubtedly the kings in this sector of the river; however, very large pacus can be caught in the deep pools, where food brought by the current gets jammed.

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Reservations & Rates

9 nights, 6 days fishing:
2023: $6,950 per person plus Indian and National Park Fee $570
2024: $7,150 per person plus Indian and National Park Fee $570

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

Not included in your package at Tsimane's Sécure 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 $570 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 Sécure River Communities, as well as all the communities in the 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 Sécure 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 Tsimane's Sécure Lodge

The season for Sécure Lodge runs from June through Mid October.

The fishinge at Sécure 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 any 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.

Dorado, during their annual migration (on low/mid sections of rivers), are always following the schools of local baitfish, called Sabalo, as these are there primary source of food. The Sabalo (and corresponding Dorado) migration begins in March or April according the intensity of the rainy season and water level. By May and June schools of Sabalo and Dorado are running upstream and present throughout the river systems in good numbers. These migrations continue throughout the season, so fresh fish are constantly arriving in the upriver sections.

What we tend to see is that in the earlier parts of the season, there may be fewer fish in the river overall...but those fish are super hungry and incredibly aggressive to feed, making for some truly exciting action. As you get later and later in the season, there are indeed more fish around overall, though some of those fish have been in the system for an extended period of time and may not be quite as aggressive overall. In general, we find the balance between numbers of fish and aggressive behavior balance out, and hookups for anglers tend to be fairly consistent throughout the season. This means you can plan your trip around whenever you can be there, as ever week of the season has the potential to be the best!

This is the rainforest, with wild freestone rivers that are subject to runoff from periodic, intense storms. While blowouts are very rare, they can happen. Typically if the water comes up one day, it'll be fishable the next and seldom do anglers miss more than a couple of days without ideal conditions and hungry, happy fish.

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Getting to Tsimane's Sécure 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.

Anglers will arrive in Santa Cruz, Bolivia where a lodge representative will be waiting for you in Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) and transfer you from the airport to the hotel, a five star property (included in the angling package – a 20-minute drive). The trip packages begin at Santa Cruz, Bolivia. 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 you can either get it in advance or upon arrival in Bolivia.

The next morning, you'll enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Tsimane’s local host will meet the group in the morning (usually around 9:30 am) to head to the local airport, The group will then board the charter flight to the Asunta Indian Community (90 minute flight). The manager and the guides will welcome the group upon landing, and transfer everyone to the Sécure Lodge. This transfer is a boat ride (10 minutes). After settling into the lodge, the guides will offer a brief orientation and help prepare gear; there will be a brief explanation of the fishing week and the fishing beats rotation. There is often time in the afternoon for a half day of fishing at the home pools and nearby areas.

On your final day on the river, guests will pack up after breakfast and transfer back to the Asunta Indian Community where you will meet your charter flight back to Santa Cruz local airport. There you will be met by a member of the Tsimane staff who will take you to the hotel to overnight (in a double room, included in package).

Baggage Weight Limits:
Please restrain bringing unnecessary weight to the jungle lodges. Luggage weight Limit is 25 kilos (55 lbs). We use small planes for transfers and we are really strict in all safety measures and baggage weight limits are strictly adhered to. You will be able to leave items not needed at camp with the Hotel KAMP's concierge if you are returning to the hotel at the end of the week. We recommend this for travelling clothes, etc. (THERE IS DAILY LAUNDRY SERVICE @ ALL THE LODGES)

A Bolivian Tourist Visa is required for entry to Bolivia. This can be purchased in the airport (approximately $160) upon arrival, or obtained in advance. A passport with 6 months validity is required.

GPS Coordinates for Camps and Villages:
Assunta Village
15°49'57"S     66°25'35"W

Sécure Lodge
15°49'48.20"S     66°26'39.83"W

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Lodging at Tsimane's Sécure Lodge

The Tsimane Sécure Lodge experience is based on a comfortable jungle lodge built from sustainable wood cut from the nearby jungle. There’s also the option to do headwater out-camps the upper Sécure River. This remote jungle lodge features double accommodations with four cozy safari-style tent cabins with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, and electricity. The lodge accommodates up to 6 anglers.

The seasoned chefs at Sécure prepare delicious International Cuisine, paired with great Argentine wines in a well-fashioned living and dining room.

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 Tsimane's Sécure Lodge

Each day, teams of two anglers will fish the various beats in the area. In addition, depending on the fishing, weather and river conditions, groups of 2 anglers at a time will have the option of an overnight camp on the upper sections of the Sécure River. This allows for extended fishing times and access to some of the most untouched, headwater sections of the stream.

Typical fishing day: early in the morning, groups of two anglers will separate and depart the Sécure Lodge for the different fishing beats. It is a full day of fishing, with lunch on the fly, finally returning to the basecamp lodge in the evening for appetizers, cocktails, and a well-

prepared meal.

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 our rivers.

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 AND 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.

WADING: 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. 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.

We strongly recommend our guests to wade behind their guides and to keep their eyes open. Stingrays are rare, but present in these waters and an unfortunate misstep can result in an extremely painful ordeal. For protection, stingray guards will be provided when necessary (you can bring yours if you want to). Together with a sturdy wading boot, keeping your eyes open and moving slowly you should experience no problems. It is very important to listen to your guide, follow behind him and his experienced and sharp eyes.

Wading Equipment: Fast drying pants or shorts over a lightweight base layer (Patagonia Capilene # 1), sturdily built felt sole wading boots (with studs), gravel guards and stingray guards as well as a wading staff is recommended. We recommend bringing lightweight Gore-Tex waders during June-August months (optional), just in case it gets cool. Please do not bring rubber soled wading boots; they don’t work on the thin algae film that covers our rocks and gravel.

FLY FISHING GEAR: Fly Rods: 7, 8 or 9 weight single handed rods, 9 feet in length are highly recommended. The 8 weight is the Tsimane standard, but it might be necessary to have a 9 weight rod in certain situations, especially in the Lower Secure River where HUGE Dorado frequent. We also recommend bringing a light 6 weight rod for fishing big dry flies for Yatoranas in small creeks and tributaries.

Ideally, you should have two rods rigged with different lines or flies at the boat. One 8/9 weight rigged with a good dorado streamer and other one with a Pacu fly. An extra backup rod will be necessary. Powerful rods with a strong butt section are a must. Saltwater fly rods are perfect.

Note: Consider carrying a spare rod with you each day, just in case you blow one up on these fish.

Fly Reels: As with rods, reels that have been designed for saltwater fly-fishing are the best choice. Fly reels that feature a strong, smooth disk drag with a large arbor spool are perfect. A big Dorado or Pacu will easily have anglers into their backing. Bring a reel that you are comfortable with and that is in good working order. Weight of the reel is important; since you will be casting a lot, keep it light. 30 pound backing is required.

Fly Lines: Most of the fishing is done close to the surface. Weight forward floating lines for tropical waters is what you need. We’ve worked closely with Scientific Anglers to design a line specifically for use in these jungle environments: The SA Jungle Titan Taper. Other tropical lines like a General Saltwater Taper, Redfish Taper, Rio Outbound Tropical Short or comparable warm water fly lines will also work. At times a clear intermediate tip line (also available in the Jungle Taper) can be good, especially if a cold front moves through or rains bring the water up.

Do not bring conventional cold water floating lines, as the hot weather makes the lines turn soft and gummy. It can also be a good idea to bring a fast sinking tip or shooting taper. For this we recommend a 200 or 250 grain 15 foot sink tip, just in case…

Leaders: Spools of Fluorocarbon should include 40, 30, 20 pound breaking strengths. Due the rocky river-bed and other aggressive fish in the rivers, we prefer fluorocarbon material. When fishing in off color waters or with sinking tip lines for Dorado, sophisticated leaders are not needed. However when fishing under normal clear water conditions with floating lines, everything changes. We tie some specific leaders according the species, the conditions and the size of fly we are using.

Normally, we use 6 - 9 foot leaders with a heavy butt section and 20 - 30 pound tippet breaking strength. This allows good presentation for big flies without spooking them. Our guides can assist you in building a leader for each fishing situation. You don’t need tapered leaders, just bring spools of 40#, 30#, and 20# Fluorocarbon.

Wire: All the fish we catch in Tsimane, are heavily armed with sharp teeth and wire tippet is necessary. Spools of 25 to 40 pound American Fishing Wire, Rio or Tiger Titanium are fine choices. Please bring wire tippets in grey or camouflage color. Pre-tied Leaders (for barracuda or pike) are not recommended.

Over the years we have learned that most of our guests under-estimate the amount of wire tippet they will go through during a week of fishing in Tsimane’s waters. One spool of tippet is rarely enough, and we recommend you bring two spools of 40# tippet, and one spool of 30# tippet.

Flies: For flies we predominantly use baitfish imitations, in full black, and/or a combination of black and red, purple, orange and yellow. Flies should swim well with good action and tied full with plenty of volume. Flies in lengths from 4 to 8 inches with barbless hooks 2/0 to 4/0 are the norm. High quality, saltwater hooks are required.

As for patterns the most typical fly used is the Andino Deceiver. It’s similar to regular Deceivers but with bead chain eyes and a muddler or craft fur head. However other baitfish imitations have proved to be very successful, among them; Puglisi Streamers in medium to very big sizes, Lefty's Deceiver or Umpqua's Tarpon's Snake are good options. Flies with lots of flash are not recommended.

Pole Dancers, Foam poppers, Titanic’s sliders (size BIG), big mouse imitations, and Dahlberg Divers are very good choices for Dorado on surface. Flies like the Chernobyl Ants or other big terrestrials and bugs imitations are excellent for Pirapitingas and Yatoranas.

What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tsimane 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 Tsimane's Sécure 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.