Tsimane is located within a National Park and Indigenous Territory where the Amazon Jungle meets the Andes in Bolivia. The landscape is incredible, and its rivers are streams of clear water running through the jungles and the mountains with wading and sight-casting-friendly banks. Freshwater golden dorado are the target, and Agua Negra Lodge blends the best aspects of fly fishing: sight-casting, freestone wet wading, light fly tackle, and stalking four tenacious game fish species reaching significant sizes. The location also has great pirapitinga, yatorana, and surubi fishing.
For six full days, you fish the waters of Agua Negra and its tributaries, including the tiny and prolific Chimoro Jungle Creek. The Agua Negra is a smaller tributary of the Secure River and also includes a remote out-camp on the headwaters where you can overnight camp during your stay.
The Agua Negra Lodge experience is based from one comfortable jungle lodge. It offers safari-style double occupancy tent cabins on elevated wooden platforms. Each tent offers spring beds, private bathroom with flush toilet, hot water, and electric light.
As a general rule, 7 to 9 weight rods rigged with tropical grade floating/sinking lines. Wet wading is the standard. A complete list of gear will be sent upon trip confirmation. Frontiers can provide expert advice on finding the right gear for your trip.
Agua Negra Lodge is best accessed from Miami, Florida, via American Airlines. Guests will fly into Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Included are 7 nights /6 days of fishing with two overnights at the Los Tajibos Hotel. A tourist visa is required for U.S. citizens that is valid for five years and can be secured for USD$160 cash at the airport in Santa Cruz upon arrival. The lodge generator and battery system offer 110/220 power. It is necessary to bring a converter for your electrical devices. 99% of the fishing is done by wet wading or fishing from the banks of the rivers. Temps; 65º F to 95º F.
Season: June - October
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $5,800 pp.
Inclusions: All meals and double accommodations, round trip charter flights, two hotel nights, six days of guided fishing.
Exclusions: Commercial airfare, national park and Indian land use fees ($570), and Bolivia Visa ($160).
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Specializes in South America fishing and shooting departments. Plus, fishing in Mongolia and Canada.
Our eleventh season at Tsimane was one of the best we’ve had, from amazing fishing to the beautiful wildlife to the overall Tsimane experience. We should note that this was one of the driest seasons we’ve ever had, and unfortunately, the dryness increased fires in other regions of the Amazon forest. Although this was far away from Tsimane, we are still heartbroken over the destruction they caused.
Clients often ask what our favourite fly fishing trip has been to date. Well, without hesitation — Tsimane for Golden Dorado is very high on the list. This is something so unique and special that it’s difficult to put into words.
Carter Andrews in Tsimane, Bolivia