Golden Dorado | Bolivia | Questions & Answers
We can tell you from personal experience that this is one of the most incredible, unique, one-of-a-kind fishing trips in existence. The remote nature of the fishing for Golden Dorado in this area, combined with the exotic wildlife, the fascinating native cultures, and the overwhelming beauty of the region make for an incredible angling and travel experience that is without a doubt one of the most interesting and unique in the world of destination fly fishing. This Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trip is based at the six person Secure Camp which is the furthest upstream of the three Tsimane camps and focuses on the uppermost reaches of the Secure River and is designed for single anglers who are looking for the best Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing to be found.
Where is the Lodge?
Sécure lodge is situated in the Sécure River headwaters, which is the perfect location to run our annual Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips
Where do they fish?
On our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips we fish the productive waters of the Secure River above and below the camp. The water upstream of camp is rugged and incredibly scenic with mossy cliffs and deep green pools and is known to have the region’s best Pacu fishing in addition to great Golden Dorado fishing. This upper beat is accessed by traditional pole-pushed dugouts. The water downstream is broader with more woody debris. It offers good wade fishing and good boat fishing for large Golden Dorado and is accessed by motorised dugouts. Like the other two camps, Secure also offers backpacking-style trips to the upper reaches of the system.
Customers will fish the upper reaches of the Secure system as well as optional tributaries accessing more than 25 km of pristine water out of the main camp. Secure anglers will fish two anglers per motorised dugout with an Argentine fly fishing guide as well as one or two native boatmen. They will fish beats both up and downstream of the Camp.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
From the camp you can be fishing with minutes or if your a venturing further either up or down river you can travel for more than an hour to the fishing grounds. Having said that the travel is well worth the wait and travel time.
What fish will I catch?
Our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips are based on targeting Golden Dorado, having said that you will never pass up on the opportunities to catch all the other species like Amazon Pacu and Catfish.
How many fish will I catch?
The amount of fish you will catch on our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips will depend on a few factors. One is angling experience, the other is the water conditions. We plan these Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips at the peak time of year so if the rivers are in perfect condition a competent angler can expect to catch 3 to 4 fish per day.
How do they fish?
On our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips you will fish both sight casting to fish that you have stalked and also blind casting in deeper pools or coloured water areas. Basically it is casting large baitfish pattern flies across the river at a slightly downstream angle and then strip the fly back. The takes and explosion from the Golden Dorado is something to be experienced.
Do the guides speak English?
On our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips all the guides speak English to varying degrees, many of the guides are Argentinian. The local boatmen will only speak basic English.
Who is best suited to this destination?
Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing is a great trip for any fly anglers wanting to target and catch Golden Dorado and be completely surrounded by stunning scenery.
What skill level is required?
Although beginner fly anglers are welcome at the lodge and on our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips, everyone would achieve better results if they can cast to a basic level. Casting big flies quickly and safely will allow you to gain much more from your holiday. Often it does not require long casts which helps.
How physically demanding is this trip?
There is a fair amount of walking, hiking and wading on this Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trip, plus we are fishing in the jungle so expect heat and high humidity. Therefore customers need to have a reasonable amount of fitness for the weeks trip.
When to go?
We run our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing trips in one of the peak periods the month of August which is the month that the Tsimane videos where filmed.
How to get there?
To get to our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing we fly to Santa Cruz and from there we fly to an airstrip in the little village of Asunta, where it is common for many members of the community to come out and have a look at the new arrivals, their clean quick-dry clothing and their big bags of gear and tackle. From there it is about a 15 minute boat ride upstream to the deluxe six-person tent camp.
What is the accommodation like?
The Camp has been carved out of the jungle and built using a combination of site-milled hardwood and material shipped up the river and is best described as both rustic and elegant. The camp features a handsome hardwood Camp with an open bar, Wi-Fi and delicious meals paired with excellent Argentine wines. Customers stay in spacious double occupancy safari style tents with comfortable beds, full linens and private bathrooms with showers. The Camp is also equipped with generator power with battery back-up, on demand hot water and wireless internet service.
What is the food like?
The Camp has a main building where anglers enjoy meals and cocktails The chefs at Secure Camp are from Argentina and serve a variety of local and Argentine meals prepared with a wonderful flair.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
On our Hosted Golden Dorado Fishing tackle is not provided, however, we do have loaner tackle just in case anyone’s luggage gets lost or rods break. The lodge does have a selection of flies for sale.
Is Internet and phone signal available?
There is free Wifi, however, do not expect to share photos or videos over the internet as the strength is not good enough, however it is good enough to send and receive just text e-mails.
Are there other activities available?
The fishing camp does cater for anglers, however, if you so wished to take a day off from the fishing, our local guides for a tip will only be more than happy to show you around their wonderful jungle with is amazing wildlife.
How much does it cost?
Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers; to view all available weeks and prices click HERE
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all our own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.