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Pluma Lodge Bolivia Fly Fishing for Golden Dorado

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BOLIVIAN GOLD

Pluma Lodge is unarguably the best Golden Dorado fishery on the planet and, in the opinion of most experts, one of the top 10 fly-fishing destinations worldwide. Located in a remote indigenous territory of Bolivia where the Andes meet the upper Amazon, the Freestone Rivers each season sees hundreds of thousands of baitfish migrate up the river system and with them come thousands of large, aggressively feeding Golden Dorado.

Tsimane fishing has three distinct operations, Pluma Lodge, Agua Negra Camp and Secure Camp. All located within a 25-mile radius in Bolivia’s watershed Pluma Lodge, which overlooks the Pluma River, is considered the most deluxe and diverse of the Tsimane fishing lodges—strategically located in the middle of the Pluma River below the confluence of two world-class systems, the upper Pluma and the Itirizama.

The fishing at Pluma Lodge is a perfect mix between the small crystal clear streams. It’s the ideal destination to try all the fly fishing styles, even spey casting, throwing a popper into a feeding frenzy, to a sight cast in a pocket; Pluma Lodge offers the whole Tsimane experience.

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Pluma Lodge Programme

The fishing based from the luxurious Pluma Lodge gives many advantages from fishing the headwaters out-camps, having access to three different rivers that are all unique, and offering different fishing styles from the Pluma River, Itirizama River and the lower Sécure River. Each piece of water varies from deep pools to rugged terraced pocket water.

Pluma River: The river, moderately sized and is crystal clear with a rich and stunning topography. It runs from south to north, parallel to the Mostenes Mountains, which gives this river a slightly broader and more open feel than some other rivers available. The Pluma River is more suited to easier wading due to its vast banks and covered in smooth gravel and rock. This river is home to the main four species you will be targeting from the Dorado, Yatorana, Surubi and Pirapitinga. 

Itirizama River: Is the ‘Jewel in the crown.’ Many anglers consider her as the premier system by many people who have visited the Tsimane programs. The size of the river is very similar to the upper stretches of the Pluma River; the main difference is a steeper gradient and more rugged terrain giving it a different feel and appearance. The Itirizama River runs from west to east through some stunning canyons, making it a typical mountain stream with many runs, rapids, waterfalls and large boulders. This is the most physically demanding section of the river to hike, wade, and fish, but the rewards are incredible for those who choose to fish it. 

Sécure River (Lower section): The lower areas of the Sécure River offers anglers easy wading in broad, flat and expansive sandbars and shallow flats. The river’s bottom is lined with fine sediment, and dotted along the shoreline are many sunken logs. When the Sabalos (baitfish) are here in numbers, the Dorado go on a mass feeding frenzy and hunt their prey in significant numbers. When this happens, the preferred style of fishing is to use flies such as poppers, Pole dancers or Titanic sliders. Below the Delta region is one of the most active fishing beats in Tsimane, called Coruya, due to the large number and the size of dorados that live and migrate through here. 

Fishing For Golden Dorado

As previously mentioned, the fishing styles with Tsimane fishing vary on all these river systems, but one thing is pretty consistent: the size of the flies recommended. Many anglers are not accustomed to using these, and we strongly recommend you paying attention to the pro guides at all times as they will give you some of the best advice if you are not used to fishing these big flies.

The fishing is carried out during the dry season, from May up to and including October. This period is when the incredible migration of Sabalos and Dorado in South America takes place. These fish arrive in their millions each year, seeking their spawning grounds, from December to January.

Tsimane fishing is 90% wet wading either in the river or from the banks. Being stable on your feet while wading will benefit many anglers. The river structure varies tremendously from one river to the next. From sandy and small gravel beaches to sharp volcanic rock, however, the wading isn’t complicated or dangerous, but there is a considerable amount of wading.

What tackle is needed

Rods: #7,#8, or #9 are the most recommended rods. #8 is standard for Tsimane, but a #9 may be necessary on certain occasions, especially in the lower Sécure River, where it’s frequent to catch large Dorados in powerful currents. It is best to carry two fully assembled rods on the boat, one with a streamer for Dorados and the other with a popper in case a hunt takes place.

Reels: The recommended reels are more designed for saltwater fishing as these tend to have smoother brakes and hold more line. The Dorado or Pacu can quickly have you down to your backing, so high-quality reels will stand you in good steed to accomplish the capture.

Lines: You will do most fishing in the upper layers of the water, so it is essential to take weight forward floating lines for tropical waters. The lines should exceed the rod by at least one number; for example, the #8 rod should be loaded with a #9 floating line. This is due to the size of the flies cast and the importance of the angler not tiring themselves out too much during casting.

Accommodation

When one thinks of remote destinations in the heart of a jungle, they probably do not realise that the accommodation on offer can be of a high standard. Guests of Tsimane fishing will enjoy complete relaxation and comfort during their stays. Pluma Lodge features four stylish log cabins which can sleep up to eight guests per week. You will find two beds, a private bathroom with hot water and total electricity in each log cabin. You will even find WIFI in the main common area along with satellite phone service. The common area will be the place to eat, where you will find they serve delicious international cuisine accompanied by some delightful Argentine Wines.

At Pluma Lodge with Tsimane fishing, you will benefit from some mod cons such as spring box beds, hot water, electric lights, free laundry service and even a fly tackle shop.

Food & Beverages

The main focus with Tsimane fishing for evening meals is an international menu with lots of fresh meats, vegetables and some stunning wine. Each day the breakfast is cooked to order, lunches packed for the day on the water, which you can eat riverside.

The drinks at the lodge are all included in your package. These include all beer, wine and liquor. In general, the food at the lodge is delicious, and the staff will go out of their way to help with any dietary requirements or special requests.

Other activities

As this is a remote fishing lodge, it is not ideal for non-anglers and would suit people who are there to fish.

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

DAY 1: (Thursday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Arrive Madrid Depart Madrid

DAY 2: (Friday)

Arrive Santa Cruz Bolivia

On arrival in Bolivia, you will be met by a member of the Tsimane team and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation: 5 Star Hotel (Twin Room) R/O

DAY 3: (Saturday)

In the morning, our staff will pick up the group of 8 anglers around 9:30 am to head to the local airport. The group will then board the charter flight to the Oromomo Indian Community (90-minute flight).

Depart Santa Cruz

Arrive Oromomo Village

On arrival, the guides will welcome the group upon landing and transfer everyone to the Pluma Lodge. This transfer is a boat ride for 1h (Depending on the water level ) to the Pluma Lodge. You will be met by your guides at the lodge, shown to your rooms and get ready for the next week of fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Pluma Lodge Wooden Cabin (Twin Room) F/B

DAYS 4 to 9: Fishing Days (Sunday to Friday)

Spend the next 6 days fishing based on 2 anglers to 1 guide. You can also, if you wish, take an option of one or two-night backpacking-style trips on both the Upper Pluma and Itirizama.

Overnight accommodation: Pluma Lodge Wooden Cabin (Twin Room) F/B

DAY 10: (Saturday)

In the morning, you will be transferred back to the Oromomo Village via a 70 min motorised dugout canoe ride for your return flight to Santa Cruz.

Depart Oromono Village

Arrive Santa Cruz

On arrival, you will be transferred to your overnight hotel.

Overnight accommodation: 5 Star Hotel (Twin Room) R/O

DAY 11: (Sunday)

In the morning you will then be transferred back to the international airport for your return flight.

Depart Santa Cruz Bolivia

 

DAY 12: (Monday)

Arrive Madrid Depart Madrid

Arrive UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from May to October.

Golden Dorado

Season: May to October
Peak: June
Weight: 8lb to 35lb
Average Weight: 15lb

Pacu

Season: May to October
Peak: June
Weight: 1lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 8.5lb

Package Details

Prices from
£8,648
per person

Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flight to Oromomo Village
  • Transfers in Santa Cruz
  • Boat transfer from Oromomo Village to Pluma Lodge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals and drinks at Pluma Lodge
  • 6 days fully guided fishing

Excluded

  • Fishing Tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals and drinks Santa Cruz 5 star hotel
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Airport Taxes
  • Visas
  • Indigenous and National Park Fees $670 US Dollars to be paid before departure

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights in Bolivia

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Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation in twin rooms at Pluma Lodge (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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Reviews

Justin

I fished at Pluma Lodge last year and enjoyed it so much that I re-booked for this year and once again I wasn't let down, it was fantastic. Last year the fishing was a little slow because of the weather, but this time around it was fantastic. My previous Golden Dorado PB was just over 10lb, but I smashed it this year with a cracking fish a few ounces over 18lb. My guide (apologies I can't remember his name) was absolutely first class and an expert in his field! Thanks to everyone involved in making my trip so memorable.

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Davey

I absolutely loved my week in Bolivia. It was my first time targeting Golden Dorado, but it certainly won't be my last... what a fish! The staff and guides at Pluma Lodge were exceptionally accommodating and done everything they could to make sure I had the best week possible. Considering how remote the lodge is, the food and drink was first class too - some of the Argentinian wine was out of this world!

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Lucas

If you've never caught a Golden Dorado then you need to! They have to be one of the best sporting fish in the world and targeting them on a balanced fly fishing set-up was so much fun. I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who made my trip possible, everything from start to finish ran so smoothly.

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Timothy

I'd been on a few freshwater fly fishing holidays in and around Europe but this trip to Bolivia was by far the furthest afield I'd ever travelled. However, from the moment I left my front door to the moment I returned home, everything went brilliantly. I think I was extra lucky with the weather and the fishing, but everything just clicked. I had a fantastic week and landed tonnes of Golden Dorado (I think my biggest was a few ounces over 15lb). The guides were brilliant and the lodge was very smart, comfortable and relaxing.

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Gordon

This was my third trip to Bolivia and my third time fishing for the Golden Dorado, but my first time at Pluma Lodge. What a place - I think it's probably my most enjoyable trip yet. The fishing, guides, lodge and staff were all first class and without a doubt, I'll be back.

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Tom

Glad to see that you have added these programs to your website. We have been here a few times and can only say good things. Great fishing, great guides perfection.

We have used Sportquest also a few times and happy to see that they are expanding to cover more destinations with their 1st class service.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Tom

Thank you so much for your comments, I did not know you guys had been there. Will catch up on the phone soon.

Again thanks for the comments people will think I am paying you.

Love to see some of your pictures from the trips buddy.

Regards Peter

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Peter

Peter just to let you know I had a great time, the lodge and staff made the trip. I caught lots of Golden Dorado and on my best i even managed 5 fish in 1 hour all in the same pool.

We found the best fishing where the dirty water joined the clear streams as it made perfect ambush points.

I have sent you a few pictures to share

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Peter it was great talking to you and you have made me even more excited for next year now.

Thanks fir the pictures it certainly looks like you had a great time. I hope I can be of a assistance in the future and one-day even have you on one of my hosted trips.

Thanks again for your customRegards Peter

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