Some of the most exciting freshwater fishing can be sight fishing for huge dorados in Bolivia. Asunta: We made two camps far upstream, where the anglers were successful withdorados of all sizes. The biggest fish caught this week was 22 pounds!
Bolivia – Secure Lodge 17-24 August 2018
A group of eight novice anglers from Colombia joined us at Asunta Camp during the third week of August. They didn’t have any fly fishing experience – so for some in the group, it was extra special to hold a fly rod for the first time in the crystal clear waters of the Secure. We made two camps far upstream, where the anglers were successful with dorados of all sizes. The biggest fish caught this week was 22 pounds! The water was cold during the entire week, so it didn’t allow us to fish for pacu, but the quantities of dorados and opportunities to land them fulfilled everyone’s expectations.
Bolivia – Pluma Lodge 18-25 August 2018
This week we welcomed six anglers – Jamie, Robert, Michael, and Simon, a group of friends from the U.S. who fish together often, and Ray and Kamson from Canada, who marked their third trip to Tsimane. The weather conditions were OK, but with a cold front that came up from the south, we had days with temperatures near 15°C. However, in the Lower Secure, we landed many fish in the eight-pound range and two fish over 25 pounds. We also got to see one of the biggest fish of the season go after Robert’s fly, but missed it on the attack. The Main Pluma was good. An average of 15 fish were caught per day, with many in the 10-pound range. And Jamie landed a 20-pounder sight casting. The upper sections of Pluma and Itirizama were unbelievable, despite the cold water. There were many chances to sight cast to monster fish, with three fish over 20 pounds on the board, and some more big fish were lost due the challenges of fishing in small water. And in addition to dorado, Jamie got a pacu on the first day. Even with the colder weather, thanks to our anglers’ skills, we enjoyed another wonderful week.
Bolivia – Agua Negra 18-25 August 2018
Some of the most exciting freshwater fishing can be sight fishing for huge dorados. Knowing of the incredible speed and power of dorados can be a challenge when you need to stay calm as you think about how to make a 6- or 7-meter cast. This week we shared really good moments, including sight fishing in freshwater, with Julio, Matias, and Patricio from Argentina and Laurence from France. The weather changed a lot during the week. It started off cold, which made the fishing a bit more challenging because dorados stayed in the pools and weren’t on the hunt. But things improved a few days later, when the water and the weather changed, and the fishing got really good. We caught many small- and medium-sized fish in the main river the first couple of days, and then we found some incredible fish chasing sabalo as soon as the water start getting clear. The best fishing of the week was in the medium and lower sections of the Agua Negra. Feeding frenzies allowed us to enjoy the power of nature, and we went crazy trying to put flies in front of big dorados. We landed over 8 fish that were around 18-20 pounds, in addition to some small- and medium-sized ones. Sight fishing for dorados is some of the most exciting and challenging fishing, but once you connect, you can feel how powerful they are, even in very shallow waters.