Week 14 in Bolivia at Tsimane brought us fish and adventures proving that experiencing the bolivian Amazon with us has no equal.
Secure Lodge 7-14 September 2018
Due to the lack of rain, the second week of September required very technical fishing in skinny and clear water. This week’s highlights took place on the Upper Secure, in spots near the lodge. Pools like the “Old Home Pool,” “La Cueva,” and ”El Arenal” gave us three dorado at 24, 25 and 34 pounds. The strategy of making two camps at the headwaters worked as well. We got some nice golden dorado and three pacu at 14, 16 and 17 pounds. The pacu took the fruit imitations that were fished vertically in deep pools — the classic water for the “black plates.” This method allowed the five French anglers to return home with fish over 15 pounds each. A leviathan dorado of 34 pounds (37 by 29 inches) was the biggest dorado of the week and one of the largest of the season.
Agua Negra 8-15 September 2018
Without a doubt, the 14th week was one of the most productive of the entire season. Pacus got crazy, eating flowers and fruits that drop from the trees. We shared an amazing time with five very experienced anglers: Leo, Huevo, and Rodrigo, good friends from Chile, plus Germano and Sepp from Switzerland. The weather was really good for the entire week, with very high temperatures and very sunny days. The water in the Main Secure was very low and clear and the perfect temperature, so the fishing was really good. We landed many small- and medium-sized dorados, and a good number of fish were between 12 and 25 pounds. We had more than eight pacu on and landed four. The conditions in the Agua Negra were perfect as well, with super clear water and a lot of fish. Very technical fishing was required, but the results were amazing. We spent one night in our camp-out so we could enjoy the beauty of this amazing mountain river, where we got some really good fish. Pacu on dry flies and dorado on mouse patterns can drive you crazy! We landed three dorados on mouse patterns and some pacu on dry flies. The biggest Dorado of the week, a beauty of about 28lb, was caught by Sepp in the Agua Negra with a black Andino deceiver.
Pluma Lodge 8-15 September 2018
We welcomed nine anglers this week: Yatin, Carl, Joe, John, Tane, Mike, Wes and Derek from the U.S. and well-known angler Christiaan Pretorius from South Africa. The weather was spectacular – sunny and warm with low pressure days – and 99 percent of the fishing was done wading, as the water was at its lowest level. During the week we landed 11 fish over 20 pounds, and some more were lost. All sections were productive, with the Main Pluma averaging 20 fish a day (mostly 5- to 8-pounders with chances of big ones every day). The biggest of the week in this stretch was a 24-pounder landed by Joe. As usual, the lower sections were more about quality than quantity, and there were a lot of hookups, broken fly lines, and some fish landed. The upper sections required a lot of walking since the water level was extremely low, but the opportunities to sightfish and the rewards were unbelievable. With the warm water, we had many shots at pacu as well – a total of five were landed, including one with a dry fly caught by Christiaan.
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