• PLUMA WEEKLY PROGRAM

  • A perfect mix between the small crystal clear streams and the lower sections plenty of big migratory fish. It’s where you can try all the styles, even a spey rod. From a popper in a feeding frenzy to a sight cast in a pocket, Pluma lodge offers the whole Tsimane experience.




  • • The most productive Dorado fishery.

  • • More variety of waters.

  • • Great feeding frenzie’s oportunities.

  • • The finest river of Tsimane (The Itirisama).

  • Occupancy: 8 Anglers

  • INCLUSIONS

  • • 2 nights at 5 star hotel in Santa Cruz
  • • Ground transfers in Santa Cruz upon arrival
  • • Charter flights – Santa Cruz – Lodge – Santa Cruz
  • • 6 full days fishing with one pro guide and 4 local guides per 4 anglers in Sécure River headwaters
  • • 5 nights camping
  • • All inclusive meals and beverages and on the camps.
  • EXCLUSIONS

  • • International Flights • Meals and Beverages in Santa Cruz Hotel

  • • Fly fishing tackle • Tips and gratuities

  • • Trip insurances, Visas, Airport taxes, and Indian Communities and National Park’s Fees.

RATE PER ANGLER
USD 7,600 (double base)

NON ANGLER RATE
USD 5,000

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
USD 12,540

Indian Association and Nat Park Fee:
USD 670

ABOUT PLUMA WEEKLY TRIP

WATERS

Based out of the comforts of the main Pluma Lodge and the chance of doing headwaters out-camps, anglers have access to three different rivers, each different and unique: the Pluma River, Itirizama River, and the lower Sécure River. This broad

variety of waters and pools allow groups to fish fresh water every day, and rarely, if ever, repeat the same fishing beat. The water types very from deep pools to rugged terraced pocket water.

THE PLUMA RIVER

The Pluma River is a moderately sized crystal clear freestone river, with an incredibly rich and beautiful topography. It runs from south to north, parallel to the Mosetenes Mountain Range, and is therefore slightly broader and more open than some of the other rivers we fish at Tsimane. The Pluma is easier to wade due to its wide banks, mostly composed of round smooth gravel and rock. Further upstream, it does get steeper and more rugged. This river is home to all four of them main species we target in Tsimane: Dorado, pirapitinga, yatorana and surubí. Omnivorous species such as yatoranas and pirapitingas are more and more frequent in the high sectors; the super- aggressive, carnivorous dorados are the dominant kings of the low sector.
In order to keep the Pluma River as untouchable and virgin as it is possible, motors are restricted – except for a small sector where the Pluma joins the Sécure River – and all fishing is done either by wading or poling in the new aluminum skiffs or dugout canoes.

PLUMA RIVER – HIGHER SECTOR

This sector is upstream from the confluence of the Pluma and Itirizama Rivers. It is reminiscent of many familiar trout freestone rivers, as it is full of boulders, shallow runs and riffles, and well-defined deep pools, all characterized by gin-clear water. In this sector, the fishing is done almost entirely on foot, walking and wading upstream. A Chiman canoe is used to carry additional gear and coolers and is very useful to row/pole back down to the Lodge at the end of the day.
The high sector of the Pluma River is home to large number of resident dorados. These powerful fish are seen holding in most of the pools and pocket water, and are caught by sight casting using surface flies such as Titanic Slider, Poppers, Divers or using mice imitations (an exclusive bite for Salminus). The further upstream one goes, the more pirapitingas and bigger yatoranas are seen. This high sector of the Pluma has the type of water in Tsimane that gives anglers more chances to get a Grand Slam or Super Gland Slam, landing all of the primary Tsimane species. As an added bonus, we sometimes find paleta, an extremely rare and beautiful species of catfish.

PLUMA RIVER – LOWER SECTOR
This section of river extends from the confluence with the Itirizama River to its mouth in the Sécure River. The structure of this sector is similar to the upper sector, but the water volume is 50 or 60% higher making for wider, deeper pools in general, and more powerful runs. With more water to work in, the fish have more room to fight and aerial acrobatics are commonplace events whenever a large dorado is hooked. The jungle is less dense, and the shorelines can at times be marshy.
The lower Pluma River beats are very accessible. Fishing is carried out on canoes (without engines) running downstream. Anglers come back to the Lodge traveling by land on 4x4 vehicles through a jungle path. In fact, the home pool is an excellent fishing spot where one can often sight fish for dorados as you watch the fish hunt sabalo in packs. The confluence with the Itirizama, which is just 300 meters on foot, has similar characteristics, and both of these pools regularly provide evening entertainment for anglers who just can’t get enough during the long angling days
The Lower Pluma sector features a wide variety of water types. There are steep dropoffs, long runs, sand-covered flats, islands with braided channels, and deep pools. Dorados are the undisputed kings in this section of river; however, very large pirapitingas can be caught fishing the deep pools, which are natural food traps. These fish are often seen slurping nuts and fruit from the river’s surface.
There are basically four types of fishing strategies when hunting dorado: 1. Prospect for fish in runs (sight casting and blind casting) 2. Precise casts to ambush points such as logs or submerged trees 3. Sight cast into feeding frenzies in the pools where dorados hunt the sabalos. 4. Sight cast in pocket water behind rocks or in shallow pools, runs and flats
The biggest pools, which are near the confluence with the Sécure River, have low sandy areas where one can sight cast to cruising and feeding dorado, similar to bonefishing on the shallow saltwater flats. The largest dorado we have ever landed at Tsimane came from this section of river, a 38 pound beast landed (and released) in Ramiro’s pool.

THE ITIRIZAMA RIVER
The Itirizama is considered by many anglers “the jewel in the crown” of the Tsimane programs. It is similar in size and volume to the high sector of the Pluma River, but it has a steeper gradient and more rugged terrain, giving it a very different look and feel. The Itirizama runs from west to east through rugged canyons, making it a typical mountain stream with many runs, rapids, waterfalls and large boulders. Cascading boulder gardens give way to deep pools flanked by exposed canyon walls. This is the most physically intense section of river to hike, wade and fish, but the rewards of incredibly scenic beauty – and some of the largest dorados anywhere – makes it worth the extra effort. These sections are only recommended for anglers in very good physical condition.
The water is the coldest and the clearest in all of Tsimane, so the fishing is more technical, and often more rewarding. Anglers are less likely on the Itirizama to catch large number of dorado, but they are very likely to catch the best dorado of their trip here. It is a true trophy fishery. This sector has the lowest populations, and highest average size of dorados. In fact, some of them are really huge but tricking them in the small clear water can at times be extremely demanding. Fish are often caught drifting smaller flies to individual fish in the deep pools, or stripping streamers in the faster pocket water and runs. Sometimes using big dry flies can even attract these sometimes selective fish. To see a 20 pound dorado taking a surface pattern as gently as a trout eating a mayfly is a truly amazing moment.
In some of the far upstream pools, we also find large numbers of big pirapitingas (pacu), which can be caught using fruits imitations, streamers and big dry flies.

SÉCURE RIVER – LOWER SECTOR

This is the sector that goes from the confluence with the Pluma River to the Oromomo community. Here the Sécure River is much broader and similar in nature to a valley or plains river. Its bottom is lined with fine sediment and there are a lot of sunken logs along its banks.
Partway downstream from the mouth of the Pluma, we find the Delta region. This is a sector where the river has very little gradient, and is widened so as to form several branches and islands. This is ideal to enjoy a shore lunch and wade the easy, flat and expansive sandbars and shallow flats. When the sabalos are here in numbers, this delta turns into a Roman Colosseum where savage dorados are always hunting their prey. There is much competition, so the fish are extremely aggressive to the extent that cannibalism is a very common scene. Here it is very common to use surface 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. The river in this section has limestone cliffs and countless submerged logjams and wooded structure, all ideal habitat for ambushing dorados. Currents here can be powerful – as can the fish – and heavier equipment is often recommended here (rods to 9 or 10 weight, and tippets to 40 pounds).

Itinerary

Arrival at Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
Our representative will be waiting for you in Viru Viru International Airport.

Transfer from airport to a five star Hotel.
night at the Hotel in a double room (double room included in package) where the guest is to spend the first night of the trip.

Beverages and meals are not included.

Breakfast at hotel.
Tsimane’s local host will pick up the group in the morning (time to be confirmed the night before) to head to the local airport..

The group will then board the charter flight to the Asunta Indian Community (90 minute flight).
It is strongly recommended to be aware about the weight of the luggage, which must not exceed 25 kg.

The manager and the guides will welcome the group upon landing, and transfer everyone to the Sécure Lodge.
This transfer is a boat ride (10 minutes).

Each day anglers pair up to fish one of the beats and by the end of the day (5:30 PM) head back to the Lodge.

Each day anglers pair up to fish one of the beats in the Pluma area and by the end of the day head back to Pluma Lodge. There is the possibility to fish the upper Pluma and Itirizama river headwaters camps for one night during the fishing week. Groups are welcome to switch so that everyone has an opportunity to experience the headwaters camps.

We recommend the upper Pluma/Itirizama camps only for physically fit anglers. All of the fishing is done walking and wading upstream, and long hikes are necessary to reach the upper camp areas by the end of the day. There are also advanced second camps in both Pluma and Itirizama, which allow the more adventurous anglers to extend their stay on the headwaters of these unique virgin mountain rivers.

We have two dugout canoes, berthed at the lower sécure area, each one with spacious casting areas and outboard motors. They will be located at the lodge and allow anglers to reach the lower Sécure river area which is one of the most productive Tsimane spots. This lower part of Sécure river is a magnificent big dorado fishery with log structures, runs and side channels.

In the morning, guests will pack up and be transferred back to the Asunta Indian Community where you will meet your charter flight back to Santa Cruz local airport.

There you will be met by a member of the Tsimane staff who will take you to the hotel to overnight (in a double room, included in package).

You will be picked up from your hotel by a member of our personnel and be transferred to Viru Viru international airport for your flight home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Agua Negra Lodge experience is based on one very comfortable jungle lodge, built entirely from sustainable wood cut from the nearby jungle. There’s also the option to do out-camps to the headwaters of Agua Negra river and one-day hikes to Chimoro stream.

The lodge features 3 tent cabins up to 4 anglers + 1 host.

Pluma Lodge:

• Double rooms with private bathrooms, spring box beds, hot water, and electric lights.

• Hot water generated by a solar panel system.

• Free Wi-Fi.

• Free Laundry.

• Fly shop.

• International Cuisine paired with great Argentinean/ Chilean / Bolivian Varietals in a well-fashioned living and dining room.

• All Inclusive Bar: liquor, spirits and Special Drinks.

Trip Info

Even when it is winter here the weather can be considerably hot. During the day, temperatures can range from 20º Celsius (68ºF) to 35º Celsius (95ºF). Typically our weather is not as hot and humid as the Brazilian Amazon since we are located at a much higher altitude. This also means we can experience cool nights and mornings and a fleece jacket might be needed.
The mountain country of Tsimane occasionally experiences short, strong rainsqualls, often with a south wind and a quick drop in temperature. Considering that you will be wet wading 99% of the time, anglers should carry a dry bag (pack) with a light insulated shirt, fleece and light Gore-Tex rain jacket and pants. Always bring these items with you on your daily fishing sortie.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
A valid passport is mandatory for entry into Bolivia. Your passport must be valid for at least six months. For most European countries no visa is required. For United States and some others visa is mandatory. Please visit www.Bolivia-usa.org and check if your country belong to group 1 (no visa required) or groups 2 and 3 (visa required). Bolivian visa is an easy procedure and we´ll provide you everything you need to do it.

AMERICAN CITIZENS
U.S. citizens seeking to enter Bolivia as a tourist must have an entry visa. Bolivian Tourist visas can be applied at Bolivian Consulates on the U.S. or upon arrival at the Viru Viru International Airport, being this option the most comfortable and fastest. The cost of the tourist visa is USD160 paid in cash and stays for 10 years.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Tourist applying for their visa upon arrival to Bolivia must pay this fee in cash (new bills, no tears, no marks- fresh, clean bills) to immigations authorities. In addition to the visa fee, the aplicant must present a passport with a validity of not less than 6 months, a Tsimane Confirmation and a Hotel Reservation (Provided by Untamed Angling).
Bolivian Consulates in the United States are located in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington DC. Visit www.Bolivia-usa.org for details on how to apply. We strongly recommend Trip cancellation insurance.

BAGGAGE
Please restrain bringing unnecessary weight to the jungle lodges. Luggage weight Limit is 25 kilos. We use small planes for transfers and we are really strict in all safety measures and baggage weight limits are strictly adhered to. You will be able to leave items not needed at the hotel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra as you are returning to that hotel at the end of the week.

DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION POLICY
A deposit of fifty percent (50%) of the total price is required to confirm a package at any of our lodges operated by the company or its subsidiaries. This deposit must be made within 15 days of the reservation date. The balance due shall be paid at least 60 days prior to the proposed arrival date. The deposit required to confirm fishing reservations are NON-REFUNDABLE, unless client is replaced. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. At this point, individual is responsible for total land costs and no refund will be made. There is no refund for any unused portion of the land package. The lodges are not responsible for cancellations made due to weather conditions or an event of major force. See Extra Indian Fee Costs At Pre Trip Itinerary. Once you have made a reservation, it will be deemed that you have consented to our terms and conditions as well as to our cancellation policy detailed herein

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. All baggage and personal belongings are the sole responsibility of its owners at all times. We highly recommend obtaining a comprehensible travel insurance covering loss and robbery of baggage and personal belongings. In no event the lodges or our company will be responsible for any losses.
2. Neither our company nor any of the lodges will be responsible for any loss, damage or injury arising while practicing sport fishing or any other activity.
3. Our company will not be responsible for any loss damage or injury suffered aboard an airplane or a charter plane. The contract or ticket issued by them will constitute the sole contract between the airline or charter company with the passenger.
4. CHANGES IN ITINERARY – Major Force/All baggage: The operator reserves the right to make changes in the trip itinerary whenever judged necessary by circumstances beyond control, or major force circumstances. In this case no refund will be made, and the trip itinerary and/or destination, can be changed by other Untamed Angling destination with same price level as the original trip contracted.

CURRENCY
The official currency is the Bolivian Peso, and the change rate fluctuates around 7 pesos per 1 U$D. Check the exchange rate update with our manager in Santa Cruz as soon as you are arrived. American dollars are quite well accepted in most of the Bolivian Territory. The majority of shops give pesos as change for dollars. Banks and hotels usually change money for the guests. Keep in mind to divide your change in smaller amounts fot taxis, tips, etc. It is extremely complicated to cash a foreign check in Bolivia. Visa and Mastercard are usually accepted in most shops, especially in larger cities. Additionally, don´t forget to notify your credit card company that you´ll be travelling abroad.

FEES
• NATIVE FEE
In 2012, the TIPNIS Natives (where Tsimane is located) have formed an Indigenous Association to protect their interests moving forward. This Association includes representatives from the 5 Communities of the project area and it benefits also the 22 communities of the Sécure river, the Sécure TIPNIS native organization, and the Beni state native organization as well. The Native Fee is approximately similar to the projected profit of our Company but without business risks and represents their profit as partners of the Tsimane project. Plus, the natives receive benefits for their work as guides, maintenance, river transportation, local supplies, etc. The funds from the native fee are primarily used for social projects, infrastructure development, transportation, and medical and education projects.

• NATIONAL PARK FEE (SISCO)
National Park Bolivian authorities have imposed an obligatory entrance fee to the Indian Territory & Isiboro Sécure National Park that applies since 2015. This fee reaches an amount of US$120 per fishing visitor and will be obligatory. If you consider it necessary we could send you the SERNAP (Bolivia National Service of Protected Areas) official resolution about it.

We suggest that you see your physician in your hometown before flying to Bolivia. They will give you healthcare advice and provide the information required to get your yellow fever vaccine and its corresponding certificate. Likewise, your doctor may recommend the basic medicines required to bring to Tsimane according to your physical condition. East Bolivia is considered a zone of influence of Dengue. Said disease is particularly dangerous in low altitudes and during the rainy season, from December to April. Although this is neither our fishing area nor our season, many cases were registered in Santa Cruz. To prevent this disease we suggest that our guests wear always long sleeve shirts and trousers and insect repellent, even in the city. This area in Bolivia is also considered a zone of influence of Leishmaniasis.
Dengue is transmitted by infected gnats — do take into consideration that no at gnats carry the virus — and may cause open sores and other health complications. It is more frequent in the communities living with domestic animals rather than the jungle where fishing activities are carried out. Currently there is no preventive inoculation or medication as those available for Yellow Fever or Malaria, and there isn´t any method of detection.
This having been clarified, as many healthcare issues worldwide should be, the best solution here is to wear the clothes recommended and apply repellent at least 3 tomes a day. As an effort to minimize risks, Untamed Angling hired specialists in tropical diseases for advice and also to work on a policy of fumigation of the Lodge and its surroundings, and a scheme of procedure to avoid contagion.
Fortunately that haven´t had been cases in Tsimane since we´ve implemented these preventive measures. When outdoors, always wear long sleeve shirts, trousers and socks. Tuck your shirt into your trousers and apply repellent at least 3 times a day (morning, noon and evening) or at least every 4 hours. Repellent must be applied on exposed skin and under the cuffs of shirt and trousers.
Follow the instructions on the label of the repellent. The most effective ones are those containing DEET (dietilmetatoluamid). the concentration of DEET varies according to the brand. Repellents with a 25%-35% DEET concentration are just right for this purpose and the effect is expected to last at least 4 hours when outdoors. Lower concentrations should be applied on children (up to 10% DEET). Spray clothes with repellents that contain permethrin.

Even when it is winter here the weather can be considerably hot. During the day, temperatures can range from 20º Celsius (68ºF) to 35º Celsius (95ºF). Typically our weather is not as hot and humid as the Brazilian Amazon since we are located at a much higher altitude. This also means we can experience cool nights and mornings and a fleece jacket might be needed.

The mountain country of Tsimane occasionally experiences short, strong rainsqualls, often with a south wind and a quick drop in temperature. Considering that you will be wet wading 99% of the time, anglers should carry a dry bag (pack) with a light insulated shirt, fleece and light Gore-Tex rain jacket and pants. Always bring these items with you on your daily fishing sortie.