Pluma Lodge

Destination: Pluma Lodge (Tsimane)
Country: Bolivia
Freshwater: River fishing
Capacity: up to 8 per week
Season: June - October
Specialties: Fish for Golden Dorado in cristal clear water.
Species: Golden Dorado, Pacu, Yatorana

The Fishery


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.

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 Fishing

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.

Tsimane opens the possibility to fly-fish for huge Dorados in small mountain rivers with clear waters surrounded by a virgin rainforest. Although the fish population remains completely untouched and at certain moments the fishing bursts into endless hunts, one has to be prepared for more technical situations in which Dorados appear more selective. Sight fishing in clear shallow waters takes an accurate cast and a silent approach. Surface fly-fishing during these hunts requires good speed and reflex.

We fish with quite large flies which most of our guests are not accustomed to, therefore it is essential to pay attention to the recommendations of the pro guide at all times. We fish during the dry season, from May up to and including October, a period in which the most astonishing migration of Sabalos and Dorados in South America takes place. These fish arrive by millions every year seeking to spot the breeding places where they spawn, from December to January. In addition to Dorados, large Pacus and Yatoranas can be caught, and also occasionally striped Surubis and a rare variety of Dorado endemic to the Amazon basin. In order to provide a high-level program in such a remote and geographically complex area we have designed a fishing program for our guests to get the most out of their Tsimane experience.

The Accommodation

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.

Please contact us with any questions or for booking information.