Tsimane Heli Fishing
Tsimane Heli Fishing
This is Tsimane’s newest and most exclusive program. Anglers will stay in newly constructed single rooms at Pluma Lodge and fly out via helicopter every day for short 5–25 minute flights that enjoy a high variety of unspoiled waters. The heli fishing program hosts 8 anglers per week utilizing two helicopters.
The Tsimane lodges are located in a National Park and Indigenous Indian Territory situated in the Sub-Andean strip of the tropical Andes Mountains between Peru and Bolivia. Lodges and camps are only accessible by charter flights to a remote airstrip in the heart of the jungle. In other words, right smack in the middle of nowhere!
Exotic fly fishing destinations like Tsimane don’t come around very often. Rarely is it possible to meld all the essential ingredients to create a true “once in a lifetime” kind of fishing trip. Pristine wilderness, complete remoteness, luxurious lodging, a top-notch outfitter, stunning scenery with abundant wildlife, and absolutely jaw-dropping fishing opportunities for the ultimate bad-ass predatory species. Specifically, Tsimane blends the greatest aspects of fly fishing: sight casting, freestone wading, light-tackle, floating lines, mountain rivers with clear, virgin waters, and four species of exotic gamefish headlined by the aggressive, acrobatic, beautiful, and hard pulling golden dorado. Tsimane has it all.
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Tsimane has a privileged geographical location due to its proximity to the headwaters of most of the rivers in the Moseten mountain chain. With the new Heli Fishing Program, guests will have the opportunity to fish in all these wild, untouched waters - seldom seen by human beings - for large dorado, pacú, and yatorana, in both incomparable quantity and quality. The new program’s capacity is for eight (8) anglers per week per lodge, all in single rooms and double fishing, starting the week on Saturday at Pluma Lodge.
The season starts in late June / early July and finishes in late October. Tsimane operates with two helicopters, both Robinson R44 RAVEN II, with a capacity for a pilot plus three passengers (two anglers + one guide). Each day, the helicopters will take pairs of anglers with their guides to different spots up in the high variety of unspoiled headwaters around Pluma and Secure lodges. Our guides will take lunch and cold beverages for the fishing day in a Yeti cooler backpack, and at approximately 5 PM the helicopters will pick the groups up and return to the lodges. Guides will have satellite communication to ensure permanent contact with the helicopter pilots and the lodges.
New for the 2024 season are 8 new, single occupancy cabins built at the main Pluma lodge ground to accommodate the heli program anglers. The Pluma is a very comfortable lodge built entirely from sustainable wood cut from the nearby jungle. The lodge also has a private dining & living room as well as a massage room. Guests enjoy an open bar and fine international cuisine paired with great Argentinian, Chilean, and Bolivian wines in a well-fashioned living and dining room. The lodge is equipped with wifi and laundry facilities, as well as a small fly shop with a few flies and other essentials.
Despite the logistical challenges due to extreme remoteness, Tsimane guests enjoy incredibly comfortable accommodations and world-class service. Generators provide electricity, 220-volts (be sure to bring the proper adapters). Tsimane management is very conscious about sustainability including a sophisticated solar panel system for hot water production. Electric power is available from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. There are no Tsimane camps with air conditioning, however all rooms are equipped with ceiling fans.
Most U.S. anglers route through Miami and connect on a non-stop flight to Santa Cruz with BoA Airlines (Boliviana de Aviación). Another option is to route through Panama City, and arrive in Santa Cruz late at night on United / Copa Airlines. The overnight option through Miami is preferred, as it allows a full day in Santa Cruz before heading to Tsimane the next morning, mitigating the chance of flight delays or lost luggage derailing the trip. Following an overnight in Santa Cruz, guests head out to the lodge. On the way home, most anglers take an evening overnight flight back to Miami with BoA Airlines arriving super early in Miami for an easy connection onward home.
WHEN TO GO / SEASONALITY
TSIMANE LODGES ARE OPEN FROM APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER.
June-August: Cooler temperatures are the norm, dictating light jackets and proper waders. Generally higher water levels occur during the mid-season, which can slightly reduce the amount of sight fishing opportunities – but also makes for somewhat less technical and easier fishing.
April/May & September/October: Warm/hot and humid climate is expected in the early and late season. Lower water levels are also traditionally associated with these months. Lower water in certain beats creates more technical (but more rewarding) sight fishing opportunities for spookier fish.
Fly Fishing is the only organized/guided activity from Tsimane. However, the region, the people, the scenery, and wildlife are an explorer’s and photographer’s dream come true.
- 2 Nights Stay at Hotel in Santa Cruz
- Round Trip charter flights between Santa Cruz and lodges
- 7 Nights Single occupancy accommodations in camp
- 6 Full days of guided fishing
- Ground transportation and services in Santa Cruz
- All Meals & Alcoholic Beverages in Camps
What's Not Included
- Commercial air to Santa Cruz, Bolivia
- Native Community Fee ($670 Per Person)
- Alcoholic Beverages & Meals in Santa Cruz at Hotel
- Guide and staff gratuities
- Fishing Tackle & Flies
- Bolivian Entry Visa Fees
- Departure Taxes
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Tsimane Lodge’s policy follows: A non-refundable 50% deposit is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival. Cancellation will result in full loss of applicable land and commercial air costs- no refund will be made unless replacement clients are found. No refunds or credits are given for fishing time lost due to inclement weather.
Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.
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