In the vast wilderness areas of Bolivia, there are still places untouched by man, places that hold unimaginable beauty. Few places in the world exist today that remain as wild and untouched as the Casare river system. It is located in an indigenous territory that boasts an incredible biodiversity, as well as an unforgiving/unbroken expanse of jungle covered mountains, hills and dangerous rapids that have kept it safe from man’s destructive reach for millennia. Found nestled in the Eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, it is, to say the least, one of the most isolated and remote places in the world. Angling Frontiers has worked hard to reach and develop this sport fishing community conservation project, in order to be able to share this world class fishery with the world. We have made a real effort to enter these areas with minimum impact, and settled our camps in an eco-friendly manner so as to protect the integrity of these pristine places.
Visiting anglers will have the privilege to fish one of the world’s most exclusive fisheries. We take ONLY four anglers per WEEK and combine it with proper fishing rotations. As a result, there is limited fishing pressure, and every group gets to experience fresh pools and runs. Our aim is to have every guest experience this place the way it was when we first discovered it!
Casare Camp offers very nice accommodations. A combination of large safari-style tents and wood-built cabins for our bathrooms, kitchen and dining/social areas, allow us to give our guests a very comfortable, yet wild experience in the jungle. We aim to keep our guests as immersed in their jungle experience as we can, while still giving them common comforts. .
MAY - OCTOBER 2017
You can expect to cast at small and large water, blind and sight casting, and aside from dorado, also chase species like surubi catfish, yatorana and tabarana.
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EXPEDITION CASARE - 8 DAYS / 6.5 DAYS OF FISHING This expedition takes you through the Casare River, exploring the many jungle fishing scenarios for golden dorado and the various species present. Enjoying the comfort of Casare Camp, our guests will have a go at fishing key spots on the Casare River and its tributaries, concentrating on the numerous runs and structure throughout. Guests have an option at one night spent out in a fly camp, allowing us to fish deeper into the jungle. -One professional English speaking guide for every two anglers. -Safari tents with beds, fully functioning bathrooms and showers, charging stations/lighting, and fine dining by our camp cook.
EXPEDITION PACHENE - 8 DAYS / 6.5 DAYS OF FISHING This expedition is reserved for our more adventurous guests. 2017 will be the opening season for these waters, so this fishery Is absolutely pristine. Only a limited number of anglers will have the privilege to enjoy this spectacular angling paradise every season. Fly camps are used to keep us on the move; large dome tents, cots, dining meshed tent, bathroom tent/outhouse-style toilet, solar bag showers. Our cook will prepare a big breakfast and dinner, as well as a packable lunch for us to enjoy on the water. Our ONLY mission is to fish and map out this never before fished tributary! - One professional English speaking guide for every two anglers.
Rods: 7-10 weight rods are the recommended sizes for the different species and conditions. A 9’ 9wt. being the most practical all around rod. 10wt are for the upper-most sector of the river, where shallow pockets among lots of boulders and structure force you to use a rod with more backbone, especially with those 30+lbers!
Reels: Any quality reel with a good drag system and at least 100 yards of 30 pound backing.
Lines: Most fishing is done with freshwater or saltwater floating lines and lines with built in intermediate tips. Lines like the Rio Saltwater Versi-Tip or a 300 grain saltwater sinking head are handy as well and allow anglers to get down deep when needed. While not mandatory, it can be nice to have two rods rigged, one with a floater and one with a sinking tip.
Top 3 lines: Rio Outbound Fresh, Clouser Freshwater and Wulff Ambush.
Leaders/Tippet: 9 ft. leaders with 20-60 pound tippet and wire are the norm. Bring along spools of 25, 30 and 40 pound mono as well as 2 spools each of 40 and 60 pound coated wire tippet. With these diameters we typically fashion our own simple leaders. Titanium leaders are also a very good choice.
Flies: In general, this trip favors large dark 4-8 inch patterns. However, when the water levels drop and water clarity increases, lighter colored flies become crucial. When a sudden downpour muddies the river, the big dark flies are back in favor. As an absolute minimum, we suggest arriving with 4-6 dozen flies. We will have some flies available for sale, and we do have flies made specifically designed for the rivers you will fish so you will be able to purchase or restock some flies on-site. They run about $10.00 each. Keep in mind if the fishing is constant, you will most likely end up buying 2-3 dozen flies on site with cash. Fishing is mostly done using baitfish imitations. Full black, and combinations of black and red, black/purple or black/green are very effective. The most popular fly used is the Andino Deceiver. It is just like a regular Deceiver but has lead eyes and a muddler head. Another popular fly used is the Lefty’s Deceiver. Small imitation of fruits (figs) and nuts in green and dark patterns are irresistible to yatoranas and if everything comes together, the elusive pacu.
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