Casaré River - Angling Frontiers

The Casaré River is nestled in the meeting point between the Bolivian Amazon and the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains of Bolivia. This indigenous territory boasts an unbroken expanse of jungle and incredible biodiversity and is one of the most isolated and remote places in the world.


Fly Fishing the Casaré River

Casaré Fly Fishing

Dr. Meng Syn with Casaré golden dorado.
Casaré Lodge hosts only four anglers per week at this remote fly-fishing-only camp. You'll fly fish the lower woody structure of the Casaré River to the remote boulder-riddled clear waters of the upper sector. The Casaré River offers the adventurous angler the opportunity to experience jungle fishing for golden dorado at its finest. Target dorado, yatorana, catfish, and other species on the fly. Anglers also can try baitfishing for giant and armored catfish.
Anglers split into two groups in order to rotate through the program's designated beats.
The terrain in this region of the Bolivian Amazon is not easy to traverse. Most of the fishing is done by wading in the river, over slippery rocks and boulders, and oftentimes steep banks or fast-moving water.
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Expedition Casaré

Expedition Casaré Golden Dorado

Fishing Facts:

Golden Dorado fishing

Season:  The Camp is open June through October.
Group size:  Angling Frontiers, the outfitter, takes only four anglers per week. Fishing beats are rotated. As a result, there is limited fishing pressure, and every group gets to experience fresh pools and runs.
Guides:  The local, bilingual guides are experts on these waters and have great knowledge of the culture within this jungle terrain. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Boats:  Motor-powered dugout canoes are used.
Guests have the option of spending one night in an expedition fly camp, which allows you to fish deeper in the jungle.

Pachene camping
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Expedition Pachene - for the Adventurous

Expedition Pachene

2017 was the opening season for Expedition Pachene and was also the first year that these rivers were mapped and explored. So, this fishery is absolutely pristine. The group sizes are limited to two to four anglers. To keep you on the move, fly camps are employed. These camps consist of large dome tents, cots, a meshed dining tent, bathroom tent/outhouse-style toilet, solar bag showers. Each day, the cook prepares a big breakfast and dinner, as well as a packed lunch for anglers to enjoy on the water. One professional English speaking guide for every two anglers. You must be physically fit for this adventure. A lot of hiking is involved.
Camp size is limited to four anglers per week.
Pachene camping The 2019 rates are the same as for the Casaré River.
8-nights and 6 ½-days guided fishing
$5,150.00 + Native Fee of $550.00 =
$5,700.00 per person.
See below for inclusions.

Getting Here:

You'll fly into Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. A representative will transfer you to the Hotel Buganvillas Suites and Spa and will meet you at 6:00 a.m. the next morning to transfer you to the airport for your charter flight, approximately a 2.5-hour flight to the camp. (The charter flight to camp and the hotel stay are both included in the package.) You'll arrive at the jungle airstrip. The crew and guides will transfer you to the first camp by a dugout canoe. While the boats are being pushed upstream by their crew and guides, you'll fish the woody structure and runs of the lower Casaré River. The crew will set up a fly camp for the night. You'll fish the area until dark, then return to camp for dinner and rest. The next day, you'll fish your way up to the main camp and arrive before dinner.


Casaré Main Camp

The Casaré Camp is a semi-permanent camp that is quite comfortable, fully equipped, and serves as the headquarters. The use of large, safari-style tents with comfortable beds and meshed-in dining areas help anglers feel at home in the jungle. Camp showers and simple flushable toilets. Generated electricity is available for lighting and to charge electronics. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
The cooks prepare local dishes and some fusion cuisine, as well as traditional international dishes.
Local liquor, beer, and wine are served in the evenings. You're welcome to bring your favorite specialty liquor to camp.

2019 USD Rates:

June through October
Four anglers per week at camp
Prices p.p./ double occupancy
9-nights and 6½-days guided fishing
$5,150 + $550 Native Comm. Fee =
$5,700.00 per person

Packages include:

Airport meet and greet in Santa Cruz, first night’s stay at the Hotel Buganvillas Suites and Spa, ground transfers between the airport and hotel, roundtrip private charter flight to and from the jungle airstrip (2.5 hours each way), professional fly fishing guides and local indigenous guides, use of guide operated boats, camp accommodations, all meals at camp, soft drinks, local beer, wine, and local liquor. Heavy spinning and bait-casting fishing equipment are available for clients who’d like to fish for catfish. A limited supply of assorted hooks and other tackle may also be provided.

Packages do not include:

International air travel, domestic airfare, visa, airport taxes and fees, extra hotel nights, any meals outside of fishing areas, indigenous territory fees, gratuities to fishing guides and camp staff, satellite phone calls, any imported or specialty alcoholic beverages, excess baggage charges, transportation not included in the itinerary, optional or side trips, fly fishing gear, tackle, or flies (a limited amount of flies are for sale at camp), required medical evacuation insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

The Expedition Fly Camps:

Fly Camps made on the spot, but are also well equipped and comfortable. In these fly camps, more of the outdoors experience is enjoyed: bathing in the river, sleeping closer to the jungle, and hearing more sounds all around your tent. Animal tracks can be seen all around the campsites and monkeys, and other wildlife will come check you out. In the Fly Camp, you'll still have a comfortable camp to eat, sleep and rest in. Solar showers and an outhouse-style toilet are also provided.

Voltage and power: They have solar-powered batteries (Goal Zero) for charging electronics at the fly camps and generators at the main camp. The generators are available for a limited time during the evening (approx. four hours per night). They recommend bringing a travel charger with you as it will usually have different options for plugs that work with all smartphone and cameras.

Communications:
A satellite phone is available in the event of an emergency.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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Casaré River photos


Jim Schmid with golden dorado.

Casaré River golden dorado

Casaré River is a pristine mountain stream

Casaré River fishing

Pacu or Pirapitinga fishing

Casaré River pacu

Surubi or Striped Catfish

Casaré River catfish

Yatorana fishing, too.

Casaré River yatorana

Local culture

Casaré culture

Casaré Main camp lodging

Casaré River

The Expedition Fly Camps

Casaré River camp

Casaré dinner buffet

Casaré buffet dining