Casare River - Angling Frontiers - Bolivia

Golden Dorado - Fly Fishing Only

The Casare 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. For the Casare Expedition, guests have the option of spending one night in an expedition fly camp, which allows you to fish deeper in the jungle.

Fly Fishing the Casare River

Casare Fly Fishing

Dr. Meng Syn with Casare golden dorado.

Two Options:  Angling Frontiers offers two packages—the Casare Main Camp and the Casare Jungle Fishing Adventure. With both options, you’ll fly fish for golden dorado and other jungle species, target catfish up to 100-pounds with heavy spin gear, and explore the headwaters sector of this remote and pristine Amazonian river.
The Casare River Camp on the Pachene River is close to its confluence with the Casare River. The remote Camp is limited to six anglers per trip and provides easier wading opportunities than the Jungle Fishing Adventure. You'll fly fish the lower woody structure of the Casare River to the remote boulder-riddled clear waters of the upper sector. Anglers split into two groups and rotate through the program's designated beats.
Species:  Target golden dorado, yatorana, catfish, and other species on the fly. Anglers also can try baitfishing for giant and armored catfish.
The terrain in this region of the Bolivian Amazon is not easy to traverse. You'll mostly be wade fishing. Rocks and boulders can be slippery, and often there are steep banks or fast-moving water. Medical Evacuation coverage, such as Global Rescue, is required for this adventure.
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Expedition Casare

Expedition Casare Golden Dorado

Fishing Facts:

Golden Dorado Fishing

Season:  The Camps are open June through October.
Group size:  Angling Frontiers, the outfitter, takes six 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:  Professional English-speaking guides and 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. Local Indigenous guides are an essential part of the team, helping with navigation, portaging, trekking, local culture, and more.
Boats:  Motor-powered dugout canoes are used.
Equipment:  No fly-fishing gear is provided. If anglers want to target giant catfish, some spinning or baitcasting gear is available. Extra tackle is available for purchase at the main camp. Flies run $8.00 - $12.00 each. A detailed list of what to bring is in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  Permission to fish is included in the package.

Casare Jungle Fishing Adventure:  This option is for physically fit anglers who want to explore deep into the Tsimane Jungle. And, is not for the faint of heart. The staff erects what they call Fly Camps for remote overnight trips. With the Fly Camps, you’ll have more of a jungle experience—you can bathe in the river, sleep closer to the jungle, and hear jungle sounds all around your tent.
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Casare River Camp:

Casare River Camp

The Casare 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. Hot water showers and simple flushable toilets. Generated electricity is available for lighting and to charge electronics. You are required to bring a sleeping bag and a travel pillow if desired.
Meals:  Local cooks prepare local dishes and some fusion cuisine, grilling and international dishes. You'll have lunch out fishing each day.
Alcohol:  Limited amount of local beer, liquor, and wine are served in the evenings. You are welcome to bring your own.
Communications:  Satellite internet in Casare's main camp is now set up and available. Most guests don't care for having internet out in the jungle, but for our guests who do, the fee is $150.00 per person for the week. Internet in the middle of the jungle wilderness is very hard to get, and even then, very expensive to have, even a decent connection. It will not be amazing internet, but you will be able to message home and even video chat and send some pictures, sometimes it can be good enough to make a post on social media, but it isn’t guaranteed. Emails sometimes don't fully download. Be advised that it will not be city-quality internet.
Yellow Fever:  A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into Bolivia.

Casare River Dorado

Casare River photos

Jim Schmid with a golden dorado.

Casare River Golden Dorado

Casare River is a pristine mountain stream.

Casare River Fishing

Pacu or Pirapitinga fishing

 River Pacu

Surubi or Striped Catfish

Casare River Catfish

Yatorana fishing, too.

Casare River Yatorana

Local culture

Casare River Culture

Casare River main camp lodging

Casare River Lodging

Casare Camp dinner buffet

Casare Buffet Dining

Getting to the Camp:

You'll fly to Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. A representative will drive you to the Los Tajibos Hotel. The next morning, he'll meet you at 6:00 a.m. to drive you to the airport. You'll take a two-hour and 15-minute charter flight to the new jungle airstrip. (Two planes per group of four anglers.) They’ll transfer you by dugout canoe upriver to the main Casare Camp, about a 75-minute ride. You’ll settle into your tent and gear up. After lunch, the guides provide an orientation. You’ll then split into teams and fish the home beats around camp until dark. (The first and last night hotel nights in Santa Cruz and roundtrip (Santa Cruz to Jungle) charter flight are included in the package. The charter flight has a 50-pound baggage weight limit.)

Sample Weekly Itinerary:

Friday:  Arrive in Santa Cruz at Viru Viru International Airport. An Angling Frontiers representative will meet you and transfer you to the Buganvillas Hotel Suites and Spa, a five-star hotel. Check-in and rest for an early morning departure to the jungle.
Saturday:  Breakfast and then 6:00 a.m. transfer to the charter flight for the 2.5-hour flight to the jungle airstrip. Take a 75-minute canoe ride upriver. Settle into your tent, then get your gear ready. Lunch and a brief orientation. Then you'll split into teams and begin fishing around the home beats until dark, then return for dinner.
Day 2 -7 (Sunday - Friday):  After breakfast, anglers separate into teams, two or three per team (depending on group and conditions), to fish the different beats assigned for the day based on the rotation, current weather, and river conditions. You'll encounter a variety of deep pools, submerged and overhanging structure, and runs/riffles while navigating the river. You'll return to Camp before dark, then enjoy dinner and rest.
Day 8 - Saturday:  After breakfast, the group will begin fishing their way downriver to the jungle airstrip at Cuchisama. You'll arrive late morning at the jungle airstrip for departure to Santa Cruz.
Day 9 - Sunday:  Breakfast at the hotel and transfer back to Viru Viru International Airport for your flight/connections home.

2022 USD Rates:

Casare River Expedition: Six anglers per week.
9-nights (2 at hotel, 7 at camp) and 7-days guided fishing
$5,950 + $600 Native Comm. Fee = $6,550.00 per person

Jungle Fishing Adventure: 4 to 6 anglers per week.
9-nights (2 at hotel, 7 at camp) and 7-days guided fishing
$6,250 + $600 Native Comm Fee = $6,850.00 per person
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Packages Include:

Airport meet and greet in Santa Cruz, first and if needed, the last night’s stay at Buganvillas Hotel Suites and Spa in Santa Cruz, ground transfers between the airport and hotel, roundtrip private charter flight between Santa Cruz and Camp, guided fishing by both professional 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 equipment are available for you to use.

Packages Do Not Include:

International airfare, domestic airfare, airport taxes and fees, extra hotel nights, any meals outside of the fishing areas, indigenous territory fees, gratuities to fishing guides and camp staff, satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), limited Wi-Fi at the main Casare Camp ($150.00 p.p. per week and optional), 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 number of flies are for sale at camp for $8.00 to $12.00 each), required medical evacuation insurance (we recommend Global Rescue), travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. As of December 10, 2020, Fishing with Larry now adds a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions.

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