Our friend Brian Iannachhione just returned from a trip to Tsimane’s Secure Camp in Bolivia and dropped us this trip report. Thank you Brian, we really appreciate it!
I just wanted to take a moment and send you a sincere thank you for helping me to put this trip together. It has been my #1 bucket list destination for a long time, and it somehow exceeded all my expectations.
Most people wonder about the fishing, and it was great. I landed a 24 pound golden dorado, several others over 10 pounds, and caught fish every day. I landed a couple yatorana, and had shots at pacu, but man they were tough! The Secure river is an incredible fishery. The lower two beats are a bit wider, with a lot of structure, and the upper beat was just gorgeous. All fished quite well during my stay.
However, what makes the trip special are the people who work there. First, the native guides (Rumel, Trini, et al.) were absolutely wonderful people. They enjoyed interacting with us, and their ability to spot fish was borderline absurd. They were just a joy to get to know. The guides – Santi, Lucas, and Juan – were the best three guides I’ve ever fished with. I’ve been fishing for a long time, but you never stop learning, and I learned so much from all of them. They were first class. Fernando and MJ were the most gracious hosts I’ve experienced. Both were a wealth of knowledge of the jungle and the Chimane people. Chatting with them every night completed a perfect day. And the food! My goodness! I heard it was good, but wow, out of this world.
Overall, this was by far my favorite fishing trip I’ve done. I don’t know when, but I know I’ll be back. So thank you for your guidance!!