Tsimane is undoubtedly the best dorado fishery on earth.
It is located within the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory & National Park, Bolivia, where the Amazon jungle meets the Andes mountains. The landscape is stunning and its rivers are run clear through the jungle and the mountains, with wading and sight-fishing opportunities that exceed most anglers’ imaginations. The surrounding jungle remains in an absolute virgin state and is one of the most sensual natural expressions of wilderness in the world.
The rivers are inhabited by the dorado and other sport fish from the Amazon basin, such as the pirapitinga or Amazon pacú and the yatorana (pound by pound, one of the strongest fresh-water species).
Each year a massive migration of dorados occurs which can only be compared to the annual runs of Pacific Salmon. Some experts equate it to the great migration of plains game on the African plains. The dorado migration follows the upstream movement of the sabalo, a baitfish that spawns in huge numbers in the Amazon basin.
Tsimane blends, like no other jungle destination, the best aspects of a fly fishing experience: sight casting, freestone wet wading, floating lines, majestic vistas, Amazon mountain rivers with clear, virgin waters, and wild big dorados everywhere.
Through the cooperation of the Native Communities, the Brazilian Government, and Untamed Angling, Rio Marié, situated in Amazonas state, is now the very first and biggest legally exclusive fly fishing area inside an indigenous territory of the entire Amazon basin.
We developed the Rio Marié Project as a fly fishing only destination in order to enhance river sustainability over time. With these unique resources in our hands, our goal was to replace the traditional idea of peacock bass fishing in the Amazon basin, based on substantial numbers of small-to-medium size fish, with a new challenge: targeting trophy peacock bass on the fly. By “trophy” we mean bass in excess of fifteen, and not infrequently twenty, pounds.
The waters of the Rio Marié and its tributaries are scientifically proven, after several exploratory biological studies by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and Untamed Angling, to be the home of the largest peacock bass in the entire Amazon basin. Our exclusive access zone is now the largest area in the world specifically dedicated to fly fishing for trophy peacock bass.
The Rio Marie is entirely located inside an enormous government-recognized indigenous territory. The fishing operation covers an area of more than two million hectares. This untouched environment has more than 800 kilometers of rivers, more than 180 known creeks, 60 lakes, and three major tributaries. Plenty of water to chase fish that rarely see humans and anglers!
This is the first exclusive fly-fishing only project allowed and supported by the Brazilian government. Official environmental institutes worked together with the Indian Association to create the very first officially endorsed sport fishing operation in Brazil inside an indigenous Indian territory.
Kendjam is located near the headwaters of the Irirí river, in one of the most hidden areas of Brazilian Amazon: the Mekragnoti Indigenous Territory.
The Kayapó is one of the most important Indian ethnic groups in the Amazon region, despite numbering a mere 8,000 persons. Their cosmology, ritual life and social organization are extremely rich and complex, while their relations with non-Indian society and environmentalists from the world over are marked by their intensity and ambivalence. The Kayapó are a proud people, and historically have fought hard to preserve their territory from outside encroachment.
The Iriri River headwaters system (more than 700kms), never fished before by non-indigenous people, is located inside the far-reaching Mekrangnoti Indian Territory and an ecological reserve (ESEC Terra do Meio). It holds more than 800 kilometers of rivers, including three major tributaries inside our exclusive area of operation.
This environment offers the first multi-variety Amazon fly fishing destination where an angler can target over ten different species in crystal clear fast waters. The river system runs over a huge granite base, which facilitates wet wading and many sight casting opportunities.
Kendjam is a hidden treasure protected from despoliation by the last guardians of the Amazon jungle: the Kayapó warriors.
Map coordinates: 7° 57.559’S / 53° 15.839’W
Pirarucú is located within the Mamirauá Reserve, about 600 km west of Manaus, a complex of lakes and channels between the Solimões River and Japura River. Mamirauá was the first Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil, legislated by the Government of Amazonas in 1996, and remains the largest arapaima reserve in the world. The purpose of a Sustainable Development Reserve is to find a balance between biodiversity conservation and the sustainable development of an area inhabited by human populations.
Mamirauá covers an area of 1,124,000 hectares and passes through the municipalities of Uarini, Fonte Boa and Maraã. Other important Amazonian municipalities are also located in its area of influence, such as Jutaí, Alvarães and Tefé, the region's primary urban center and an hour and a half boat ride from Pirarucú.
The water in the core of the reserve is called “black water” in the Amazon, which, despite dark tinting from jungle leaves, is actually quite clear, allowing for sight casting opportunities for a variety of different species.
Map coordinates: 3° 1.323’S / 64° 53.528’W