Ever since Devil’s Gold was filmed in 2009, we couldn’t wait to get back to the Bolivian Jungle. It was one of those primeval places home to curious creatures and incredible fish. As luck would have it, the good folks of Untamed Angling discovered a new river called the “Agua Negra,” which translated means “Blackwater.” This smaller river is a downstream tributary of the Sècure and supports an impressive migration of Golden Dorado. This film documents one of the first trips into the Agua Negra system. As there were no lodges or villages, we camped along the shore as we explored the region.
On a technical note: I have always been a fan of high-speed and slow-motion filming. This project was shot in 1080p at 240 frames per second which allowed for crystal clear sequences that would be previously impossible to shoot on a small budget. Capturing the acrobatics of these possessed fish was truly rewarding in the slow-motion format. We have now filmed in Bolivia on three separate occasions for Dorado, Payara, and Peacocks. It is a spectacular part of the world and should be on every traveling angler’s “to do” list.
Director and Producer: Grant Wiswell
Second Camera: Ryan Davis, Lisa Wiswell
Sponsors: Sage, Patagonia, Nautilus, Rio, Smith Optics, Nemo, AquaTech, Sawyer, AquaTech, Stripping Guards, Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and Missoula Oral Surgery
Location: Tsimane Tent Camps on the Agua Negra River in Bolivian Jungle
When Filmed: September 2012 over five days
For More Information about Tsimane: UntamedAngling.com
Check out Devil’s Gold on Vimeo: vimeo.com/21800845