Behind the Expeditions

Our Team. Exploring and fishing all over remote areas of Bolivia over the years has formed a camaraderie that has allowed us to achieve great things together. Having spent our younger years fishing all over Bolivia in search of only the best fisheries for exotic amazon game species, we have developed our knowledge and skill through first hand experience. Our team is comprised of a tough, adventure hungry, up-for-anything group of guys who have explored a few places that no man has been to before. In addition, we can say that we have achieved this with safety and success. It is our passion for fishing, however, that has naturally led us to want to share our experiences with the world, and for this we bring you Angling Frontiers.

Patrick F. Taendler

Founder and Co-owner

Hometown: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Education: Texas A&M University, USA
Degree: Wildlife and Fisheries Management with an emphasis on Conservation and Ecology
Experience: 12+  years, fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
– 12 years of organizing logistics and leading jungle expeditions/fishing trips in Bolivia. Specifically, in the Bolivian Amazon.
– Extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, as well as in Ecology and Biology as it pertains to the region.
– Experienced in the fishing methods and strategies used in the local jungle rivers for native species of fish, as well as conventional methods: Spin casting, bait casting, lure casting, and fly fishing.
– 4 years of successfully guiding clients out for trophy fish in the most remote reaches of the Bolivian Amazon.

Federico Marancenbaum

Founder and Co-owner

Hometown: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
University: University of Texas at Dallas
Degree: Political Science and Government
Experience: 10+ years in Public Education. Fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
– Over 15 years of experience in jungle exploration and logistics as well as leading fishing expeditions in the Bolivian Amazon.
– Experienced angler for native species of fish in Bolivia.
– 4 years of successfully guiding clients in remote parts of Bolivia. His passion for fishing has taken him deep into the most remote Bolivian jungles.

Paulo Hoffmann

Fly Fishing Nation staff photographer/Professional guide/Patagonia Pro Member

Hometown: Cologne, Germany
University: RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Degree: Molecular Biotechnology
Experience: Fluent in German, English, and moderate in Spanish.
– 9+ years experience in fly fishing, with over 100 days on the water annually.
– Several years of guiding in German waters, casting clinics, and accompanied fishing.
– Since 2007: Fly Fishing Nation staff photographer and professional guide. (
– Travel opportunities in the last few years allowed him to travel to several countries including USA, Austria, Sweden, Slovenia, France, Equador, Peru, Cuba, and Argentina.

Rudy Babikian

Professional Guide; Owner/fly tier for Hidden Hook

Hometown: Falmouth, Me, USA
University: Salve Regina University
Degree:Business Administration, p.H.D in surf fishing the Cliff Walk Experience.
Experience: Traveled to Bolivia on two occasions, exploring rivers in search of Golden Dorado.
– Guiding instructor and guide for the past several years in Rhode Island and Wyoming, USA.
– Tying flies for fly shops and fisherman for the past four years.

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