Report from the Amazon

What an Adventure!!!

Fish of the trip at 18+ Lbs

Fish of the trip at 18+ Lbs

Riverside in Manaus

Riverside in Manaus

Katie, Tony Thompson and I started out in Manaus on New Year’s Eve to stage for our journey into the middle of the Amazon Jungle.  We had a day to tour the city and then travel via small boat to the confluence of the Rio Negro and Amazon Rivers.  The Rio Negro is tea colored and fairly clear while the Amazon is literally “chocolate milk” with the visibility of about 3 inches.  Manaus is the largest city in Brazil with a population of approximately two million residents.  It serves as the industrial center of the country with several large multi-national manufacturing companies and a large energy sector.

The view from camp

The view from camp

We then flew about 180 miles north to the Agua Boa Lodge for our week of fly fishing for a variety of prized game fish.  The remote accommodations were terrific and comfortable, the staff and guides superb and the fishing was spectacular.  Whereas we were targeting several species of Peacock Bass, we also landed an incredible variety of fish including catfish, Piranha, wolf-fish and Arawana.

Spotted peackock

Spotted peackock

The Agua Boa is extremely low this year and although challenging to navigate in sections, the conditions provided for exceptional sight fishing to have multiple shots for fish with a fly.  The Agua Boa and Rio Negro Rivers are unusual in that they actually have a white sand and orange-red fine sediment bottom. The contrast of colors is amazing, especially when taking pictures of the bright yellow, green, orange and black peacock bass which may be the most colorful freshwater fish on the planet.  We also saw an incredible diversity of wildlife including several species of rare birds, Caiman, freshwater dolphins, Tapir, snakes and otters.  At night, there quite simply is NO LIGHT POLLUTION to interfere with star gazing as we were so far from civilization that the sky is completely black with stars beyond calculation.

Attached are several of the best photos from the trip.  More to follow.

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Enjoy,

T.O.

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