35th Wffc Bih 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2019



(frenetic percussion music) – [Mark] Coming up on this
episode of The New Fly Fisher we’re deep in Brazil
hunting jungle fish.. All kinds of fish with
teeth but the cool part is that we’re in all kinds
of different environments including flats, ponds,
rivers, and streams. Check it out, the
adventure starts next on The New Fly Fisher. (ethereal acoustic music) (ethereal acoustic music) – [Voiceover] The New Fly Fisher has been made possible thanks to Ecolodge da Barra, Orvis Sporting Traditions, Scientific Anglers, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Superfly: Fly Fishing Made Easy. (gentle woodwind music) – [Mark] Deep in the
heart of the Amazon Jungle floats a magical place. A place where there’s
literally zero footprint, and nearly zero impact
on our environment. Where giant river otters
play, and freshwater dolphins cruise constantly
in search of food. Where strange birds and
even stranger bugs abound. Locals live in harmony
with their surroundings. Ever mindful of invisible
jaguar eyes in the jungle. Ecolodge da Barra is a
floating fishing destination with everything you’d
ever want at hand. What makes this place so amazing is not only the
multitude of fish species you can catch on fly,
but also the environments available to
adventurous anglers. – [Roberto] I have
fishing travel agents so I’ll be fishing
around the globe. So I collect the best
things that all the lodges around the globe have
been..has.. and get it together. So I think it’s okay. (tranquil woodwind music) – [Mark] We arrive
at Ecolodge da Barra via Manaus, Brazil and hop on
an hour and a half jet flight to a remote village
of 250 locals. The lodge is located a
hundred miles upriver from any other settlement
and is literally floating in the middle of nowhere. Preparation is key as here
there are no fly shops, convenience stores, or
comfort of big city life. It’s you, your fly rods,
and an upcoming adventure as epic as the Amazon itself. – We are trying to
call it jungle fishing because of so many
different spots and so many different
species of fish. This is really
different.. I don’t know so many places that
has this diversity. – [Mark] Fishing in
this vast river system you’re afforded the opportunity to pick your location
and based on time of day you can also target
many species on fly. For example: Early morning
and later in the afternoon is a great time to
hit moving water for the famed Vampire
fish, or payara. At Ecolodge da Barra
you have access to creek style fishing,
lakes, ponds, flats, rapids, and main
river environments. Boats are strategically
placed at many locations for hikes to different
bodies of water. The pressure on these fish
is basically non-existent and there are fish
literally everywhere. – It’s about 15 species you can easily catch here
on these waters. – [Mark] Target species
are Peacock Bass, Bicuda, Payara, and Arowana. These are the most
fly friendly species in the waters of
the Amazon, however, you do have the
opportunity to fish for a variety of catfish
and piranha as well. We begin fishing payara
early morning in the rapids. Payara are prehistoric looking, very aggressive carnivorous fish who use their front fangs to
aid in killing their prey. They are most aggressive
in the low light of morning and evening and
readily take streamers. They are notoriously
hard to hook so sharp hooks and
trailers are a must. Much like tarpon, their
jaws are all bone. (tranquil acoustic music) (disappointed groans) (tranquil acoustic music) – [Thiago] Payara. – [Mark] (laughing) Yeah Thiago. – [Thiago] Okay savor
your first. (laughing) – Mine hasn’t
jumped yet. (groans) You land yours. (tranquil acoustic music) – [Mark] Regardless, payara
definitely give you buck fever, and when you do come tight
it’s a thing of beauty. Good job Thiago. Let me take a look
at these teeth. Look at those teeth. Give it a kiss?
I don’t think so. (ethereal string music) (ethereal string music) – [Thiago] When he attacks
your fly wait a few moments.. – Okay and then hit him? – [Thiago] Oh! Yes! Hook it. – [Mark] Got one! – [Thiago] (clapping) Good job. – [Mark] Well it’s worth
the work, let me tell you. (laughing) It’s a good fish too. – [Thiago] Yeah. Nice one. – Now I’m fishing
with a nine weight, with a intermediate
sinking line, and a full sink tip on and I
was counting that fly down.. (sighs) I’m out of breath. Counting that fly down
to probably a 15 count and that was the ticket
to get these payara in. Come to hand. (laughing) They’re as acrobatic
as they get. Thiago you fought that
fish on an eight weight. Man, I’m glad I’ve got a nine. – [Thiago] Come on! – [Mark] He’s still not ready. Try again. Yes! – [Thiago] Yes. Splendid. – Very nice, thank you. – [Thiago] Congratulations. – [Mark] That is
the ticket isn’t it? Toothy critters..
just incredible. Alright let’s get him back. Yeah I think he’s good to go. Amazing. Yes. Good
fish, great fish. Oh wow that’s a big one! You got him? – [Thiago] Yes. – It’s a big fish? – [Thiago] Yes. The big one. – Thiago you’ve caught
two or three smaller ones since we’ve been here,
this one’s a giant? – [Thiago] Yes. Not a
giant, but a big one. (relaxed percussion music) – [Mark] We also switched
flies this morning. We went to a double hook
tandem.. a tandem fly, which helps on the hook up
ratio big time doesn’t it? – [Thiago] Double hook. – [Mark] Last night I missed
probably 15 fish.. Hooked 15, didn’t actually land any of
them so with this tandem rig obviously it’s starting
to pay off already. We’re on our way to one
of the back hidden lakes here on Ecolodge da Barra
and our host Roberto suggested that we
stop at this rapid up the way here and try
for payara on the way. And was it three casts, huh? – [Thiago] Yes. – Three casts and Thiago’s
hooked up with a giant payara. We’ve been fighting him for
probably 7 or 8 minutes now and he’s taken us a quarter
of a mile down river. So payara apparently are
quite sensitive fish, so what we’re gonna
do is we’re gonna.. I’m gonna tail this fish,
bring him up to Thiago, Thiago’s gonna
take the hook out, we’re gonna let him go right
away back into the water. Now that is an amazing animal
and if you look carefully his teeth actually go
right up inside of his jaw and you can see them
on the top of his nose. See ya buddy. Wow. Excellent fish. Good job. – Thank you. – Thank you. After releasing that
payara a storm moved in and forced us off the water. On the next day, on our
way to the sand flats, we decide to hit that hot spot once again to try our luck
at some first light fish. First thing in the morning
here on these rivers systems is ideal, not only
for peacocks, but also for different species
that generally feed
morning and night. So what we’re doing is we’re
targeting fast moving water to hit payara and payara are
also know as the vampire fish so there’s a small window in
the morning and in the evening where they are voracious feeders
and if you can hit it right and if you can hit the
moving water just so, you got a great
chance at hooking up with these toothy critters. – [Thiago] Fish. Bicuda. – Good fighters, huh? (laughing) Now these are your favorite
fish to catch aren’t they? – [Thiago] Yes. – [Mark] Now you were
telling me earlier that you think that the bicuda is a distant relative of
the barracuda in salt water. Is that right? – [Thiago] Yes. – They fight the same kinda way? Strong too yeah? What fly are you using? – [Thiago] Big streamer. – Big streamer. What color? – [Thiago] Green and white. (light ethereal music) Strong bite. – [Mark] Strong fish. Yes! Wow look at this. – [Thiago] Look at the.. the
eye there looks like a peacock. – Yeah you’re right,
it’s got a false eye, but interestingly it’s
got a very pointy nose and very very small
razor sharp teeth. How big do they get? – [Thiago] Seven kilos. – So up to 14, 15, 16 pounds. Kinda like a cross
between a barracuda, a northern pike, and a muskie, and a whole lot of bad attitude. That is incredible. My turn. My turn. You’re hoovering up
all the fish, man. – [Thiago] Bicuda! Very good. – [Mark] Called it. (laughter) Looks like I’ve hooked
into my first bicuda. Now I too have a bit of a
different setup than Thiago has. Thiago’s got a
full sinking line, so what I did was I put
an intermediate line on with a sink tip and
to that I wasn’t getting down deep enough. So what I did at that point was put on a barbell eye
streamer pattern. So I’ve found the
happy spot, the zone, where these fish are feeding. Little bit bigger
than your’s, not much. They like to go
under the boat, huh? I’ve got a 30 pound
leader on here, so I’ve got the drag
tightened down quite a bit. Nice. – [Theo] Nice bicuda. – Not too bad for
my first bicuda. Awesome! You know there’s
so many new species down here in the Amazon basin
that every fish you catch it’s a wonder, it’s
unlike anything we
have in North America and it is just a ton of fun
and there’s fish everywhere. There’s absolutely
fish everywhere. Flats fishing in the
Amazon basin is incredible! Vast expanses of
shallow sandbars exist all around the ecolodge and are frequented by many
different species of fish. Caution must be taken to ensure
you’re not in the company of crocodiles when you
step out of the boat. Fishing these sandbar
flats is just like fishing the flats
of the Caribbean. (serene string music) (serene string music) – [Mark] Thiago,
and guide Jefferson, pull up to a steep
bank on the rivers edge and begin our
short 5 minute walk to a tiny back
lake pond in search of arowana and peacock bass. (serene string music) This one of the
more unique areas here at Ecolodge da
Barra that it’s.. it’s a chain of back bays
and there’s literally 30 different lakes
that you can get to hop, skipping, and jumping
through these little creeks. And what’s great
about them is it feels like it’s its own little
micro-environment, but it’s filled
with peacock bass as Thiago has on right now
and lots of big arowana. You know what, you
really never know what you’re gonna
catch back here but it is just worth the
trip just to get back into a place like this
that literally feels like it’s been
forgotten in time. – [Thiago] Big one. – [Mark] Two big ones,
coming behind me. – [Thiago] Good. Good. – [Mark] You gotta
keep that fish tight, while you’re getting them
on the reel, these big ones. If you don’t you get
wrapped up in your leg. And the cool thing
was, was that this fish was reacting to
the pressure point where the actual surface
tension was being broken by the line on the water
and he was striking at where there point meets. Where the line and
the water meet. I twitched, twitched, twitched, and all of the
sudden he saw the fly and it was boom, game on. (relaxing acoustic music) (excited shouts) Now this is why
you come to Brazil. Ecolodge da Barra. I could do this all day long. This is absolutely perfect. (relaxing acoustic music) So this was the money today. Amazing fly. One of the things that you
should keep your eye on when you’re fishing
these isolated bays, or isolated ponds down here
off the Amazon river basin is, though you’re focused on
fishing structure on shoreline, every once in a while take
a peek over your shoulder and see what’s out in the
main body of the pond. I happened to do that just at
the right time this afternoon when I looked over my shoulder and I was able to
see two peacock bass sunning themselves in
the middle of the lake. The male was in the
front and the female was a little bit behind
and I made a split decision to make a cast to the big fish. Now one of the things that
you have to keep in mind is that when you
do make that cast, remember that you have a fly
line that the fish can see. You need to be aware
of the distance between your fly and
the end of your fly line so that when you make
that presentation you’re not gonna spook
the fish with your fly. Cast a little bit ahead,
lead the fish, strip back, and hopefully, like
we did, we got lucky and you can land that
peacock of a lifetime. Arowana! Oh look at them all! Throw out. Look at all the fish. Now the key thing with
getting a fish on the reel is you have to maintain
tightness especially fishing down here when
you’re all barb-less. You have to keep
your line tight, and if there’s fear
that you’re gonna not get him on the reel in time don’t worry about
it just go back to the line and
strip to yourself. Look at how beautiful
these fish are. Did you see all the school? There must have been
75 fish in that school. – [Thiago] Yes. Maybe. – [Mark] In the net. Very nice. – [Thiago] Yes! Landed! – [Mark] Very nice. Do they have teeth? Yes they do. Thank you. There we go, okay, now
let’s take a quick look. Look how slender and
sleek this fish is. Totally thin. It’s got barbles on its chin. It can feel around
in this muddy water and they’re just like
little torpedoes. No tail what to speak of but
they are just incredible. (tranquil string music) (tranquil string music) – [Mark] Yeah! Roberto you got a winner. Thiago show that
fish, show that fish. (ethereal acoustic music) – [Thiago] Cashilenga.
Another species. – [Mark] Another species? – [Thiago] Yes. Cashilenga. Look the tail is red. – Yeah, red tail. – [Roberto] Yellow tail. – [Thiago] Yellow tail. – Still has teeth. Very nice. Cashilenga. What’s that, eight
different species now? – [Thiago] Yes. (laughter) – That’s amazing. Well listen I can’t
tell you how much fun it’s been fishing with you. I wanna thank you for joining
us on The New Fly Fisher, catching payara,
peacocks, all the rest. It’s been an absolute
blast and remember if you’re in the mood
for adventure just
go out and find it. And what fun to be able to do it with a fly rod in your hand. I’m Mark Melnyk
for everybody here at The New Fly Fisher,
thanks for watching. We’ll see you down the road. (peaceful acoustic music) – [Voiceover] The New Fly
Fisher has been made possible thanks to Ecolodge da Barra, Orvis Sporting Traditions, Scientific Anglers, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Superfly: Fly Fishing Made Easy. (relaxed acoustic music)


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