35th Wffc Bih 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2019

Amazon River Fly Fishing | Brazil

Amazon River Fly Fishing | Brazil


– Coming up on this episode
of The New Fly Fisher, we’re hooked up to
a giant Peacock bass in the heart of Brazil. Ecolodge da Barra stay tuned, this jungle fishing
adventure starts right now! (relaxing acoustic guitar 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. – [Voiceover] Welcome
to the Amazon. A rainforest jungle that covers
55 million square kilometers or 21 million square miles, and is peppered with
countless winding rivers, lakes, and streams. It’s a wild world under the
canopy of the Amazon jungle, and its waters are no different. Freshwater creatures
have had to adapt to a life of eat or be eaten. I have an opportunity to
experience the deep Amazon first hand. In the heart of South America, a two hour jet flight
from Manaus, Brazil floats Ecolodge da Barra, the only floating lodge
in what is one of the most inaccessible areas
of the Amazon. Until now. The lodge sits at the
confluence of two big rivers of the Amazon basin. The Rio Juruena,
and the Teles Perez. This is the ideal location
for anglers to target fish in literally hundreds of
lakes, ponds, streams and bays. Roberto Veras, a lifelong
adventurer traveler and angler, has brought sustainability
to a new level in ecotourism. Employing villagers
from the nearby Barra de Sao Manuel community, everyone has a vested
interest in sustainability. And responsibility to
this incredible fishery. And the fly fishing
opportunities are excellent, with many species of
weird and wonderful fish to catch on fly. And some of them get huge. On this trip we’re
hunting Peacock bass. Joining me is the lodge’s
head guide, Thiago Carrano. And things start off
with a definite gift for any fly angler. – You know, whenever you
fish a new body of water be it in your home country or a country far away like
we are here in Brazil, it always helps to
do the old cliche called matching the hatch. We were fortunate
enough to find a peyao, which is a bait fish that
these Peacock bass, Arowana, and Payara will be feeding on. Now luckily in our fly
box we happen to have flies that not only
match the size profile but also match the color scheme, with the big eye, white
body, and a black top. So we’re gonna put these to use and see if we can
put some of these giant Peacock bass in the net. I love it when Mother
Nature gives you these kinds of clues. It’s absolutely perfect. Thiago, how far
down should I be? Yeah how deep? – Yes. Yes. – There they are. – Yes. Yes. Good. – Double header. Big Peacocks. And there’s a bunch of
them over there too, wow! Ah yeah! – [Thiago] Big one? – What a fishery. I tell you what, I am sure glad I’ve got a nine weight rod here. I need every bit of it with these big Peacocks. Ah. Fly just pops out. Sight casting, Peacock bass. At Ecolodge da Barra in Brazil. Just perfect. Congratulations. – [Thiago] Big one. – [Voiceover] Let’s
get him in the net. He’s staring you down, buddy. – [Thiago] Keep cool buddy. Yes, man! Big one. – Big, big fish. That’s gotta be twelve,
thirteen pounds. All day. Congratulations. – [Thiago] Thank you, Mark. – Big, big Peacock. – [Thiago] And the double. – Double header too, absolutely. Good job. Okay, we’re gonna get
some pictures of this guy. – [Thiago] Yes. – And then we’re
gonna let him go. – So I collect the
best things that all the lodges around
the globe have been has, and gather it together. So, I think it’s okay. – Three big rivers
and two hundred lakes. So many spots to fly fishing, and for me the best place in Brazil. – 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. – If there’s one
thing I’ve learned fishing for Peacock
bass, be it giants or little guys like this, is that really, Peacocks
are just the same as Largemouth and Smallmouth. Actually, it’s the perfect
mix between the two. – [Voiceover] For
those who love to fish both Smallmouth bass
and Largemouth bass, Peacock bass are the perfect
blend of both species. Peacocks will behave in
the same characteristics similar to Smallmouth, in that they are very
much a schooling fish, and you’re often able to
sight cast to cruising groups, as well as blind casting
around typical Smallmouth type structure. Bottom composition changes,
rock, sand transitions, etcetera. Fishing for Peacocks is similar to fishing structure
for Largemouth too. A well placed topwater
popper or streamer relating to standing structure will almost certainly
result in a blowup. One thing is for certain, Peacock bass exhibit
many of the same traits as Largemouth and Smallmouth. They are strong, acrobatic,
and incredibly fun to catch. And here at the lodge,
they are everywhere. There are numerous lakes,
streams and ponds accessible to the lodge, and getting
there is half the fun. We decide to hit one
of the smaller ponds in search of big Peacock bass. Though the outside
temperature is quite high, low to mid 90s, Thiao tells me we are actually
experiencing a cold front. And with any cold front, the
key is to slow everything down. We hike into pond number one and get ready to
target big Peacocks. – There’s no doubt that
it pays a lot of value to spend some time at schoolyard or something
practicing your casting before you come down
to a spot like this because the casting
is often precise. And I’m not talking inches, I’m talking within feet. But what’s important
to couple with that is that when you make your
cast, your precision cast, you have to make sure
that with your line hand that you don’t simply
let go of the line. What happens is that line
spins around your rod, you have to spend some
time untangling it, and then you’re able to strip. Often times with these fish
as soon as that fly lands, it’s game on. So what you want to do is make your cast, keep
the fly line in your hand and hook it over your
fingers just like that, so you’re ready to retrieve, and just like that I had a hit. Just like that. So effectively what
you’re doing by immediately putting… That was a Piranha. By immediately putting your
line over your fingers, if you look at it from a
spin casting point of view, you’re effectively
closing that bail so that you can start the
retrieve of your line. So let me show
you one more time. So you cast out, present your fly,
close the bail. So that you’re always
tight with your fly, so when that fish hits all you need to do is
that big strip stroke. Now see how I’ve got my arms spread out in a triangle? When you catch a big fish and you have line
management to worry about, it’s always best to have
your arms wide apart so that you can
effectively keep that line from getting tangled anywhere. You know where your line is, it’s effective line management. And it could be the
difference between landing that trophy fish and having it bust off cause your line’s
wrapped around your feet. Oh, it’s a good fish man. Oh that’s a big. Even these back landlocked lakes hold giants, it’s unbelievable. And this thing hit
like a freight train. Oh yeah. Woo hoo hoo hoo hoo. Look at… That. What a fish to start the day. Ow. He just crushed it. What an animal, what a thrill. Giant Peacock bass
on a landlocked lake at Ecolodge da Barra. Perfect. I can go for another one. That was like the fourth cast
here too, it was perfect. There he goes, now as I said during
the fight of that fish, it’s vital that when
that fish strikes and you do your strip set, remember it’s not a trout
set, it’s a strip set, that you immediately
feel that fish and bring your arms out
to create a triangle between your excess
line and your reel that way you know
where your line is as it’s being fed to the reel, and it doesn’t get
tangled up into your feet. You won’t lose any fish
if you do that method. – [Voiceover] Coming
up, we find the school and light it up in Brazil. Welcome back to The
New Fly Fisher, Brazil. We’re fishing a remote
pond deep in the Amazon and though we’re
experiencing a cold front, the schools of Peacock
bass are playing along. – Oh maybe it is a big one. Oh ho ho ho ho! – [Thiago] Big one? – It’s a good one, yup. Oh when the big ones
jump, it is so much fun. Ah, my arm. – [Thiago] Not so big,
but it’s strong eh? – Yup. He’s still eight pounds. Ah, look at that. Just incredible. Like grabbing a Tarpon. Nice fish. Very nice fish. Strong fish. This fishery is
absolutely incredible, I am having so
much fun right now. And that was like the
fifth cast of the day. Two fish over eight
pounds, it’s amazing. Let me know when
you need a hand. Need the net? – Yes. – [Voiceover] Now tell
me about this lake and how you got your
biggest one here. Did you catch your
biggest fish here? – Yes. – [Voiceover] Tell me. Oh that’s a big fish, man. We could see these two Peacocks sitting on the surface. Yeah I see him, he’s
caught in the bush. – [Voiceover] Side
arm pressure is vital when trying to
slow big fish down. And even more important if they get into the wood. It often stops them from getting further tangled. – I got him, I see him. We gotta get him
outta there though. (speaking in Portuguese) Grab me the stick. Forward. Hold on, hold on, hold on. Okay. – Okay? – Yup. You want me to talk
about jungle fishing, jungle fishing at its finest. He’s still on, too. – [Voiceover] And it’s
this scenario exactly as to why you invest in
good quality leader material that can take a beating. – Yeah! Woo! That my friend, is a
game changer right there. That is the biggest Peacock I’ve ever seen. What a pig. What an absolute monster. Took me into the bush. What a fish. What’s important with
these big Peacocks, is that you bring
them into shore when you let them go. After a fight like that, especially after getting
caught up in the trees, you gotta let these fish go so that they can
swim to the shoreline and not be ravaged
at all by Piranha. Thanks buddy. Thrill of a lifetime. Wow. Well that about does it for this episode of
The New Fly Fisher, I want to thank
you for watching. You know adventure is out there, all you have to do
is go and find it, and what better way than to do it with a
fly rod in your hand. For all of us here at
The New Fly Fisher, I’m Mark Melnyk, and hopefully
we’ll see you in the jungle. – [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. (relaxing acoustic guitar music)

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