(Above: The Uatuma offers access to beautiful lagoons that are never far from the mothership home-base)
We offer expeditions in two very different locations. Although many assume that all jungle fishing is the same, the truth could not be further from the truth. The Amazon basin is roughly the size of the continental U.S., can you imagine saying that all the U.S. fishes the same?
We carefully time our schedules around optimal water levels and weather patterns. If the water is too high, then the fish are way back in cover that we simply cannot reach. Too low and the fish have moved out of the lagoons and into the deep trenches of the biggest rivers. These specific weeks have proven to be the most successful over the years, the sweet-spot between too deep and too shallow. Of course conditions can change on the fly, and we are well-versed in making adjustments to find the best action that we can for our Guests.
The Uatumã at a Glance:
The Uatumã Sustainable Development Reserve (September and October) is a closed area that is managed in partnership between the Federal government and a series of small family communities. We are one of a very few outfitters allowed in here, and most of our Guides call these communities their home. Although the Rio Negro offers more shots at trophy fish, the Uatumã weeks always sell out first with our repeat Guests. That should tell you something.
-This fishery can be summarized as unpressured, with high numbers of small to medium sized fish (2-6 pounds), and 10% of our fish landed are between 7-18 pounds. Guests have hooked and lost fish much bigger here. Many of these lagoons are home to large schools of butterfly and paca peacock bass. This offers our Guests the opportunity for fun, fast action of catching small to medium sized fish. This is a great place to hone your casting and fish fighting skills to perfection while having a blast with fast action. When you're ready to trophy hunt, our Guides can put you in front of some spectacular fish.
-The rivers would be categorized as small to medium, and most of our fishing is done deep inside hidden lagoons. These lagoons are the home-waters of our Guides, and sometimes they will offer to make a stop to introduce you to their communities and families. This honor is always the week's highlight for the Guests who accept this invitation.
-The mothership is rarely more than a 15 minute boat-ride away, allowing the Guests to return to the yacht for lunch and an air-conditioned siesta.
The Rio Negro at a Glance:
The Rio Negro (October to December, and January-Feb) is the world's 5th largest river (by volume) and is the most famous peacock bass fishery in the Amazon. It's the one river everyone knows by name, and is often the choice of our first-time Guests.
It is difficult to wrap your mind around the size of this river...there are places where it is 13 MILES WIDE! This is public water, meaning that any properly permitted and insured outfitter can run trips here. This means that Guests will see many outfitters on the day they land in Barcelos (all outfitters start/end their trips on the same day here), but we quickly distance ourselves once our mothership is underway. Unlike many outfitters here, we aren't afraid to spend the money in fuel to get far away from the crowds. Our competitors want us far away, as they don't want their Guests to see our fishing boats or mothership!
-This fishery can be summarized as moderately pressured (it is the #1fishery in the Amazon) with good numbers of medium sized fish (4-7 pounds), and 10% of our fish landed are between 8-22 pounds. This is trophy water. Many Rio Negro anglers fish here for that one giant fish. Bring your A-game, as these trophy fish will only fall for the best of presentations.
-The river is actually a series of huge channels connected to lagoons, lakes, streams, rivers, and braids...all side by side. It is truly a labyrinth maze of endless jungle waterways. Features like massive islands, sand bars longer than football fields, dense jungles, and rich red-black waters are the norm.
-The mothership must stay in the main channels, so expect 30 minute rides to the fishing waters. These rides are spectacular as you have the privilege of watching the jungle wake up. Howler monkeys will announce your arrival, and hundreds of green parrots and constant strings of macaws will fly over your head as they move to their daytime roosts. Stream-side lunches are the norm along with hammock siestas under the jungle trees.