May 18th, 2016
Kendjam is arguably the most interesting and multi-faceted Amazon angling experience available. For those who love truly remote wilderness settings, real adventure travel, native culture and incredible multi-species fishing with light tackle, nothing compares to Kendjam. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty, the climate is comfortable, there are very few bugs, and it offers a remarkable array of fish species, many of which are susceptible to top-water flies. From a comfortable safari style camp anglers and non-anglers alike can experience the jungle, abundant wildlife and Kayapo people that inspired James Cameron’s Avatar series.
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Summer 2016 Available Dates:
July 23rd – 30th: 4 rods
August 27th – Sept 3rd: 4 rods
For more information call Ken: 800-552-2729
MEETING THE KAYAPO IS A REMARKABLE AND ENRICHING EXPERIENCE
WOLF FISH ARE FIERCE PREHISTORIC CREATURES THAT LOVE TO CRUSH POPPERS
DELUXE SAFARI TENTS HAVE CEILING FANS, ELECTRICITY AND FULL ATTACHED BATHS
FAST WATER PEACOCK BASS ARE A PRIMARY TARGET AND GREAT FUN ON A 6 WT
Expert Interview with Ken Morrish
1. Great light tackle, top-water sight fishing for multiple species of hard fighting jungle fish.
2. Arguably the most beautiful, clear flowing jungle river in Brazil with fishing reminiscent of great western trout fishing.
3. Incredible wildlife and birding.
4. Ultra pristine wilderness setting with a deluxe safari camp.
5. Incredible native culture and true adventure travel.
How do I get there?
Guests fly into Manaus, Brazil and overnight before taking a three hour charter flight to the remote village of Kendjam. After meeting the villagers and their chiefs, guests will travel three hours downstream by motorized canoe to the remote safari camp.
When should I go?
July through mid-September.
Where do they fish?
They fish multiple beats of the Iriri River. These beats are 40-60 KM downstream of the village and ultra pristine with lots of fish and varying water types. Boat fishing and wade fishing are both available.
What are the accommodations and meals like?
Accommodations are in comfortable well appointed safari style tents. They are built on large wooden platforms and have full bedding, ceiling fans, electricity, refrigerators, showers, flush toilets, chairs, tables and storage. Kendjam takes six guests per week. Meals will be prepared by a dedicated chef and will be hearty and tasty considering the remote location.
Describe the atmosphere and style of the lodge.
This is a casual yet comfortable camp for adventure travelers. There will be far more employees than anglers, many of whom are Kayapo and they will have limited interaction with guests while the bilingual fly fishing guides will interface often with guests.
Is there internet and cell service?
How do they fish?
Fishing will be done from the boats (long motorized canoes) and while wet wading. There will be both sight fishing and blind casting opportunities with most sight fishing being done on foot. The wading is somewhat challenging but adds immeasurably to the overall experience.
What fish will I catch?
The primary species in order of abundance are: Xingu peacock bass, pacu-borracha, wolf fish, matrinxa (know also as jatuarana), and bicuda. There are additional species as well.
How many fish will I catch?
5-25 a day depending on skill, conditions and species targeted.
Is there wade fishing?
Yes and there is a lot for those who want it and are good on their feet. Good cleated wading boots help and you can wade aggressively as the water is warm, non threatening and you are wet wading. Most guests take several deliberate swims a day to refresh.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
No but you will be able to purchase some flies on site.
What is your favorite rod for the trip?
A 9ft. 7wt. with an aggressive weight forward floating line.
Are there other activities?
Yes, there is great birding and nature lovers who just like being out can really get a lot out this remarkable location as you will be in the heart of one of the largest tracts of uncut rainforest on earth.
What are the physical demands?
The travel is fairly arduous and the wading is moderately difficult. Also when the water is low guests will need to get out of the canoes and help push and/or pull the canoes through shallow sections.
What are the guides like?
There will be two types of guides. The Kayapo boatmen who are, for the most part, very reserved and either Brazilian or Argentine fly fishing guides. The fly fishing guides have the skills one would expect and will vary in terms of how outgoing they are.
Do the guides speak English?
There are only a few Kayapo who speak any English, and most Kaypo speak very little, even to one another. The fly fishing guides will all have basic English skills and will be able to help anglers understand and approach the fisheries.
Are there special skills required?
No, basic trout fishing skills are all that are needed to enjoy this trip.
Dangers and annoyances:
Kendjam is a real adventure travel trip and a lot of time is spent moving about in slow boats due to the nature of the region and river. There are lots of freshwater stingrays that anglers must be mindful of. The river has rugged terrain and rapids, and props can get broken and plans delayed. There are lots of jungle creatures (including jaguars) and there are lots of river creatures (including electric eels) but neither represent an immediate threat to visiting anglers. Despite the wide array of creatures in the area, the Iriri river experience has a comfortable, friendly non threatening feel to it.
Are there heath concerns?
We recommend that all guests traveling to Brazil check the CDC’s website for the most current information pertaining to the region. Also note that the Kayapo require all guests to have a Yellow Fever certificate.
For more information please call ken at 800-552-2729