Aug 1st, 2018
Due to a last minute cancellation, there is one spot available for August 12 – 19, 2018 at 50% off. At Kendjam, adventuresome anglers can interface with one of the most fortunate and unaffected native groups in the New World as they enjoy the finest light-tackle multi-species fishing experience available. From the comfort of a deluxe safari style camp, groups of six anglers will explore the riches of the Iriri by boat and on foot sight casting to a host of exotic jungle game fish including a unique species of peacock bass, wolf fish, pacu and jaturana. Armed with little more than a 7 wt. rod, a floating line and popper, anglers can wet wade and sight fish a wide range of interesting water types in the midst of one of the most pristine and biologically diverse ecosystems on earth.
Discount week: August 12 – 19, 2018
Discount Rate: $3,125 + native fee (normally $6,250)
Included: Accommodation and meals at Kendjam, arrival night lodging in Manaus, transfers in Manaus, charter flights and boat transfers to camp, guided fishing, fishing licenses
Not Included: $530 Native Community Fee (cash required), round trip airfare, Brazilian Visa, gratuities for camp staff and guides, meals in Manaus, departure tax, all tackle
Contact Ken at 800.552.2729 to take advantage of this rare, last minute opportunity
The following is a recent report from our friends at Kendjam:
“As always during this part of the season, the Iriri River was very clear and had excellent water levels, flowing at a good pace day by day. The condition of the water was perfect for floating wider river runs and wading in small river branches where fish hunt and hide.
This is one of our favorite times of the year for topwater action for bicuda, matrincha, and peacock bass. Jungle fish are always really hungry at the beginning of the season. Just imagine: They spent the wet season with a lot of water inside the jungle, thereby allowing shelter and protection for their prey. This makes feeding much more difficult. So when the water finally comes down, it’s hunting time for all predator species, and they really become aggressive.
We started training our new pro guides in all sections of the river (1 to 4) and showed them the wide range of fishing possibilities on the all river sections. This included the variety of jungle species possible on the fly and techniques for each species and each water type.
While scouting, we were blessed with some amazing feeding frenzies of peacock bass in rock structures. Then we saw fish feeding on the surface, and these were the big matrincha. Always fun!
The highlight of the opening week were the large schools of nice-sized fish in perfect water conditions. This allowed us to catch them with dry flies and poppers — a delight on a 5-6 weight rod. These fish were hungry and strong, and they averaged between 4 to 6 pounds.
We then found where the wolfish were sheltering themselves. At the beginning of the season, these fish are generally not discoverable in as much abundance as later in the season. However, we found some fish in perfect shallow and crystal clear small jungle tributaries. And finding schools of wolfish is like finding hungry wolves — you can expect them to attack your fly. No question.
Fishing with dry flies for pacu gave us one of the best gifts of the week. We also got some crazy topwater action with the torpedoes of the jungle — the bicuda. These fish hit all kinds of topwater flies, but the best was getting them to come to the surface to check out Chernobyl flies and seeing them hit in shallow water right in front of us. We normally catch these fish at the top of a run before the whitewater, but in this case, we had a different experience. They attacked the flies, and once hooked, they headed downstream at light speeds to the whitewater, jumping repeatedly the whole time. We would run after these fish as they headed downstream, often jumping the rocks and hitting our shins and knees on the age old sharp rocks. Eventually we would end up with the trophy in our hands. We consider these fish torpedoes for good reason!”