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Peacocks on the Fly

who booked us with River Plate Anglers, we had an incredible adventure and loads of fun.

We flew to Manaus, packing 12 boxes of flies (all tied by Ed) as well as our 8, 9 and 10 weight rods, and sturdy reels with sink tip lines. After spending a night there, we took a charter flight to the town of Santa Isabel where we transferred to our floating camp via boat. We had been told in advance that our camp was located on a river that is not known for numbers of peacock bass but instead for the size. We enjoyed both during our 6 1/2 days of fishing.

Each day we caught double digits of peacock bass including at least one 5 lb.+ hog! Our guide, Hilio, was excellent at finding spots where the peacocks would be hiding. Seeing them hit the fly was a great thrill, not to mention a great fight. We had numerous doubles (each with a fish on the line) and that added to the fun and action. By the end of each day we were worn out. It was great to return to camp, enjoy a welcome cocktail and a delicious dinner before retiring to our air-conditioned floating cabin.

In total, we caught some 125+ peacock bass, mostly on streamer flies but we also had luck with poppers too. In addition to blind casting to likely peacock bass habitats, we each had the thrill of “hunting” a peacock after it had been spotted by our guide. It was during these hunts that we boated our largest peacocks – Ed having an 8lb. beauty (caught on a 4” red/white streamer) and an 11 lb. hog caught on a 5” red/yellow streamer. I had only one big peacock but it was huge – an 18 lb. delight caught on a 7” brown/yellow streamer. Needless to say, we ourselves are now “hooked” on fly-fishing for peacock bass!

An Aside: For those of you who are not fly fishing anglers, our six fellow fishermen used bait-casting rods, reels and huge lures. They too had incredible success and were able to land even larger peacock bass (21 lbs., 22 lbs., 23 lbs. and the giant of the week – a 24.5 lb. peacock).”
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