Monster Arapaima from Pirarucu on the Fly

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Good afternoon all,

I returned from an amazing trip to Pirarucu in the Amazon a few days ago.. Another Epic Fly fishing trip with Untamed Angling and arranged by The Fly Shop. I cannot say enough great things about both of these operations as the days I experienced were undoubtedly record setting for the quantity of fish landed, size of the fish and the amount of action on most every session. Our Guides, Guilherme, Rodrigo and our Native Guide Jonny (Sp?) were off the hook great.. We were limited by agreement, i believe with the government or with the reserve, to fishing 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon yet, somehow, it was perfect... Even though we got rained out the 3rd afternoon. Pirarucu is an incredible wildlife sanctuary in the Amazon Basin... Though we cannot fish at or near this Eco Lodge the surroundings are something right out of Jurassic Park.. Big fish rising 24/7, Arrowana and other tropical fish abound as if the lodge were in a giant aquarium.. The Black Caiman are everywhere, including right next to the lodge, in the waterways and all along the shores (Thousands of them) making for being in the water an always interesting experience... Being aware of one's surroundings.... Well, lets just say we are not in Kansas anymore Toto...

As far as gear goes, big streamers, Rio Intermediate Jungle and Outbound short clear tip lines, Sage X 10 Wt rods for the Arapaima (Amazing performers) and of Course those amazing Nautilus NVG reels all of which performed flawlessly with zero failures even though my drags were tight... very tight...I know a 10 wt sounds light for the application but they were perfect... for great conditions weather and water levels we experienced. 6 Wt or 7 wt Sage X for Arrowana with Rio floating lines and I was set.. If the water levels were higher, I would have needed to go to a full sink line which would have required possibly using 11 or 12 wts.. Which I brought but did not use. Add in a bunch of amazing custom Flys from Eric Blackshear of Ventura California (Errock_22 on this site), Hernan Tula from Argentina and Guilherme (one of the amazing guides at Pirarucu) and life was good. As a note Eric is a relatively newcomer to the world of Fly Tying but his Flies accounted for a huge number of fish hooked and landed including that big monster... Great job Eric..The fish and I both appreciated the untold number of hours that went into producing these master piece articulated flies in a large Dorado Pattern.. Then Again, Eric's fly I call "Cousin It" did some really major damage and hooked me up to that Hog of an Arapaima..

I fished Solo on the first 2 days.. On days 3 and 4 I fished with Ben who runs The Fly Fishing Show located around the United States.. Our first 4 hour morning session alone accounted for around 15 beautiful Arapaima with 4 or so double hooks up with all fish landed... Epic or What is the next level above epic?

I will give way from my normal long winded write ups and just put up the pictures.. Starting with the biggest first... Yes, a true river monster which yielded a Holy Shidddd....T moment. I still cannot believe the size and power of this particular fish...Too many fish to put up all the pics but I will try and put up a bunch....
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nor did I take pictures of every fish... What a problem to have... LOL

Have a great season.

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I don't get in the water where animals that size live. Looks like a great trip.
 
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fishordie

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The funniest thing is the Natives and the other local folks think those of us who get in the water on purpose are totally Nuts also... LOL... There is always someone on lookout as those Caiman and other critters can get right up on you... However, this is the type of environment where I feel most at home and where I feel truly alive.. City life kills me slowly... LOL...
 
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Wow, bucket lister right there. Best of reports....Jamie, nice show brother!! Congrats and Thanks for sharing! Yew!

and in true form, YOU KICKED SOME ASS.
 
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Wow! Just incredible Jamie! This is definitely going on my list of trips. So glad the flies worked out for you. Pretty fun not really knowing how or what I needed to tie for these monsters! Stoked for you!

For anyone interested, here are a few pics of the flies I tied for Jamie. All on Owner 8/0 Aki’s.

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Wow, sounds like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful craftsmanship on the flies. Those are a work of art.
 
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fishordie

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Yup, Those are the flies... Awesome job Eric. The ones that got bit amazingly well are the top and bottom pics that Eric put up.. Thank you so much.

Jamie
 
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Crap, I tried uploading a slo mo version of these huge fish jumping near the boat but the file is too big... Anyone know how to reduce the image size??
 
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