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Don Causey writes: Elsewhere in this issue, there is a report on a new area that has opened recently to fly fish¬ing in the Brazilian Amazon, namely, Ecolodge da Barra, booked by The Fly Shop in Redding, California (www. theflyshop.com). After that report was edited, I received word from J. W. Smith of South American Fly Fishing (www.southamerican-flyfishing.com) of still another place. It is not a lodge, but an almost-new destination for one of River Plate’s mobile camps. The river in question is a remarkably clear and shallow stream called Rio Kaborí. The river can rightfully be called “almost new” because it has been test-fished by a group or two and by yours truly, who went along on an exploratory during a period when the river was known to be fishing poorly. The point of the trip was to take a look at the unusual clear-water lagoons and shallow flats. Indeed, more than one of the lagoons had the look and feel of a saltwater flat. Standing up in the skiff you could see everything that moved within a hundred yards or more. No, there were not many fish around (it was too late in the season), but had there been, it would have been a thrill—and a real sight-fishing challenge—to fish for peacock bass in a lake that shallow and shimmering clear. As for the river itself, there were long stretches of what also looked like bone¬fish flats. These areas lend themselves to quiet floats, no motor, no paddling, no bumping the bottom. Indeed, on an otherwise uneventful trip, I had two opportunities I will never forget on the Rio Kaborí to float inexorably toward sighted fish, struggling to contain an outbreak of buck fever. One of those fish was a huge butterfly that tore the river up and caused me to fall off the boat like an amateur. No harm done: the water was only two feet deep.
Here is how J. W. Smith describes the Kaborí: “This virtually untouched clearwater fishery above the forks of the Rio Xeriuni and Rio Novo has many shallow bars and turns, white beaches, and deep pools. It is ideal for sight fishing. Over the last two seasons our exploratory fishing in February and March produced good numbers, and we saw many trophy peacock bass. The key to accessing this pristine area is our new shallow-draft tunnel boats. We plan to position our floating barge camp above
the equator on the Rio Xeriuni (a prov¬en fishery) and fish up from there. We may overnight at an out-camp to enable us more time to fully explore this new fishery. The prime time to fish this river is December to February. Cost, including floatplane access and overnight in Manaus, is $5,550.”
One angler who took part in an exploratory trip to the Xeriuni, which is the lower end of the Kaborí fishery, is Evan Muskopf of Feathercraft (www. feather-craft.com), who called the experience “unreal” in a report he issued afterward. “In February 2015 our group fished the Xeriuni River, and every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations. We caught some smaller fish, too many four- to seven-pounders to count, a handful of eight-pounders, a few over ten, two 16-pounders. One 17-pounder was the largest taken on our trip. All three of the big fish were caught by one angler, using a fly rod. In all, the three fly fisherman and four conventional fishermen on our trip caught over 1,000 fish for the week. We had such a good time, we are returning in January 2017.”
You can get more details on this trip from J.W. or Dawn Smith of South American Fly Fishing at 800-534-1180. E-mail: [email protected]