Welcome to the jungle… On a recent Spanish Fly shoot, we journeyed deep into the Amazon in search of some of the more unusual fisheries available there. A trip into the Brazilian Amazon typically starts off in Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas state. Manaus is situated at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers and has a population of about 2 million people. While manaus was simply a jump point for our trip to the Rio Travessao, we were able to spend a little time checking out the local fish market. It was amazing to see the sheer number of fish brought into the market daily, goes to show how rich this fishery is.
Manuas from the plane
The next leg of our journey involved an hour and a half float plane flight that would land on a stretch of the river deemed safe by the guys on the ground. Upon landing we were greeted by our hosts Dave Caywood and Wellington Melo in a pretty impressive 35+ foot dug out canoe. After a short cruise down river, we arrived at the camp. This would be our home for the next 10 days.
Clockwise from top left: Boarding. The view approaching the "landing strip".
Landing. Transfer from float plane to dugout canoes.
Arriving at camp and building a dining hall.
Clothes never fully dry. Baths are taken in the river...
The morning walk of shame... Whatever you do, dont look down the hole.
Typical jungle cuisine.
The amazon basin is home to an impressive 3000 species of fish, almost a third of all the freshwater fish species that exists in the world. It seemed every other bite would produce a creature more bizarre than the last.
While we were out exploring the river, some of the guys back at the
camp had some luck hand-lining (see below).