Fishing Report : February 20-27, 2016

It’s time once again for the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Austere conditions prevail here as we move into the final month of our six-month season, with low clear water and cagey peacock bass.  But memorable encounters are on tap every day if you keep your eyes open out on the river.  As the jungle has become drier, more and more wildlife can be found along the banks of the river.  Tapir, peccary, giant river otters, dolphins, and Red Broketts deer, along with the usual myriad birdlife have been making daily appearances and diverting diligent anglers from their fishing.

And with the observance of Chinese New Year, so far, this truly has been the Year of the Monkey, with daily sightings of saki, capuchin, and red howler monkeys reminding everyone that they are not exactly fishing on the Madison around here. 

Even today, a group of around a dozen white-fronted capuchins was spotted dancing and leaping from branch to branch in a tree not 20 yards behind the main lodge, hoping no doubt to snag some ripe guavas from the tree in the courtyard when no one was looking.

Thanks to a couple of (non-Zika-related) last minute cancellations, we’ve had a mellow week here at the lodge.  While the guides and staff got some much-needed R&R last week, we hosted two anglers from the O.C. who made the best of having the entire lodge and fishery to themselves.  Needless to say, they had a fantastic time, slipping easily into the rhythm of the fishery from day one on. 

Top rod honors went to ace fly ninja, Tom Chou, who waited in the weeds until late in the week before breaking out with a stellar day that included landing five fish between 10 and 15 pounds, all sight-fished.  Here’s Tom with one of the trophies from his big day.

Technical Tip:  When fishing is tough and every peacock you cast to shows you the middle fin, it may be time to throw them a change-up.  Lengthen and/or lighten your leader. If fishing an unweighted fly, try one with some dumbbell eyes.  Switch the color scheme or the overall size of the fly.  Or try the Monty Python approach and show them something completely different.  Yesterday after several refusals on a standard green-and-white Mushy, guide, Pedro suggested his guest try a popper.  Really?  In skinny flat calm water with skittish fish?  Sure enough, the 3-inch popper was enough of a change-up that fish turned and attacked where before they had been running scared.  Bottom line: don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Thanks for checking in with the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We look forward to seeing you here at the lodge!

Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt