Fly Fishing the Amazon – Day 1

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February 9, 2013

You could say things never go quite as planned when in South America.  After a fun afternoon and evening around the Tropical Hotel in Manaus, Brazil, at 11 PM last night I was awoken to a call that my hosted Amazon River trip was no longer flying to the Jufari River at 8:30 AM but rather flying to the Xeurini River at sunrise.  That being said, at 4:45 AM I was knocking on hotel doors waking up my group members earlier than they expected. There was no given reason for the last minute switch but I’m not concerned because I’ve fished the Xeurini River before and it’s no less than awesome. 

In order to get to any of River Plate Anglers remote Amazon River fishing camps you must fly in on a small seaplane.  There are strict weight restrictions and due to low water landing hazards the gear weight per person is a mere 30lbs.  If you think that’s enough than throw some big reels with lines on a scale.  Needless to say, most of us arrive with slightly more than allowed but the extra weight it generally overlooked. 

We were no different than the average group and our flight went smooth.  At 9 AM we made a safe water landing on the Xeurini.  Our fishing guides exchanged last week’s clients for us and last weeks clients climbed aboard the plane for Manaus.  We took off for camp.  Less than an hour later, these same people stumbled into camp trembling and shocked.  They should have been half way to Manaus but instead the plane made a last second bail out during take off due to overweight.  Lucky for them, they avoided a flat out crash from the sky but unfortunately still bashed up into the jungle.  Miraculously they all walked away from the damaged plane. 

The plane chaos messed up the “welcome to camp” routine yet we found our way to the water before 11 AM.  I fished with my former fly shop employee and great friend, boat mate and this week’s roommate, Mark Kuhn, better known around Jackson Hole as “Milkfish” because despite being human he has an uncanny resemblance to a milkfish.   

Our guides name is Antonio and in spite of being here three times before, I’ve never met him.  This is Milky’s first time chasing peacocks so I gladly stuck him up on the bow for the day and we went on to pummel more than 70 peacock bass, some piranha and dogfish. There are several species of peacock bass but most of todays were the small but handsomely spotted butterflies. Along with the fantastic fishing we saw Amazon River otters and a heap of pink dolphin.   

The short day was unbelievably productive for the entire group and to top it all off, Mike Dawes landed an incredible 13lb peacock!  Other than the near catastrophic plane crash the trip is off to a great start.  The only bad thing is that heavy rain started at around 4 PM and I feel like I’m getting a sore throat.  It’s not raining now but there’s threatening clouds in every direction. 

Of interest, we met a couple guides and last weeks camp manager.  They are leaving tomorrow to head for a different camp.  There names are Lou, Sebastian and Vicente.  What’s interesting is that I will be with all three of these gents again this year when I go to Bolivia fordorado in July.  The fly fishing world is a small one.


  1. Erik Moncada

    Jeff, are you guiding people for Dorado, or is this a personal trip?

  2. Jeff Currier - Global Fly Fishing

    Personal trip that some great friends are treating me to. I’ll be prepared to help them if needed but they have been here every year since it opened.

  3. Erik Moncada

    I will be looking forward to that post, I would like to fly fish for those golden dorado… Did you get your jump drive?

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!