The Long Flight to the Amazon

by | Sep 10, 2019 | fly fishing the Amazon

flyfish-BrazilIt happens often; I get so tired I can’t sleep.  I hit the pillow at around 1 AM after the Jackson Hole One Fly weekend on Sunday night.  But knowing I had to be up at 4 AM to catch a flight to the Amazon, it was impossible to sleep.  At 3:58 AM before the alarm went off and disturbed Granny, I headed downstairs and loaded my gear into the Explorer and drove for the Idaho Falls airport.


I remained so tired I couldn’t sleep all day on the planes from my 7 AM IF to SLC flight, nor the SLC to MSP or MSP to MIA.  Finally, during my flight from Miami to Brasilia last night I took an Ambien.  The little pill took care of my sleeping issue and 9 hours later I awoke today refreshed just before landing in South America.


peacock-bassAt 9:15 AM this morning I boarded my last plane till Thursday.  This was for Manaus, Brazil.  Manaus is located at the Meeting of the Waters where the Amazon and Rio Negro collide.  Manaus is where most fly fishing trips to the Amazon meet before starting.





Its good to have a window seat for Manaus.  It’s the best way to appreciate the mighty size of these two rivers.  Unfortunately they were socked in with clouds.  But to give you an idea how big they are, this was a tributary of a tributary of a tributary that I took a pic of an hour before landing.  It’s ginormous!


I relaxed this afternoon after my arrival.  I got a burger and couple beers and met a couple others on this trip.  I don’t fly into the fishing waters until early Thursday.  To let you know, I’m here to fish the Marie River with my friends of Untamed Angling.  This is a trip that Untamed founder, Rodrigo Salles, and I planed last winter at one of the shows.  Here we go!


This week’s adventure could go silent only because of lack of internet.  I will definitely catch up with my day by day accounts upon my return.  If this is a trip you want to do (and you are crazy if you don’t!) you can Contact me, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures or Untamed Angling.


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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!