Kendjam Iriri, Brazil
Fly fishing in Brazil
One of the main indigenous communities within this area belongs to the Kayapo and the fishing operation is based around their village at Kendjam, which you visit during your stay and some of the villagers accompany you during your stay. This all offers much more than a fishing destination; this is an experience like no other.
The Iriri is a clear river flowing largely over granite bedrock. It’s a freestone river with a decent gradient allowing for nice runs, riffles and pools to form. This provides a fantastic environment in which to fish and also an amazing environment for fish to proliferate, which they have done.
These fish-rich waters are home to a plethora of species, of which there are around ten targetable on the fly during your stay. There are many others, which will certainly become targetable in the future too. However, the main species currently targeted are; peacock bass, three different pacu species each with their own feeding habits, vampire fish (payara), wolf-fish (trairao), yatorana/matrincha, piranha, bicuda (freshwater barracuda).
Each species presents a different challenge and fishing style, from dead-drifting big dry flies for the matrinchas through to stripping poppers for the peacock bass or dead-drifting weed patterns for the pacu. It is immensely interesting fishing. Surrounded by the virgin rainforest and a myriad of different animals and birds to add to the Kendjam experience.
Enjoy your stay in safari style tents
The fishing has been built around the environment and the local inhabitants. It is all very sustainable and very low impact. As a result, no hard lodge exists, which reduces the visual impact.
During the stay you are situated in safari style tents, each single based equipped with running water and toilet. Very comfortable and more than adequate, whilst being environmentally friendly and adding to the whole Kendjam experience.
There are two camps and both are visited during your stay; this allows different sections to be explored. These camps are also moveable, should new areas be explored or should river levels dictate. Breakfast and dinner will be served in a separate dining tent, with lunch served in temporary locations on the riverbank.
Unspoiled and protected Amazon forest
Kendjam is located on the Iriri River, some three hours flight time South-East of Manaus, Brazil. The Iriri is a tributary of the Xingu River, itself a tributary of the mighty Amazon. The location and river is unique in that it offers clear water in an otherwise sediment heavy system.
The river is located within the Mekragnoti Indigenous Territory; an area of some 5 million hectares of pure, unspoiled and protected Amazon forest. Just 700 Indians live within this enormous area, being one of the most isolated tropical jungles on earth.
Water Type: Freshwater
Season: June to September
Price: from US$6,850
Species: Pacu, Wolf Fish, Yatorana, Payara, Peacock Bass
Activities & Amenities
Manaus is -4hrs on GMT
There are regular flights to Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro from most major airports across Europe and America. From there it a short flight to Manaus.
A Visa is not required for British passport holders.
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