Rewa Eco-Lodge, Arapaima in Guyana
Fly fishing for Arapaima in Guyana
Rewa Eco-lodge is the only place to fly fish for one of the world’s largest and rarest freshwater game fish, the arapaima gigas. If you’re ready to challenge the Amazon jungle for the chance to fight 400lb of living dinosaur, you might just have what it takes to fish in Guyana.
A rare opportunity to target a rare species
Arapaima are not your only fishing options, but they’re certainly the largest, toughest and best-fighting fish you’ll encounter not just in Guyana, but anywhere in freshwater. You will want a 12 # fly rod; we advise taking two or more, in case one (or more) loses the game of tug-of-war with these massive, powerful fish.
In the waters surrounding Rewa Village you can also target peacock bass and payara, so you’ll want to pack 8 & 5 # rods just to keep things interesting. The rivers have plenty of fishing options, and chasing the other species will allow you to check off a handful of species on your wish list.
“It’s like hunting dinosaurs, they are the biggest and baddest fish that swims.” O.W., USA
Relax and share your fish stories
Accommodation is in two traditional benabs. Each of these has two rooms with twin beds. The benbabs have shared facilities with flush toilets, showers and sinks. There are also six self-contained cabins, each with two large single beds and en-suite bathroom. There’s no hot water, since it’s pumped from the river to a water tanks, but it is lukewarm from the sun’s rays by evening.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the thatch-roofed main dining area. After a long day on the water, step into the Laughing Arapaima Bar for a cold beer or rum and to share your fish stories with others.
A remote, Guyanese jungle village
Rewa, in British Guyana, is a remote village in the middle of the rain forest which is one of the things that makes it so special. The village is home to roughly 250 indigenous Guyanese, predominantly of the Makushi tribe, but there are also indigenous Waipishana and Warao. The lodge is run by the people of Rewa village adding valuable employment opportunities to the incredible resource that is the forest’s natural biodiversity.