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We live in exciting times. Autumn has snuck up on us this year after an incredibly busy summer lled with piscatorial adventures. We have looked far and wide to bring you some really unique destinations for next season. Exploration is key and it never ceases to amaze me how big this planet is. Those who feel that they have discovered everything should take time to rethink that position as this year has certainly proved there is much more to nd. In May I explored the coastline of Sudan hunting triggersh and GTs while Steffan reacquainted himself with the Brazilian jungle in search of multiple species at Kendjam. Alex walked in the footsteps of Ghengis Khan in Mongolia. Charlotte nally made it to India and then went to Tanzania to tangle with tigersh before going on to search for permit in Oman. The Indian Ocean has again been the biggest draw for our saltwater shermen with Alphonse having a phenomenal season and the outer islands of Cosmoledo and Astove coming online. Next year we will add Providence to this line up as we return in April after an eight year absence. We are also returning to the Irigoyen in Tierra del Fuego on which we have exclusive access. The 2016 season will also see the launch of more domestic shing both on the chalkstreams in our immediate vicinity and our Welsh sea trout programs. These will be perfect for sharpening your skills before looking abroad. We welcome Caroline Hicks to our team who will be helping Amy and focusing on administration. With the implementation of VAMOOS for online documentation and our new ight system we continue to improve our behind the scenes operations and look forward to being of service. FishTails... W E L C O M E T O O U R A U T U M N 2 0 1 5 N E W S L E T T E R We are approached with new destinations on a regular basis and often its a case of evaluating whether it suits our market. This is very much a case of separating the wheat from the chaff and once in a while we come across something really special which helps us remember why we love what we do. For me Tsimane in Bolivia was one of those places. The shing was immense but it was more than the shing it was the overall experience. Reecting on Tsimane left me somewhat sad. I could not imagine or expect that anything similar could ever be unearthed again. Kendjam in Brazil was to be my saviour and I rmly believe it is THE next big thing. Kendjam is truly off the beaten track. Indeed the last visitors before our exploratory trip was National Geographic Brazil Kendjam THE next big thing By Stean www.aardvarkmcleod.com Pacu We are the only agents in Europe to have visited this destination and we will be selling it for their inaugural season in 2016. The price is US6500 and includes the charter ight. The season will run from June to October. To be among the rst to experience it or to nd out more please get in touch. and I rmly believe it is THE next big thing. to nd out more please get and I rmly believe it is THE next big thing. Kendjam is truly off the beaten track. Indeed the last visitors before our exploratory trip was National Geographic please get in touch. Highlights of the shing are the technical differences each species demand and also the variety of species present. There are three species of pacu each with different feeding habits some looking for leaves owers and fruit others looking for dead drifted weed - all are immensely powerful and great fun to target and catch. You then have peacock bass a sh that really epitomises the take. They are strong ghters but it is the take that makes peacock bass special. If the bully of the river is more your thing then you have the wolf-sh tararira to target. An impressive sh but certainly not the brightest Also present are matrincha yatorana which you can target on terrestrial dry ies and are superb on lighter rods. Beyond this already impressive line up you have vampire sh payara picuda a barracuda type sh piranha catsh along with some other species that are currently not targeted but certainly could be. With all these species present it is more like a saltwater destination than a freshwater one which makes this a destination that appeals to both markets. search Kayapo Courage for their insight. It is based around the Iriri River which is unique as it largely ows over granite and this gives it the clarity needed. You y to Manaus and from there a private charter takes you to the community landing strip which is based some three hours South East. Following the introduction to the tribe you are taken on a boat journey downriver to the rst camp. The journey is spectacular especially if you are a keen birder as the sky is alive with sound and colour. You are based in individual safari style tents for the duration of your stay with toilets and running water. Theres a separate dining tent where breakfast and dinner is served. Due to community laws no alcohol is allowed. Wildlife abounds but very little is looking to maim or eat you. No-see-ums and mosquitos are few and far between the jungle is surprisingly friendly. On the ip side the river is full of life with plenty of sh looking to eat your offerings. Contact us on 44 01980 847389 Matrinch Wolf shHyacinth Macaw Peacock Bass all these species present it is more like a saltwater destination than a freshwater No-see-ums and mosquitos are few and far between the jungle is surprisingly friendly. saltwater destination than a freshwater one which makes this a destination that appeals to both markets. between the jungle is surprisingly friendly. On the ip side the river is full of life with plenty of sh looking to eat your offerings. Contact us on mailaardvarkmcleod.com Providence Atoll represents one of the last discovered challenges in the Indian Ocean for ats shermen. In the early days of the exploratory trips to the outer atolls in 2005 and 2006 Providence Atoll was the last one that came online after successful seasons on Farquhar Cosmoledo and Astove and it is the least explored. It is a wild place surrounded by myth excitement and more than its fair share of stories. This enormous atoll is just short of being the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles lying 710 km south west of Mah. It is roughly three times the size of Cosmoledo and hosts two prominent land masses Providence North and the spectacularly beautiful Cerf Island in the south. Perhaps the most exciting aspect is that it has it all. Unlike many of the other atolls that are particularly good for certain species. Providence is like a giant shallow bowl withnoparticularchannelstofeedthelagoon.Thetide simply spills over the top bringing with it a plethora of species from packs of marauding GTs triggers and milkshtobumpheadparrotshandexcellentnumbers of large bonesh. There are over 30 miles of deserted sandandturtlegrassatsthesurfzoneandanenormous lagoon system along with the hundreds of channels and drainage areas. The opportunities do not stop at the surf line as the bluewater shing can also be spectacular sailsh wahoo yellown and even the occasional black marlin make an appearance. Operations have been considerably rened since those early days and we will be operating from Mayas Dugong the purposely retted vessel used for the Cosmoledo live-aboard operations. The vessel can accommodate up to twelve y shermen four guides as well as eight crew members who cater for our guests every need. As a y sherman it would be difcult to nd a better boat from which to operate with its ability to store and transport four tender boats on its aft deck. Providence Atoll It has it all By Peter Perhaps the most exciting aspect is that it has it all. Unlike many of the other atolls that are particularly good for certain species. Providence is like a giant shallow bowl withnoparticularchannelstofeedthelagoon.Thetide simply spills over the top bringing with it a plethora of species from packs of marauding GTs triggers and milkshtobumpheadparrotshandexcellentnumbers of large bonesh. There are over 30 miles of deserted sandandturtlegrassatsthesurfzoneandanenormous lagoon system along with the hundreds of channels and drainage areas. The opportunities do not stop at the www.aardvarkmcleod.com By Stean Did you know that we have more lodges open to you on the Rio Grande than any other agent As we do not have any choice limiting contracts with any of the lodges we are able to give you our completely unbiased insight and recommendations as to what will truthfully suit you best. Both lodges at Estancia Maria Behety Villa Maria Kau Tapen and Despedida continue to be our favourites. Add to that Cameron Lodge on the Chilean side of the river which has a lot more to offer than just the sea trout on the Rio Grande and continues to be a very popular choice. AURELIA LODGE This has own under the radar for years but truly deserves recognition. Why Simple. A change in management has made it a serious contender and one we are happy to back strongly. LOCATION AND WATER Aurelia offers private double bank shing. It has some eight miles of the Rio Grande from the junction of the Rio Rasmussen down to the border with Kau Tapen. In addition it has some fteen miles of the Rio Menendez probably the most important spawning tributary of the Rio Grande which enters immediately below Kau Tapen water. AMOUNT OF RODS One of the most signicant changes implemented by the new manager was to reduce the amount of rods. The lodge can now be taken on a four or six rod basis which means that you may have as much as four miles of private shing per two rods. PRICE This is based on single rooms with en- suite bathrooms. Guiding is shared with two anglers per guide. The lodge is all inclusive to include local alcohol. Cost based on four anglers is US5990 or US5490 based on six shing licences included. Argentina Rio Grande sea trout shing at its nest Contact us on 44 01980 847389 As anglers we all look to take something slightly different away from the water whether that is catching lots of sh the way you catch those sh catching a big sh or simply being in a beautiful location. The wonderful thing with Iceland is that there is a wild brown trout river for everyone. ICELANDIC trout The 2015 season was our most exciting yet as we saw our anglers visit more trout rivers and streams than ever before with great success. If we had to cherry pick our three favourites they would be Laxa I sum Mrarkvsl and Laxa I Adaldal. Laxa I sum and in particular Fremri sum offeredsomesensationalshingthispastseason. Whilst it is not a big sh river it certainly makes up for it with numbers 50 sh days are possible with aggressive sh smashing dry ies in pocket water. The average size is 12 lbs with a 3 lbs sh considered a trophy. Mrarkvsl was the nd of the season. In June and July the focus is on the wild brown trout before moving towards salmon in the latter half of the season. A good day would see 10 to 20 trout landed between 1-4 lbs and larger 5-6 lbs sh caught every season. Laxa I Adaldal if you are after big wild brown trout then this is still the river to go to in Iceland. The Laxardal and Myvatnssveit beats have had a tough dry y season this year but those willing to sh subsurface have been rewarded with sh averaging 4-6 lbs and several sh in excess of 8 lbs being landed. The shing in Iceland is sold in three day slots making it perfect to combine dierent rivers and target species in one trip. Alternatively it is also a great way to combine shing and some of the wonderful non-shing activities available in the Land of Fire and Ice. By Alex Contact us on mailaardvarkmcleod.com We are just off the back of one of the most memorable salmon shing seasons in Iceland with the majority of rivers recording well above average catches several even experiencing record breaking seasons. ICELANDICSALMON These silver tourists stand towards the top of most anglers lists as the holy grail of freshwater sh to intercept just one on its miraculous journey is something to be cherished. Iceland is one of the best places to target salmon and it has been a long standing favourite for us for several reasons. Firstly ease of travel with direct ights from multiple UK airports and many others across Europe it is possible to leave home and be shing the same day in Iceland. Once in Iceland the rivers are never more than three hours by road from the nearest airport. Next is consistency shing for anadromous sh is never guaranteed but many of the rivers we offer in Iceland have regularly produced good numbers of sh to each rod through all weeks of the season. It is harder to predict but early and late season can also produce some spectacular salmon shing. Then the style of shing whilst several Icelandic rivers suit traditional double handed rods the majority are typically shed with lightweight single handed set ups. And better still a rife hitch tube y across the surface to make sure that your salmon shing experience is not only tactile but very visual too. Lastly exibility three day booking slots make combining different rivers in the same week simple. Alternatively you can sh for three days and then go off and explore some of the wonderful non-shing activities and experiences available in Iceland. Rod sharing is also a popular way to sh in Iceland allowing anglers to share both experiences and costs. www.aardvarkmcleod.com The ats of Los Roques can be as technically challenging or as easy as you wish to make them. There are large numbers of bonesh on the marl and sand ats in big schools which can give a beginner a great start in their saltwater career. The beach ats will hone your skills in accuracy and speed as you target bonesh feeding avidly on the minnows along the beach not hugely difcult to entice as they are aggressive. For an intermediate to expert there are the world famous pancake ats which are the equivalent of dry y shing for bonesh. Alongside the bonesh are large permit that will test your nerve big barracuda patrolling the margins and in the right conditions tarpon and jacks. Although traditionally the shing on Los Roques has always centred around the phenomenal boneshing with the massive reduction in rods on the ats we are watching them revert back to their natural state. Many species such as triggers parrot sh and permit are venturing from the periphery back into the centre of the archipelago which is why NOW is the time to go and sh it. Most of the shing at Los Roques is wade shing. However rather than the long wades often experienced in the Indian Ocean the pancake ats are only an acre to three acres in size and so when you have waded across the guide waves his hat and your boatman will bring the boat to you. Not only does this save time rather than wade back but it also gives you a rest the chance to leave the majority of your kit and spare rods in the boat and a chance to get out of the sun. There are no xed entry or exit days for Los Roques so it is possible to tailor your itinerary. Caracas Airport is reached via four European hubs from the UK Frankfurt Paris Madrid or Lisbon. There are ights going every day and with an early departure in the morning and a quick change most ights arrive mid-afternoon the same day. Why Venezuela and why now For next season we are able to oer a discount of 10 on the usual rates. This means that you can sh one of the top three saltwater destinations in the world approximately 4130 as a single single 3890 for a single room shared guide and boat and 3475 for a shared room shared guide and boat. There are not many saltwater destinations that can oer this level of operation and shing for this price. By Peter As we predicted earlier in the year the effect of the new visa requirement for US citizens has had a huge impact on numbers of shermen travelling to Los Roques this coming season. This combined with the opening up of Cuba to US citizens has meant that the ats of Los Roques have been empty this year and as such we have seen a huge increase in numbers of sh on the ats. Contact us on 44 01980 847389 Mongolia is an immensely dry and arid country but through the northern regions are a series of rich green and blue veins that bring with them life and great shing potential. Due to the nomadic nature of the rural Mongols these rivers are left uninhabited during the summer months the wet season and are only lived on during the dry and bitterly cold winter months. This leaves hundreds of miles of untouched river just waiting for the next intrepid angler. Taimen live up to their name as the River Wolf. They are effective and brutal hunters. They will often lie in wait and ambush the next struggling sh rodent or bird to cross their path or like a pack of wolves they can be witnessed hunting in numbers across the shallow ats at the tail out of a pool. The attack is often explosive and if you are lucky enough to hook one the ght usually involves aerial displays and gill-aring head shakes. The taimen are not the only quarry in these waters and the shing for grayling lenok trout Amur trout and Amur pike should not be overlooked. Each has its own idiosyncrasies that offer everything and more to the travelling angler. All of the species will feed freely and aggressively to surface ies in the right conditions. Fishing is not the be all and end all of a trip to Mongolia. It is a journey lled with immense landscapes friendly people and a rich and colourful culture. For those looking to explore the country more we can arrange additional day and multi-day trips from hiking and horse trekking through to local culture tours and visiting important historical sites. Mongolia the search for the River Wolf Heading to the land of Chinggis Genghis Khaan and the Nomadic Tribes is an experience in itself combine this with a shing rod and the worlds largest salmonid and you have an incredible journey. are a series of rich green and blue veins that the wet season and are only lived on during the dry and bitterly cold winter months. This leaves hundreds of miles of untouched river Taimen live up to their name as the River Wolf. They are effective and brutal hunters. They will often lie in wait By Alex There is no shing destination on earth quite like the Nubian ats. From the extraordinary back drop of red desert mountains to the stunning crystal clear waters of the Red Sea I have never experienced quite such contrast. What we found in May this year has me as excited as our early live aboard expeditions into the Indian Ocean. Our focus was triggersh anything else was a bonus. They are tricky little guys the Jack Russell of the sh world. Each one has a character and they punch well above their weight. Cruising around the Red Sea on a live aboard not wearing shoes and being completely unplugged from internet and mobile services exploring new ats areas also held huge appeal. Nubian Flats Sudan The route in is extremely simple with a direct ight to Dubai on Emirates followed by a connecting ight to Port Sudan. The shing our clients experienced over two weeks far exceeded anything we could have hoped for. Trigger shing is difcult. I liken them to an attainable permit primarily due to the high number of shots you get. Although the density of shots you may have in the Seychelles will be higher as your tidal window is small on the Nubian Flats you can cast at triggers all day as a result of the almost non-existent tide. This is without a shadow of a doubt the nest trigger shery on the planet. Walking a at and seeing multiple tailing triggers will be a sight I shall never forget. None of us had any clue how good the GT shing would be. With no wind there is no surf making it possible to walk the drop off on some of these ats and pinnacles. Here we encountered large numbers of GTs with an average size of perhaps 60 - 75 cm. The island areas we staked out and sight shed for GTs marauding the baitsh packed against the edges. On the edges we teased into the blue water raising everything from GTs and massive bluen trevally to dogtoothed tuna. The coral on this edge is rough and slippery. However the rewards are well worth it and we returned with some insane war stories bust tackle cut lines and shattered egos. Both groups landed over 16 GTs each week with many more lost. Hooked into a GT at one point with my foot on the edge of the drop off I looked down into 600 m of water and saw a school of some 100 sh travelling with mine. The Nubian ats are an extraordinary place untouched by man and a vast virginal saltwater playground. At a very reasonable price this is now the nearest saltwater shery to Europe and if you are looking for your next saltwater adventure it should be on your list. By Peter Contact us on mailaardvarkmcleod.com www.aardvarkmcleod.com By Charlotte India has a long history of shing for mahseer primarily on conventional tackle and in more recent years on y. Much of the recent path to y caught mahseer has been beaten by Misty Dhillon who has passed on his knowledge to an increasingly experienced guide team at The Himalayan Outback. His focus and belief when we rst met nine years ago has only increased from those early conversations about catching mahseer on y much of it theoretical at the time. Misty has created an exceptional operation and a knowledge of his quarry that is unparalleled. You will work hard for every mahseer you tempt up to the y but the end result is a worthy reward for patience and consistency of casting. As with anywhere in the world what you want to get out of the trip will determine where you should sh and if quantity overrides quality there is a river for you. If the potential for a lifetime sh is key there is a different river for you. Fish of a lifetime are a denite possibility on the Saryu and although traditionally the largest specimens have been landed on conventional tackle three world record sh have been landed in the last few years on y. In 2014 Nic Isabelle landed a 42 lbs mahseer and Bobby Satpal Head Guide with The Himalayan Outback landed a 42 lbs sh shortly afterwards. In May 2015 Bobby beat his own record with a 54 lbs mahseer landed on y. The monsters exist and they can be caught. My search for mahseer was as much about the journey and the location as it was about the shing and I came home determined to return. To visit another of Indias national parks and to see more of her palaces and forts. I didnt land a trophy sh my golden mahseer caught on one of Mistys mystery ies weighed in just over 8 lbs and is a memory that I wont forget. In addition to a double digit golden mahseer three species remain on my Indian hit list snow trout and chocolate mahseer in her sacred rivers and the ever elusive tigers in her concealing undergrowth. It will be with the utmost pleasure and a huge sense of adventure that I return to India. India...Insearchofgoldenmahseerony Contact us on 44 01980 847389 By Stean Located in the dense lenga and antarctic beech woodland between the towns of Ushuaia and Rio Grande the Irigoyen is a small intimate river on which to target huge sea trout and more. This tree- lined river full of intrigue and charm offers the angler shelter from the wind that often sweeps the area and where a well presented cast takes precedence over hauling to the horizon. Sunny windless day The sea trout are sulking Turn your attention to the robalo in the estuary and sea pools. These sea bass mullet type sh grow to weights in excess of 15 lbs and are tremendous sport on a y rod. Brown trout are also present and steelhead have also made an appearance over the years. The price is based on a single room as standard and includes the shing licence. The weeks are limited to only four rods so you have the whole river system to yourselves as there are no competing lodges from source to sea. Grande the Irigoyen is a small intimate river on which to target huge sea trout and more. This tree- lined river full of intrigue and charm offers the angler shelter from the wind that often sweeps the area and where a well presented cast takes precedence over hauling to the horizon. Sunny windless day The sea trout are sulking Turn your attention to the robalo in the estuary and sea pools. These sea bass mullet type sh grow to weights in excess of 15 lbs and Remember the Irigoyen The river achieved a cult status for those fortunate enough to sh it in previous years. It is now back and anglers will have the opportunity to return from January 2016 onwards staying at Worlds End Lodge. We are proud to announce that we have worldwide exclusivity and can offer an introductory price for the 2016 season of just US4990 per rod. Exciting news on Tierra Del Fuego Irigoyen River returns