Archive for July, 2011

I have been incredibly fortunate to fish many of the world’s most exotic and productive fisheries. I have fished Kola’s finest Atlantic salmon rivers, Kamchatka’s best trout and steelhead systems, I have fished darn near everything in BC and Alaska, chased 250 pound tarpon in West Africa, enjoyed the Amazon, explored northern Australia and visited more exotic saltwater spots than I can count. I don’t mention this to brag but rather to calibrate a bold statement that doesn’t slip easily from my lips: That being that my recent trip to Tsimane in Bolivia was the single most interesting and rewarding trip of my fishing career. For me, it had all the elements: True virgin wilderness; noble non-westernized indigenous people; ridiculous biomass/diversity; challenging and at times spectacular fishing; wonderful food, accommodations, guides and service; and just enough risk and rigor to place it outside of the average angler’s comfort zone. After all, the most remote reaches of the Bolivian Amazon are somewhat dangerous by definition!

Ever since seeing my first image of northern Bolivia’s jungle freestone rivers, I have been dying to make the trip. It was four years ago when owner of Untamed Angling Marcelo Perez showed me the images on his laptop in a Buenos Aires café. I have been blubbering excitedly about the green boulder strewn rivers, lush native jungle and fierce acrobatic golden fish ever since and biding my time until I would be wheels down on the jungle airstrip that marks the starting point of the Tsimane adventure.

Before this trip I had never caught a golden dorado. After this trip, I have a deep affinity for the species and consider it one of the world’s greatest game-fish. They are brutal hyper aggressive fish but in the same breath they are wary and well attuned to their surroundings. If I had to make one from scratch, I would use one part salmon/steelhead for where they hold, one part tarpon for how they leap, and one part barracuda for their teeth and attack speed. Then I would stir that up with some gold spray paint, steroids, Red Bull and a sprinkle of methamphetamine for good measure. Just one look in their eye and you can tell they are crazy…not the kind of fish that make good neighbors.

I give them the “Uber-Gamefish” award for a number of reasons. First off, they are the right size and typically range from 3-35 pounds with larger specimens possible. Second, they absolutely crush flies and if one wants it, you cannot strip the fly too fast for them. Third, each and every fish jumps wildly a minimum of three times irrespective of its size, and fourth, they don’t fight forever and they are well behaved for hero shots. I also like the fact that when an angler is playing a smaller member of the species (say under 8 pounds) that larger dorado often maim, kill or devour the smaller fish in the process. And last but certainly not least, they absolutely crush fast moving top water flies under the right conditions.

So I hope that sheds some light on why I think Tsimane is such an outrageous experience. At the end of one particularly impressive day of fishing, world traveler and fly fishing rep extraordinaire Van Rollo Please, announced to the crew that he had just had the single best day of fishing in his life.

See Ken Morrish’s Entire Photo Album

Read a full trip report by:  Brian Sohl


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We have just heard of a prime week opening up at El Rancho Pinoso. El Rancho Pinoso sets the bar for private water venues. Accommodations are two fully-furnished cabins in the mountains of southern Colorado. Staying here you’ll have the entire ranch to yourself with a party of 4 or more. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular .The fishing is on 3 miles of beautiful private water that is within easy walking distance of your accommodations. You will also fish another private Ranch with over 7 miles of exceptional private water. Horses are on-site and rides with the wrangler are included. In terms of relaxation, solitude and great fishing nothing compares to El Rancho Pinoso.

Available Dates: July 24 – 31

Give us a call at 800-552-2729 to book El Rancho Pinoso!

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Below you will see a few of the reports we have received from clients returning from Christmas Island Outfitters.  As you can see the GT fishing as been exceptional as of late!

I just got back from Xmas Island and I wanted to let you know that the trip was excellent. It can’t be described as luxurious, but the people there are some of the best I’ve fished with anywhere and that’s most important. The room was clean, the food was good and the service always outstanding. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was worth the 25 hours in transit it took to get home. If only it weren’t so far away, but then it wouldn’t be what it is. I hooked 22 GTs up to 100 lbs and landed 16. Thanks for the help making it happen. SP

This may sound like an advertisement, but WOW!!, what a great trip. The staff at The Shark Place was friendly, helpful, and went out of their way to make sure we had everything that we needed and were comfortable. The food was outstanding every day. Best of all of course was the fishing. I can not say enough good things about the guides. They all worked hard putting us on the fish. Working with Moana was a treat and his willingness to share his knowledge was a once in a lifetime experience. I would like to especially thank Peter, for his patience, kindness, friendship, and teaching me not only how to catch fish, but how to be a fisherman. Thanks to everyone for making my trip one of the most memorable and greatest fishing adventures ever.  MG

While I am not quite “home”. I am stateside about to board my plane back to Portland.  As you have heard from the hard core trevally group, the fishing was fantastic and the service by Jim and the guides was over the top!
For the hard core bone fisherman like myself, the fishing was equally impressive although I was glad to catch 4 large trevally in the 2 stints out for the giants.  The largest I landed was around 80 pounds according to Moana.  I paid a high price in my efforts to land the eight fish I had on.  I lost 3 fly lines and one of my reels froze up!
Cheryl and want to again express our deep thanks to all of the crew for your terrific efforts on our behalf.   Pass our gratitude on to  all of the staff.

Great trip. Thanks again for all of the Fly water Travel crews help in making it happen.
We have a ton of photos. Mike & Doug  get back today and have bunch of photos. I also have a ton but will be in Maui until next Tuesday with my wife who flew in to meet me. It is tough to stay away from work for another week but someone has to do it  🙂  So save some room for my pics and I will send them over next week.

Thanks again for all your help. You guys have my fly fishing travel plans for life!


As you can see from the pictures, fishing was absolutely phenomenal. I only landed 5 bonefish (mainly because I didn’t go bonefishing 🙂  but 33 trevally, plus wahoo & yellowfin, and a reef fishing galore.

Jim & Peter (along with Moana, Baia, and TJ) took great care of us.  Jim really rolled out the red carpet for us.  We went shark fishing on the reef at night, hand lining Kiribas style around Cook Island at midnight.  Kata made amazing food, Taka took care of us at the bar.  Truly amazing.

The GT below was estimated by Moana as being over 100 and shy of 110 lbs 🙂  We have pooled our photos, and put together some promo videos (guerilla youtube style).  We will send you links, as well as DVD’s of the photos so you can use them in your promotions if you so choose.

Thank you for everything you did.  Brian (and the Fly Water crew) and Jad, both of you bent over backwards to make this trip happen despite the hardships we had out of the gate.  You both exemplify

professionalism, comradely, and truly understand what it means to be a part of our fly fishing community.

Thank you,

MP & The CI Cell

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