Mountain climbers have Mount Everest. Fly anglers now have the arapaima. These fish are often called “swimming dinosaurs” because they are the world’s largest freshwater species with scales. Native to jungle rivers in South America, they’ve been over-harvested to the point that wild populations are extremely rare.
Yet near the village of Rewa in the interior of Guyana, amidst the largest intact rainforest in the world, they are protected, so the population is robust enough to offer anglers opportunities to match wits, and muscle, with this ultimate freshwater beast.
Field & Stream editor-at-large and FlyTalk blogger Kirk Deeter recently took part in an expedition sponsored by Costa del Mar sunglasses to fish in Guyana, where he became one of the first fly fishermen ever to land an elusive wild arapaima—the world’s largest scaled freshwater fish species.
Click here to learn more about arapaima fishing opportunities in Guyana and the film "Jungle Fish."