Thanks to all you Fly Talk readers who chimed in with guesses on what type of fish this is, where it was caught, and what it ate. To my surprise, many of you nailed the fish right away. It is indeed an arapaima. A good number of you also got the country right. We caught it in the jungle in Guyana, near the Rewa River. But nobody until the very end (and she is a ringer who no doubt heard me talking about this adventure on ESPN radio in Denver Saturday morning) got the fly pattern right.
Believe it or not, on the end of that strand of 80-pound fluorocarbon is a streamer fly that’s about seven inches long, and it looks like a peacock bass. So while many folks go to the South American jungle to fish for peacock bass, we learned that to catch arapaima it’s good to fish with peacock bass. For the record, the correct answers are: arapaima, Guyana, peacock bass imitation.
Since not everyone had the benefit of listening to Denver radio, however, I’m going to award the prize to smccardell, who got arapaima, the Rewa in Guyana, and suggested a 5″ whit fur strip diver (which, with the right cast at the right time, probably would have worked also). Hit me with an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange to get you your prize. And Erica, I’ll make an IOU prize for you too, and thank you for listening.
This was part of an expedition sponsored by Costa Del Mar to help develop sport fishing in Guyana. You’ll soon be seeing a story here on FieldandStream.com detailing the arapaima adventure. And down the road, you’ll see more of this–and a trip Romano and I both took to Guyana’s tarpon coast and rivers (yes, that’s where the Tenkara tarpon happened)–appearing in Field & Stream magazine.