Guyana = Arapaima

Having your expectations blown out of the water is refreshing and rare in remote fishing these days, but we were not complaining at the end of our week in Guyana, quite the opposite really we had a pretty nice party in the Jungle.  Expectations for me these days often have nothing to do with the fish (I am not going to lie I wanted to catch an Aarapaima on the fly badly) as it is fishing etc. etc. etc., I find myself looking at the resource, guides, facilities, wildlife and the presence of fish or the fishy feeling more so than a hero shot.  My expectations were exceeded in all of the departments.  To think that in the rest of the word these fish are endangered, over harvested or extinct and the folks in Guyana in conjunction with Costa Del Mar and under the guidance of Matt Breuer and Oliver White, had the foresight to protect their resource and create a kick ass fly fishing program that sustains a local tribe and additionally protects their culture is an amazing feat.  Good on you all and thank you.  I will add that everyplace we went to over our 6.5 days of fishing we saw Arapaima.  I will also add that it is not a bad place to spend your 40th birthday, here are some photos form halftime:

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our ride in

bent 6/0

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tarpon esque

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not quite ready

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restaurant and the laughing arapaima bar

the coz with his first arapaima

the coz with his first arapaima

banks beer brewed in the one and only - Thirst Park, Guyana

banks beer brewed in the one and only – Thirst Park, Guyana

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another one not quite ready

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some fine machete work

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sunset shooting

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guyana crib

big boy

big boy

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the crew – time brune, nick “the coz” oximek, jed mixter (the jerseys were supposed to say guyana!)

We will be back…………………………………………………………………………