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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:

our ride in

bent 6/0

bent 6/0
tarpon esque
not quite ready
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
another one not quite ready
some fine machete work
sunset shooting
guyana crib
big boy
big boy
the crew – time brune, nick “the coz” oximek, jed mixter (the jerseys were supposed to say guyana!)

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



















Back to the Amazon!!

Looking forward to heading back down to the Amazon in a couple of weeks, truly an amazing place!  Here are some pics from the trip last year with Jeff Currier and crew !

One of our camps on the way upriver!!

Currier with a Bruiser!!

Caiman looking for a peacock!!

Boca Grande


Brew on the Equator


Tim Brune with a nice Assu!!

Nick the Coz Cozmo!!!

Wading the flats!!

Can’t wait to return……………………….







Bhutan – Winter Exploratory Fishing


The new Buddha Statue in Thimphu standing 170 feet tall !!

It’s been awhile, actually 8 months,  so I guess I should start at the beginning of 2013.  I was given an incredible opportunity in January to explore remote regions in Bhutan with Jon Miceler who has pioneered the Himalayas since the late 80’s, to look into the feasibility of finding new Mahseer water and do some Trout fishing along the way.

Bhutan is one of the countries I have wanted to visit so needless to say when I landed in Paro I was very excited for the Expedition


Paro in the evening

After spending a couple of days in Paro and Thimphu, I thought the layout of the country would resemble the valleys of both, but I was very naive and quickly learned when we started that it would be very different.  The parts of the country we drove through was some of the toughest terrain I have ever experienced and the driving was very challenging to say the least!


Just another road to a river !!

The journey was amazing and challenging, we found some great water to explore for Mahseer in the future during their spring time migration.  I had some very productive winter fishing for Brown Trout, saw some amazing wildlife including a Golden Langur (only place in the world to see them) and was given the opportunity to visit places in Bhutan few have ever been.

Bhutan is a true Kingdom and the culture and people are incredible.  It is certainly the most unique country I have ever traveled to and I look forward to going back in the spring time!!

I will add that it seems as though Bhutan is changing very quickly and if you have ever wanted to visit Bhutan I would go now !!

Here are some more photos from the Journey


A nice winter Bhutan Brown Trout


The Demons Palace

Golden Langur

Golden Langur


Yak in the snow


Forrest Officers inspecting a rare sight for them !!


Spinning the prayer wheel on the hike up to the Tiger’s Nest Temple


Lighting prayer candles


Masheer hole after a confluence ?? I will be going back during the migration to see at some point…………………………..










New Shuttle Ride & The Shoe

In order to get lost these days you need your own shuttle, so I copied a good friend of mine Bill Paju and did just that

The new shuttle ride, 1977 Yamaha TY 250

Mikey Hemkens and I got lost for a day and found some nice Cutty’s, even better we did not see a sole


Lost with a nice Cutty

When trying to get lost, sometimes you run into a road block


Yes that is Mikey on top of the Road block

Since we were told we might not be able to find where we could take out from the river, Mikey found an old shoe and hung it from a tree, we thought we had past it hours prior to turning the corner and finding THE SHOE!!

THE SHOE!! Finally before dark

Of course the new shuttle ride did not start, but eventually the old gal turned over to end a great day……..Oh yea we fished with the new H2 Helios from ORVIS………………………..get ready!!!!!



Nicaragua – The Rumble in the Jungle

Steve Tatigian, Jed Mixter, Ned Hutchinson and myself flew to the Atlantic Coast in search of River Tarpon and Snook.  Despite the conditions the trip turned out to be quite the adventure.  We flew into Bluefields and stayed at the Casa Rosa lodge which was right on the water and the food cooked by Mama was excellent!!  We fished for Snook in the rivers the first day with some good success and then the next day we headed North by boat at day break  for an incredible adventure !!  There had been a good amount of rain prior to our arrival, so a lot of the areas we were intending on fishing were off color, we still found some incredible Tarpon Lagoons with fish rolling everywhere, I can only imagine what it would have been like if the water was clear, maybe I will have to return.  The adventure itself was well worth it, a trip that is truly unique……..

(Photos taken by Jed Mixter)











Jed Mixter


















































The shakedown that ended well up North (left to right) Marco, Jefe 1, Mike Dawes, Jefe 2, Steve Tatigian, Ned Hutchinson













After our adventure we flew back to the pacific side to meet up with the crew for some surf at Los Cardones, amazing trip.

The Monkey Winner!! Steve Whitney on the board, Congrats!!