ORINOCO LODGE

ORINOCO LODGE

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General Information

Season: January 6th - March 31st 

Capacity: 6 - 8 anglers

FOR FLY FISHING

The group will go fishing for 7 days in total, with one day changing camps which takes 3 hours by car. 

That morning you are going to leave all your bags packed and ready to go as we will spend the last night in Puerto Carreño to make our flight back the following day.

After that you will grab your bags and take a car drive from our Peacock Camp back to Puerto Carreño 3 hour drive and embark on your 1 hour long flight back to Bogotà, where our host will be waiting to transport you to the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. 

The next day you can take the hotel's complimentary shuttle to the airport which is a short 5 minutes from the hotel.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: 5 bilingual, profesional guide/driver will be waiting upon your arrival to Bogotá’s el Dorado international airport to pick you up and drive you to the hotel (Marriott courtyard 5 minute drive). 

The next day, you will be picked up and taken to your flight by the host. She will also takes waivers for you to sign. Airport is 5 minute away from hotel. Flight time is subject to change and has not been published yet. 

After 1 hour flight we will head to a 2,5 hours ride on a 4x4 SUV to embark on the boats and reach the lodge after a short 15minutes boat-ride. In case you have to sleep in Puerto Carreño due to a later flight from Bogota to Puerto Carreño, you will depart next day at 4am to the lodge.

2.5 hour drive on land cruiser to the lodge. 

The lodge is equipped with 8 cabins, with a standard double occupancy capacity, and all of them have a bathroom with shower.

Depending on the groups interests you have the option to spend several days camping at one of our advanced jungle camp on a tributary 3 hours away by car, called the Tomó or Tuparro river. With an array of world class lagoons across the way, many unfished and unreachable untill now. The option of targeting these lagoons by land in 4x4 vehicles not only opens up never before fished waters, but also shortens travel times compared to the winding rivers of the region. 

From the fixed lodge you will fish mostly for Payara and Sardinata. But you can also fish for Peacock Bass and Pacu, Bicuda, 3 species of Piranha, Surubi, Piraiba, and Jau.

There is also the possibility to fish for Peacock bass from the lodge, with world class Peacock Bass lagoons where 12 pound Butterfly Peacock and 20 pound Temensis have been caught just 30 minute away from the lodge. 

When the group wishes to change to the tributary camp (Peacock Bass), we will take a car way up for the Savanna to the camp, there you will be fishing for 3 differents species of (Matrinxa, Jau, Surubi and Piraiba). Although Monster Peacocks is the main target. Our advanced jungle camp for targeting this specie is 3 hour drive from this lodge.

 

Gear and Equipment

FLY FISHING RECOMMENDATIONS

In order for you to have the best experience here is some advice on the right equipment for this fishing experience.

 

RODS

Number 8 to number 10 rods, 8” to 9” feet long with fast actions or progressive fast actions with a strong back bone and lifting power are a must, Peacocks are very strong and generally you will have to tug or fight them before they reach snags or any other structure where they can hide. Turning their heads to force them into open waters is the way to go.

 

REELS

Today’s large arbor reels offer great line speed retrieval and nice drags. Best drags are those with a progressive start, you don’t need the reel to stop a train in 1 second you need the reel’s drag to start smoothly whenever a fish makes a strong run and line reaches the reel.

Big peacocks can make long powerful runs, especially in lagoons so be prepared. 150 yards of backing are more than enough. Balance your reels to the rods you will use.

 

FLY LINES

Specialty lines are available from a lot of brands; they have to be tropical and feature wide short tappers. Saltwater lines for tropical weathers will also work in this situation.

 

FLOATING LINE

Perfect for poppers along shore lines and structure and also perfect to fish the flats in the afternoon either with a popper or a large streamer.

 

SINKING TIP LINES

Surface action is not always present, a sinking tip line between 250 gr and 350 gr is the searching engine you need almost all day long. Difference between higher grains will be how fast the tip descends and how easy it would be to avoid snagging the fly to the bottom or any other structure.

 

INTERMEDIATE TIP LINES

This may be a fly line you can use if you don’t want to have a large selection. Won’t be good with poppers but certainly will help with large streamers along shorelines and flats. Descending speed varies depending on brands, but they are all slow sinkers.

 

LEADERS

Leaders are basically short, 2” feet long for floating lines and 1.5” to 2” for the sinking tip lines. You can buy them or make them yourself. Shock tippets will also help as peacock bass mouths feature small teeth that are like sandpaper and are very abrasive. A 40 to 60 - pound monofilament or fluoro carbon. Wire shocks are not necessary.

If you are after an IGFA record then class tippet can’t exceed 20 pounds, distance between knots have to be reglementary and all tied in accordance to IGFA rules.

 

FLIES

A very important part of the equipment! Flies for peacock bass may be short or huge in size, this is a strong predator that has to be searched for in different parts of the water column. Flies may be weighted or not, but they have to be well tied, be light in weight and materials can’t hold on to water. As you blind cast most of the time a well-designed fly with the characteristics described above is a must. Just imagine, casting all day long with those temperatures for a whole week, with a heavy water absorbing fly... not good.

Please don’t doubt on asking us for our fly selections tied by our experienced Fly fishing partners.

 

TIPS

Avoid too much false casting to reach the spots, it may be exhausting.

Work on your loops, tight loops will deliver the fly into difficult places.

Work on your long casts.

Overload your rod with the next fly line number.

Use a stripping finger or glove.

Strip fast.

Bring back up rods and fly lines.

Bring light weight equipment, there are several species in this river that will also be fun to fish  on smaller flies. Prepare to have an awesome time in the jungle

 

Flies

Muddler Black/Red - This pattern has 4 very popular colors among jungle predators. Fire tiger, Purple/pink, Black, 6? long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Muddlers Fire Tiger - This pattern has 4 very popular colors among jungle predators. Fire tiger, Purple/pink, Black, 6? long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Muddlers Purple Pink -  This pattern has 4 very popular colors among jungle predators. Fire tiger, Purple/pink, Black, 6? long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Jungle Minnows Any Minnows - This patterns push water and have great movement, are easy to cast and don’t forget several trophy P. Bass and Golden Dorados have fall for this flies. A must in jungle fishing. 6?” long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Jungle Minnows Chartreuse -  This patterns push water and have great movement, are easy to cast and don’t forget several trophy P. Bass and Golden Dorados have fall for this flies. A must in jungle fishing. 6?” long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Jungle Minnows Small Peacock - This patterns push water and have great movement, are easy to cast and don’t forget several trophy P. Bass and Golden Dorados have fall for this flies. A must in jungle fishing. 6?” long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Red Tail Flies Red Head - This fly pattern is a must for Peacock bass fishing, they will inhabit the same waters and you will see them in the entrance of lagoons, along shore lines or creeks. It is a “match the hatch” kind of fly. Available in 3 producing colors, Olive, Red head and Tan. 6? long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Red Tail Flies Olive - This fly pattern is a must for Peacock bass fishing, they will inhabit the same waters and you will see them in the entrance of lagoons, along shore lines or creeks. It is a “match the hatch” kind of fly. Availlable in 3 producing colors, Olive, Red head and Tan. 6? long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Red Tail Flies Tan Red - This fly pattern is a must for Peacock bass fishing, they will inhabit the same waters and you will see them in the entrance of lagoons, along shore lines or creeks. It is a “match the hatch” kind of fly. Available in 3 producing colors, Olive, Red head and Tan. 6? long tied on 5/0 hooks.

Hydra poppers - Poppers with a unique design that allow them to slide and pop. Tied on tubes so you can change hooks anytime. Fish love the action and sound on these poppers.

Hydra poppers - Poppers with a unique design that allow them to slide and pop. Tied on tubes so you can change hooks anytime. Fish love the action and sound on these poppers.

Clothing Suggestions

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS:

Clothing and accessories: Polarized glasses, waterproof jackets, sunscreen, all purpose knife, photographic camera with extra batteries, comfortable long sleeve clothing, buff, hat, gloves and outdoor footwear, bugspray

The Species

There are 7 different species

SPECKLED PEACOCK BASS

Cichla temensis 

The largest cichla in the world, characterized by its aggressive nature and amazing look.

 

ORINOCO PEACOCK BASS

Cichla Orinocensis

Very strong game fish reaching close to 15 pounds. Pound per pound stronger than its larger cousin the Speckled Peacock bass: the Orinoco Peacock bass inhabits the Orinoco and Rio Negro basins.

 

PAYARA

Hydrolycus Armatus

A perfectly designed sport fish, they have speed, power, stamina, jumping ability and the meanest set of teeth in the animal kingdom.

 

MATRINXA

Brycon Amazonicus 

Caño Bocón is named after this species. Eagerly taking artificial lures and flies, Matrinxa are a perfect light tackle target.

 

SARDINATA

Incredibly beautiful fish resembling super sardines and fighting similar to tarpon, these fish can grow to 25 pounds and are specially abundant in this section of the Guaviare River.

 

BLACK PACU

Piaractus brachypomus 

In the seed dispenser of the Orinoco river, these strong fish feed on fruits, seeds, nuts, fish, lizards, frogs and everything else they can get. 

 

SHOVELNOSE CATFISH 

Pseudoplatystoma Faciatum

Characterized by its distinctive stripes, these fish readily take cut and live bait, and every now and then, flies and lures.

The Amazon Experience

- Live with the Puinave Indians in a comfortable camp setup.

- Wake up to flocks of macaws over an absolutely perfect sunrise.

- Accompany our local guides on traditional hunts or gathering fruit and seeds from the jungle.

- Lets us show you what makes this part of the world so special.

The Amazon is the most biodiverse region in the planet. The entire river is a protected area with pristine rainforest. Expect to run into wildlife during your stay including many iconic species like the Amazon river dolphin, tarpirs, the green anaconda, giant otters, and the elusive jaguar. 

IN ADDITION

You, as a client, don't have to pay any extra for our support services. Any questions, queries, and concerns about our destinations, the organization of your pre-trip, or any doubt, you can ask us without additional cost. Don't hesitate to text us, traveling with Pointer is always worth it.

And this is very important: By purchasing your trip through us, you are elegible to get extra gift and rewards, like a voucher open for 3 years for 50% off in your accommodations on your next Fly Fishing trip to Argentina in one of our lodges, you can choose between Trouts in Northern Patagonia or Golden Dorado in the Paraná river.

Also, you could get a voucher open for 3 years for 100% off accommodations on your next Dove Hunting in Argentina staying in one of our wonderful Lodges.

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