TOMO RIVER CAMP

TOMO RIVER CAMP

This camp is designed by anglers for anglers! Every detail of this operation has been designed to make your stay as enjoyable as posible!

 

This time we want to offer you this exclusive fishing spot: The Akuani Floating Camp in Tomo River - Colombia.

Enjoy the pristine nature, in this unspoiled location where you will be amazed every day by the surrounding ecosystem.

This operation offers a Top Notch service, thinking in terms of quality above everything and taking care of every single detail that you, as an angler, will appreciate.


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Location

Location

COLOMBIA HAS MANY RIVERS AND NATURAL PARKS, HOWEVER, WHEN IT COMES TO FISHING THE TOMO RIVER AND THE GAVILAN RIVER ARE ON TOP OF THE LIST.

Tomo is a big river with lots of structures, white sand beaches, flats, smaller tributaries and an incredible number of lagoons, it is considered one of the best rivers in Vichada for trophy size peacock bass occasionally exceeding 20 pounds and getting up to 28 to 30 pounds.

Countless species of both fauna and flora are going to accompany us in our journey.

When it all come together, nothing beats sight-casting fishing, heart pounding, adrenaline racing, blood rushing, breath stopped, you aim for your target and let the action begin!.

 

Accommodations

This package includes 2 Hotel nights in Medellin and 7 nights in our camp.

Designed to keep up with our hosts, Akuani is a floating camp that moves with you through the Tomo river. It consists of 5 floating cabins, each of which is fully equipped with:

 

  • Bathroom suite
  • Drawer
  • Two single beds
  • Mosquito net
  • Aluminum fishing boat
  • Fan
  • Electricity

 

Additionally, our camp is equipped with a full kitchen and a camp restaurant to make sure you have great meals by the riverside.

Itinerary.

2 Hotel nights in Medellin and 7 nights in our camp.

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 Fishing

It’s time to look for your lures or fly box and get into one of the five fishing boats, especially designed for this style of fishing. 

In these boats we can have access to different types of landscapes the Tomo river has to offer.

Where we find:

 

  • Rock structures
  • “Arizales”, which is a type of tree that grows in the banks of the river
  • Sand banks with perfect hiding spots to ambush the prey 
  • Immense lagoons on both sides of the river. 
  • Crystalline spouts 

 

 

After a short boat ride along the river, we reach a spot with submerged rocks. 

It’s really cool to fish in these kinds of structures, because the water flows a little bit faster and the struggle with the fish becomes more attractive.

Besides, it tests your fishing skills, trying to keep away from the rocks the fish that will try to cut the line against the sharp rocks.

The species you will find in this river are:

 

  • Peacock Bass
  • Vampire Fish
  • Red Tail Catfish
  • Amazon Pellona
  • Arowana
  • Silver Croaker

 

 

A fishing day would have this itinerary:

 

  • 6:00 a.m.  Breakfast.
  • 6:30 a.m.  Recommended start time.
  • 1:00 p.m.  Lunch, which can be either by the riverside or at the camp depending on river conditions.
  • 5:00 p.m.  Return to the Camp.
  • 7:00 p.m.  Dinner.

Traveling Here

No matter where you decide to go, most of the best fishing destinations around the world have something in common, they are difficult to access, that is why our Associated Partners at Afloat have invested a lot of time and resources into planning every detail of your journey to make it seamless and pleasant. Our team will offer you the following transportation services:

  • Airport shuttles
  • Charter Flight
  • Camp transportation
  • River Transportation

Once in Colombia, since your first stop will be at Medellin, we highly recommend you to stay in this amazing city for a day or two for some sightseeing, Medellin is vibrant, beautiful and has a very fun nightlife. That's why is one of the top destinations in Colombia and South America!

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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