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As a child, I grew up playing in the rivers and hills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My parents gave us limited rules and restrictions when we hit the trails and rivers. We could run free, climb on the rocks, explore what we thought where endless boundaries, as long as Mom could see us. There was a sense of magic, playing in the pale blue waters and lush forest.
It was a hectic winter of speaking at fly fishing shows and clubs. I love doing these events but I squeezed in a few more than an insane man would have. That being said, my shows went well. Perhaps that’s because I knew there was a very bright light at the end of the tunnel.
Starting the Journey
I left my home and office in Manaus, Brazilian Amazon, in a hurry, leaving the building of our new vessel for Marié River (www.marieriver.com) in the hands of my father, a retired engineer who had taken the task to help us to build the most modern and advanced ship in the Amazon in less than 5 months. I was on my way to meet our crew in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for a new exciting adventure – filming the headwaters of the Agua Negra River (Black Water) in the far upper reaches of the mountain zone of Tsimane Indian Territory, a place where only two of our guides had reached once before, and came back with no words to describe what they experienced.
Stripers at First Light is the newest story in Winston’s series, On the River, by Winston Field Advisor, Parker Clemens.
Stripers at First Light
There was a slight chill in the air, but it was not cold. Actually, it felt more like a spring morning than the heart of winter. As we floated silently through the darkness, Kern asked me if I preferred watching the sunrise or the sunset and the inflection in his voice told me that he was pondering his own answer. My answer was simple and inconclusive. I could not decide. There is a new feeling that comes with a sunrise; the light chases the cold away and half the earth slowly wakes to the approaching day. And sunsets, I have seen thousands and hope to see thousands more. Reflecting on the question, I pieced together my fly rod as the surrounding blackness turned to a deep deceptive gray, the kind of gray that could either mean the end the day or the end of the night. It was a little past 6:30 am when the first dim colors returned to the sky over the shadowy water of the Chesapeake Bay.
Spatsizi Wilderness Lodge, a Winston Preferred Lodge®, as featured in a film by Winston Field Advisor, Todd Moen.
New Powerful Fly Rods for the Newest Fly Fishing Destination – Rio Marié and the Development of the New Boron III Plus Jungle Rods.
An Interview with Mike Michalak, Patrick Pendergast, Justin Miller, Mike Mercer and Michael Caranci from The Fly Shop, Redding, CA.
Q: Fly Fishing at Rio Marié Lodge in the Brazilian jungle has only been available since 2014. What makes the fishing opportunities at Rio Marié so unique and outstanding?
A: The sheer number of massive peacocks found in the Rio Marié is really what separates it from other rivers in Amazonia. Peacock bass over 20 pounds are extremely rare; the majority of lodges land only peacock bass in the 20 pound range for their entire season. The Rio Marié recorded an unbelievable number of these trophies this year, with nearly half of the anglers landing a fish over 20 lbs., and a few knocking on the All- Tackle World Record door by landing fish in excess of the 25 pound mark.
January 4, 2016
It’s been a blur since I received my new Winston 9’ 9-weight Boron III Plus Jungle Rod. The attractive new model arrived in late October and I took it on a two day photo shoot to Key West. We got our photos and I enjoyed my best day of bonefishing in the Keys of my life. That was my first experience with the extra powerful new model Winston and I was impressed.
Catch Magazine interviews David Ondaatje of R.L. Winston Rod Company about aerial photography. Includes the award winning film, “Icarus”.
Q: As an angler and photographer, what was your initial draw to begin flying and utilizing a multi-rotor drone for your photography work?
A: I love fly fishing. It occupies virtually every part of my personal life and my professional life. I also can’t imagine ever going fishing without a camera. It’s my way of sharing my passion for Winston and for fly fishing with others – especially when visiting a place for the first time. Aerial photography offers the opportunity explore the world from a new vantage point, so naturally I was drawn to it right away. In fact, that’s the main idea behind my latest film, Icarus. Like the Greek myth, the film Icarus is about a new freedom in flying (and filming with a quadcopter). And, like Icarus, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of things I saw from this new point of view, and ultimately undone by foolishness and inexperience. My wax wings soon melted and down it all came.
Fly Fishing in the Brazilian Jungle – Winston Pro Advisor, Ian Davis, Reviews the New Boron III Plus.
Q: After returning from Bolivia only a week or two ago, you set off again for the tropics, this time to the Brazilian jungle. Where in Brazil is this new lodge and how do you get there?
A: The new Rio Marie lodge is located in the northwestern part of Brazil and almost on the Columbian border. The river systems you are fishing are in the upper reaches of the Amazonian basin. Travel starts in Miami with direct flights to Manaus, which is a large city and one of the major ports on the Amazon River. Our package includes your arrival night’s stay at the Hotel Tropical which is the best option in the city. As with many South American accommodations do not be in a rush to check-in or obtain a cold beverage. The following morning the ground transfer agent picks you up for the three hour charter flight aboard a 14-passenger, twin engine turbo-prop to the remote Indian village of Sao Gabriel. From there you have a five hour boat ride to the mothership on a comfortable transfer boat with a Bimini top and rain shields. Bring a good book.
Cuba October 2015
Lucky me, when I called Winston to ask if they had any loaners in stock for an upcoming trip to Cuba, they offered to let me fish both an 8 and 10 weight in their new Boron III Plus saltwater series. You betcha I said.