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Alan Zaremba's first trip of the new 2013/14 Amazon season
"It was a pleasure to share the River Plate camp with a group of great guys. the stories were absolutely as tall as they could get, the camp itself was great, cabins extremely clean, the service was tops, food was probably the best I have seen at any camp"
I don't know what to tell you. The stars really lined up on this trip. I know that you and river plate had alot to do with it, but this was one of the best trips I have taken part in. The people in our group all got along well even thought there was a mix of gear and fly guys. It was a treat for me to meet Joan and Steve, and hear about all there travels past and future. They are really nice people., and we had a good time with them.
Everything seemed to run very smooth going in. The fellow in Manaus met us and sent us off without any problems. He was alright, but not as cordial as Amos whom we met at the hotel.
When we landed in the jungle, the float plane was there and waiting to exchange passengers. We got to camp by 9:17am, and got some good fishing time in.
Our camp host, whom we called Bison was exceptional. He was more attentive than anyone I have ever seen. He would see us off in the morming, greet us coming back, sit with us after fishing, and at every dinner he literally stood over us with the server and wouldn't let us get up for anything. He would constantly ask if everything OK? , and attend immediately to your request. The food was good, and plentiful, with many entrees at breatkfasts and dinners to choose from.
The weather was overcast, so the heat wasn't bad, The guides were all good, and as you know we all caught fish.
The cabins were clean and kept that way each day when we returned from fishing. They also did an exceptional job of cleaning our clothes.
I think you will get a 100% rating of 10 on a scale of 1-10 from all 8 of us.
The fly guys caught more fish as you predicted and the gear guys caught many many big fish. I got a copy of Bison's end of week tallies and will share some of it with you.
Steve and Joan- total for week-716 large fish: 12,8,8,14,10,9,
Mike and John- total for week 626 large fish: 12,8,12,11,16,8,8,
*John had intestinal problems and missed 1/2 of Sun and all of Mon. Three of the gear guys had same problem, but I think only one missed some fishing
Clyde and Clark-total for week-245 large fish-8,8,15,8,12,16,17,13,12,8,10,12,13,14,12,12,12,11,17,11,11,11,
Eric and Troy week total-220 large fish:
Total for week 1,817
One thing that would be helpful would be language card with fishing phrases like how many fish, how heavy, etc. to better communicate with the guides.
Thank you Keith and River Platt for putting together a most memorable trip. It was a pleasure experencing the skill and professionalism of all those involved.
We received the following testimonial from Rolando Chavarria Barrantes who came from Costa Rica through Alejandro Linares (Agent).
I am writing these lines from Costa Rica to express our thanks to you and all River Plate´s Anglers staff for the excellent job done regarding our trip.
Since our arrival to Manaus airport until the day of our return all the staff performed wonderfully. Our host, during our stay at the floating cabins stationed at the Xeriuni, Adam Kryder, was always alert to our every need at camp and when fishing. The kitchen staff, cleaning, maintenance and guides, all did their best and made us feel excellent during the whole week.
Fishing was spectacular every single day, lots of peacock bass above the 8 lbs mark made us enjoy each fight with one of the biggest freshwater preys and possibly the best of all the sport fishing world. How aggressive they were, and how they attacked the surface poppers !!! Quite an enjoyable show!!!
All our group from Costa Rica was very pleased with the experience and the the very special sport fishing moments lived, also comradeship and a friendly environment with our fellow sport fishermen at camp helped enormously.
Find enclosed some photos of the wonderful moments that we lived.
Finally, thank you again for such a marvelous trip.
A big hug, Rolando Chavarria Barrantes.
"I just returned today from fishing in Brazil. We were at the Natan 1 camp with Adam. Not sure that I even have the words to explain the incredible experience that we had this week. Everthing was fantastic from the fishing to the food. The outfit as a whole went above and beyond was more than I ever expected. Adam did a fantastic job running the camp and made us all feel very comfortable. I will definately be back soon. Thanks for a great journey!!"
“This trip was an inedit experience, different to anything else that I have ever experienced, fishing, in such a nice place, with wonderful people and an optimal infrastructure made these days a magical and unforgettable trip. Great!”
"River Plate Outfitters did a magnificent job of getting us there and putting us in a position to catch fish. Our camp host, John Silvia, was a genuine delight, a great organizer, host, fishing adviser, emergency field surgeon. Guides were professional and capable. Food and accommodations on the river were first-class."
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