Fishing Reports

FR: July 23-30, 2022

MARMELOS RVIER AT ITS BEST

4,741 Peacocks Landed by 14 Anglers

56 per angler per day!






Stats: The big story this week is the landing for 4,741 peacocks by only 14 anglers. That’s an average of 338 fish per angler for the week, 56 per angler per day. That’s a whole lot of catching! The two groups were headed up by D. Lyle, who has fished with us seven times (party of 6), and R. Anderson (party of 8). An impressive 160 of the peacocks caught by the two groups were in the 8- to 16-pound category and three were 17-pounders. One was an 18-pounder (see table below). This tally excludes a wide array of other tropical species such as the matrincha, jacundá, apapá, wolfish, pacú, bicúda, and pirañha.
Water levels on the upper Marmelos private fishery where these groups were fishing were, and remain, good (see below), and fishing should continue to be excellent in this area until we reach our sustainability limit of 56 anglers for this Dry Zone stretch of water. Maintaining this angler limit is important because peacocks are TERRITORIAL. Overfishing an area results in sharply reduced angler success. Currently, the upper Marmelos has been fished by 53 anglers, so next week will be our last week in this fishery for the year. We expect to see great numbers of 20-plus pounders caught at our other private rivers as the season progresses.

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We will start fishing a NEW exclusive river this week, The Torrentoso, from our THIRD River Train in this Dry Zone area. At that point, we will have three of our six river trains in operation. Stay tuned for an update on The Torrentoso.

Guesswork: Looking forward, we know incoming anglers are interested in knowing where all six of our River Trains will be operating in the months ahead. The key is expected water levels, of course, across our 10 Private Rivers. River Plate is the only company in the Amazon with enough private waters to move anglers around as needed for optimal conditions. For at least another month, we expect all water levels will continue to be high in our Northern zone and up to 50 miles South of Manaus, as illustrated in the drawing below.


However, in the South East Zone, 350 miles South East of Manaus water levels will continue to drop, as illustrated in the drawing below.


Low water levels in the South East Zone should last until mid-August, after which it may be TOO low for fish to be active. Scroll down to the Fishing Zones map to see in purple the zone we are currently fishing. The Torrentoso River is not shown yet in this zone, because it is our newest private river.




We base our low-water predictions in the South East Zone on Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Accumulated Rainfall Forecast. These forecasts are for the towns listed below in purple which impact water levels in the South East Zone.

Today’s 10-Day Forecast is as follows (by order of importance):
  • Humaita: 0.89 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.96 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.89 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 0.67 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.46 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 1.02 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)

Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast WAS as follows:
  • Humaita: 0.58 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.31 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.57 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 1.00 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.80 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 1.49 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)
Sources: wunderground.com and accuweather.com

Important Note: A 10-Day Forecast for more than 2 inches of rain means water levels may rise; under 2 inches means that water levels may drop. Since the averages of Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast in all towns monitored in the South East Zone are below 0.75 inches, we expect water levels will continue to drop over the next days.


3-Month Rain Anomaly Forecast In Our Four Fishing Dry Zones

(Valid for August-September-October)

Source: CPTEC/INPE, Brazil


Our water-level predications are not just based on immediate rainfall forecasts but also on longer term (3-month) forecasts for unusual (or what is called anomalous) rainfall across all of our fishing zones. In the above illustration, no unusual rainfall is expected in the white areas for the next 3 months. Note that our current selected fishing area from June to August, the South East Zone, is in white meaning NO unusual rainfall is expected there for the next 3 months. In other words, this zone should receive the expected rainfall for THIS TIME of the year, which is historically very little rain (less than 0.75 inches accumulated in a 10-day period).


THIS WEEK'S GALLERY


FR: July 30-August 6, 2022

1,800 LANDED 16 ANGLERS






Stats: This week, first time visitor McGrath, party of 6; and 3 time repeater Long, party of 10 landed 1,800 peacocks with 70 in the 8 to 16 lb category and three 17 pounders (see table below). This tally excludes a multifarious array of other less aggressive tropical species such as the matrincha, jacundá, apapá, wolfish, pacú, bicúda, and pirañha.
Water levels are good (see below), and fishing should continue to be excellent until we approach our sustainability limit for the upper Marmelos private fishery of 56 anglers. The angler limit is important because peacocks are TERRITORIAL. Up-to-date it has been fished by 53 anglers; therefore, next week will be our last week in this fishery for this year.
We expect to great numbers of +20 pounders when we resume in September at our other private rivers.

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We will start fishing this week at our THIRD River Train in this Dry Zone at our NEW exclusive Torrentoso River for a total of three River Trains in operation.

Guesswork: We hereby wish to inform our incoming anglers where might our six River Trains be operating according to the expected water levels across our 10 Private Rivers. For at least another month, all water levels will continue to be high North and up to 50 miles South of Manaus, as illustrated in the below design.


However, in the South East Zone, 350 miles South East of Manaus water levels will continue to drop to maybe a bit to low water levels, as illustrated in the below design.


Low water levels should last until mid-August, after which it may be TOO low for fish to be active. Scroll down to the Fishing Zones map to see in purple the zone we are currently fishing. The Torrentoso River is not shown yet in this zone, because it is our newest private river.




We base our low-water predictions in the South East Zone on Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Accumulated Rainfall Forecast. These forecasts are for the towns listed below in purple which impact water levels in the South East Zone.

Today’s 10-Day Forecast is as follows (by order of importance):
  • Humaita: 1.00 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.67 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.48 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 0.34 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.17 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 0.82 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)

Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast WAS as follows:
  • Humaita: 0.89 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.96 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.89 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 0.67 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.46 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 1.02 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)
Sources: wunderground.com and accuweather.com

Important Note: A 10-Day Forecast for more than 2 inches of rain means water levels may rise; under 2 inches means that water levels may drop. Since the averages of Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast in all towns monitored in the South East Zone are below 0.75 inches, we expect water levels will continue to drop over the next days.


3-Month Rain Anomaly Forecast In Our Four Fishing Dry Zones

(Valid for August-September-October)

Source: CPTEC/INPE, Brazil


Our water-level predications are not just based on immediate rainfall forecasts but also on longer term (3-month) forecasts for unusual (or what is called anomalous) rainfall across all of our fishing zones. In the above illustration, no unusual rainfall is expected in the white areas for the next 3 months. Note that our current selected fishing area from June to August, the South East Zone, is in white meaning NO unusual rainfall is expected there for the next 3 months. In other words, this zone should receive the expected rainfall for THIS TIME of the year, which is historically very little rain (less than 0.75 inches accumulated in a 10-day period).




FR: July 16-23, 2022

HANDS GIVE AWAY LONG BEFORE THE PEACOCKS

3,841 LANDED BY 16 ANGLERS






Stats: This week, 7-time repeater Reid, party of 6, and 3-time repeater Bigatao, party of 8 landed 3,841 peacocks with 93 in the 8 to 16 lb category, three 17 pounders and one 18 pounder (see table below). This tally excludes a multifarious array of other less aggressive tropical species such as the jacundá, apapá, wolfish, pacú, bicúda, and pirañha.
Water levels are perfect (see below), and fishing should continue to be excellent until we approach our sustainability limit for the upper Marmelos private fishery of 56 anglers. Up-to-date it has been fished by 39 anglers.

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Lures:  Light colored 6-inch topwater in white are working best. For fly fishermen, large bucktail streamers with sinking tepid continue to work very well, and for topwater explosions smaller 4-8 lb peacocks, poppers are very efective.

Guesswork: We hereby wish to inform our incoming anglers where might our six River Trains be operating according to the expected water levels across our 10 Private Rivers. For at least another month, all water levels will continue to be high North and up to 200 miles South of Manaus, as illustrated in the below design.


However, in the South East Zone, 350 miles South East of Manaus, as predicted many weeks ago water levels will continue to drop to perfect levels, as illustrated in the below design.


As such, we have will start fishing next week at our THIRD River Train in this Dry Zone at our NEW exclusive Torrentoso River for a total of three River Trains in operation. Low water levels should last until mid-August, after which it may be TOO low for fish to be active. Scroll down to the Fishing Zones map to see in purple the zone we are currently fishing. The Torrentoso River is not shown yet in this zone, because it is our newest private river.




These low expected water levels are evidenced by Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Accumulated Rainfall Forecast. These forecasts are for the towns below printed in purple which impact water levels in the South East Zone.

Today’s 10-Day Forecast is as follows (by order of importance):
  • Humaita: 0.58 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.31 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.57 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 1.00 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.80 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 1.49 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)

Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast WAS as follows:
  • Humaita: 0.26 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.04 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.12 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 0.15 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.18 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 1.70 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)
Sources: wunderground.com and accuweather.com

The 10-Day Forecast over 2 inches means water levels may rise, and under 2 inches means that water levels may drop. Since the actual averages of Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast in all towns monitored in the South East Zone are between 0.3 inches and one inch, water levels will continue to drop over the next days.


3-Month Rain Anomaly Forecast In Our Four Fishing Dry Zones

(Valid for July-August-September)

Source: CPTEC/INPE, Brazil.


Our guesswork is further evidenced in the map above. The white color means normal rainfall forecasted for the next 3 months. Note that our current selected fishing area from June to August, the South East Zone, is in white meaning that there is NO anomaly forecasted; i.e.: this zone should receive the expected rainfall for THIS TIME of the year which is historically very little rain (less than 0.75 inches accumulated in 10 days).


THIS WEEK'S GALLERY