FR: July 16-23, 2022



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)

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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).