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Mataveni
COLOMBIA
The Magnificent
This legendary river was once home to virtually every world record Peacock Bass.
A T O N E T I M E , six of the top ten IGFA all-tackle, and many of the fly caught peacock bass world records came from this jungle hotspot.Then, 40 years ago, the region became a “No Go” zone when guerilla insurgents arrived, and anglers understandably lost interest in the Mataveni.Three years ago the Colombian government settled the political unrest with dissidents (FARC) and began aggressively driving out the druglords from this part of Latin America.
When we learned there was no longer any concern about drug issues or guerilla warfare in Colombia,The Fly Shop staff immediately began making plans to visit.
What we found is that Colombia is now a literal wade in the Central American park, that
the bad guys (FARC) have now
been pacified, and there is a
near-rabid interest and enthusiasm among the domestic and foreign anglers regarding returning to this part of the world and testing the water as quick as possible.
The Fly Shop team of Mike Mercer, Terry Jepsen, and Mike Michalak did just that by heading to the Mataveni this past January and again in March.
We returned with rave reviews and reports that would be difficult to swallow if they’d been from someone else.
Eager to be among
the first to size up
the fishery, Mke
Michalak
accompanied both of
the first two groups of
North Americans allowed to fish this legendary peacock bass river in four decades.The peacock bass of the Mataveni held a welcome back reception for the Gringos, the weather cooperated perfectly, and the fishing was off the charts.
The two Mataveni native villages near the Orinoco confluence are the only inhabitants on the entire 400 mile- long river. With government help and military support this small band of natives completely restricts and controls access.
mataveni river camp 2016
These camp packages include the hotel in Bogota on the night of arrival, all transfers, the round-trip Inirida flights, and the 10% Indian Fee. Beer, sodas, bottled water, Global Rescue Policy and nearly everything but your tackle and tip are included.
These tent camps are no-frills affairs, perfect for those of us who need no more luxury than a cold beer at the end of the day or ice for our cocktails.
The first angling day a diminutive Piaroa guide lifted one more of a series of Temensis monsters out of the tea- colored river for a photo and said in his Indian-accented Spanish, “You’ve got to come back when the fishing’s good!” The native villagers strictly limit the number of weeks they allow the river to be fished each season (two weeks each month), resting the river and themselves
every other week.
Groups of no more than
eight fly fishermen overnight in the capital city of Bogota at a fine, near- airport hotel, before continuing on to the pueblo of Inirida. It’s a short morning flight that arrives early enough in the day to allow for a swift, downriver Orinoco boat ride and a rendezvous with the fish-savvy team of native Piaroa guides near
their Mataveni village.
The package is hosted by Alex Zapata and Armando
Giraldo of Orinoco Anglers and only three weeks were available during the 2016 season. Much of 2017 is reserved, and if you’re interested, we strongly suggest you inquire as soon as possible.
Peak season is January thru mid-April. It’s a great value and the perfect trip for the angler in search of adventure and great fly fishing!
n 9 night 6 fishing day package $4,615
We are now accepting 2017 reservations!
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