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Moving to the second lodge

They run a two lodge operation out here to take advantage of the different rivers, and today we are moving on to the next one. It's a very short flight and then a long boat ride, and the reports we are getting here is that the other rivers have been fishing really well for both dorado and these unique "pacu", sometimes referred to as the freshwater permit. I have yet to see one of these fish, so it could be very cool. They get big as well. Word is that there is potentially no other location on earth which can offer such good chances at big pacu on the fly, and in such prolific numbers. as well Some American fly guys who we crossed over with a few days ago took eight pacu the day before yesterday. Pacu have been taken to over 40lbs from these rivers !!

Above is a nice dorado from yesterday that crunched Gordon's fly right at the top of a pool down river from the lodge. I can not tell you how impressive these fish are when you see them landed. A true, out and out predator that rules these rivers like a GT rules the tropical flats out in the Seychelles.

The local Tsimane Indians are so striking looking, and sometimes they give you the most wonderful, beaming smiles like this kid above - the last of the light caught the right hand side of his face and I was lucky enough to be in the right position to take a photo that I am really, really pleased with.It is not easy to hold focus on his face as you are tracking gently by in a rocking boat, but the more I shoot with these new Nikon D3 cameras and Nikon lenses, the more I am utterly blown away. I never, ever worry now about pushing the ISO right up to get decent shutter speeds for handheld shooting. Photographing fishing is my main thing, but to get the chance to take photos of the local people is an honour. Life seems to go on out here as it has done for ever. I got some more cool stuff yesterday of another local man hunting fish in the river with a bow and arrow.

I saw this local boy heading back along the riverbank to his village, and the last of the light was just stunning. Catching fish with a bow and arrow is seriously tough to do, indeed I tried bending one of the bows to it's max and failed miserably !! Seeing the fish is not hard, but hitting them with an arrow takes proper skill. A youngster with a catch of sabalo like this gets my utmost respect. There are no shops out here to get your supper from, so you either catch it or I guess go hungry.

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