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Deep in the Amazon

A photographic journal.
by R. Valentine Atkinson
From the April 2008 issue.

We all know about peacock bass even if we’ve never caught one. The world’s most beautiful and
belligerent freshwater gamefish. Smashers of plugs. Destroyers of tackle. Contenders atop the
food chain with caimans and crocodiles and who knows what else in the dark and murky waters
of the world’s largest river flowing through the world’s largest rainforest.

 

But rushing down from the mountains is a little-known tributary called the Agua Boa, in whose clear
and sparkling waters fly-fishers sight-cast to the most beautiful and belligerent of all freshwater
gamefish. Poling, drifting. Poppers and sliders, dodgers and divers. It’s all catch-and-release,
unless a caiman decides to take matters into his own jaws.

 
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