Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Nightmare Comes True

All was good yesterday morning. I was finally home. Granny left to work. I had my coffee in hand. And the birds were happy to have food again. Half way through my cup I lit up my hotmail and there it was “All March 5-12 Brazil Trips Must Reschedule”. Was I seeing this right? No way. This was some kind of mistake.

With less than 24 hours till takeoff, my hosted Brazil trip was cancelled. I couldn’t believe it was happening. I was in shock. However, beginning last Thursday, torrential rains even beyond the norm of the rainforest, began to flood the Amazon. River levels were rising 4 – 6 inches per hour, the absolute worst scenario an angler could have while camped in the Amazon in search of peacock bass.

To make a long story short, yesterday was one of the most difficult days I can remember. Not only was I traumatized, disappointed and the list of lousy feelings goes on, but I had to call all seven of my guests on this trip and tell them their dream trip was postponed. The experience was brutal.

Reluctantly, everyone accepted the horrid news. They too were stunned, but no one wanted to spend that much money and travel that far for poor fishing and soggy camping. So after a day on the internet and phone, the trip is officially postponed and plane tickets are cancelled. My hosted Brazil 2011 will reschedule.

As my good friend and one of the guys on my trip Steve Berry said, “When it rains it pours”. I’m not sure I really wanted to crack a smile at that, but it’s true. Even during the midst of dry season, Mother Nature can cut loose in the Amazon. The fortunate thing about this mess is that we aren’t trapped down there right now and River Plate Outfitters are kind enough to allow a reschedule without loss of any money.

Don’t let this unfortunate situation scare you from booking your dream trip to the Amazon. The Amazon is truly one of the most amazing fisheries on the planet and you need to go. Not only that, 2011 will go down as one of the Amazons least fished years in recent memory. 2012 has good potential to be the best ever. Rain doesn’t scare me, and to prove it I’ll be booking my 2012 week shortly. Contact me soon!


  1. Sorry to hear you had to cancel your Amazon plans. I was looking forward to the pics!

  2. Man, it was a tough one to swallow. But life goes on and we are already reshceduled. To keep the blog interesting I plan to post some info about fish of the Amazon. I never have time to do this as its always a fishing report. Time to learn!