KENDJAM

KENDJAM

The Kendjam area is located in the most incredible and virgin Indigenous Territory in Brazilian Amazon: the Mekragnoti Indigenous Territory.

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Season: From mid June to late September

Capacity: 8 anglers per week

 

ITINERARY

Day o: Arrive in Manaus.

Day 1: Guests will arrive at the Kendjam Indian. “Meet and Greet” providing anglers time to discover the

Kayapo culture. Anglers will see great river scenery, birds, animals (with luck some Jaguar) and lots of fish in the Iriri clear waters.

Days 2 to 7: picnic on the river and fishing all days.

Day 8: Departure to Manaus.



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Location

Accommodations

The lodge is located in a wonderful Sandy beach area

Lodge accommodations are a comfortable wood Jungle lodge with 4 double occupancy wood cabins with spring box beds, private bathroom, hot water and electric light. The lodge is located in a wonderful Sandy beach area in front of a gorgeous pool of Iriri river.Every day our guests will be delighted by wonderful cuisine in a well-fashioned living and dining room.Satellite Internet wireless connection and phone service are provided for all our guests. There also a porch to enjoy the magnificent sunset at Iriri river.

Solar panels provide full electric power every night and each cabin has 110-volt plugs so remember to bring your 110V to 220V converter if needed.. We provide laundry service at the lodge at no additional cost.

Cuisine

Every day guests will be delighted by wonderful cuisine in a well-fashioned living and dining room.

Wines, Spirits, Bottled water, Soft Drinks and juices will complete beverage list on camp. 

Sample itinerary

Day 0: Arrive in Manaus. You will transfer from the airport to the Hotel.

Day 1: The host will pick up the group to the local airport, to board the private charter.

Then you will arrive at the Kendjam Indian Community landing strip where our guides and staff will be waiting. There will be a “Meet and Greet” providing anglers time to discover the Kayapo culture, social organization and more. We will present the group to the Indian chiefs and a brief orientation of fishing week will be made.

Day 2 - 7: Each day individual teams (2 anglers) will head out for the day, fishing downstream the Iriri river. Each two anglers will share a fluent English speaking fly fishing guide along with a local native guide in an aluminum boat. Both anglers are able to constantly fish all day long.

 

Typical day at Kendjam lodge:

5:30am - Coffee is hot

7:00am - Breakfast

8:00am - Head to fishing grounds

12pm to 1pm - Anglers will have a picnic style lunch on the river.

13hs - After lunch, fishing will resume until late afternoon when the guides will deliver anglers back to the camp around 5:30pm.

16:30hs - Cocktails and appetizers will be served

19:30hs - Dinners will be served.

 

Day 8:  In the morning, guests will be transferred 3 hrs upstream by boat to the Kendjam community landing strip to fly back to Manaus. Upon arrival at Manaus International and staying the night in a hotel for the next morning, wait for the transfer to pick you up for the domestic flight.

The fishing

Kendjam Project’s rivers hold the most prolific multi-variety species fishery in Amazon.

Kendjam Project’s rivers hold the most prolific multi-variety species fishery in Amazon and probably in entire freshwater rivers on earth. Anglers can target various species using different angling techniques all in same run and pools. These mighty Pacu eat insects and Anglers can fish them with dries and wet flies! The fast powerful barracuda-like freshwater predator, Bicudas that once hooked will burn your fingers in a second. Anglers will experience sight casting for 10-25 pounds Trairao in shallow water and tributaries. The waters are impressively clear. The granite base is what makes the water very clear even after some rain. The river downstream from Kendjam community starts to divide its course in many parallel branches creating several smaller fast clear water streams. It sets the stage for the awesome and unique fishing ground in the Amazon.

 

Species

Peacock Bass -  is a predatory freshwater fish native to the Amazon and Orinoco basins, as well as rivers of the Guianas, in tropical South America. The speckled peacock bass is the largest species and can grow to 1 m (3.3 ft) in length, and may be the largest of all cichlid fishes. Most display a color pattern based on a theme of three wide vertical stripes on their bodies, sometimes with smaller intermediate bands, only a grey, brown, yellow, or green background. 

The largest species in the genus, the speckled peacock bass, reaches up to 13 kg (29 lb) in weight and 1 m (3.3 ft) in length, possibly making it the largest species of cichlid.

Wolf fish - The wolf fish has the ability to live pretty much everywhere in the tropical climate in Suriname, the smallest independent country in South America, whether the waters are shallow or deep: small streams, river springs, sparse water puddles, lakes, rivers — all provide suitable abodes. This creature can reach 39 inches (100 centimeters) in length and get as large as 88 pounds (40 kilograms), and it comes out at dusk and during the night to feed on other fish and small invertebrates.

Pacú -  Is known for its teeth, which bear an eerie resemblance to human teeth. Pacus primarily eat plants and are considered mostly harmless to people, despite their kinship with piranhas. But they do occasionally eat other fish and can potentially outcompete native species or spread parasites or disease.

Even though they have square, straight, molar-like teeth, pacu have a seriously strong bite. Pacu have been considered a suitable fish for home aquariums in the past; however, due to their fast growth and the size they attain, it’s now thought that they don’t make good pets.

Payara - The most noticeable feature of H. scomberoides is the two long fangs protruding from its lower jaw. These are used to impale their prey, mostly smaller fish. It typically reaches a standard length of about 30 cm (1.0 ft), but can reach up to 51 cm (1.7 ft).There are reports of far larger individuals, up to 1.17 m (3.8 ft) in total length and 17.8 kg (39 lb) in weight, based on records by IGFA, but this likely involves confusion with the related H. armatus.

This fish is overall silvery with a dark spot behind the opercle and another at the lower base of the pectoral fin. In adults the tail is dusky on the basal half, turning paler (more transparent) towards the tip.

Matrincha - Is pound by pound one of the strongest fish in Kendjam. Their average size (2-8lbs) is perfect for 5wt rods with dry flies like hoppers, beetles and topwater attractors. 

There are two matrinchã species (Brycon amazonicus and B. cephalus), both are omnivores when adults with a preference for fruits and seeds. Adults are most abundant in blackwater and clearwater tributaries whereas young fish are confined to whitewater floodplains. Both species are also migratory and captured by fishing during spawning and dispersal migrations. During the low water period they often migrate to the lower courses of terra firme streams where they remain in pools.

Bicuda - Is a freshwater fish native to the Amazon region. It can be found in Peru and Brazil, the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela, and the tributaries of the Amazon.

Grows to a maximum length of 88 cm (35 in), and has a maximum published weight of 6 kg (13 lb). It has ten to eleven dorsal soft rays, nine to eleven anal soft rays, and 48 to 49 vertebrae. It lacks dorsal and anal spines. It is a carnivore, and typically preys upon smaller fish.


Gear and equipment

Anglers can target various species using different angling techniques.

Rods 

5 to 8 weight single handed rods are the norm.

All of the saltwater series of the top rod brands are considered good choices.

Rig 6 or 7 wt saltwater rod for matrinxas, peacock bass, pacu and bicudas.

 8wt Peacock Bass, Payara and Traiarao.

 5 or 6 wt for the amazing dry fly fishing for pacus in runs.

 

Reels

Reels that have been designed for saltwater fly-fishing are the best choice.

Reels with strong smooth drags are recommended. 

 

Lines 

Weight Forward lines designed specifically for the tropics and saltwater are what you want.

Other amazing line is the Rio Outbound Short clear intermediate tip line, the 30ft INT/15ft Clear.

Full floating Outbound Shorts are excellent for effortlessly throwing giant wind resistant poppers. Do not bring cold water floating lines.

 

Leaders

Leaders should be strong and heavy enough to turn over big wind resistant fly.

 Most fish are not really leader shy but the very clear water situation can spook some big fish so fluoro-

Carbon.

 

Flies 

Fishing is done using a wide baitfish, big insects, fruits and even algae imitations.

As for patterns, the most typical flies used are synthetic material streamers.

Big Foam Poppers or Umpqua’s Red/White Saltwater Popper and Divers are great for the Peacocks and Wolf Fish.

Recommended clothing

YOU NEEDN'T OVERLOAD YOURSELF WITH GEAR, BUT THESE ITEMS ARE REGARDED AS ESSENTIAL:

wo Pair of Polarized Sunglasses (in case you lose or break a pair).

Waterproof Sunscreen SPF 30+ (UVA) (UVB)

(Waterproof and unscented)

 

Buff Face Mask, (light in color)

Fishing Hat w/Brim for Sun

Fly Rods 5/6/7/8/9 Weights (no less than 3)

Reels with Minimum 30 pound Dacron Backing

Saltwater Outbound Fly Lines (extra lines for backup)

Flies and Fly Box

Long Sturdy Pliers (debarbing and hook removal)

Hook Sharpener

Stripping Fingers or Finger Tape

Leaders, Fluorocarbon Tippet and wire tippet

Fishing Sun Protection Gloves

Line clippers

Light Weight Gore-Tex® Rain Jacket

Light Weight Synthetic Fleece Top

4 Long Sleeve Fishing Shirts

1 Pair of Fast Drying Shorts or swimsuit

3 Pair of Fast Drying Pants


KAYAPÓ

The Kayapo people are indigenous peoples in Brazil who inhabit a vast area spreading across the states of Pará and Mato Grosso, south of the Amazon River and along Xingu River and its tributaries.

Is one of the most important Indian ethnic groups in the Amazon region, despite numbering a mere 8,000 persons. Their cosmology, ritual life and social organization are extremely rich and complex, while their relations with non-Indian society and environmentalists from the world over are marked by their intensity and ambivalence. The Kayapó are a proud people, and historically have fought hard to preserve their territory from outside encroachment.

The Mebengokre / Kayapó Indigenous group live today more than 50 villages located in six Indigenous Lands (Badjônkore, Chest, Capoto / Jarina, Kayapó, Las Casas and Menkragnoti) totaling an area of about 11 million hectares in south-central Pará and northern Mato Grosso.

The Kayapo indigenous people of the southeastern Amazon have struggled to acquire and protect their land rights over 40 years since the frontier of settlement and resource extraction began to explode around their territories. Twenty-first century alliances of the Kayapo with conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have enabled protection of almost ten million hectares of their contiguous ratified territories.

Key to success has been the development of resource management and income generation activities within Kayapo indigenous territories,

and territorial surveillance and protection that is essential given the lack of government enforcement. Loggers, goldminers and ranchers have ramped up their illegal invasions of indigenous territories in Brazil, emboldened by the signalling of impunity by the Bolsonaro government.

 

Anglers must have an exploratory mind and soul, but most of all, the respect for the Kayapó land. You are invited to live the deep experience inside their home: The Iriri River and Jungle, which they protected with their warrior spirit for centuries from white people and mining/logging companies. Their official land is a huge virgin Amazon forest territory denominated as Mekrangotni Indigenous Territory (bigger than Netherlands or Denmark in Europe or twice the size of Vermont or Massachusetts in USA.)

Since their encounter with the white man, they began to actively fight for the guarantee of their rights and traditional territories. Today they are the legal owners of an enormous Indigenous territory recognized by the Brazilian Government. Now they feel responsible for the conservation of a large area of forests and savannas, which directly contributes to the conservation of biodiversity, as well as to maintain the rainfall and climate around the globe. So there’s the reason they are named the guardians of Amazon.

The Kayapó devote much of our time and energy to the organization and execution of rituals, preceded by hunting or fishing expeditions. Body painting is part of the village everyday life, this activity performed by women since when they become mothers and is a very striking feature of their culture.

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