Cruising on the Amazon

I was flyfishing for peacock bass with fishing friends on a small clearwater tributary of the Amazon RIver down in rainforests of Brazil this past February. We were staying on a mothership way up the little river and fishing pristine jungle-surrounded waters... i.e. no human inhabitation within dozens of miles. The fishing for three species of peacock bass was incredible.Outdoor Life Online Editor
A friend and I were in a small boat busy landing a small butterfly peacock bass when I looked up and saw this 6 foot long caiman practically making a wake coming towards our boat.Outdoor Life Online Editor
He had obviously seen the fish thrashing and was coming over to look for an easy meal. I learned later from our guide that some of the caiman in the area were somewhat use to seeing fisherman and had become adept at stealing the occasional fish being brought to the boat.Outdoor Life Online Editor
In this instance, the caiman was able to grab the fish before we could land it. He proceeded to swim over to the shore and gulp the peacock down while I took some pictures (this one included) from our boat. He actually repeated this thievery with the very next peacock bass that we caught.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Later in the trip, we caught a small caiman on a large fly (they're quite the carnivore) and a couple of my friends Mad Mike (Atwell) and Marc (Pierce) got a little crazy and turned the tables on the caiman. A few moments after taking this shot we released the caiman unharmed though maybe a little emotionally traumatized.Outdoor Life Online Editor
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Photographer Denver Bryan went flyfishing for peacock bass on the Amazon River and ran into a few surprises.