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Payara Fishing Holidays The biggest bite In The Amazon

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The 'Vampire' Fish

The Payara is a predatory species of Dogtooth Tetra found in the Amazon Basin in tropical South America. There are two species within the family, and although the Silver Payara is far more abundant than its smaller cousin, the Pink-tailed Payara, it grows larger and is the most sought after by travelling freshwater fly fishing anglers.

Known as the ‘Vampire Fish’, the species is known for its remarkable orthodonture; even though it doesn’t suck the blood of its prey, its six-inch-long fangs protrude from an undershot jaw, resulting in a face only a (Payara) mother could love. Using these razor-sharp fangs to impale their prey, mostly smaller baitfish, they grow between 1.5ft to 3ft in length and average between 5lb and 20lb in weight. They are considered the ultimate jungle predators and are famed for their highly aggressive behaviour, savage nature and are considered the hardest-hitting and strongest fighting fish in the Amazon Basin and South America. Its silver flanks are streamlined for power and built for speed, and their fan-shaped caudal fins help them swim in the choppy currents and rapids of the Amazonian rivers they inhabit.

For years they have been one of the most challenging fish for fly anglers to target, as there were very few safe regions where they could get caught. However, with the recent developments of a select few Lodges in South America and Brazil, the playing field has changed, and intrepid anglers have the opportunity to target these savage predators.

Xingu Lodge Brazil

Across this spectacular wilderness territory, the protected, mythological Xingu River, flows over granite bedrock, running clear and allowing for sight-fishing opportunities for a wide variety of species. But what sets Xingu apart from anywhere else in the Amazon are the impressive numbers of large Payara - one of the hardest-hitting and strongest fighting fish in the Amazon.

Kendjam Lodge Brazil

Kendjam Lodge in the Xingu basin, which the Iriri River is part of, is now the first official sport fishing operation in Brazil, located inside an Indigenous Territory. It offers the most intense jungle fishing experience found anywhere in South America and the World, giving freshwater fly anglers the chance to enjoy some truly wild, explosive mixed fishing.

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