Brazil 2017: Packing

As we already know, I love to travel outside of my home state of Texas to toss flies at different species of fish. I have been to lots of different areas in the U.S. to fish, but in August of 2017 I am checking off an international location! I have the opportunity to travel to Kendjam, Brazil to fish for multiple species on the fly. Some species are: pacu, piranha, wolf fish, payara (vampire fish), bicuda, and let’s not forget to mention the world record sized peacock bass. Total, I will be targeting 10 exotic species.

Kendjam is a remote land in the core of the amazon and is a small indigenous community. This community is run by natives and is made up of about 700 people. These people are a part of the Indian ethnic group called the Kayapo. As a guest in the community, I will have the opportunity to interact with true native Indians and experience the rich culture of the Kayapo.

The Kayapo Native Tribe in Kendjam, Brazil

Above is a photo of the Kayapo Natives at their base in Kendjam, Brazil.

In Brazil, I will be fishing the Iriri River which is an untouched, clear-water river with a granite-base, which means that wet-wading will be easily accessible. This area of river is in the heart of a highly remote tropical jungle area. With this being said, I am in for a grand adventure!

When packing for a fishing trip while travelling inside the United States, I am able to pack however much clothing/gear I desire. Unfortunately for this international trip, I have a limited amount of cargo that I can take. This amount is extremely small…I may bring up to 40 pounds total. This means that my clothing, fishing gear, toiletries, and everything else that I will need for an 8-day stay in the Amazonian jungle must fit into a duffle bag, and weigh under 40 pounds. With this being said, I have to strategically plan my packing tactics for this trip.

Usually when I travel, I am headed to somewhere with cooler temperatures as that is usually where trout live, meaning that heavy clothing is required as well as jackets. In this case, I am headed in the opposite direction. The temperatures in Brazil in August will be particularly warm- even warmer than Texas temperatures. With this being said, I plan on wearing very light clothing, and definitely not wearing waders. With wet-wading being so accessible, I don’t think that bringing waders will be necessary. This will take off quite a bit of weight to my luggage. I plan on wearing thin, lightweight shirts that provide sun protection as well. An example of this would be the Simms Solarflex long-sleeve. These type of shirts will be easy to take as they weigh almost nothing.

I am extremely anxious and excited to go to Brazil, and I will be posting more on the upcoming trip throughout the year!


2 thoughts on “Brazil 2017: Packing

  1. Jesika,

    That’s awesome you get to travel to Brazil and do something that you love! I’ve been to South America a few times, the culture down there is something to experience. Although I am a novice angler, I would love to travel the world and fish!


  2. The United States also have peacock bass in Florida and Hawaii. I lived in Hawaii for three years and was able to fish for this very aggressive bass. They love the warmer water, so, peak time to hit these are the hottest part of the day. They also love to attack at sound at the top of the water. They are very hard to get into but once you get a good spot it is not rare to catch more than one. Good luck on your adventures to the Amazon.


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