Roughly the size of Idaho, the small South American country of Guyana and is situated east of Venezuela, west of Suriname, and north of Brazil. Thick, tropical rainforest covers more than 80% of this country, which collectively is home to more than 15% of the planet’s freshwater. Guyana also has the distinction of being the only South American nation in which English is the official language. The jungles of Guyana are also home to one of the largest, most exotic and most unique gamefish found anywhere in the world of sportfishing – the prehistoric and massive arapaima. Heavily-armored with massive scales, Arapaima routinely reach lengths of more than six feet and in some exceptional cases more than eight feet. The maximum recorded weight for the species is 440 pounds while the longest recorded length was slightly over 15 feet. Torpedo-shaped with large blackish-green scales and red and orange markings, the arapaima is streamlined, sleek and incredibly strong.
For anglers interested in catching arapaima on the fly, there is no better operation or location anywhere in earth than Guyana and the water that surround the Rewa Village community and Rewa Eco Lodge. Through a combination of conservation, scientific research and low-impact sportfishing practices, Rewa has created the most productive and healthiest arapaima fishery in the world. Click on the “Rewa Lodge Arapaima Fishing” link on the left to read more about the program offerings.
LOCATION: Rupununi Area, Region 9 in Southern Guyana
SEASON: Fall season is October-November, and spring season is February-March
CAPACITY: The Rewa Eco Lodge can accommodate a maximum of four (4) anglers per week
CLOSEST REGIONAL AIR HUB: Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana (Airport Code: GEO)
TARGET SPECIES: Trophy arapaima, with possibilities for peacock bass, payara, piranha, pacu, arowana and wolf fish
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Passports valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Guyana are required to enter and depart Guyana