|Gude Bacaba with a BIG peacock!|
On our second day, I fished with my old friend Doug Jeffries, Bacaba and an ever-changing, but constant parade of exotic birds. Our morning included a couple of very large peacocks and a snagged Amazonian sting ray. These beautiful rays have a huge barb for their size in their tail. This toxic barb can be driven deep into the flesh and cause intense pain.
|Beautiful... but dangerous|
|Bacaba kept this ray at arm's length!|
After Bacaba carefully released the ray, I was probing the shore when a big "spotty" (spotted or paca peacock) ambushed my fly just off a maze of branches near the end of a long lagoon. To keep him from returning to the tangle of branches, I clamped down hard with my line hand, but not hard enough. The pain was immediate as the line sawed through my sunglove including the leather patch on one of my fingers. Yes, I was left with a nasty line burn, but also an "about-as-big-as-they-get" spotted peacock of almost 11 lbs.