Where other camps offer payara as a sideshow to the Peacock Bass, we offer the only camp in South America exclusively geared to the Payara. The Payara can best be described as a salmon with an extremely bad attitude. Apart from the Payara you will as well encounter the fierce Aymara, another prehistoric lure crunching figther that grows up to 40 pounds. To insure the best fishing possible, a strict catch and release policy is in effect at the lodge, thanks to this we have experienced over the years the increment in size and numbers. Here various world records have been set and broken every season, the current all tackle record (39lb 4oz) was set by one of our guests.
It's advisable to have 2 sets of tackle, ready to fish, one medium rig to cast lighter baits and one heavy rig for trolling and casting bigger baits. It's a good idea to have adequate tackle ready to handle these powerful and aggressive adversaries. Payara can also come out in big sizes and they readily take cast or trolled subsurface baits. These traits, coupled with their terrific stamina not only make them a favorite of anglers but also a great consumer of lures. The head, as you can see, shows that it's not your friendly neighbor salmon. These fangs and teeth can really destroy a lure, and you know when a payara strike. Some anglers describe the attack as: " Man! I thought a Mack Truck hit the plug!".
Tour Itinerary (7 nights trip itinerary, 3 days of fishing):
Day 1: International flight to Venezuela. Transfer to Hotel, 15 minutes drive. Transfer help service will be provided, price included. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Transfer to domestic terminal (very early in the morning) to
take flight to Puerto Ordaz (45 min). Transfer help service will be provided,price included. Ground transfer to La Paragua town (3 hours drive). Boat transfer to Uraima Falls (3 hours by the river). Reception at Uraima Falls.
Days 3-5: Three (3) days of payara fishing.
Day 6: Transfer by boat from Uraima Falls to La Paragua town (3 hours by the river), this will be very early in the morning. Ground transfer from La Paragua town to Puerto Ordaz domestic terminal (3 hours drive). Domestic flight to La Guaira city (45 minutes flight). Transfer to Hotel, 15 minutes drive. Transfer help service will be provided, price included. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Transfer to international terminal (very early in the morning) to take international flight home. Transfer help service will be provided, price included.
The Fishing at Uraima Lodge:
The Uraima Falls fishery is undoubtedly the most dynamic payara fishery in the world. One can catch both payara and occasionally large aymara in close proximity. The Uraima Falls and Paragua River provide a variety of fishing environments. Your guides may take you into fast water beneath the falls or the quick current of the river. You may troll in some locations and cast in others. You can even fish from the islands shores and very effectively catch large payara.
It's advisable to have at least two outfits ready to fish, one medium/heavy rig to cast lighter baits and one heavy rig for trolling and casting bigger baits. It's a good idea to have adequate tackle ready to handle these powerful and aggressive adversaries. Payara can also exceed 30 pounds and they readily take cast or trolled subsurface baits. They strike with tremendous power and can strip off line like a bonefish and jump like a tarpon. These traits, coupled with their terrific stamina not only make them a favorite of anglers but also a great consumer of lures. To insure the best fishing possible, a strict catch and release policy is in effect at the lodge.
We strongly encourage all clients not to handle fish, not only to reduce stress on the fish, but also because these fish species have strong jaws and sharp teeth that can severely injure you! The guides are well trained in fish handling and care. If you catch a trophy and want to photograph, measure, or weigh the fish, use a fish handling tool such as a Boga-Grip,or sturdy gloves. Or better yet, have the guide hold the fish. Your understanding and cooperation will ensure that this fishery remains as productive as ever.
Our fishing season is extremely short, only 4 months per year, from Jan 15th to May 15th. Payara fishing is done during the dry season at Uraima Falls in Venezuela, once the rains set in and the river levels get higher the payara migrates off our fishing grounds.
The Weather at Uraima Lodge:
Tropical temperatures prevail in Venezuela with midday temperature ranging between 85 to 100 degrees F. Generally, there is light to medium wind and an extremely intense sun throughout the day, so please be mindful of dehydration and overexposure to the sun. At night, the temperature slowly drops to 72-78 degrees F. Rain can be common throughout the week's fishing, so bring along a good quality, lightweight rain suit to avoid a cold boat ride.
Fishing tackles and lures:
We do not hold a stock of fishing tackle or lures at the lodge. Clients must bring their own. In the payara pre trip file attached there is information about all tackles and lures needed (gear list). This is a very important point, once clients are here, there is nowhere to buy lures or tackle, so they must come well prepared for this trip. Uraima Falls fishing is something not to take lightly, as an average you can lose 3 lures daily!.
The sturdy 35 foot dugout canoes are ideal for the fishing here. Since we sometimes fish close to rapids and in fast moving waters there are 2 crew members in each canoe, one is the driver who guides the canoe, the other is the Payara catcher who helps you in landing your fish. With 4 people in the vessel you need space, and even more important, no other vessel is such a stable fishing platform in these waters. You will be amazed at how comfortable these canoes are, with their swivel seats, rod holders, other items and all the leg room you need. And you will be pleased to know that the furthest fishing area is only 10 minutes from the camp. Uraima falls lodge is located on an island and the fishing spots are just around the corner. You will not experience here long rides in order to get to the hot fishing areas, at Uraima Falls the fishing grounds are just by the lodge.
Fishing trips, how long are they:
This will depend on client needs. We can set up any fishing trip, all we ask for is to be notified with enough time in advance to set aside the space for your clients. Our capacity is 8 anglers per group, we can not host any more than that per party.
About safety aspects:
If something went wrong (we never have had an accident since 1995 !) we have an emergency landing airstrip next to the lodge, were a small plane can land and take off with 2 people (We have radio at the lodge for communications). This plane takes about 45 minutes to get to Uraima and 45 minutes to get back to Puerto Ordaz city where the injured person can be taken to the nearest private hospital. There is a bigger airstrip about 30 minutes by boat from the lodge where bigger planes can also land and take off. It is a most that every angler buys travel insurance before the trip takes place.
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