I don't know what to tell you. The stars really lined up on this trip. I know that you and river plate had alot to do with it, but this was one of the best trips I have taken part in. The people in our group all got along well even thought there was a mix of gear and fly guys. It was a treat for me to meet Joan and Steve, and hear about all there travels past and future. They are really nice people., and we had a good time with them.
Everything seemed to run very smooth going in. The fellow in Manaus met us and sent us off without any problems. He was alright, but not as cordial as Amos whom we met at the hotel.
When we landed in the jungle, the float plane was there and waiting to exchange passengers. We got to camp by 9:17am, and got some good fishing time in.
Our camp host, whom we called Bison was exceptional. He was more attentive than anyone I have ever seen. He would see us off in the morming, greet us coming back, sit with us after fishing, and at every dinner he literally stood over us with the server and wouldn't let us get up for anything. He would constantly ask if everything OK? , and attend immediately to your request. The food was good, and plentiful, with many entrees at breatkfasts and dinners to choose from.
The weather was overcast, so the heat wasn't bad, The guides were all good, and as you know we all caught fish.
The cabins were clean and kept that way each day when we returned from fishing. They also did an exceptional job of cleaning our clothes.
I think you will get a 100% rating of 10 on a scale of 1-10 from all 8 of us.
The fly guys caught more fish as you predicted and the gear guys caught many many big fish. I got a copy of Bison's end of week tallies and will share some of it with you.
Steve and Joan- total for week-716 large fish: 12,8,8,14,10,9,
Mike and John- total for week 626 large fish: 12,8,12,11,16,8,8,
*John had intestinal problems and missed 1/2 of Sun and all of Mon. Three of the gear guys had same problem, but I think only one missed some fishing
Clyde and Clark-total for week-245 large fish-8,8,15,8,12,16,17,13,12,8,10,12,13,14,12,12,12,11,17,11,11,11,
Eric and Troy week total-220 large fish:
Total for week 1,817
One thing that would be helpful would be language card with fishing phrases like how many fish, how heavy, etc. to better communicate with the guides.
Thank you Keith and River Platt for putting together a most memorable trip. It was a pleasure experencing the skill and professionalism of all those involved.