It has been a few years of knowing and fishing with Carlos and I have to say that there is no other fisherman, fly tier or nature enthusiast that can price himself of possessing the knowledge and experience regarding the Colombian fisheries and in particular the Orinoco basin region. No matter if you are thinking of trout fishing in the Andes Mountains, or fishing for peacock bass in the tributaries of the Orinoco River, Carlos will always have a tip or trick to help you. Opposite of the secrecy and jealousy that characterizes fishermen and their fishing spots, favorite fly, perfect trick, you will be surprised by the candidness and honest camaraderie that flows the minute you met him.

Is in this spirit that I wanted to share one of my best fishing experiences.  Having someone show you ways of improving your game and getting you in position of catching record size peacock bass, experiencing massive strikes, breaks and also breaking a rod or tow will get you felling the rush of adrenaline that you´ve been crabbing since you start making preparations for that trip that promises exotic places, fine accommodations, local cuisine that will comfort you during and after those long and intense fishing session and infrastructure that will take into account simple but comforting things like a river side hammock nap after lunch.

I have been in the Mataveni River twice and I can state that having a partner like Carlos brought so much more to the table when compared with my previous experience, and is with that experiences fishing with Carlos I can only say: prepare your self because you are in for the treat of your life, your fishing life at least.

Juan Manuel Laverde, Bogotá, drlaverde@gmail.com