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Editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine Lands 68" Arapaima on Limitless 475


Photo by Beth Sweeting
As editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine, Ross Purnell has fished around the world with the most technologically advanced gear on the planet. Yet even for him, this trip was something else. Ross recently visited Rewa, Guyana, in the heart of the Guyanese rainforest to pursue the largest freshwater scaled fish in the world, the arapaima. His weapon of choice? The all-new Cheeky Limitless 475 Fly Reel.
"I really loved the new Limitless Reel," wrote Ross after the trip. "The drag was smooth and powerful, and everything kept operating even though we were in muddy, gritty conditions.”
Muddy is an understatement. While fishing the deep, murky waters of the mighty Rewa, Ross landed two enormous arapaimas on his Limitless Reel, the largest measuring 68 inches. He also worked with Oliver White and the folks at Indifly Foundation to tag and collect much needed information about these endangered river dinosaurs. 
"It's been a dream of mine to catch one these beasts," wrote Ross. "This trip should rise to the top of your bucketlist asap."
Photo by Beth Sweeting

 The Reel

Ross fished with the Cheeky Limitless 475 Fly Reel. Designed for 10-12 weight line, the Limitless 475 boasts an impenetrable fully-sealed GDS drag system, and is one of the strongest and lightest reels on the market. Click here to learn more.

The Fish

Arapaima are native to the Amazon and Essequibo regions of South America. They are the largest freshwater scaled fish in the world, reaching nearly 10ft and weighing over 400lbs. Their hard, corrugated scales can reach the size of poker chips. But perhaps the most fascinating, arapaima breathe air. They possess lungs and breathe through their mouth, an evolutionary advantage in their often oxygen-deprived rivers.

 


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