What if I told you of a mysterious place where dragons are real, fish strike with ferocity, and the islands shiver, amid the relentless heat of Indian Ocean sun?
This is Indonesia—a nation made of more than 17,000 islands (no one knows the exact number)—and these images were taken at one its greatest spots, Komodo. Yes, that Komodo Island—home of man-eating lizards. And I was lucky enough to fish its waters while shooting an episode of “Reel Bragging Rights” with my dear friend, Jim Root, an amazing angler and host of the show.
Wading ashore on mysterious Komodo is an exercise in folklore intimidation. Locals are so convinced of the magic of Komodo’s dragons, land, and water, that several members of our party refused to leave the boat. On approach, we saw several dragons strolling on the beach, which made the boat-sitter’s decisions seem all the wiser.
That reptilian traffic keeps fishing pressure light to nonexistent. We were told by our guide, Reza Amerta, that we were actually the first anglers ever to cover this beach with fly rods. As an angler, it was truly a “Neil Armstrong moment.” Simply unforgettable, and truly life-altering.
Reynolds Wolf is an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel and an avid fly fisherman. He was in Komodo for an episode of Reel Bragging Rights on the Sportsman Channel.