Apr 12th, 2019
Located in northern Brazil, the Agua Boa is remarkably clear, has white sand beaches and is more reminiscent of the Florida Keys than what most expect of the Amazon jungle. Overlooking the river is the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, the world’s first operation dedicated exclusively to pursuing peacock bass and other jungle species on the fly.
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Top reasons to go.
• Fish for a wide variety of jungle species in an unpressured and amazingly pure jungle environment.
• Enjoy fantastic sight fishing on some of the clearest water in the Amazon Basin.
• Experience the first lodge in the Amazon Basin that is fly fishing only with a focus on conservation and catch-and-release fishing.
• Fish with some of the most experienced guides in Amazonia with an average of 10-years of experience guiding the Agua Boa River.
• This is a high catch rate fishery perfect for beginning, intermediate and expert anglers alike.
• A tightly run and organized lodge that has a long history of being a crowd pleaser.
• Great amenities including a pool, air-conditioned guest rooms, a recreation room and daily laundry service.
• Diverse wildlife viewing with world-class birding.
Where is the lodge?
Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is located along the Agua Boa River in a remote region of the state of Roraima in northern Brazil. The lodge is situated in one of the most unspoiled natural environments in the world and enjoys permanent protection from illegal commercial fishing, hunting, and deforestation.
How do I get there?
To get to Agua Boa Amazon Lodge you will need to fly to Manaus (MAO), Brazil and then take a charter flight to the lodge. You are met in Manaus and then transferred on a 2-hour charter flight to the lodge. To alleviate the stress of tight connections, lost luggage and long travel days some guests choose to arrive in Manaus a day early.
Do I need a Visa?
Yes. It is now done online, and a Visa can be returned to you in as little as five days.
When should I go?
The season runs from October to the end of March. October is the higher water season with lower clarity. This is a great time for beginners with more blind casting to structure than sight fishing. Lower water is typical from January through March with more sight fishing and less blind casting. This is a great time for intermediate and expert anglers to visit, although beginners will still do well. The holiday season (mid to late November and mid to late December) is a great time to be at the lodge in terms of water level and there is a sizeable holiday rate discount.
Where do they fish?
They fish 70 miles of the Agua Boa River, including the lagoons and lakes in the system.
Where do we stay?
The lodge is located on a high bank of the Rio Agua Boa. There are six well-appointed cabins. The lodge has a maximum occupancy of 12 anglers.
Who is best suited to this destination?
The lodge is fantastic for a wide variety of skill levels and ages. Beginner to expert anglers will all have success at Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.
What is a typical day like?
6:00 AM: Coffee is served.
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Morning fishing session.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch on the river and lounging in the shade. Possibly a nap in a hammock or on the boat.
1:30-4:00: Afternoon fishing session.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Lounging in the pool or around the lodge before dinner.
7:00 PM: Dinner
What are the meals like?
Meals are simple, filling and thoughtfully prepared but not fancy. The meals are lite on fresh fruits and vegetables and heavy on chicken, fish and beef. Rice and beans are served with every dinner. Wine is served with dinner every night. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style. Lunch is made on your own and a lodge staff member will pack your lunch into a waterproof container for the boat.
How would you describe the general vibe and atmosphere?
It is a laid-back, happy, comfortable, fishing lodge with great rooms and it is utterly un-pretentious.
Is there an on-site manager, owner or point person at the lodge?
There is an onsite lodge manager and an angling host at the lodge.
Is there internet and cell service?
There is no cell service and internet service is somewhat spotty. The WiFi slows down when everyone uses it, so it is best to use WhatsApp or, if sending photos, resize them as small as possible. This is a great opportunity to unplug and enjoy the jungle environment without interruption.
How do they fish?
The river is divided into six zones and each guide only works in their zone, so they know it intimately. Throughout the week you will rotate guides and zones. Usually you will fish the same zone on the first and last day. The fishing is done from jet or prop powered john boats that are custom designed and built for the Agua Boa system. The narrow, long boats are stable for fly casting and have a poling platform above the motor on the stern. Fishing is done mostly with baitfish imitations either sight fishing or blind casting at structure. In some cases, the fishing is done with a deep sinking tip line to dredge the bottom of holes for trophy peacocks.
How many fish will I catch?
Depending on the angler, one can easily spend the day catching dozens of smaller (1-4 pound) butterfly peacock bass or you can decide to only target trophy Tucunarés (the larger peacock bass). It is not uncommon to have one fish a day of eight pounds or larger and it is a fair bet that several fish 10 pounds can be caught throughout the week. A fair expectation each day is 15-20 butterflies, one or two peacocks over eight pounds and shots at other jungle species such as arowana or pacu.
What are the guides like?
They are experienced, calm and happy with good fishing English. The head guide has been guiding the Agua Boa River for over 20 years and the average guide experience is 10 years on the system.
Will we see other anglers?
You might see a single subsistence angler on the lowest zone and other anglers from the lodge while traveling to and from your fishing zone, but you will not see other anglers in your zone for the day.
Is there wade fishing?
There can be as much or as little wade fishing as the guests want. The white sand beaches in the river are perfect for wade fishing if the guest is interested.
How far is it to the fishing grounds?
The longest runs from the lodge are zones 1 and 6. Both runs take about an hour and a half each way. Zones 2 and 4 are both 20 to 30-minute runs and the run to zone 3 is under ten minutes. You will rotate through all the zones so everyone in the lodge has roughly the same amount of travel time through the week.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
The lodge has loaner equipment if necessary, but it is best to bring your own.
Does the lodge provide flies?
The lodge does not provide flies. There is a small very basic fly shop on site for tippet material, lines, and a small selection of flies.
What is your favorite rod(s) for the trip?
A fast action 9 foot, 8-weight is essential for peacock bass fishing. It is also nice to have a 9-weight rigged with a sink tip line for fishing deep holes in the lagoons and lakes.
What are the top flies?
Super Mushy, Deceiver, Whistler, Mushmouth, and Half and Half Clouser Minnow.
Are there other activities?
A few other activities are available at the lodge including birding, iguana and nature watching and swimming in their pool. This is first and foremost a fishing camp.
What is the cost?
2019 Special Holiday Rate: $4550 based on double occupancy.
2020 Rate: $6400 based on double occupancy.
Evacuation insurance is required to visit Agua Boa Amazon Lodge. We recommend Global Rescue. Brazilian Visa and gratuities.
7 night, 6.5 days of fishing, private charter to/from the lodge from Manaus, meals and accommodations at the lodge, beer and wine, airport transfers in Manaus.
Airfare, hotel and meals in Manaus, Brazilian Visa, staff & guide gratuities, satellite telephone calls, flies, equipment rental, alcohol, airport taxes, Global Rescue membership.
Do I Need Trip Insurance?
It is not required, but we always recommend trip insurance.
Does this trip combine well with other trips?
Some guests travel to Argentina or Panama from Manaus.
Are there special skills required?
Not really, but it is always a good idea to go into a trip like this with a willingness to learn and especially a willingness to listen to the guides.
What are the physical demands?
It is hot! It is very hot in the middle of the day. Be ready for the heat and make sure to hydrate. 30 to 50-foot casts are needed and it is a very active physical fishery. Sometimes the fishing can be hard work.
Dangers and annoyances?
Sandflies, no-see-ums and some venomous snakes (it is rare to see them around camp), stingrays, heatstroke, sunburn and exposure. There are very few disease carrying insects in the system and very few mosquitos.
Guests have the responsibility to disclose any health issues to the lodge.
It is important that there are no tight connections while traveling to the lodge for a couple of reasons. First, lost luggage does happen, and the lodge can outfit you with clothes and fishing equipment, but they cannot get your medication or important health items. Please transport any critical medicines or important equipment such as a CPAP machine in your carry-on luggage. Second, if the charter in Manaus is missed a private charter to the lodge is $1600 minimum. So, if possible, have your luggage and don’t miss the charter in Manaus.