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.
The lodge provides anglers with a level of comfort unrivaled in the Amazon. Guests stay in private, air-conditioned bungalows with two queen beds, a sitting area, private bathroom and a porch overlooking the river. Home to world class bird watching and wildlife viewing, the lodge also features a swimming pool, entertainment room and other amenities suitable for guests. With over one hundred miles of private water and an up-river private houseboat option, this is a premier peacock bass destination for discerning fly fishers.
Agua Boa Amazon Lodge sits on the banks of the Agua Boa river, a tributary of the Amazon, in far northern Brazil.
Brazilian guides take anglers up and down the 77 miles of private water in 18 foot Jon boats powered by 40 horse Yamaha’s with attached jet units. The boats are equipped with casting platforms on the front and middle areas as well as a poling platform for the guide. Each morning you will depart the lodge for your specified beat on the river. During the lunch break, the guides are happy to hang soft cotton hammocks under trees for you to rest. It is a nice way to relax in the hottest part of the day. Your fly fishing will not suffer as the mid-day heat generally makes the fish spooky and unreceptive. If you want to fish through the day without a break however, just ask your guide. Typically anglers will fly fish until 5:00 PM-6:00 PM and then return to the lodge for a swim, drinks and dinner. Optional nighttime activities such as boat-based game viewing and spear fishing, or conventional fishing for giant red tailed catfish are available at an additional cost. By regulation and for conservation purposes, the Agua Boa is a well managed fishery where catch and release and single barbless hooks are required.
The Agua Boa River and Fish:
The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge on the Agua Boa River is the Amazon’s first fly fishing only peacock bass lodge. The fishery on the Agua Boa is well suited to fly fishing. The water is clear and in many cases allows fishermen to sight fish for bass, arowana, pacu and a host of other jungle species. Peacock bass come in a large variety of sizes and species. There are three species on the Agua Boa: the butterfly, spotted and temensis:
The Butterfly Peacock is the most numerous in the system. They range from two to eight pounds and are great fighters that often jump.
The Spotted and Temensis Peacock are totally different beasts. These two species are the largest of the peacocks and can attain weights of 25 pounds. They are some of the most aggressive game fish on the planet. They can wander in schools of up to 40 fish and feed together working bait like jacks or bluefish.
The Arowana looks and acts a lot like a tarpon. They average six to ten pounds, have huge scales and due to their hard mouths are hard to hook and land.
Pacu, also known as the silver dollar, are a fun fish. They can reach weights of ten pounds. They are shaped like permit and can be taken on trout patterns.
Pirarucu, the giant tarpon of the Amazon, reach weights well in excess of 200 pounds. These fish look and act a lot like tarpon, but are so smart that at the lodge they have not landed more than a handful of them. It is tough to describe the excitement of seeing them and trying to manage a cast to one.
The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is located in one of the Amazon rainforest’s last remaining tracts of uncut and uninhabited rainforest. The lodge provides fishermen with a level of comfort, friendly service, and sense of privacy in the rainforest that will at make anyone feel at home. Of course, one look out the window at Rex, the 18-foot black caiman waiting on the white sand beach in front of camp, and you will know immediately that you are someplace far from home. Guests stay in private air-conditioned bungalows with two queen sized beds, a sitting area, private bathroom with oversized sunflower shower heads and a porch overlooking the Agua Boa River. The lodge itself features a swimming pool, entertainment room, dining room, outdoor eating area, bar and satellite TV/DVD player. The lodge has many international titles in their extensive movie library.
Day 1 (Saturday): Arrive at Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.
Day 2-7 (Sunday - Friday): Full days of guided fishing.
Day 8 (Saturday): Depart lodge.
2019 Rate: $5,150-$6,150 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge based on double occupancy, guided fishing, beer, wine, in-country transfers between Manaus and the lodge, fishing license.
Not Included: Round trip airfare, hotel and meals in Manaus, Brazilian Visa, staff & guide gratuities, satellite telephone calls, flies, equipment rental, imported alcohol, airport taxes.
Species: Three species of peacock bass, ten additional jungle species
Season: October to March
Capacity: 12 anglers
Map: Manaus, Brazil
Time: GMT/UTC - 04:00 hour. Daylight Saving Time not in use.