Deep within the Brazilian rainforest near the border with Columbia lies one of the most remote and exciting peacock bass destinations in the world. Officially launching in 2015, Rio Marié has lived up to its claim of being the greatest trophy peacock bass destination the fly fishing world has ever seen. Anglers enjoy true luxury accommodations on a purpose-built mothership that moves about to unfished water each week. With over 400 miles of private water and seasoned English speaking Brazilian guides, this is the place to target well-rested double-digit monsters. Be one of the first to experience this wild region that the locals refer to as "Rio de Gigantes".
Rio Marié is entirely located inside an extensive Indian Territory, an area of more than 2 million hectares. This untouched environment has more than 400 miles of rivers, 180 known creeks, 60 lakes and three major tributaries inside the new operation area. It is the first exclusive fly fishing only project allowed and supported by the Brazilian government in conjunction with the Indian Association to create a sport fishing operation entirely within an Indian Territory.
In this area of the Amazon, the fishing season normally runs from August to late December. This is the dry season for the upper Negro basin and the Marié is considered one of the more stable systems in the peacock bass world.
Fishing Program: The Rio Marié offers a unique opportunity to fly fish for giant peacock bass in a very remote jungle setting. Each day the mothership will anchor on a different beat giving anglers access to miles of rested water throughout the trip. Teams of two anglers are paired with a professional English speaking fly fishing guide and a local Indian guide. Guest fish out of custom designed boats that feature fore and aft casting platforms. Lunch is usually taken quickly on the boat, with guest fishing until the light begins to fade.
This river area is huge, encompassing nearly 500 miles of virgin waters, and is home to some of the world’s largest peacock bass. Guests fish hard for a chance at these really large Temensis peacocks and catch plenty of smaller butterfly peacocks in the process.
Accommodations and Meals: Anglers enjoy excellent accommodations aboard the Untamed Amazon, a spacious mothership yacht. The yacht is equipped with large guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms, a fully appointed dining room and an upper deck for enjoying evening cocktails. The ship is fully air-conditioned. An Argentine chef will prepare quality dishes of freshly caught fish, fresh daily-baked bread and pastries.
Day 1 (Wednesday): Arrive in Manaus where you will be met by a member of the Rio Marié team who will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2 (Thursday): After breakfast (approximately 7:00 AM), you will be transferred to the local airport to meet your charter flight to Rio Marié. Once on the ground, you will meet your guides and staff and transfer by boat to the yacht. After lunch you will head out for a half day of fishing.
Day 3-8 (Friday-Wednesday): Six days of guided fishing. Each group of two anglers will be accompanied by a professional fly fishing guide as well as a native guide.
Day 9 (Thursday): In the morning, guests will be transferred by boat to the landing strip and fly back to Manaus, weather permitting. You will stop to refuel before arriving in Manaus at approximately 3:00 PM. There you will be met by a member of the Rio Marié team who will transfer you to the airport for your return flight home.
2018 Rate: $7,325 plus $670 Native Community fee per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: All charter flights and boat transfers, all necessary ground transfers in Brazil, 6 ½ days guided fishing, 7 nights lodging, meals and beverages (including wine, beer and spirits), one overnight at Caesar Business Hotel in Manaus on arrival, fishing licenses, daily laundry and maid service at fishing destination.
Not Included: $670 Native Community fee, international airfare, Brazilian visa, gratuities for camp staff and guides, food and beverages in Manaus and private city tours, airport departure tax, satellite phone calls ($5/minute), extra hotel overnights, tackle.
Season: Mid September to early December
Species: Butterfly and Temensis peacock bass
Lodge Capacity: 8 anglers
Time: GMT/UTC - 04:00 hour. Daylight Savings Time not in use.
Map: Rio Marie, Brazil