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Agua Boa Lodge

Agua Boa Lodge

Peacock Bass

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is located in one of the Amazon rainforest’s last remaining tracts of uncut and uninhabited rainforest on a clear water peacock bass fishery.

 

 

The lodge provides fishermen with a level of comfort, friendly service, and sense of privacy in the rainforest that will make anyone feel at home. Of course, one look out at the white sand beach in front of camp, and you will know immediately that you are someplace far from home.

The Agua Boa River is a small clear water river flowing over white sand. The river begins high in the Mocidade mountains to its confluence with the Branco river. It is flanked by upland forest, flood forest and savannah with all of its wildlife still intact. This combination of pristine and varied habitats makes for both interesting and scenic fishing.

The Agua Boa fishery revolves around lagoons, inland lakes, and the river channel.   The Agua Boa is home to all three species of Peacock Bass – the Butterfly Peacock, the Spotted Peacock and the Temensis Peacock. 

 

 

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General Information

The fishery on the Agua Boa River is in our twenty years of exploration the best we have encountered. It is perfectly suited to fly-fishing.

When at normal levels, the water is so clear, that most strikes are visible and a good percentage of your days will be spent sight fishing. It should be noted, however, that the sight fishing opportunities are dependent on light and water levels. Many anglers visit the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge strictly to sight fish for peacock bass, arowana, pacu and a host of other jungle species. While it does limit the productivity of your day, the experience of sight fishing to peacocks on white sand is we think something no fly fisherman should miss.

It should also be noted that Agua Boa is the Amazon’s first fly-fishing only peacock bass lodge. Single barbless hooks and catch and release are required of all guests. The Agua Boa is Brazil\'s only single hook, barbless flyfishing only river.

 

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Accommodations

The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge was built in 2001.

The lodge is a spacious facility with a large dining room, a living room, bar and game room. The game room has a snooker table, ping pong table, darts, and an endless array of games from chess to backgammon.

There is also an entertainment area with a DVD player, wireless internet, and satellite TV. The lodge has a great porch with an eating area, hammocks, and sitting area. Outside there is a 20 meter swimming pool, bar area, volleyball court, and soccer field. The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge has the finest facility in the peacock bass world. Combine the accommodations with the small capacity at the lodge, and you will not find a better buy in the Amazon. 

Individual bungalows

Clients stay in well-furnished, air-conditioned bungalows. Each bungalow has a large front and back porch, hammock and sitting area. Inside there is a main room with two double beds, a reading area, frigobar, and table. The bathroom is large and well designed. A ten inch shower head will let you know that you are in the land of water. The bungalows have hot and cold running water, flushing toilets, and enough storage for even the best packed fishermen. The hot water is provided by solar panels. The rooms do not have blow dryers. 

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Cuisine

Brazilian cuisine has European and African influences.It varies greatly by region, reflecting the country\'s mix of native and immigrant populations, and its continental size as well. This has created a national cuisine marked by the preservation of regional differences. You will enjoy great meals at Agua Boa lodge.

Ingredients first used by native animals in Brazil include cassava, guaraná, açaí, cumaru and tacacá. From there, the many waves of immigrants brought some of their typical dishes, replacing missing ingredients with local equivalents. For instance, the European immigrants (primarily from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland and Switzerland) were accustomed to a wheat-based diet, and introduced wine, leaf vegetables, and dairy products into Brazilian cuisine. When potatoes were not available they discovered how to use the native sweet manioc as a replacement. The African slaves also had a role in developing Brazilian cuisine, especially in the coastal states. The foreign influence extended to later migratory waves - Japanese immigrants brought most of the food items that Brazilians would associate with Asian cuisine today, and introduced large-scale aviaries, well into the 20th century

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The Fishing

Peacock Bass: There are three species of peacock bass present on the Agua Boa: the butterfly, spotted and temensis. They are all great fish for the fly rodder.

The butterfly peacock is the most numerous in the system. Butterflies are aggressive takers on poppers and 3-4 inch streamers. They are great fighters and jump often. They range between 2 and 8 pounds with approximately a 3 pound average in the system. Butterfly peacocks provide plenty of action between shots at larger fish. The spotted and temensis peacock bass are both a totally different beast. These two species are the largest of the peacocks and can attain weights of 25 pounds. These peacocks are some of the most aggressive game fish on the planet. They wander in schools of up to 40 fish and feed together working bait like bluefish.

It is difficult to describe a school of these large peacocks in full feeding frenzy. Needless to say that 1 pound baitfish are flying everywhere in a desperate attempt to escape. In many cases the baitfish will jump onto land to escape. If you can get your fly into the action, the results are spectacular: a ferocious take, a blistering run, a jump and or a run into structure are just a few of the possible obstacles you might be confronted with.

The Arowana: The other jungle species are also well worth pursuing. The arowana look and act a lot like a tarpon. They have huge scales, are air breathers, spooky and wander through the river in schools in search of baitfish. Arowana are a surface oriented fish. They are very visible and provide exciting sight casting when conditions are right.

Beware they are spooky and difficult to hook and land. Arowana have a split eye that allow them to see above and below the water. As a result they are very sensitive to false casting and unnatural movement to the fly. Smaller patterns stripped slowly and in short increments seem to be the most successful. Remember watch the fish and try to keep your fly as close to the fish as possible when retrieving your fly. Arowana have a jaw similar to tarpon and require a hard strike. They are aerial fighters and good runners. Arowana average 6 -10 lbs, but can reach nearly 15 lbs.

The Pacu: Pacu, also known as the silver dollar, are a fun fish and can be taken on trout patterns like royal wulffs, caddis and flesh flies. They are shaped like a permit and in the Agua Boa they reach weights of 5 pounds. In front of the camp there are pods of hundreds of pacu rising nightly.

The Pirarucu: 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 and probably one of the most difficult game fish on the planet to land on a fly. We have landed over 20 on the fly. They are acrobatic and excellent fighters. It is tough to describe the excitement of seeing a six foot fish and trying to manage a cast to one.

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Gear and Equipment

Two or three 8/9 weight rods are recommended for peacock bass. We suggest a large arbor reel with a great drag for your reel

We recommend tippett between .022 and .027

Tropical lines work best in the heat or a weight forward taper) We recommend the Rio Outbound

200 grain sink tip

Dry Line or Intermediate

200 or 300 grain sink tip

Hook sharpener

Pliers

Sturdy rod case (preferably one that you can carry on)

Line nippers

Stripping glove or sleeve

Boga Grip

Peacock Bass Flies:

We sell flies at the camp that are specifically designed for the Agua Boa so you may want to consider having us provide your flies. Bring roughly 3 dozen total flies, six should be topwater flies like the banger, 6 of the big baitfish patterns similar to the Puglisi Mackerel or Keliher Herring, 2 dozen should be of the deceiver or lead eye variety. Sweetwater Fly Shop will be happy to send a sample package if you are a fly tyer. Contact them for an updated fly list.

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Traveling Here

Flight information

Note about flights: Please be advised that flight schedules do change; plane connections can be missed resulting in a missed charter to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge. Please keep in mind that these things are beyond our control. Neither the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge or any of its affiliated agents will be responsible for any additional costs incurred. We highly recommend some type of travel insurance for situations out of our control.

Transportation in Manaus

Included in the package price: 

The package price includes 3 transfers in Manaus. We are responsible for picking you up upon arrival in Manaus, taking you to the charter the following morning, and transferring you upon the return of your week of fishing either to your hotel or the international airport. If you transfer to your hotel after the week of fishing, it will be your responsibility to get to the airport. Taxis or private cars can be arranged at the hotel.

Not included in the package price: 

Transportation for a large or small group to dinner from the hotel will cost R$50,00 each way per group. We will gladly take you to a hotel after your fishing week is over from the charter, but the transfer from that hotel back to the international airport will be at your own expense. Any taxi to the airport from downtown, from the Tropical hotel or some other hotel will cost approximately R$35,00 each way.

Flight schedule 

From Miami to Manaus

You will want to book your departure from Miami to Manaus on Friday. 

TAM Linhas Aereas # 8077 Departs Miami 8:15 AM - Arrive Manaus 1:25 PM 

American Airlines #961 Departs Miami 5:25 PM – Arrive Manaus 10:40 PM 

 

From Manaus to Miami 

You will want to book your departure from Manaus to Miami on Saturday. 

TAM Linhas Aereas # 8076 Departs Manaus 2:52 PM – Arrives Miami 8:15 PM 

American Airlines # 964 Departs Manaus 12:05 AM – Arrives Miami 5:25 AM 

(Arrival and Departure times are subject to change plus or minus 1 hour) 

 

Visa & Documents 

A tourist visa is required of all travelers to Brazil. 


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Recommended Clothing

Fishing shoes

Shoes for camp

Shorts

Swimsuit

Shirts - long sleeve for fishing, short sleeve for camp

Tropical travel clothes

Raincoat

Waterproof bag for the boat

Camera gear

Sun gloves

Fishing hat, make sure it has good sun protection

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Package Cost

7-night, 6-day package (Sunday to Sunday) 

$ 5.950,00 January to March

$ 4.850,00 October to December

 

Included

Prices are per angler which includes lodging based on double occupancy, beer, wine, and in-country transfers.

Not included

Airfare to Manaus, airport taxes, liquor, accommodations and meals in Manaus, and

gratuities.

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