Enjoy the best Peacock Bass fly fishing in Brazil!
Peacock Bass have captured the imagination of the fly-fishing world and have developed a very loyal following of fly-fishermen who make the annual sojourn to Brazil for a week of explosive strikes and unstoppable runs. It is a landscape of endless angling possibilities.
Formerly known as the Royal Amazon Lodge, the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is located on a small clear water tributary of the Amazon perfectly suited for peacock bass. The Agua Boa is crystal clear with a white sand bottom. Imagine a small river flanked by Varzea flood forest and Gallery forests still in pristine shape with all of its great wildness still intact.
The Ultimate Flyfishing Adventure.
Fly-fishermen from around the world have been astounded and charmed by the spectacular and unspoiled rain forest surroundings and of course also by the ultimate fly-fishing experience of sight-fishing for the jungle’s fiercest fighting fish, the Peacock Bass. In addition to the Peacock Bass, fishermen can fish for Pirahna, the Pirarucu, the Aruana, the Pacu, and the countless other species that inhabit the Agua Boa.
We aim to make your entire fly fishing experience even more memorable than ever before. The Agua Boa is the only fly-fishing only river in Brazil. This coveted designation was granted after lengthy negotiations with the regional government and allows us to provide quality fishing throughout the season. All of our fishing is done with single, barbless hooks. We think the proof of the success of our approach lies with the fact that our anglers’ catch rates do not fluctuate between the beginning of the season and the end.
Our aim is for you to enjoy every minute of your stay, from arrival until the minute you leave. We hope you will agree that once you have visited the Agua Boa, every other jungle fishing experience will seem pale in comparison.
The fishery on the Agua Boa River is in our twenty years of exploration, is 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 something we think no fly fisherman should miss.
To understand peacock bass, you need to first consider their habitat. Most everything in the Amazon is being eaten, or is in the process of eating something else. As a general rule, fish in the Amazon are built tough with razor sharp teeth and brutal strength. This makes for interesting fishing as some fish will cut you off, while others will pull you straight into the structure and tangle you up. Peacock bass do not have razor sharp teeth, but there is not a fish that is tougher in fresh water. They are happy to break rods and the toughest mono trying to get away.
The Peacock’s habit varies to a large degree depending on the size of the fish. Small to mid-size peacocks tend to congregate around structures for both food and protection. Large peacocks tend to feel a little more comfortable in not getting eaten by predators. Over time they become bullies and roam the lagoons and river channels in packs.
Peacock bass are a pursuit predator, which means that they will keep after their prey until it is either in their belly or on the shore. It is not uncommon to have large peacocks drive shoals of baitfish onto the shore. Believe it or not, we have seen peacocks fly out of the water in unsuccessful attempts to get small birds. Certainly it sounds ridiculous. After your trip, our guess is that you will believe it.
Clients will fish two to a boat with one guide. The guides have been trained extensively and have many years of experience guiding for peacock bass. They are not bilingual but are somewhat conversant in English and will understand your needs. After breakfast, you are welcome to fish with your guide until 6 pm.
The rivers and tributaries around the Royal Amazon Lodge are rich and diverse. Possible species include the three species of peacocks: the butterfly (up to 10 pounds), the paca or spotted (up to 20 pounds), and the temensis (up to 24 pounds).
The Agua Boa River is the Amazon’s first and only fishery managed to require catch and release, as well as single barbless hooks. The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is the only lodge or settlement on the river, and in cooperation with the Brazilian Institute for Protection of the Amazon, has helped place the Agua Boa into an area of permanent protection. The Agua Boa is one of the few areas of the Amazon that you should not see another person throughout the duration of your stay.
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 20 and 30 pound tippet spools.
We recommend tropical lines. The Rio Outbound short series is a good choice in Floating and 15 ft Intermediate clear tips. The line of choice for sinking lines are either a 200 or 300 grain tropical line.
Between .22-.027 are best for Peacock Bass. Diameter of the tippet is more important than breaking strength
Hook sharpener/ Pliers/ Fishing hat, make sure it has good sun protection/ Sturdy rod case (preferably one that you can carry on)/ Line nippers/ Stripping glove or sleeve/ Boga Grip.