Trip Overview 

Fishing the waters of the Amazon basin is one of the most exciting and interesting angling experiences available today, with trophy peacock bass, payara, piranha, pacu, aruana and numerous other exotic species found throughout the region. While both of the Brazilian operations that we work with and represent offer excellent accommodations and amenities in beautiful areas that are both isolated and protected, River Plate takes things to an entirely different level when it comes to a "remote" location. Utilizing a system of shallow-draft floating cabins, this operation allows anglers to access fishing areas that are completely unreachable by all other operations. If you're looking for adventure in the Amazon, than this is the operation to consider.

Destination Quick Facts 

River Plate Outfitters - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Trips originate in Manaus, Brazil

SEASON:  July through March

CAPACITY:  Maximum of eight (8) anglers per week

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Manaus, Brazil (MAO)

TARGET SPECIES:  Three species of peacock bass (temensis, spotted and butterfly), aruana, piranha, payara, pirarucu and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport and a Brazilian visa are required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
River Plate’s “Fly-In Floating Cabins” are the ultimate solution for optimizing shallow drafting mobility, comfort, and luxury in the most remote areas of the Amazon. On arrival from the US, you travel about 1 to 2 hours via an 8-passenger Cessna Caravan turbo-prop float plane and then take a 1 -2 hour boat ride to one of six different Floating Cabin Camps. These mobile cabin camps cruise the headwaters of small tributaries and countless fish-filled, secluded lagoons, which are normally too long of a run for standard bass boat in the areas where most of the competing houseboats and lodges are operating. The River Plate mobile cabins move daily to fresh, unfished river segments. Each night you are then overnighting along new and different white-sand Amazonian beaches. Also, this feature allows you to walk-in at any time to comfort from the nearby secluded, prehistoric-looking lagoons to your 10’ X 15’ private cabin that is outfitted with air conditioning and a private, full bathroom. These cabins are tastefully decorated and every detail has been carefully considered.

Food and Beverages
Each floating cabin "chain" of boats features a main dinning cabin. Breakfast is served each morning by 6:00 AM, and your guide will be ready to leave by 6:30 AM. At mid-day you may return for lunch in the dinning room and a “siesta” in your air-conditioned cabin, or you may take a packed lunch in the boat with you. Appetizers and dinner are served each evening in the main dinning area after all guests return.

Typical Length of Stay
Standard package is a seven day / eight night package (Friday to Friday) leaving from and returning to Manaus, Brazil.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Non-angling activities with River Plate are limited, as this is primarily a trip that focuses on fishermen. There are a number of non-angling sights and tours available in Mabaus.

Internet / Communications
WI-FI is available at all hotels in Manaus, but not on the river. There is a satellite phone on the boat that can be used by guests for a charge of $5.00 per minute.

FISHING

General Information
River Plate’s guides are some of the very best in all of Brazil: carefully trained guides who are hard-core fishermen intimately familiar with the complexities of Amazon angling. Many have guided for River Plate for over 15 years. With thousands of fish boated for clients, they know how to get anglers on to large numbers of fish - as well as some very large fish. The majority of Amazonian gamefish belong to three main groups (families): the catfish, characins (freshwater dorado for example), and cichlids (peacock bass). In addition to these three groups are several other odd-ball families like the osteoglossidae (which includes the immense pirarucú), and groups with salt-water origins such as the sardinata/apapá (a shad/herring/tarpon-like fish) and the corvina, which is essentially a freshwater drum. The list of Amazonian freshwater gamefish is as extensive and exotic as the land itself. Depending upon the region, there are as many as twenty different species that will take a fly or lure – all with fantastic names to match their peculiar appearances. Of all the incredible gamefish in the Amazon basin, the one that has received the most attention is the peacock bass. Their remarkably explosive topwater strikes, combined with an astonishing ability to break heavy leaders and straighten even stout saltwater hooks, makes them one of the most sought-after species in the Amazon basin. Peacock bass are not a true "bass" such as the largemouth and smallmouth bass found in North American waters, but instead comprise a genus within the family Cichlidae (the cichlid). Although there are countless color variations throughout their range, there are only four currently recognized species of peacock bass: C. temensis, C. ocellaris, C. monoculus and C. nigrolineatus (there is a raging debate among ichthyologists and anglers on this topic). All species are commonly called tucunaré in Brazil and Peru, while other Spanish speaking South American countries use the term pavón.

Boats and Equipment Required
The fishing boats utilized by River Plate are 20 feet long with a 40 HP outboards and all of the standard bass boat features (trolling motor, high swivel seats, etc.) The best thing about these area-specific boats is that they are sufficiently light to navigate past the shallow sandbars and other obstacles found throughout the Amazon. With regards to rods, reels, flies, and all terminal tackle, anglers will want to bring all of their own equipment.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
Depart from Miami on a Friday on TAM Airlines to Manaus, Brazil (MAO), arriving in Manaus in the evening. After you pass through customs in Manaus, you will be met at the airport by a representative of Agua Boa Amazon Lodge for a transfer to the hotel of your choice in Manaus, where you will spend the night. The following morning you will board a private air charter to meet up with the floating cabins. The flight is one and half-hours over some of the Amazon’s most pristine rainforest. On your departure day arrive back in Manaus in the afternoon. You can catch a direct flight back to the U.S. that evening, or choose to overnight once again in Manaus and depart for the U.S. and your return flight to Miami the following day.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Most flights into Manaus, Brazil from the U.S. arrive late at night. Since you will be overnighting in Manaus on your first night, you can arrive at any time the day before your trip actually begins. On departure day, most flights depart very late at night, allowing you to arrive back in Manaus, and then catch an international flight later that night.

Documents Required
Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to your place of residence in the United States. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry into Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa. Make sure your passport is valid and does not expire before or while you are out of the United States. To obtain a visa, your valid passport must be sent to the nearest Brazilian Consulate General.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Prices below are based upon a seven day / eight night package (Friday to Friday)

Remote Area Package (March – July) = $4,695

Exclusive Area Package (July – December) = $5,050

Exclusive Area Package (January – March) = $5,590

What's Included

  • All charter flights in country via float plane
  • All necessary ground transfers
  • One overnight at Tropical Hotel in Manaus on arrival
  • Guide-operated 21 foot fully equipped shallow drafting bass boat per two anglers
  • Brazilian fishing licenses
  • All meals at fishing destination
  • All wine and beer
  • Daily laundry and maid service at fishing destinations.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare from original destination to Manaus, Brazil
  • Brazilian visa
  • Gratuities and tips to camp staff and fishing guides
  • Overweight luggage charges (weight limit: 36 lbs. per person is allowed on the float plane)
  • Food and beverages in Manaus
  • Private city tours, special transfers and hotel reservations when not arriving/ departing with the party
  • Airport departure tax
  • Satellite phone calls ($5.00/minute)
  • Rods, flies, and all terminal tackle
OTHER INFO

Daily Fishing Schedule

The staff of River Plate will try to personalize each day’s fishing schedule to suite your preferences. Every evening, the manager will discuss the following day’s plan with you. You will typically be awakened at 5:30 - 6:00 AM by one of the members of the staff. Breakfast will be served by 6:00 AM and your guide will be ready to leave by 6:30 AM. You may start to fish in the adjoining lagoons while the floating cabins navigate to new and un-fished river segments. At midday you may return for lunch and a “siesta” in your fully air-conditioned cabin or you may take a packed lunch prepared by the cook and continue fishing until late in the afternoon. Appetizers and dinner are served after all the guests return.

Client Testimonials

"If you can’t see yourself camping in the Amazon, think again. This is a very comfortable camp. Two anglers share efficient air-conditioned tents that even have their own bathrooms with shower. This convenient floating camp goes to places where standard river boats can’t reach when water levels drop."
- Jeff Currier (Jackson, WY)

TESTIMONIALS

Patty Miller
1021 East Street, NE
Washington, DC

 February 28, 2013

 Feedback on Amazon Peacock Bass Trip

 Dear John,
I wanted you to know that we had a fantastic trip to the Amazon. Between the 7 of us, we caught 2,551 Peacock Bass and this doesn’t even include the other various species. We came home thoroughly exhausted from landing these beautiful big fighters!
River Plate did an excellent job! The camp was first rate, very clean, the food was great and everyone was very professional, nice and knowledgeable. If you ever have a prospective client that wants to talk to someone that did the floating camp trip I would be happy to talk with them.
I also want to tell you that Yellowdog also did a great job answering our many questions and sending our information packages, etc to us. You (John Hudgens) especially were very easy to work with and incredibly helpful.
I am a detail type reader so I thought that I would pass on comments on the pre-trip information in case you might find it helpful.

 Kind regards and I will definitely book a trip through Yellowdog again.

 

Patty Miller