Fly Fishing the Amazon
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world, and the Amazon Basin is the world's largest freshwater river system. Home to an incredible number of different plants, animals, birds and more than 3,000 different species of fish, it is one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet. The Amazon River starts high in the Peruvian Andes and flows more than 3,000 miles to join the Rio Negro near Manaus. There, these two great systems combine to become the Lower Amazon, running all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and the city of Belem. This is the land of the peacock bass: an incredibly strong, acrobatic and aggressive gamefish that has captured the imagination of fly anglers for decades. It is a lush, jungle landscape of endless angling possibilities and an experience not to be missed.
The fifth largest country in the world and the largest country in all of South America, Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country with a robust economy. Nearly the size of the continental United States, the Amazon Basin harbors the largest remaining tropical forest on the planet, nearly one-third of the planet’s biodiversity, and discharges one-fourth of the Earth’s freshwater. At its maximum height, the Amazon River can measure 25 miles across and dump 80 million gallons of fresh water into the ocean per second.