Pursuing Peacocks in the Rainforest
Fishing the waters of the Amazon basin is one of the most exciting angling experiences available today, with trophy peacock bass, payara, piranha, pacu, aruana and numerous other exotic species found throughout the region. Agua Boa Lodge – operating for more than 10 years – is arguably the finest fly fishing operation in the Amazon, with great guides, excellent equipment, and the most comfortable amenities and accommodations found anywhere in the jungle!
The original owner of the lodge property, Dr. Jan Wilt, built the complex (originally called Royal Amazon Lodge) in 2001. Now under different ownership with a different name (Agua Boa Amazon Lodge) the Lodge continues its tradition of excellence and top-notch customer service. Agua Boa Lodge itself is a spacious facility with a large dining room, a living room, bar, and game room. Outside, the Lodge has a large porch with a dining area, hammocks, a communal sitting area, a swimming pool, bar area, volleyball court, and a soccer field. Agua Boa Lodge is hands-down the finest facility in the entire peacock bass world. Combine the accommodations with a small guest capacity and you will not find a better buy in the Amazon. Guests stay in well-furnished, spacious, air-conditioned bungalows. Each bungalow has a large front and back porch, hammock, and sitting area. Inside there is a 30×30-foot main room with two double beds, and a large and well-designed bathroom (A ten-inch shower head will let you know that you are definitely in the land of water!). The bungalows have hot and cold running water, flushing toilets and enough storage for the fishermen that bring everything. The Lodge is also equipped with wireless internet.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast each morning is buffet-style, with a choice of hot and cold dishes, bread, pastries, cold meat, fresh fruit, and cereals. In addition, fresh fruit juices and coffee are always available. Lunch may be taken either at the Lodge, where the chef will provide a cooked meal, or a packed lunch can be prepared in the morning for those who prefer to stay on the river all day. All of the boats have a cooler on board to keep food fresh and the guides will ensure that plentiful supplies of cool drinks are available throughout the day. Each evening, a buffet dinner, with wine, is served in the dining room with a choice of several meat and fish dishes, all freshly prepared by the chef. Throughout the day and evening, snacks and hot and cold drinks are always available.
Typical Length of Stay
A standard package is a seven (7) nights / seven (7) fishing days (Saturday to Saturday).
Non-Angling Activities and Options
We are happy to assist you in the organization of non-angling activities during your visit to the Amazon. That said, it should be understood that while at Agua Boa Lodge, non-angling activities are virtually non-existent. This is primarily a trip for fishermen. The Lodge does have a great pool and deck area, and the wildlife viewing opportunities (including the Lodge’s “pet” crocodile!) are endless.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge at Agua Boa Lodge, so feel free to bring a laptop or smart phone. There is no cell coverage.
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 at 6:00 AM, you will board a private air charter to the Lodge. The flight lasts 90 minutes, flying over some of the Amazon’s most pristine rainforest. On your departure day, you will leave the Lodge via private air charter at approximately 9:00 AM, arriving back in Manaus at 10:30 AM. You can catch a direct flight back to the U.S. that day, 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 (MAO) 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.
U.S. citizens will need to carry a valid U.S. passport. In June of 2019, Brazil waived tourist visas for US citizens! You no longer need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.
If you’d like assistance with airline tickets, hotel reservations, transfers, and all travel logistics, Yellow Dog recommends working with our preferred South American travel specialist, Alicia Regueiro of Holdy Tours. Email: [email protected] or call: (925)-927-6617
At Agua Boa Lodge, clients fish two-to-a-boat with one guide. The guides at Agua Boa Lodge have been trained extensively and have many years of experience guiding fly anglers for peacock bass. While they are not bilingual, they are usually somewhat conversant in “fishing English” and can understand your needs and communicate fishing instructions. Most clients are happy to be on the water by 8:00 AM each day and off by 6:00 PM and all clients are guaranteed a 10-hour fishing day.
The rivers and tributaries around Agua Boa Lodge are rich and diverse. Possible targets include all three species of peacock bass: the butterfly (up to 10 pounds), the spotted (up to 20 pounds), and the temensis (Up to 24 pounds, although it is almost certain that a world-record fish is present in the system. The current record stands at 27 pounds.). Peacock bass is perhaps one of the toughest gamefish around. Their topwater strike is often so ferocious that the entire fish will fly several feet out of the water with the fly. Once hooked, peacocks exhibit a savvy toughness unknown to trout and largemouth fisherman. A large peacock is unstoppable on its first few runs. Anglers can only hope that the fish stays well away from any type of structure. Most fish go aerial in a tarpon-like display, gills rattling as they fly end over end, only to submerge and run again. They are not a fish for the weak of heart. Everyone that fishes Agua Boa will return with stories of stripped reels, destroyed tackle and memories of giant bass that simply could not be stopped.
Boats and Equipment Required
The fishing boats at Agua Boa are 20-foot aluminum skiffs outfitted with poling platforms and four-stroke engines. They accommodate either one or two people fishing at a time. Anglers are encouraged to bring their own rods and reels. The Lodge does have a small, well-stocked fly shop where guests can purchase flies, terminal tackle, accessories, and gifts.
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. A standard package at Agua Boa Lodge is a seven (7) nights / six and a half (6.5) fishing days (Saturday to Saturday).
Special Holiday Rates: (Nov. 21 – 28, Nov. 28 – Dec. 5, Dec. 19 – 26, Dec. 26 – Jan. 2) – (7) nights / (6.5) days of guided fishing (based on double occupancy) is $4,700.00 per person
Single bungalow / Double occupancy fishing is $5,800.00
Single bungalow / Single angler fishing is $9,400.00
Non-Angler Rate: $2,400.00
2020 Early Season Rates: (October, November, December)
(7) nights / (6.5) days of guided fishing (based on double occupancy) is $5,600.00 per person
Single bungalow / Double occupancy fishing is $6,600.00
Single bungalow / Single angler fishing is $11,200.00
Non-Angler Rate: $2,800.00
2021 Prime Season Rates: (January, February and March)
(7) Nights / (6.5) Days of guided fishing (based on double occupancy) is $6,600.00 per person
Single bungalow / Double occupancy fishing is $7,700.00
Single bungalow / Single angler fishing is $13,200.00
- Seven nights lodging at the Lodge
- Six full days of guided fishing
- Brazilian fishing license
- Round-trip private air transfers between Manaus and the lodge
- Three meals a day
- Bottled water, soft drinks, wine, beer and local liquor
- All related taxes and fees at the lodge
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Manaus, Brazil (MAO)
- Gratuities for guides and Lodge staff
- Accommodations and meals on arrival or departure day in Manaus
- Optional city tour or activities in Manaus or surrounding areas (recommended!)
- Imported liquor at lodge
- Airport and departure taxes
- Rods, reels, flies, terminal tackle and equipment
- Phone calls, tackle/gift shop purchases, and items of a personal nature