Rio Marie is the leading Amazon destination for anglers seeking a trophy-sized peacock bass fishing trip. Recent biological studies suggest the river has more double-digit peacocks and a higher percentage of trophy peacocks than any other river in the Amazon drainage. This destination is relatively new on the map and exclusive to fly anglers only. Rio Marie is located within an Indian territory and fished solely by 12 fly anglers per week for a 3-month season. The operation covers an incredibly vast and expansive fishery, offering over 2 million hectares of untouched environment with more than 800 kilometers of water. This is truly a one-of-a-kind fly-fishing operation; the program is a collaborative effort between the Brazilian government and Indian institutes linking conservation, biological studies, and fly fishing.
Guests stay aboard a newly designed and luxurious shallow-draft yacht, moving up or downstream each day through the course of the fishing week to accommodate current conditions and provide the best fishing opportunities possible. This incredible mothership has sizable air-conditioned, double occupancy staterooms with full private bathrooms. A spacious dining room and separate open-air social area with two large hot tubs ensures enjoyable downtime. Anglers fish with English-speaking fly fishing guides using modern, specially-designed fly fishing-focused skiffs equipped with poling platforms and electric trolling motors. Not only does this destination offer legitimate opportunities at 20-plus pound peacock bass, but it also provides comfortable accommodations, first-class amenities and fine service.
LOCATION: Trips originate in Manaus, Brazil (mothership is located on the Rio Marie 350 miles from Manaus)
SEASON: September - December
CAPACITY: Maximum of 12 anglers per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Manaus, Brazil (MAO)
TARGET SPECIES: Three species of peacock bass (azu, paca, and butterflies)
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport and a Brazilian visa are required for citizens of most countries
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Anglers stay aboard a fully furnished and air-conditioned shallow draft yacht. Recently built in 2015 specifically for the Rio Marie, the impressive mothership is nicely laid out and extremely comfortable. The yacht offers spacious double occupancy staterooms with private full baths. Each room has two full beds, comfortable bedding with two separate closets for maximum storage and organization. The main dining room is located on the upper level and is surrounded by glass windows, offering excellent light and incredible views of the Rio Marie and surrounding rainforest jungle. The main dining room, with a full bar and a central table surrounded by leather couches and coffee tables, is ideal for enjoying drinks and appetizers. Separate from the dining room is a large open-air common and social area with comfortable seating and two large hot tubs for lounging, offering optimal views of the jungle. The yacht is impressive and well-suited for anglers seeking finer accommodations than what is generally offered throughout the Amazon.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast and dinner are served in the main dining room. Breakfast is served each morning by 7:00 AM and consists of made-to-order eggs served with a buffet of yogurt, granola, fruits, coffee, water, tea and juices.
At midday you may return for lunch in the dining room and enjoy a “siesta” in your air-conditioned cabin, though most anglers choose to pack a lunch in the boat for a riverside picnic. Each angler builds their own lunches each morning from a buffet of lunch meat, pastas, salad, fruits and vegetables. Once a week, a special shore lunch is offered of freshly-caught fish cooked over an open fire.
Upon returning from your fishing day at around 5 or 6 PM, you’ll enjoy appetizers and cocktails in the main dining and lounge room. Dinner is served each evening at around 7:30. A typical meal includes traditional Argentine dishes paired with fine Argentine wines.
Typical Length of Stay
A standard package is eight (8) nights / six (6) fishing days (Wednesday to Thursday), departing from and returning to Manaus, Brazil (MAO).
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Non-angling activities with Rio Marie are limited, as this is primarily a trip that focuses on fishermen. There are a number of non-angling sights and tours available in Manaus.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available at all hotels in Manaus, as well as on the mothership. There is a satellite phone on the boat for emergency calls; guests are welcome to use the phone for $5.00 per minute.
Rio Marie’s fishing skiffs were custom built for their waters and specially designed for fly rod anglers, and they are without doubt the most comfortable boats to fish from in the Amazon. Each boat is paired with an English-speaking fly fishing guide and local native. The team works together to control the boat, drift and casting angles with the use of a push pole from the poling platform or electric trolling motor. The local guides are some of the very best in all of Brazil — carefully trained, hardcore fishermen intimately familiar with the complexities of Amazon angling. The English-speaking guides have a deep and passionate understanding of fly fishing and speak both Portuguese and English. Once an angler has fished with a team of this caliber, you fully understand the advantage of two guides to the boat.
Of all the incredible game fish in the Amazon basin, the one that has received the most attention is the peacock bass. Rio Marie does not host as a wide variety of game fish as many other drainages and waters of the Amazon. It is a watershed that is entirely dominated by three species of peacock bass. The three species of peacocks in the Rio Marie are the barbulata “butterflies”, ranging between 2 to 7 pounds, paca (a larger species; river fish that are not spawning) ranging from 5 to 15 pounds, and the giant azu (largest of the peacock species, often found in slack water lagoons). 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).
Boats and Equipment Required
The fishing boats utilized by Rio Marie are custom-built skiffs specially designed for the waters of the Rio Marie and fly anglers. The sturdy 18-foot modified John boats with 90 HP Yamaha 4-stroke engines are equipped with poling platforms and remote control electric trolling motors. The boats can run at top speeds of 38 mph and provide smooth, dry rides. A large casting deck on the bow of the boat and on the transom allows for two anglers to fish at the same time. These boats are center consoles with spacious, comfortable seating areas for use while running or relaxing between fishing spots. The best thing about these area-specific boats is that they are light enough to navigate past the shallow sandbars and obstacles. With regards to rods, reels, flies, and all terminal tackle, anglers will want to bring all of their own equipment, though Rio Marie does sell flies for $10.00 each and offers a few fly lines and essential items.
How to Get There
Depart from Miami International (MIA) on a Tuesday (2 nights in Manaus) or Wednesday (1 night in Manaus) on TAM or American 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 Rio Marie for a transfer to the Caesar Business Hotel (included in package rate for Wednesday night) where you will spend the night. The following morning you will board one of two Cessna Caravans fitted with amphibious floats for a 3-hour flight direct to the Rio Marie houseboat. On your departure day, the following Thursday, you will arrive back in Manaus in the afternoon around 4:00 PM. 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. 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 of 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.
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.
Yellow Dog offers 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.
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 U.S. dollars. Prices below are based upon an eight (8) nights / (6) fishing days package (Wednesday to Thursday).
(8) nights / (6) days of guided fishing (based on double occupancy) is $7,325.00 per person.
• Round-trip charter flights in country
• All necessary ground transfers
• One overnight at Caesar Business Hotel in Manaus on arrival (Wednesday)
• Guide-operated, 21-foot, fully-equipped shallow drafting bass boat
• Brazilian fishing licenses
• All meals at fishing destination
• All wine and beer
• Daily laundry and maid service
What's Not Included
• International airfare from original destination to Manaus, Brazil (MAO)
• Brazilian visa
• Gratuities and tips to staff and fishing guides
• Food and beverages in Manaus
• Private city tours, special transfers when not arriving/ departing with the party
• Indian Territory entry tax: $670.00 USD per angler
• Satellite phone calls ($5.00/minute)
• Rods, flies, and all terminal tackle