Fly Fishing The Largest Arapaima Reserve On Earth
Pirarucu Lodge is located in the middle of the largest arapaima reserves in the world. Not only are these waters home to large numbers of arapaima – the largest freshwater species on the planet, but this area also hosts healthy numbers of arawana and tambaqui which are often sight fished with dry flies! Arapaima can grow to over 400 pounds and closely resemble a freshwater tarpon. When hooked, they explode in aerial displays, take off on long runs and surrender only after lengthy battles. Arapaima are often seen gulping air from the surface offering sight casting to singles, pairs or even schools of fish. Anglers will fish from comfortable and modern flat skiffs powered with 60 HP Yamaha outboards. These skiffs fish two anglers at the same time with two large casting platforms and the guides use a remote-control trolling motor to position the boat while fishing.
Enjoy the simple and comfortable lodge that floats literally in the waters you fish during your stay. This beautiful lodge is located in the middle of the largest arapaima reserve in the world and anglers can enjoy the fishery staying in one of the floating cabins. All 10 cabins and the main lodge are connected by wooden walkways over the water. Meals are served in the main lodge which consists of lots of fruits as well as local cuisines. After a day of fishing enjoy the sunset with a cold drink on the porch.
Food and Beverages
Breakfasts will consist of fresh fruits, juices, tea, coffee, bread, butter, cheese, ham, eggs, and milk. Lunch and dinners will be served buffet style with Brazilian cuisines such as chicken, rice, beans, pasta, fresh fish, and salads. Wine, beer, and spirits are provided as well. It’s not recommended that people drink tap water in Brazil. For that reason, mineral and bottled water are always available.
Typical Length of Stay
A standard package is seven (7) nights / six (6) days fishing. However, options for a shorter stay are also available.
Non-angling activities and options
Pirarucu Lodge is a great option for people seeking non-angling activities. Mamiraua Reserve, where the lodge is located in the largest protected flooded forest on the planet and hosts a variety of wildlife species. In fact, during the non-fishing season, the lodge is used for groups bird watching and taking eco-tours. Some of the activities offered by the lodge are boat tours, hiking, bird and dolphin watching, canoe tours, photography journeys, and jaguar expeditions.
Guests can use the satellite phone as well as the internet.
How to Get There
For fishermen traveling to Pirarucu Lodge, we recommend that you fly to Manaus out of Miami on American Airlines, LATAM, or United/COPA. You will need to arrange flights from Manaus to Tefe on Azul Airlines.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
We recommend arriving in Manaus a day early before you depart into the jungle. The extra day is a good idea in case of any delays. It will also give you time to enjoy Manaus. The following morning a host will pick you up at your hotel in Manaus and take you to the Azul Airlines flight 5244 to Tefe at 8:45 AM.
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
Designated as a reserve in 1996, Mamiraua’s waters still remain the world’s largest arapaima reserve. The phenomenal fish can reach sizes upwards of 400 pounds. Arapaima is aptly compared to tarpon for their incredible aerial acrobatics once hooked. When fishing for arapaima anglers will usually find them gulping air off the surface giving away their locations. Aside from arapaima there are other species that are found in the waters. Arawana is a distant cousin to arapaima, and although are smaller, offer the same acrobatics and aggressive takes. Cast big streamers or dry flies to arawana and wait for a spectacular show. Finally, tambaqui, which can grow up to 100 pounds, is another aggressive species. These omnivores will readily devour fish, bugs, nuts, and fruits. This fishery is truly unique and is definitely one of a kind.
Boats and Equipment Required
Anglers will fish from comfortable and modern flat skiffs powered with 60 HP Yamaha outboards.
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. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Seven (7) Nights / Six and a half (6.5) days fishing (based on double occupancy) is $5,995 per person plus $590 per person for the Indian Territory Entry Fee
Five (5) Nights / Four and a half (4.5) days fishing (based on double occupancy is $4,950 per person plus $490 per person for the Indian Territory Entry Fee
- Intercity Hotel in Manaus (arrival day)
- All ground transfers within Manaus
- Ground and boat transfer from Tefe airport to the Lodge
- Guided Fishing
- Accommodations at Pirarucu Lodge
- All-inclusive meals and beverages at the lodge
- Winston Rods are available to use
What’s Not Included:
- International Flights
- Manaus-Tefe Commercial Jet Flight Azul Airlines
- Meals and Beverages in Manaus
- Fly fishing leaders, wire and flies
- Tips and gratuities for guides and staff
- Trip insurance
- Airport Taxes
- Brazil tourist visa
- Indian Communities Fee (To be paid direct upon arrival in USD)