Agua Boa Lodge is situated high on a bank overlooking the Agua Boa River with the Amazon Rainforest on one bank and a natural savannah on the other.
Peacock Bass are not a bass at all. In fact, they are a cichlid and not at all similar to their stout American counterpart, the Largemouth bass. They undoubtedly have a large mouth, but this is the only similarity. Imagine, if you will, casting to a pack of six, 10-18 pound peacocks bright green in color, with stripes, red eyes and orange gills, all while moving at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour up the shallow end of a white sand beach, driving one-pound baitfish onto the dry land! You can see these brutes from 50 yards away on the Agua Boa. In fact, it often seems more like flats fishing, except your quarry are not a gentle crab-eating bonefish or permit, but a rod breaking predator with a strike that can break the heaviest of tippets. These fish are bad-ass!
Agua Boa Lodge is situated high on a bank overlooking the Agua Boa River with the Amazon Rainforest on one bank and a natural savannah on the other. The lodge is very comfortable, with a Brazilian atmosphere, and utterly enchanting. The lodge has every amenity imaginable including phone/fax line, satellite TV, well-furnished library, 24-hour electricity, game room, swimming pool, full bar, and a wonderful indoor and outdoor dining room. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and well-appointed with views of the adjacent white beach where you can easily catch a glimpse of the eighteen-foot long pet black caiman, Rex, awaiting a meal of piranha thrown to him by the guides. What a sight it is! The lodge accommodates eight guests and allows fly fishermen immediate access to over 100 miles of the Agua Boa River and lagoons. Because the Agua Boa is an ecotourism preserve, only one licensed sport-fishing operator is allowed on the entire watershed. Absolutely no commercial fishing is allowed or has been allowed for the last 10 years.
On the Agua Boa, the fishery revolves around the lagoons, inland lakes and river channel. The lagoons and inland lakes offer solid fishing for butterfly peacocks (the smallest of the peacock family) up to 8 pounds. Butterfly peacocks are numerous and take poppers and streamers greedily. These fish fight hard and jump often. The problem is, after you have witnessed the power of the spotted peacock or the Temensis peacock, the enjoyable security of catching twenty to thirty 8-pound butterflies on poppers, will be ditched to chase these larger varieties of peacocks. Truly large peacock bass are one of the toughest freshwater, or saltwater, game fish in the world.
The fishing in the river channel is the greatest surprise of all. Typically, the river fishing is done by poling down through the shallow stretches of the river and sight casting to peacocks, Aruwana, and other jungle species. The fly-fishing for aruwana is remarkably similar to Florida Key’s tarpon. The aruwana are a spooky fish that move in schools throughout the river, working edges and currents. Fly presentation is key. A head-on shot with a tarpon fly, worked in short strips, works best. The fish average 6-10 pounds and fight hard. The peacock bass in the river are a different story all together. Smaller peacocks are in the shallow water and respond well to any quickly stripped baitfish pattern. The Temensis and Spotted peacocks roam throughout the river in search of food. If they are actively eating (there is rarely any question as the water is exploding with colorful baitfish), any cast will do. In other cases, 10-20 pound singles or doubles are spooky and require good casts. These are exciting shots, as in most cases; you can see the fish coming from a long way off.
Agua Boa is the perfect place for anyone to experience the Amazon. The wildlife and bird life is abundant. You’ll have a chance to see tapir, giant Amazon River otter, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, soldier storks, macaws, parrots, toucans, etc. This is a spectacular jungle experience – the river itself is an aquarium. It is truly a wild trip that none should miss.