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.
Many fly fishermen consider bass fishing a still water sport that in no way compares to trout, steelhead, or salmon fishing. However, 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 dinning 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.
The food at the lodge is prepared by a professional Brazilian chef and is delectable. The lodge's owner, Dr. Jan Wilt, has developed a very diverse fishing program where anglers can fish both the upper and lower reaches of the river while staying in two well built and furnished, air-conditioned houseboats. The houseboats are well furnished with air conditioning, comfortable cabins, a living room and eating area.
The Agua Boa Lodge package includes nearly seven full action-packed days of fishing. It includes everything except the round trip flight from Miami to Manaus, Brazil. Built into the package are the turbo-prop, 10 passenger aircraft that will take you from Manaus to the camp, the shallow-draft skiffs that transport anglers above commercial angling, along with every Coke, beer, and bottle of water. Cost of the eight-day trip is $5,500 DBL. OCC.. Space is very limited (8 total anglers).The floatplane reduces travel time by half a day coming and going, adding a full day of fishing! A great value!
Additionally, the 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. You will see huge catfish, piranhas and pacu daily. It is truly a wild trip that none should miss.
Reservations & Rates
Package Cost: The cost of the week-long Agua Boa Lodge package is $5,950 (January - March) per person
The cost of the week-long Agua Boa Lodge package is $4,950 (October - December) per person
Inclusions: Included in your angling package at the Agua Boa Lodge is meet and greet at the Manaus airport and breakfast; round trip charter flights between Manaus to fishery; accommodations at fishing area (the main lodge and the houseboats, as an option); all meals at lodge, including soft drinks, wine, and beer; fishing permits, and guide-operated fishing boat per two fishermen.
Non-Inclusions: Not included in your angling package at Agua Boa Lodge are Brazilian Visa; international air fare; tips to camp staff and guides; personal items; fishing equipment/tackle; airport departure tax.
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Your Week at Agua Boa
For the next 6 days, you'll be fishing in one of the most famous fly fishing regions of Brazil!
Friday arrival into Manaus: In response to popular demand and in view of the fact that the majority of clients for the Lodge will arrive on a Friday, we will revert to the previous practice of arrival in Manaus on Friday (for Saturday departure to the lodge) The 'departing' guests in each case being brought back out to Manaus from the Lodge/Houseboat by midday on Saturday.
There are flights out of Miami and Atlanta. You can check with Alicia at Holdy Tours (1-800-446-1111) for the schedule that will best suit your trip. You will be met by a Agua Boa Amazon Lodge representative holding a sign and transported to your hotel or the charter plane for the flight to the lodge.
After a brief look at the lodge, the guides will help you with your bags to your accommodations. Once you have unpacked, you can prepare your gear for tomorrow's fishing. Clients will fish two to a boat. If you would like to fish alone in a boat, please let us know well in advance of arrival. At the Agua Boa Amazon you can spend the entire day on the river with a picnic lunch or return to the lodge for a lunch prepared by the chef. Either way you will want to take a break in the
middle of the day. If you stay out on the river, the guides will hang soft cotton hammocks under trees for you to rest in. It is a nice way to rest in the hottest part of the day. Your fishing will not suffer as the mid-day heat generally makes the fish spooky and unreceptive. If you want to fish through the day without a break, that is not a problem. In the evening you will return to the lodge for drinks, dinner and the night's accommodation.
Full day fishing river channels, inland lakes and lagoons. Lunch on the river or at the lodge. Overnight at the lodge.
Monday - Friday:
Full days fishing from the main lodge. Lunch on the river or at the lodge. Overnight at main lodge.
Transfer to Manaus at 9:00 AM (Arrive Manaus 11:00 AM) by charter flight.
Lodging at Agua Boa
Located on the Agua Boa River, an uninhabited tributary of the remote Rio Branco, 200 miles northwest of Manaus, Agua Boa Amazon Lodge was bought by the current owner in early 2007. Already established as a fly fishing location, the current owner has made a great location even better by improving the quality of the service supplied in all aspects of the trip. Our aim is to ensure all staff are prepared to go that extra mile to make every trip a memorable one.
Set in landscaped gardens on the banks of the Agua Boa River, the Lodge House is comfortably furnished and equipped with all modern facilities, including television with English channels, a bar and a games room. Wireless internet access is available, at no additional cost, in both the Lodge House and the individual chalets. Both the Lodge House and the chalets are constructed from local materials and are finished to a high standard. Set right on the banks of the river, a 20 metre swimming pool and pool bar, provide a perfect place to relax after a days fishing.
Breakfast is buffet style, with a choice of hot and cold dishes, breads, pastries, cold meat, fresh fruit and cereals. In addition, fresh fruit juices and coffee are freely available. Lunch may be taken either at the Lodge, where our 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.
For those taking lunch on the River, all our boats have a cooler on board to keep food fresh, and our guides will ensure that plentiful supplies of cool drinks are available throughout the day. A three course dinner, with wine, is served in the dining room each evening. The main course is a buffet, with a choice of several meat and fish dishes, all freshly prepared by our chef. Throughout the day and evening, snacks and hot and cold drinks are always available.
The six chalets are constructed from local materials and are finished to a high standard. Arranged in a row along the river bank , each with an uninterrupted view of the river and its wildlife, the chalets are all excellently well appointed.
Each of the well furnished air conditioned chalets have two queen beds, a large bathroom with en-suite solar heated shower, dressing room and separate toilet. All chalets are equipped with frigobar, wireless internet access, and have plenty of storage room for even the best packed fishermen. Outside there is a large porch area with a table and chairs.
Electric supply is through standard US sockets and is 110 volt. Chalets are normally shared by two guests, but single occupancy can be booked at additional cost if required. A daily laundry service is provided, at no additional cost, for those guests who prefer to travel light.
Making Reservations to Agua Boa Lodge
To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.