Rio Marié is the first river in the Amazon Basin in which the Brazilian Government has collaborated with the local Native Communities to develop an ambitious project designed to protect the 800 km wildlife preserve while promoting catch-and-release fly fishing only for Rio Marié.
Through the cooperation of the Native Communities, the Brazilian Government, and Untamed Angling (the same South American outfitters who introduced the world to La Zona in Argentina and Tsimane in Bolivia), Rio Marié is now the very first -and only -truly and legally exclusive fishing area of the entire Amazon Negro Basin. This protected area encompasses more than 400 miles of virgin waters, boasting a healthy population of giant peacock bass. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) has conducted numerous biological studies in the region. This research has demonstrated impressive results: Rio Marié holds at least twice the quantity of trophy-sized peacock bass compared with any other sport fishing destination in the Rio Negro basin. For anglers, this translates into very real opportunities to consistently hook and release larger-than-average peacocks on the fly.
The waters of the Rio Marié and its tributaries are scientifically proven – after several biological studies by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and Untamed Angling – to be the home of the largest peacock bass in the entire Amazon basin. This is a fishery where fly anglers really can pursue and conquer the dream of reaching a world record on the fly.
The results of these studies and our experience in the first season were remarkable: the average size of speckled peacock bass here is over 10 pounds and the amount of fish recorded at over 15 pounds is shocking. And if that’s not good enough, there are more fish measuring over 20 pounds than anywhere else in the entire Amazon Negro Basin, or the world. Studies have shown that the Rio Marié literally has double the population of big fish when compared to other, previously studied rivers such as Itapara, Agua Boa, Marmelos, and others.
Keep in mind that targeting these true trophy peacock bass is not a numbers game, and not everyone will land a fish-of-a-lifetime. That said, in our 2015 season, on average over half of the anglers at Marié did manage to land fish over 20 pounds, and more 20+ pound fish were landed on that river in an average week than most other destinations in the Amazon did in their entire season. The fish are there, and every single cast made on this river brings about the potential for a world record fish.
In addition to the giant speckled peacock bass, the river also has healthy populations of smaller butterfly peacocks, which average 2-6 pounds. These beautiful, brightly-colored, aggressive strain of peacock bass hit hard and often take to the air when hooked, and help keep anglers enthralled and engaged while searching for their even larger cousins.
Rio Marié is entirely located inside an extensive Indian Territory, an area of more than 2 million hectares. This untouched environment has more than 800 kms of rivers, 180 known creeks, 60 lakes, and three major tributaries inside the new operation area. It is the first exclusive fly-fishing only project allowed and supported by the Brazilian Government Official Environmental and Indian Institutes, who worked together with the Indian Association to create the very first official sport fishing operation in Brazil inside an Indian Territory. This brings a new level of commitment inside the current peacock bass fishing scene in the Amazon region.
In this area of the Amazon, the fishing season normally runs from August to late December. This is the dry season for the upper Negro basin, the time when waters are typically at their lowest and most stable levels which allows for fishing throughout the entire river system, including its numerous tributaries and lagoons. The Negro Basin fisheries have variant conditions according to each year’s hydrological cycles, but since Rio Marié is a headwaters system, combined with its geographical location and the immensity of its drainage, it is much more stable than other regional destinations.
Untamed Angling designed the Rio Marié project as a new approach to targeting trophy peacock bass on the fly. Specifically, we are changing the concept of peacock bass fishing that has been adopted by the majority of the outfitters operating in the Amazon basin. Rio Marié is now the largest area in the world specifically dedicated to fly fishing only, and the conservation-minded catch-and-release philosophy which will guarantee extraordinary fishing for many years.
As they did with Dorado in La Zona (Argentina) and Tsimane (Bolivia), Untamed Angling spent years researching where the biggest fish live. Both La Zona and Tsimane have since become world-renowned destinations, and now Untamed Angling is proud to introduce the new Rio Marié waters, home of the largest peacock bass in the Amazon basin, and to improve upon the techniques to target these remarkable fish on the fly. Untamed Angling’s proven experience developing fly fishing operations deep inside virgin jungle areas, complete with high end services and refined fishing techniques, will not only be refreshingly new to the current Amazon scene, it will revolutionize the way refined traveling anglers look at an Amazonian angling experience.
As with all of Untamed Angling’s past projects, Rio Marié presents high standard packages with professional fly-fishing guides, state-of-the-art shallow draft fly fishing skiffs, experienced managers, and international chefs who create the perfect mix of local and fine international dishes. Beverages, fine wines and the best services are offered to meet the excellent standards set by the other projects, no matter how remote they are, or how deep into the untouched jungle wilderness areas. Rio Marié presents a new standard: superior fishing, experienced professional fly fishing guides, great accommodation and services, virgin waters which hold the last bastion of giant peacock bass, and improved techniques to pursue them on a fly rod. These features ensure an outstanding level of service, deep inside the headwaters of Brazilian Amazon basin.