Agua Boa

Peacock Bass, Agua Boa, The Guides Company.Amazon, surface fly



The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge has long since been revered as one of the world’s top fly-fishing destinations. It is the only exclusive fly fishing fishery in the entire Amazon. The Rio Agua Boa flows for more than 250km through this protected nature reserve.

Fly-fishermen from around the world have been astounded and charmed by the spectacular and unspoilt rain forest surroundings and of course also by the ultimate fly-fishing experience of sight-fishing for the legendary Peacock Bass and other denizens of these crystal clear waters.

The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is an exclusive fly-fishing only lodge with a strict catch-and-release policy whereby only single barbless hooks may be used. Most of the fishing is done from aluminum skiffs with two fly fishermen to each skiff while the guides stealthily pole you through the meandering channels and hidden lagoons of the Amazon. The main target species on the Agua Boa is the peacock bass. There are three species namely the butterfly, barred and spotted peacock bass.

Fish Species


Barred peacock Tucunare acu

This species is the fabled tucanare that ranges between eight and fifteen pounds and specimens of twenty pounds are not uncommon. The guides often refer to them as Grande and these fish are immensely powerful for their size and you typically don’t experience long, screaming runs from these fish, but rather dogged, close-combat battles.


Spotted peacock


Spotted peacock Tucunare paca

These fish are the most prized of all, not because of their size which can easily achieve twelve pounds or more, but because they fight almost twice as hard as the barred peacocks! They are commonly found in the main river system or around the mouths of the lagoons. When they are small you can easily identify them by their olive green backs and spotted bodies, bearing a striking resemblance to the barred peacocks, with faint bars on their bodies and less defined spots.


Butterfly peacock


Butterfly peacock Cichla ocellaris

Commonly called the butterfly peacock, borboleta. This is probably the most colorful of the peacocks and widely distributed. There are thousands of butterfly peacocks that range between three and six pounds.



Other Species

There are several other species of fish that also readily take flies such as the acrobatic aruanã which on occasion will leap from the water and strike your fly if it is lodged in a branch overhanging the water! There are three species of piranhas that regularly terrify the angler including the black piranha that can grow to more than 8lbs. Other species such as oscars, bicudas, characin pike, dogfish, shovelnose catfish, red-tailed catfish, armored catfish dogfish and countless other species of fish frequent the system with more than 18 species of fish been successfully targeted on fly. Occasionally you catch sight of a giant pirarucu as they hunt in the lagoons or when they come up for a gulp of air. These magnificent fish can grow to nine feet in length and can weigh more than 200lbs!


Aruanã                                                           Matrincha                                                               Oscars
Aruanã   Matrincha   Oscars
Characin Pike                                                 Jacunda                                                          Piranhas
pic4  Jacunda   Piranhas

Tambaqui                                                       Red-tailed catfish                                                 Tiger sorubim
Tiger sorubim


Guests gather for breakfast before fishing that normally starts at 7am. Every 2 anglers are assigned a guide and a skiff for the day and each guide has his own area/beat in which he guides. A rotation system ensures that all anglers see as much of the available fishing as possible. Lunch is normally at midday and lasts for an approximately an hour during which time anglers can relax in the shade or sometimes pursue some peacocks on foot along one of the many exposed sandbars. The fishing normally lasts until 5pm depending on how far anglers are form the lodge. All boats must be back at the lodge by 6pm largely due to safety reasons that have to be taken into consideration when operating in such remote areas.

The local guides all have extensive knowledge of the numerous waterways and lakes that connect to the main channels. They are  all exceptional boatmen  and not afraid to cover large distances to locate the fish. Their enthusiasm makes up for the communication issues , however if you are not fluent in Portuguese , it is very simple to make yourself understood and the guides are only too happy to oblige.




The trips run from a Saturday to a Saturday. All guests are to ensure that they arrive in Manaus well before the scheduled departure time of 7am . The preferred hotel for guests to overnight is the Tropical Hotel in Manaus and special rates have been negotiated through The Guide’s Company.

07h00      Depart Manaus for Agua Boa Amazon Lodge
09h30     Arrive Agua Boa Amazon lodge

10h00     Depart Agua Boa Amazon Lodge for Manaus
12h30      Arrive Manaus

For People traveling from Johannesburg:

09h00     Depart O.R. Tambo for Sao Paulo
18h00      Depart Sao Paulo for Manaus
22h00     Check in Tropical Hotel, Manaus

07h00     Depart Manaus for Agua Boa Amazon Lodge
09h30      Arrive Agua Boa Amazon lodge

10h00     Depart Agua Boa Amazon Lodge for Manaus
12h30      Arrive Manaus

***            1 night in Manaus / Sao paulo

17h00     Depart Sao Paulo for O.R. Tambo

07h00     Arrive O.R. Tambo


Rod Reel and Line Setup

Primary setup (90% of fishing):

  • 8-10wt multi-piece fast action fly rod
  • WF floating or intermediate line
  • Large arbor fly reel with reliable disc drag system
  • 40-50lb shock leader

Secondary setup (10% of fishing)

  • 8-10wt multi-piece fast action fly rod
  • WF fast sinking shooting head line
  • Large arbor fly reel with reliable disc drag system
  • 40-50lb shock leader


  • Fly packs available from The Guide’s Company
  • Clothing
  • Polarised Sunglasses
  • Hat/cap
  • Buff
  • Sun-gloves
  • Stripping / finger guard
  • Technical shirts with SPF factor
  • Technical shirts with SPF factor
  • Lightweight wading shoes (easily removable)
  • Other equipment
  • Boat bag for easy access to tackle
  • Pliers and Bogagrip
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+
  • Packable Raincoat
  • Insect repellent
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Optional Equipment
  • Camera
  • Dust / raincoat for camera
  • Binoculars



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