Amazon Peacock Bass and Arapaima
Labarinto Da Tartaruga - The Turtle's Maze
For this Amazon peacock bass and arapaima adventure, you'll take a two-hour flight from Manaus, Brazil, to the trip start, fly fish three tributaries of the Rio Branco for up to 14 species, and stay on floating air-conditioned cabins.
Bucket List Fly Fishing: Over the last two decades, the Bucket List Fly Fishing team has scouted the Amazon, creating unique exploratory fishing packages. With the help of a drone, they have been able to locate landlocked lakes that have never been seen or fished before and are loaded with fish. They have exclusive leases on the areas you'll be fishing.
The Turtle's Maze
Labirinto da Tartaruga translated means the Turtle's Maze. During the dry season, (the peak fishing months), the Rio Branco is a maze of sandbars and unnavigable. The banks are scarely populated because there is almost no firm land that doesn't get flooded. The lower Rio Branco is home to the protected Giant Amazon River turtle. Eighty miles of the lower river is protected by an armed military, but Bucket List's sportfishing presence helps guarantee the preservation of turtle fauna.
Three Rivers: You'll fish the blackwater tributaries of the Rio Blanco. The Rio Curiucu is the largest of the three tributaries and the centerpiece of the operation. The Rio Mata-Mata and the Rio Carimau (Mau) are two jungle rivers in the headwaters and are loaded with all kinds of baitfish.
Species: Target up to 14 gamefish species. Peacock bass reach over 20 pounds in this area, and 50 to 100 fish days are not uncommon. Endless sightfishing opportunities for arowana, over 100-pound arapaima, redtail catfish, and more.
Season: October and November.
Boats: 18-foot jungle skiffs have an outboard motor, an electric trolling motor, a polling platform, two large casting platforms, so two anglers can fish at the same time, and plenty of storage for extra gear. Often the polling platforms are removed on the boats to navigate the maze of creeks and channels that connect the massive amount of lagoons. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: Local guides have more than ten years of guiding experience, with an intimate knowledge of the area. The guides take part in an ongoing language school and speak no less than fishing-English. You'll get in 8 to 10 hours of guided fishing each day.
Equipment: No equipment is provided. It's possible to make over 500 casts per day, so 8-9 weight lightweight fast-action rods are recommended. Flies are $120.00 per dozen—three to four dozen are recommended for the week. A detailed packing list is included in our confirmation packet.
A Fishing License: is included in the package.
Arapaima reach over 100 pounds here. The toughest part is setting the hook. You’ll need to get a firm hook set and keep continual pressure before they explode into aerial displays and headshakes.
A Typical Fishing Day:
Awaken to the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest. Bird and wildlife abounds here.
6:00 a.m. - The coffee is hot.
6:30 a.m. - Breakfast.
7:00 to 7:30 a.m. - Head to the fishing grounds.
Noon - Lunchtime. Relax and enjoy a cerveza in a tree-shaded hammock while the guides prepare fresh fish and vegetables over an open fire on the beach.
2:00 p.m. - Back to fish until late afternoon.
5:00 p.m. - You’ll head back to the Camp. Upon arrival, cocktails and appetizers are served.
7:00 p.m. - Dinner is served in the dining cabin or on the beach. After dinner, enjoy a glass of scotch and share stories from the day.
The Floating Cabin train moves to new water up to three times per week. The highly mobile cabins float in less than eight inches of water. The Camp accommodates up to eight anglers per week.
Communications: Free Wi-Fi access is available at camps, although somewhat slow and spotty. WhatsApp is recommended for cell phones.
Air-conditioned floating cabins have two twins beds and a private bathroom with a toilet, a shower, and a sink. Plus lighting, outlets for charging, ample storage for gear and clothes, and a small desk. The cabins have 220-volt electricity. If you’re a U.S. resident, you’ll need a power plug adapter and a voltage adapter. Daily laundry service is provided.
You'll enjoy your meals in the air-conditioned dining cabin.
Meals: A Brazilian chef has 20 years of experience cooking for fishing camps. Three-course dinners begin with a soup. (Piranha soup is a camp favorite.) The main course entree of beef, chicken, pork, or fish. Breads and cakes are baked fresh daily.
Alcohol: The package includes alcohol such as beer, wine, vodka, gin, and rum.
Beverages Back at Camp
Floatplanes or Wheel-Based Planes
Getting to the Floating Cabins:
At the latest, you should fly out of the US on a Friday, arriving in Manaus, Brazil very early on Saturday morning. A Lodge representative will greet you at the airport and drive you to a local hotel. Reservations will be made for you by the outfitter, but the hotel night is not included in the package. You'll have all day Saturday to acclimate. You can participate in a city tour or relax at the swimming pool at the hotel. Saturday evening, there is the option to meet with the group and go to dinner. Transportation is arranged. At 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, you'll be driven to the local airport for the two-hour flight to the river. The flight has a 35-pound baggage weight limit, and soft-sided baggage is required. You'll arrive at the river late morning. Once you are settled in camp, you'll get your gear ready for the week. After lunch and a brief orientation, you'll take in an afternoon of guided fishing.
Monday - Saturday, you'll get in six full days of guided fishing.
Day of Departure: After breakfast on Sunday, you'll fly back to Manaus. There is usually enough time to get a day room at the hotel to have a place to relax and wait for the evening flights back home. There is a shopping mall within walking distance. Guests often meet for dinner before heading to the airport.
Available October through November
7-nights and 6-full days guided fishing
$5,855.00 per person
Airport reception in Manaus, all necessary ground transfers in Manaus, roundtrip flight between Manaus and the Camp, double-occupancy floating cabin accommodations, all meals and beverages (including alcohol) at the Camp, daily laundry service, guided fishing, a fishing license, and upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn.
Package Does Not Include:
International Airfare, hotel nights and meals in Manaus, private city tours in Manaus, fishing equipment and flies, gratuities for camp staff and guides, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not covered under inclusions. Flies cost approximately $120.00 per dozen.