Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Fly Fish the Agua Boa River for Large Peacock Bass

A 90-Minute Charter Flight from Manaus, Brazil

"The large number of peacock bass make this trip mind-boggling."
- Larry Schoenborn

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is a fly-fishing lodge on the Agua Boa River, one of the 1,000 plus tributaries feeding the mighty Amazon River. We've hosted fishing trips at Agua Boa each year since 2004, (except for 2020). See below for our 2021 and 2022 Hosted Weeks at Agua Boa.

Mike Matus with a large arapaima - a rare catch, Hosted Week

Mike Matus

Jack Henderson and Brad Staples with Agua Boa double.

Jack Henderson and Brad Staples

The Agua Boa River System

The Agua Boa River System

From its source to the Rio Branco, the Agua Boa River is approximately 150 miles long, with many lagoons and oxbow lakes, varying from two to 25 acres in size. When the water is slightly higher, the guides will pole the boat through the shallow creeks that lead off of the main river into the connecting lakes. When the waters are lower, a walk of no more than a quarter of a mile may be required to reach the fishing.

Fly Fish for Large Peacock Bass, Catfish, Pacu...

Due to the unusual clarity of the many lakes and lagoons, this is the best fly fishing trip for peacock bass. Land 20 to 50+ peacock bass per day - some will be huge. The giant reserve area boasts birds, wildlife, very few people, no mosquitoes. Two anglers per boat and guide. The Lodge divides the river into beats. Beats are rotated daily so that you get a chance to see the entire river. Additional boats are kept on 12 or more lakes, a short hike away.
Other Species:  Arowana, pirarucu, pacu, piranha, shovelnose or tiger catfish, and more.

Agua Boa Fishing Facts:

Season:  The Lodge is open during the dry season from October 15 through April 1.

Boats:  The fleet of 20-foot aluminum skiffs with poling platforms and new fishing support rails are ideally suited for fishing the Agua Boa River, its tributaries, and lagoons. All boats have the option of using a conventional two-stroke Mercury motor or a four-stroke Yamaha jet motor. The jet motors prove invaluable for those low water sightcasting opportunities. Each of the boats has a GPS Spot device, so in case of an emergency, the guides can contact the Lodge. Two anglers per boat and guide.

Fishing Day:  The guides can take you fishing as early as 7:00 a.m., and you are welcome to fish until 5:00 p.m.

Fishing License:  is included in the package.

Equipment:  is not included in the package. A detailed tackle list is included in our confirmation packet.

Flies:  We provide flies for our hosted trips. If you desire to tie your own, Guy Schoenborn will send you fly samples.

Regulations:  Agua Boa is a well-managed fishery where catch-and-release fishing and the use of single barbless hooks is required to preserve the large population of fish. The Agua Boa River is the only fly-fishing-only, single barbless hook river in the Amazon.

Guide with Large Agua Boa Peacock Bass

Guides:  Very experienced guides who paddle and pole boats. You'll have a different guide each day. Guides speak Portuguese but know enough English to get by.

Short Walk From the Lodge to the Dock

Agua Boa Amazon River Boat Dock

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge has its own Landing Strip.

Agua Boa Amazon River

Communications:  There is free Wi-Fi access (a tad slow) in the bungalows and the main Lodge. A satellite phone is available for guests to use at $5.00 per minute.
WhatsApp:  There is an app called WhatsApp for cell phones. It’s free, and you can make calls where there is no cell phone coverage. WhatsApp works through Wi-Fi internet. A lot of people are using this app in Argentine, Brazil, and other countries. For it to work, you need to have it on your cell phone, and so does the person you are calling. It does not work on landlines.

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is remote. It’s over 50-miles to the nearest habitation. Electric supply is standard U.S. sockets and 110 voltage. The main lodge has a dining room, lounge-recreation area, and satellite TV. The 65-foot swimming pool overlooks the river. The Lodge hosts 12-anglers per week. We recommend booking early. The Lodge is handicap accessible and can accommodate almost anyone.

Lounge Area at the Lodge

Lounge at Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Beverages:  Beer, wine, bottled water, and soft drinks are served at the bar and are included in the package.

Meals at Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Buffet-Style Breakfast at Agua Boa

Meals:   Buffet-style breakfast with hot and cold dishes, bread, pastries, meat, fresh fruit, cereal, plus fresh fruit juices and coffee. You may either enjoy lunch at the Lodge or take a packed lunch and stay on the river. Three-course dinners served with wine. The main course is a buffet, with several choices of meats and fish dishes. Throughout the day and evening, snacks and hot and cold drinks are available in the dining area.

Bedrooms with air-conditioning and Ceiling Fan

Bedroom at Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

There are six individual air-conditioned bungalows. Each bungalow has two double beds, private bathrooms with showers, plenty of storage, free Wi-Fi access, and a refrigerator with cold drinks.

Agua Boa Lodge

Getting to Agua Boa Amazon Lodge:

Upon arrival in Manaus, Brazil, an English-speaking lodge representative will greet you at the airport and arrange for the transfer to your chosen hotel. (A hotel night is required and is not included in the package.) Saturday morning, you’ll be met at your hotel at 5:00 a.m. by a lodge representative and transferred to the domestic airport for your charter flight. At 6:00 a.m., you'll take a 90-minute charter flight (200 miles northwest of Manaus) to the Lodge's landing strip, where you'll be greeted by the staff. The Lodge is only accessible by plane. (The roundtrip charter flight from Manaus to the Lodge is included in the package.) The following Saturday, your return flight to Manaus will leave the Lodge at 9:00 a.m.

Our Hosted Weeks at Agua Boa

You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book the Lodge for a time that works best for you.

2021 Hosted Weeks:
7-nights and 6½-days guided fishing
$5,950.00 per person
Non-angler companion $4,350.00
October 29 - Nov. 6, 2021:  Archie Adams hosts - SOLD-OUT
November 5-13, 2021:   John Holpuch hosts
November 12-20, 2021:  Guy hosts - SOLD-OUT

2021 Hosted Holiday Week:
Save $900.00 for this week - now $5,050.00 per person
November 19-27, 2021:  Guy hosts - 2-spots open

2022 Hosted Weeks:
7-nights and 6½-days guided fishing
Rates to be determined.
October 21-29, 2022:  Archie Adams hosts
Oct. 28 - November 5, 2022:  John Holpuch hosts
November 11-19, 2022:  Brad Staples hosts

2022 Holiday Weeks:
Save $900.00 for these weeks:
November 18-26, 2022:  Guy Schoenborn hosts
Nov. 25 - December 3, 2022  Unhosted Week



All packages are for 7-nights at the Lodge and 6 ½-days guided fishing.
January 3 - March 27, 2021: • 2-anglers per room and boat: $6,600.00 per person
• One-angler per room and boat:  $13,250.00 (If space is available)
• Non-angler sharing room:  $4,350.00

October - December 2021:
• 2-anglers per room and boat:  $5,950.00 per person
• One-angler per room and 2-anglers per boat:  $7,400.00 per person (If space is available)
• One-angler per room and boat:  $13,250.00
• Non-angler sharing room:  $4,350.00

2021 Holiday Weeks – (Special Savings):
November 20-27, November 27 - December 4, December 18-25, and December 25 - January 1
• Two anglers per room and boat now...$5,050.00 per person
• One angler per room and two per boat (if space allows) now...$6,150.00 per person
• One angler per room and boat now...$10,100.00
• Non-angler companion now...$3,350.00 per person

All packages are for 7-nights at the Lodge and 6 ½-days guided fishing.
January 1 - March 26, 2022:
• 2-anglers per room and boat:  $6,950.00 per person
• One-angler per room and 2-anglers per boat:  $7,950.00 per person
• One-angler per room and boat:  $13,900.00
• Non-angler sharing room:  $4,350.00

Packages Include:  Airport reception in Manaus, three ground transfers in Manaus (see sample itinerary on page 6) roundtrip charter flight between Manaus and the Lodge, lodging, all meals at the Lodge, soft drinks, beer, wine, caipirinhas in the evenings, daily laundry service, guided fishing, fishing license, fly patterns (if you tie), and upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn. Flies are provided for our hosted trips.

Packages Do Not Include:  International airfare, satellite telephone calls $5.00 per minute, liquor, airport taxes, overnight hotel and meals in Manaus, mandatory trip evacuation and medical insurance, gratuities, fishing tackle, Sage rod rentals $150.00 per week, mandatory Global Rescue membership or some other equivalent form of medical evacuation insurance in the event of an emergency, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. If you desire to tie your own flies, ask Guy Schoenborn to send you fly samples.

Deposit:  Bookings require $1,000.00 down within ten days to confirm the reservation. 50% of the package price is due by March 1, 2020, with the remaining balance due 90 days before arrival.
Cancellation Policy:  Deposit-payment is non-refundable unless space is subsequently booked. There is no refund for any unused portion of the land package. Receipt of deposit and or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepted the cancelation, refund, and responsibility clauses. You can attempt to get a replacement. Fishing with Larry will also try. Refunds will be given if a full-price replacement is found. We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance.
Click here for our Travel Insurance page.

New Requirements:

• As of June 17, 2019, Brazil no longer requires a Tourist Visa for U.S. citizens.
• For Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, all guests must have Global Rescue or some other equivalent form of medical evacuation insurance in the event of an emergency.
• And, all Agua Boa Amazon guests must sign a release form.
• As of 2018, The CDC now recommends a Yellow Fever Vaccination for most of Brazil, including ALL Peacock Bass Fishing Areas.
Click here for CDC link.

Sample Week Itinerary:

Friday:  After you arrive in Manaus, you’ll go through customs. After customs, you’ll be greeted by an Agua Boa Amazon Lodge representative, who’ll be holding a sign. He will have your transportation arranged for the hotel you’ve chosen for your overnight stay.

Saturday:  The charter for the Lodge departs at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. You’ll be met at your hotel at 6:00 a.m. by the Lodge’s ground crew and then transferred to the airport to meet the charter for the hour and 45-minute flight to the Lodge. You should arrive at the Lodge at 9:00 a.m. If you miss this charter, you will need to charter a plane at your own expense to get to the Lodge. Arrival to the Lodge: Upon arrival, the guides will help you with your bags and escort you to your bungalow. Champagne reception and breakfast are served, then you’ll fish the rest of the day.

Fishing Days: (Sunday through Friday)  Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m. Your guide will be available at 7:00 a.m. You’ll fish until 5:00 p.m. You’ll return to the Lodge for a relaxing caipirinha (rum and lime) followed by the evening meal at 7:15 p.m.

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Our Agua Boa YouTube Video 6:49

Agua Boa Amazon

Jack Henderson and Brad with a double

Agua Boa Hosted Weeks

Kyle Siler with peacock bass

Agua Boa Peacock Bass

Larry Schoenborn and Perry Cardoza

Larry Schoenborn at Agua Boa

65-foot swimming pool

Agua Boa Swimming Pool

Arowana - Charlie Swett

Arowana Fishing

About an 80-pound Pirarucu - Agua Boa

Agua Boa Pirarucu Fishing

Peacock bass flies for the Agua Boa River.

Agua Boa Flies

Mike Casey with a nice peacock bass

Peacock Bass Fishing

Agua Boa peacock bass

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