Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Fly Fish the Agua Boa River for Large Peacock Bass

A 90-Minute Charter Flight from Manaus, Brazil

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

• Agua Boa Amazon Lodge was named ...One of the top 10 fly fishing lodges in the world. - Forbes, 2010.
• Don't miss our Agua Boa Hosted Weeks for 2023 and 2024. (See below.)
Read Guy Schoenborn's Latest Hosted Week Report.

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. When the water is slightly higher, the guides will pole the boat through the shallow creeks that lead off 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...

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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, few people, and almost no mosquitoes. Two anglers per boat and guide. The Lodge divides the river into beats. Beats are rotated daily, so you'll 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.

Hosted Fishing Weeks

2023 Hosted Weeks

7-nights and 6.5-days guided fishing $6,600.00 per person
• November 3-11, 2023:  John Holpuch hosts (7 slots open)
• Nov. 10-18, 2023:  Al hosts SOLD-OUT
• Dec. 1-9, 2023:  Carson hosts SOLD-OUT

2023 Hosted Holiday Weeks Save $950.00

Now $5,650.00 per person
• Nov. 17-25, 2023:  Guy hosts (3 slots open)
• November 24 - Dec. 2, 2023:  Guy hosts SOLD-OUT

2024 Hosted Weeks

• November 1-9, 2024:  John Holpuch hosts
• November 8-16, 2024:  Carson Oldham hosts
• November 15-23, 2024:  Brad Staples hosts

2024 Hosted Holiday Weeks Save $950.00

• November 22-30, 2024:  Mike Sadar hosts
• Nov. 29 - Dec. 7, 2024:  Mike Sadar hosts

You are not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book Agua Boa for a time that works best for you.

Agua Boa Fishing Facts:

Season:  The Lodge is open during the dry season from October 15 through April 1.
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. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Boats:  The fleet of 18-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.
Typical Fishing Day:  Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m. Your guide will be available at 7:00 a.m. Midday, you'll have lunch on the river or at the lodge. 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.
Equipment:  is not included in the package. A Sage fly outfit rental is $150.00 per week. A detailed tackle list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  is included in the package.
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

Guide with Large Peacock Bass

It's a short walk From the Lodge to the Dock.

Agua Boa Amazon River Boat Dock

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is remote. It’s over 50 miles to the nearest habitation. The 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 14 anglers per week. We recommend booking early. The Lodge is handicap accessible and can accommodate almost anyone.

Air-conditioned Bedrooms, plus 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.
Communications:  There is free Wi-Fi access (a tad slow) in the bungalows and the main Lodge. A satellite phone is available for guests 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 the 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.

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 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 meat and fish dishes. Throughout the day and evening, snacks and hot and cold drinks are available in the dining area.

Getting to Agua Boa Amazon 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 a 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 the staff will greet you. The Lodge is only accessible by plane. (The roundtrip charter flight from Manaus to the Lodge is included in the package $850.00 value.) The following Saturday, your return flight to Manaus will leave the Lodge at 9:00 a.m.

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge has its own Landing Strip.

Agua Boa Amazon River


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. Please hold onto your Entrance Card to Brazil--it's a small white piece of paper. You'll need it for clearing customs on your departure. (If you arrive on Thursday, you can take a Manaus city tour for $100.00.)
Saturday:  You’ll be met at your hotel at 5:00 a.m. by the Lodge’s ground crew and then transferred to the airport to meet the charter for the 90-minute flight to the Lodge. You'll arrive at the Lodge at about 8:30 a.m. Upon arrival at the Lodge, the guides will help with your bags and escort you to your bungalow. After a champagne reception and breakfast, you’ll fish for the rest of the day. (If you miss the charter flight, you will need to charter your own plane to get to the Lodge.)
Fishing Days: (Sunday through Friday)  Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m. Your guide will be available at 7:00 a.m. Midday, you'll have lunch on the river or at the lodge. 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.
Saturday:  After breakfast, you'll take a private charter flight to Manaus, arriving around 11:00 a.m. You can depart Manaus after 1:00 p.m. or later that evening. A lodge representative will take you to your hotel if you are staying overnight in Manaus or would like to rest at the hotel until your departure out of Manaus. If you leave Manaus on an evening flight, you can also check your bags at the hotel front desk.

All Packages are for 7-nights at the Lodge and 6.5-days guided fishing.
All Rates include an $850.00 roundtrip air charter between Manaus and the Lodge.

January 1 - March 25, 2023 - Peak Season:
• 2-anglers per room and boat:  $7,150.00 per person
• One-angler per room and 2-anglers per boat:  $8,150.00 per person
• One-angler per room and boat:  $14,100.00
• Non-angler sharing room:  $4,550.00

October - December 2023:
• 2-anglers per room and boat:  $6,600.00 per person
• One-angler per room and 2-anglers per boat:  $7,600.00 per person
• One-angler per room and boat:  $12,350.00

2023 Holiday Weeks – (Save $950.00):
Thanksgiving Weeks:  Nov. 18-25 and Nov. 25 - Dec. 2, 2023.
Christmas Weeks:   Dec. 16-23 and Dec. 23-30
• Two anglers per room and boat now... $5,650.00 per person
• One angler per room and two per boat (if space allows) now... $6,650.00 per person
• One angler per room and boat now... $10,450.00

December 30, 2023 - March 23, 2024:
• 2-anglers per room and boat:  $7,700.00 per person
• One-angler per room and 2-anglers per boat:  $8,700.00 per person
• One-angler per room and boat:  $14,550.00

Non-angler rates are available upon request.

Packages Include:
• Airport reception in Manaus
• Ground transfers to hotel/charter flight in Manaus
• Charter flight from Manaus to the Lodge, and return
• 7-nights Lodging
• All meals at the Lodge
• Soft drinks, beer, wine, and caipirinhas in the evenings
• Daily laundry service
• 6.5-days guided fishing
• Fishing license
• Fly patterns (if you tie)
• 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:
• Airfare to Manaus, Brazil, and return
• Satellite telephone calls $5.00 per minute
• Liquor
• Hotel nights and meals in Manaus
• Manaus city tours
• Mandatory medical/safety evacuation insurance
• Medical insurance
• Gratuities to guides and Lodge staff
• Fishing tackle
• Sage fly outfit rental $150.00 per week
• Mandatory Global Rescue or similar medical/safety evacuation coverage
• Travel insurance
• A Brazilian Visa is required as of 10/1/2023.
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Deposit and Cancellation Policies:  A non-refundable deposit is required within 10 days of making a reservation to secure a fishing confirmation at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure; participants are responsible for total land costs, and no refund will be made unless a replacement participant is found. There is no refund for any unused portion of the land package. Trip cancellation insurance will be offered to each registrant. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is an acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts cancellation/refund and responsibility clauses.

Trip Cancellation Insurance and Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment.

Click here for Travel Insurance page.

Signed Indemnity Form

• All Agua Boa Amazon guests must sign a Liability Waiver.
• The Lodge requires guests to have Medical evacuation insurance in the event of an emergency. We recommend Global Rescue.

No vaccinations are required if you are traveling directly from the United States. However, a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required if you have visited in the past 90 days or if you will visit one of the following countries before entering Brazil: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierre Leone, Sudan and Venezuela.

Agua Boa Amazon

Getting to Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

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

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