Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Flyfish 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 2024 and 2025. (See below.)
Read Brad Staples' 2022 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, you may need to walk up to a quarter mile to reach the fishing.

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

Photo Credit: Matt Harris

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

2024 Hosted Weeks:

7-nights and 6.5-days guided fishing
$6,950.00 per person
• November 1-9, 2024:  John Holpuch hosts
• November 8-16, 2024:  Brad Staples hosts
• November 15-23, 2024:  Carson Oldham hosts

2024 Hosted Holiday Weeks Save $950.00

• November 22-30, 2024:  Carson Oldham hosts
• Nov. 29 - Dec. 7, 2024:  Matt Podoblinski hosts

2025 Hosted Weeks:

7-nights and 6.5-days guided fishing
• Oct. 31 - Nov. 8, 2025: John Holpuch hosts
• November 7-15, 2025: Guy Schoenborn hosts
• November 14-22, 2025: Guy Schoenborn hosts
• Nov. 28 - Dec. 6, 2025: Carson Oldham hosts
• December 5-13: Carson Oldham hosts

2025 Hosted Holiday Weeks Save $950.00

• November 21-29, 2025:  Matt Podoblinski hosts
• Nov. 28 - Dec. 6, 2025 - Unhosted
You are not restricted to our hosted weeks. Book anytime.

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. You're guided for eight to ten hours each day.
Boats:  18-foot aluminum skiffs with poling platforms and fishing support rails. 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 boat has a GPS Spot device, so the guides can contact the Lodge if needed.
Equipment:  No equipment is provided. A Sage fly outfit rental is $150.00 per week, with a $200.00 breakage fee. A detailed tackle list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  A 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 are 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.

Typical Fishing Day:
6:30 a.m. Breakfast is served.
7:00 a.m. You'll leave for fishing with your guide.
Midday, you'll have lunch on the river or at the Lodge.
5:00 p.m. You'll return to the Lodge for a relaxing caipirinha (run and lime).
7:15 p.m. Dinner is served.

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 110 volts U.S. sockets. 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 without cell phone coverage. WhatsApp works through the internet. For it to work, you need to download the App 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, 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:

Arrival Day:  Upon arrival in Manaus, Brazil, an English-speaking lodge representative will greet you at the airport and arrange 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 package includes the roundtrip charter flight from Manaus to the Lodge, a $950.00 value.)
Departure Day:  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 a $950.00 roundtrip air charter between Manaus, Brazil, and the Lodge.

December 30, 2023 - March 23, 2024:
Two 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:

October - December 2024:
Two 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:

December 28, 2024 - March 22, 2025 - Peak Season:
Two anglers per room and boat:
$8,050.00 per person
One angler per room and 2-anglers per boat:
$9,050.00 per person
One angler per room and boat:

2024 Holiday Weeks (Save $950.00):
Thanksgiving Weeks:
• November 23-30, 2024
• Nov. 30 - Dec. 7, 2024.
Christmas Week:
• December 21-28, 2024
Two anglers per room and boat:
now... $6,000.00 per person
One angler per room and two per boat:
now... $7,000.00 per person
One angler per room and boat:
now... $11,050.00

Non-angler rates are available upon request.

The 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.

The 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
• Gratuities to guides and Lodge staff
• Fishing tackle
• Sage fly outfit rental $150.00 per week
• Medical insurance
• Mandatory Global Rescue or similar
  medical/safety evacuation coverage
• Travel Insurance
• A Brazilian eVisa is required as of 01/10/2024.
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Policies:
Deposit and Cancellation Policies:  All payments are non-refundable unless space is subsequently filled. A deposit payment is required within 10 days of booking the trip. Final payments are due 90 days prior to the trip date.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment.
Mandatory Medical Evacuation Insurance:  The Lodge requires guests to have Medical evacuation insurance in the event of an emergency. We recommend Global Rescue.
Click here for our Travel Insurance page.

Signed Liability Waiver:

• All Agua Boa Amazon guests must sign a Liability Waiver.

Agua Boa Amazon

Getting to Agua Boa Amazon Lodge

Jack Henderson and Brad with a double

Jack Henderson and Brad with a double

Kyle Siler with peacock bass

Kyle Siler with Peacock Bass

Larry Schoenborn and Perry Cardoza

Larry Schoenborn and Perry Cardoza with Peacock Bass

65-foot swimming pool

Agua Boa Swimming Pool

Arowana - Charlie Swett

Arowana Fishing

About an 80-pound Arapaima - Agua Boa

Agua Boa Arapaima Fishing

Peacock bass flies for the Agua Boa River.

Yellow Box with Bright Agua Boa Flies

Mike Casey with a Large Peacock Bass

Mike Casey with Large Peacock Bass

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