Rio Marié Liveaboard - Brazil
Liveaboard Peacock Bass Fishing Adventure
The Rio Marié also known as the River of Giants is the most remote river in the Brazilian Amazon. The headwaters of the Rio Marié lie more than 400 air miles northwest of Manaus in the rainforest between Brazil and Columbia.
Fly fishing the Rio Marié
Lure fishing - limited opportunity: January 15-23, 2020 and January 23-30, 2020, use artificial lures with single hooks. Lure Trips sell out quickly.)
The Rio Marié is a very remote river—more than 400 miles by float plane from Manaus, Brazil. The Marié River is born in the northwest side of the Brazilian Amazon, near the Colombian border, and is a tributary of the upper Negro River. The river is contained inside an Indian territory of more than 494 million acres.
There are over 400 miles of river, tributaries, and lagoons. The Rio Marié liveaboard adventure is the first official sportfishing operation inside an Indian territory in Brazil. It is now the largest area in the world specifically dedicated to fly-fishing-only and catch-and-release only.
The speckled, the largest of all peacock bass, average 10-to 18-pounds in the more remote locations but have been known to reach 30-pounds. 2017 pending world-record peacock - almost 31-pounds! In 2016, a 28 ½-pound fly-caught peacock bass was landed at the Rio Marié. The butterfly peacock bass are abundant and smaller, reaching up to 13-pounds.
The liveaboard’s three-month seasons runs mid-September to mid-December. This is the dry season when the water levels are at their lowest.
View Todd Moen's YouTube 10:14 video:
Amazon Peacock Bass - Jungle Fly Fishing
Dr. Meng Syn's Trip Recap - Blog, Videos...
Dr. Meng Syn with Rio Marié peacock bass.
Season: The Rio Marié season runs from mid-September through early December.
Group size: Eight anglers each week. (The liveaboard hosts a maxiumum of fourteen guests.)
The Adventure begins in the uppermost stretches of the Rio Marié with the liveaboard moving downstream at a pace of about 75 miles each week. They do not overfish any area. Anglers are greeted each day with new water, a constant and fresh trophy peacock bass fishing grounds.
Guides: Two anglers per professional English-speaking guide, plus a native guide who drives the boat.
Boats: 20-foot fully equipped shallow draft skiffs have two casting platforms (one at either end of the boat so both anglers can fish at the same time), a center console, and are powered by 90-HP 4-stroke motors, and remote-control electric motors.
Methods: Most of the fishing is done using baitfish imitations.
Our client Meng Syn does a phenomenal job of his post-trips reports. Read his blog and see his outstanding videos, listed below.
Dr. Meng Syn's Videos of Rio Marié:
Rio Marié - River of Giants
Butterflies - Butterfly Madness
Flies for the Rio Marié
Dr. Meng Syn's Blog:
The Rio Marié River of Giants
Dr. Meng Syn's Flickr Albums:
More of the Rio Marié
The Untamed Amazon Mothership
The Untamed Amazon has three floors. The lower floor is a restricted area for staff only and includes the inner workings of the vessel with twin 200-HP propulsion engines.
The main floor has seven double occupancy suites for Rio Marié guests. Maximum number of guests is fourteen. Each suite accommodates two guests in super single beds and has a private bathroom, air conditioning, and space for storage.
The top floor is the place for relaxation after a long fishing day. There is a spacious living and dining room, an open lounge on the rear deck, limited Wi-Fi, and two large Jacuzzis.
Meals: There is a full-scale kitchen which serves American meals in addition to regional favorites. You'll enjoy expertly prepared four-course dinners in the comfortable dining area. Exotic dishes of freshly caught fish, fresh baked bread and pastries, chilled wines, ice-cold beer, spirits, and soft drinks await each guest throughout the week. Beer, fine wines, and spirits are included in the package.
The Mobility of the Untamed Amazon – the deluxe, shallow-draft mothership – and the utilization of the Cessna Caravan fitted with amphibious floats to transport anglers direct from Manaus to the Rio Marié, is making all the difference in the world. When the water is high, they fish the headwaters of Marié further upriver, exploring new tributaries and lagoons. Upstream, there is 100 more miles of river to explore. When the water drops, they move downstream to familiar beats. Not only does this mobility allow them to fish and explore new water, but it also helps to manage fishing pressure on the river by incorporating a beat system across a broad expanse of over 200 river miles.
Getting to the Liveaboard:
At the international airport in Manaus, you'll be greeted by an English-speaking representative. He'll arrange for transfers to the Quality Hotel Manaus. (The ground transfers and the first hotel night are included in the package.) After breakfast at the hotel, the driver will pick up your group between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. and head to the local airport. You'll take a four-hour flight aboard a Cessna Caravan hydroplane landing on the Marie River near the liveaboard. The Untamed Amazon will be anchored and waiting for you.
RATES & PACKAGES
2020 USD Rates:
8-nights and 6-days guided fishing
September - December 2020:
Two anglers per room and skiff:
$7,325 + $670 Native Comm Fee
=$7,995.00 per person
One angler per room and skiff:
$11,680 + $670 Native Comm Fee
=$12,350.00 per person
$4,980 + $490 Native Comm Fee
=$5,470.00 per person
The Native Community Fee:
This Project was based as a long-term social Project which supports the preservation of the Indian Culture and improving their quality of life. The Rio Marié River has formed an association (ACIBRN) and board to protect their interests moving forward. This Association includes representatives from all 14 Indian Communities. The Project has a significant user fee on all visiting anglers. The funds from the fee will primarily be used for social projects, infrastructure development, transportation, and medical and education projects. The tax is payable in cash (USD) to the representative upon your arrival in Manaus and goes directly to the Indian Association Account. Anglers receive a receipt from the Association. The fee represents an important step in the continuing effort to protect their ability to share this amazing and unique part of the world.
All internal charter flights, boat transfers, and necessary ground transfers in Brazil; one hotel night in Manaus upon arrival, guided fishing, fishing licenses, all meals on the liveaboard and lunch at fishing destinations, wine, beer, and spirits; daily laundry and maid service on the liveaboard; Global Rescue Medical Evacuation Coverage, a $119.00 value; and, upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn.
Packages Do Not Include:
International airfare; Indian Association Fee (Native Fee), paid in cash upon arrival to Brazil; gratuities, fishing equipment, flies ($10.00 each on the liveaboard), premium spirits on the liveaboard, food and beverages in Manaus, any private city tours, satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), extra hotel overnights, airport departure tax (if not included in airfare), IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Generally, you’ll tip 10% of the trip cost (excluding taxes and air travel), approximately $730.00 per angler for the week. On the last night, the manager will collect the tips and split them among the guides and staff.
Rio Marié High Water Policy:
Fishing for Peacock bass in the Amazon jungle represents one of the last frontiers in the fly-fishing world. As with any such hyper-remote destinations, there can be challenges associated with offering a first-class experience in the ‘back of beyond.’ In the Amazon, water level conditions will, on occasion, present such challenges. The Amazon River annual water level cycles are not a simple equation, even for the most experienced local experts. Normally, high and low water levels here follow a fairly predictable monthly cycle, but climate changes and the effects of stronger or weaker El Niño and La Niña cycles can directly and immediately affect those levels. Specifically, these El Niño and La Niña events tend to impact the amount of rain in the headwaters of Amazon rivers, which in turn affects the entire Amazon basin. Water levels are important when fishing for peacock bass, and understanding how to work around them is a key component to success. Low water does not always result in the best fishing, just as high water is not always the worst thing. More important is to understand where and how to fish as the water fluctuates. The Rio Marie system has several hundred miles of rivers, tributaries, and lagoons from its headwaters down to its merging with the Rio Negro. Within this extensive water system the liveaboard can move up or downstream throughout the season—every week or even daily—to reach the best water levels for trophy fish. This system is useful when navigating less than ideal water conditions. Although the Rio Marie’s season is based on the best water conditions, it’s difficult to predict water levels, and this is one of the risks associated with fishing the Amazon. If you are not comfortable with the risk of the river levels being too high or low during your trip, then it is probably not the trip for you. You will not be refunded for water conditions that may not meet your expectations. In the event the water is too high to fish on any given week, your week will be rescheduled to a later time, but there will not be a refund of your trip payment.
• As of June 17, 2019, Brazil will no longer require a Tourist Visa for U.S. citizens. This will make it a lot easier for anglers traveling to Brazil. (Acquiring the old visa was a real headache.)
• Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate: A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to enter any Indian Territory in Brazil. It’s a Government Regulation to protect Indians. All anglers must bring within their travel documents their vaccine certificates.
Deposit Required: 50% deposit required within 14 days for booking confirmation. The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to scheduled arrival.
A complete checklist and travel information will accompany and follow receipt of your deposit.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be confirmed only upon receipt of written notice by the client that the trip must be canceled.
Reservation deposit is NONREFUNDABLE unless the client is replaced.
The following fees will be charged:
180 days or more before departure date: 50% of trip cost.
90 to 179 days before the departure date: 75% of trip cost.
Less than 60 days before the departure date or no-show: 100 % of trip cost.
We strongly advise the purchase of international trip cancellation insurance after registering for a trip. The operator also reserves the right to cancel the trip for any other reason judged necessary.
The operator will deposit refunds, according to their cancellation policy when relevant in the case of cancellation of the trip by the client, in the client’s bank account within the next 15 days of receipt of written cancellation notice. In the case of trip cancellation by the operator for any other reason judged necessary, a full refund will be made to the client.
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