The Rio Marié Liveaboard

This is a fly-fishing-only trip. The Rio Marié is the most remote river in the Brazilian Amazon and is referred to as the River of Giants. The headwaters of the Rio Marié lie more that 400 air miles northwest of Manaus in the rainforest between Brazil and Columbia.


Fly fishing the Rio Marié

Rio marie Fishing

Large speckled male - estimated at 24.5 pounds.
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. All of the river is contained inside an Indian territory of more than 494 million acres.
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 10-18 pounds in the more remote locations but have been known to reach nearly 30 pounds. A 28 ½-pound fly-caught peacock bass was landed at the Rio Marié in 2016. The butterfly peacock bass are abundant and smaller, reaching up to 13 pounds.

Meng Syn's Trip Recap - Blog, Videos...

Rio Marié Liveaboard

Meng Syn with Rio Marié peacock.
The Rio Marié season runs from mid-September through mid-December. 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.
Two anglers per professional English-speaking guide, plus a native guide, in specially designed fishing boats. 21-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 h.p. 4-stroke motors, as well as remote-control electric motors. 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.
Meng Syn's Videos of Rio Marié:
Rio Marié - River of Giants
Butterflies - Butterfly Madness
Flies for the Rio Marié
Meng Syn's Blog:
The Rio Marié River of Giants
Meng Syn's Flickr Albums:
Rio Marié 2017
More of the Rio Marié 2017

The Untamed Amazon Mothership

Rio Marié Liveaboard

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-h.p. 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. Each suite 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 and two large hot tubs.
There is a full-scale kitchen which serves American meals in addition to regional favorites. You'll enjoy expertly prepared four-course meals 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. While there is still 100 more miles of river upstream 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 Here:

At the international airport in Manaus, you'll be greeted by an English-speaking representative. He'll arrange for transfers to the Hotel Tropical. (The transfers and the first hotel night are included in the package.) After breakfast at the hotel, the driver will pick the group up around 7:00 a.m., and head to the local airport. From Manaus, a private four-hour charter flight, (included in the trip cost) utilizing two Cessna Caravans fitted with amphibious floats, will drop guests off on a new landing strip near the mothership. After a cold drink and lunch, anglers will have a brief orientation. You’ll get situated in your suite, and prepare tackle for a half day of fishing that afternoon.


2018 Rates:

8-nights and 6 ½-days guided fishing
$7,325.00 + $670.00 Native community fee = $7,995.00 p.p.
Non-angler companion
$4,980.00 + $435.00 Native community fee = $5,415.00 p.p.
Single room upgrade
$750.00 based upon availability

Packages include:

All internal charter flights, boat transfers, and all necessary ground transfers in Brazil, one overnight at 5-star hotel in Manaus upon arrival, use of guide-operated 21-foot, fully-equipped shallow draft skiffs per each two anglers, fishing licenses, all meals on liveaboard (and lunch at fishing destinations) including wine, beer and spirits, daily laundry and maid service on the Untamed Amazon, and a free copy of Larry’s 40-page book Fly-Fishing for Peacock Bass (upon request).

Packages do not include:

International airfare, Brazilian visa, Indian Association Fee, paid in cash upon arrival to Brazil, tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides, food and beverages in Manaus and any private city tours, airport departure tax, satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), extra hotel overnights, flies (the liveaboard has an extensive selection of flies, $9.00 each), and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccination

Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate:  A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to enter in any Indian Territory in Brazil. It’s a Government Regulation to protect Indians.  All anglers must bring their vaccine certificates with their travel documents. Your host will take copies to send to the National Indian Institution (FUNAI). The CDC’s website address is www.cdc.gov.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request Rio Marié Information Packet  

Rio Marié photos


Rio Marié - River of Giants

Rio Marié Fishing

Peacock bass fly fishing

Rio Marié peacock Fishing

Popular peacock bass flies

Rio Marié Liveaboard Fishing

Rio Marié giant peacock bass

Rio Marié bass Fishing

Note the peacock-like eye spot on its tail.

Rio Marié Liveaboard

Untamed Amazon mothership

Rio Marie Liveaboard suites

Liveaboard dining area

Rio Marié Liveaboard

Untamed Amazon bedroom

Untamed Amazon bedroom

The Seafood Paella - Chef Leandro's specialty

Rio Marié peacock bass