Itapará Lodge - Brazil

Itapará Lodge - Brazil

Lures or Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass

Two lodges, 40 Miles Apart. Itapará's main lodge is situated approximately 250 miles north of Manaus on the Itapará River, a tributary of the Rio Blanco, which is a large tributary of the Rio Negro. The Itapará is renowned for some of the largest peacock bass in the Amazon. There are good numbers of 15 to 25-pound peacock bass.

2021 Hosted Week:
5-nights and 4½-days guided fishing
$3,400.00 per person
(Two anglers per boat and room)
• January 7-13, 2021: Brad Staples hosts


Fishing Itapará Lodge - Brazil

Itapara Lodge

Itapará has two lodges that are 40 river miles apart. The Lodges allow guests to fish about 75 miles of the river without runs of over 45-minutes. A five-day package offers one or two days at the lower lodge, and the 10-day package offers two to four days at the lower lodge.
You’ll primarily be fishing the Itapará River and some of the lagoons that form from the river dropping during the dry season. There are five or more lakes with boats that can be reached by short hikes from the river. The river itself can be great fishing, especially during lower water.
At Itapará, you may use lures or flies for peacock bass. Over the years, we’ve hosted many trips to Itapará Lodge – it was one of Larry’s favorites.
Fishing season:  Itapará's fishing season opens in early October, after the rainy season when the waters recede into the riverbed. At this time, the peacock bass roam in shoals and attack everything in sight. The Lodge season extends into early April. Peak fishing is between December 25th and March 15th. Occasionally, the rainy season fails to abide by schedules and may add mid-season downpours.
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Itapará Lodge boats and guides:

Itapara Lodge

Boats:  Two anglers per 17-foot aluminum boats with swivel seats, 25 HP Mercury motors, and electric trolling motors.
Guides:  Experienced Portuguese-speaking guides.
Fishing Equipment:  No equipment is provided. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  is not provided $20.00 payable at the Lodge.
Fishing day:  You're guided each day from approx. 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Fishing methods:  Techniques include fly fishing, fishing with live bait, shallow diving minnow baits, jigs, and topwater prop plugs.

Itapara Lodge
Click here for Brad Staples' 2020 Trip Report.

About Itapará Lodge

Itapara Lodge

Itapará Lodge is remote. From the main lodge, it’s a five-hour fast boat ride to the nearest village. The main lodge accommodates 18-guests in air-conditioned, double-occupancy rooms with a private bathroom. The Lodge has a satellite television, free Wi-Fi, and a pool table in the lounge area. There is also a small swimming pool. Free daily laundry service is provided.
Communications:  Free Wi-Fi access is available only at the main lodge. And, too many users at one time can make it difficult to connect online. There is a $3.00 per minute fee to use the onsite satellite phone.

Itapara Lodge
Ira Drogin with peacock bass - 2020 trip.

Getting to the Lodge:

After you pass through customs in Manaus, you’ll be greeted by a Lodge representative. He will drive you to your hotel for an overnight stay. (The hotel night is not included in the package.) From Manaus, you'll take a 90-minute charter flight to Itapará Lodge. (This roundtrip charter flight is included in the package.) For the charter flight, there is a baggage weight limit of 45-pounds. You’ll land at the Lodge's 1,100-meter paved runway at about 9:00 a.m. You'll enjoy a late breakfast, and then head out for a half-day of fishing.


About Itapará Lodge

Meals:   Breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m. and features fresh fruit, home-baked breads, pastries, juice, pancakes, bacon, and eggs. For lunch, anglers have the choice of returning to the lodge for lunch or have the guides grill fish for a shore lunch on the river. Sack lunches on the boat include beer, soda, or bottled water. After you return to the Lodge and enjoy a hot shower, appetizers and drinks are served before dinner. A buffet-style dinners is served at 7:00 p.m. and features such entrees as chicken, beef, pork, or fish, plus vegetables, potatoes, rice, etc. Their desserts are very good.
Alcohol:  An open bar from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m each evening is included in the package for local drinks. (Imported drinks are not included.)
Itapará's lower lodge is 40 miles downstream from the main lodge, about a two-hour boat ride. The lower lodge has deluxe, duplex-style cabanas that accommodate up to eight guests.

2020 USD Rates

Valid through March 30, 2020.
Per person - double occupancy
5-nights at the Lodge
and 4½-days guided fishing

Two anglers per boat and room
$3,400.00 per person
One angler per boat and room
$4,800.00 per person

10-nights at the Lodge
and 9½-days guided fishing

Two anglers per boat and room
$6,300.00 per person
One angler per boat and room
$8,700.00 per person

Prices are subject to change.

Packages include:

Ground transportation in Manaus to the hotel and also to the charter flight, roundtrip air shuttle service Manaus/Itapará Lodge, lodging, meals, alcohol (except for import brands), guided fishing, laundry service, Wi-Fi, and upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn.

Packages do not include:

International airfare, fishing license $20.00, satellite telephone calls, imported liquor, airport taxes, overnight hotel and meals in Manaus, fishing tackle, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. If you desire to tie your own flies, ask Guy Schoenborn to send you fly samples.

The CDC recommends a Yellow Fever Vaccination for most of Brazil, including ALL Peacock Bass Fishing Areas.
Click here for CDC link.

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

Request an ITAPARA LODGE Information Packet  

Itapará Lodge photos


Russ DeFusco with Itapará peacock bass.

Russ DeFusco at Itapará Lodge

Larry and guide with Itapará peacock bass

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Guy Schoenborn with Itapará peacock bass

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Howard Wood with peacock bass.

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Tim with redtailed catfish     | Large peacock

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Aerial view of Itapará Lodge

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The Lodge overlooks the Itapará River

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Air-conditioned rooms with private bath

Itapará Lodge

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