Itapará Lodge - Lures or Fly Fishing
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 as a sanctuary for some of the largest peacock bass in the world - up to 25-pounds in size.
Fishing Itapará Lodge - Brazil
Itapará has two lodges which are 40 river miles apart. The Lodges allow guests to fish about 75 miles of 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 its lagoons. These lagoons are formed 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. Keep in mind, the productiveness of your peacock bass adventure is largely dictated by the water levels. Occasionally, the rainy season fails to abide by schedules and may add mid-season downpours.
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Itapará Lodge boats and guides:
Boats: Two anglers per 17-foot aluminum boats with swivel seats and 25 h.p. Mercury motors and electric trolling motors.
Guides: Experienced Portuguese-speaking guides.
Fishing day: You're guided from approximately 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day.
Fishing methods: Techniques include fly fishing, fishing with live bait, shallow diving minnow baits, jigs, and topwater prop plugs.
Click here for Brad Staples' 2018 Trip Report.
Itapará Lodge - 2020 Hosted Weeks
Peacock Bass lure or fly fishing adventure
6-nights and 4 ½-days guided fishing $3,400.00
2020 Hosted Weeks:
• January 17-23: Brad Staples hosts
11-nights and 9 ½-days guided fishing $6,300.00
• January 17-28: Brad Staples hosts
Prices are subject to change.
You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book the lodge for a time that works best for you.
The CDC is now recommending (2018) a
Yellow Fever Vaccination for most of Brazil,
including ALL Peacock Bass Fishing Areas.
Click here for CDC link.
After you pass through customs in Manaus, you’ll be met by a lodge representative. You will then be transported to your hotel for an overnight stay, which is not included in the package. You'll take an 80-minute charter flight to Itapará Lodge, which is included in the package. For the charter, there is a baggage restriction of 45-pounds. About 9:00 a.m., you’ll land at the Lodge's 1100' paved runway. You'll enjoy a late breakfast, and settle in. Then after lunch, you’ll head out for a half day of fishing.
About Itapará Lodge
Itapará Lodge is remote. From the main lodge, it’s a five-hour fast boat ride to the nearest village. The main lodge has a satellite television and a small swimming pool. There is free Wi-Fi access. An open bar is available from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. with local drinks. (Imported drinks are not included.) Air-conditioned double occupancy rooms with a private bathroom. Itapará's lower lodge consists of deluxe duplex cabanas, a two-hour boat ride, about 40 miles downstream from the main lodge. The main lodge accommodates up to 18 guests, and the cabanas up to 10 guests. A Piper Cheyenne III airplane is available onsite to fly guests with any medical emergency to the town of Manaus where there is a good hospital, approximately an 80-minute flight.
Rates valid through
March 30, 2019:
Rates are per person - double occupancy
6-nights and 4½-days guided fishing
11-nights and 9½-days guided fishing
Single occupancy room and boat:
Add an additional $1,400.00 to above.
Prices are subject to change.
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, Brazilian visa ($160.00 reciprocity fee), fishing licenses, 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.