Pirarucú Lodge - Mamirauá Reserve

Mamirauá Reserve lies about 372 miles west of Manaus. The Reserve encompasses a complex system of lakes and channels between the Solimões River and the Japura River. Legislated by the Government of Amazonas in 1996, Mamirauá is the largest arapaima reserve in the world.

Pirarucú Species

Pirarucú Lodge

Pirarucú and arapaima are one and the same. Arapaima can grow to over 400 pounds and most closely resemble a freshwater tarpon or an alligator gar. When hooked, they start to move and then explode into aerial displays and headshakes.
Arapaima are often seen gulping air from the surface letting anglers and guides know where the fish are concentrated. In the shallow bays of the lake, these rolling fish offer more of a sight casting opportunity then in the deeper parts. Similar to hunting the flats and mangroves for tarpon, anglers will be searching the lakes, channels, and rivers for these pods of fish. Be prepared, while you see the rolling fish, it is usually the fish on the bottom and in mid-water that hit your fly. The toughest part of fishing for arapaima is the hook set. Anglers will need to get a firm hook set and constantly keep the pressure on the fish.
Arowana:  There’s no other place where you can catch so many arowanas on the fly. These fish are omnivorous and eat just about any insect or bait fish presented to them. Anglers will want to use streamers or big dry flies.
Tambaqui:  The mighty Tambaqui is a round fish and a close relative of the pacú. Tambaqui are normally found in the 8-20-pounds. They readily take artificial flies. Pound-for-pound, it’s stronger than the pacú and is extremely powerful when battling against a fly angler.
Peacock bass:  The smaller peacock bass, the yellow species, range in size from 2-10 and act much like their larger cousins found elsewhere in the Amazon. When found, they are usually busting bait along the shorelines.

Fishing Season and Skiffs

Pirarucú Lodge

The Pirarucú season is short, running only from the middle of September to the end of November. The dry season in this part of the Amazon runs from July through January, so this season straddles the middle of the dry season when water should be low and fish congregate in the lakes and channels. November 30th marks the end of fishing due to special regulations from the environmental authorities in Brazil who close any kind of fishing for arapaima throughout the Amazon to protect juvenile fish.
Professional, English-speaking native guides.
The anglers fish from extremely comfortable and smooth flats skiffs. Each skiff is equipped with two large casting platforms and an electric trolling motor with remote control for moving silently within the lagoons. 60-h.p. four-stroke. GPS and VHF radios are on board to keep guides in contact and to remain aware of each other’s position.

Fishing licenses are included in your package; however, tackle and gear are not. A complete list of recommended fly fishing gear will be provided within our confirmation packet.

Pirarucú Lodge - Floating Cabins

Pirarucú Lodge

Pirarucú Lodge is very simple but comfortable. It is a floating lodge, constructed of beautiful local woods. During the year, it is primarily used as an ecotourism lodge primarily for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. It is recognized as one of the top five birdwatching areas in the Amazon. The lodge has 10 floating cabins, each with two ensuite rooms. The main lodge features a dining room, living area, and kitchen. All buildings are on the water connected by wooden platforms. The lodge is located in the heart of the reserve with very short run times to the fishing—no more than 20 minutes and sometimes as short as a five-minute boat ride. Pirarucú is a perfect destination for non-anglers, as well as anglers, as there are a good number of activities offered: bird safaris, jungle tracks with professional guides, and visits to the local communities to see the lifestyle and villages.

Getting Here:

When you arrive in Manaus, you’re greeted by an English-speaking lodge representative who’ll arrange your transfer to the Caesar Business Hotel, included in the package. At 10:00 a.m., the following morning, your host will transfer you to the local airport for tour flight to Tefé, which is not included in the package. You’ll have lunch in Tefé before taking a fast boat ride, a little over an hour, to the lodge.
A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to enter into any Indian Territory in Brazil.

2017 Rates:

Mid-September through mid-December
6-nights at lodge and 1-night in Manaus and 5-days guided fishing
(The following packages do not include $590.00 Native Comm. Fee.)
Two anglers per room and guide:
$5,950.00 p.p.
One angler per room and guide:
(based upon availability)$9,817.00 p.p.
Non-angler $2,500.00 p.p.
Custom Packages:
4-nights at lodge and 3-days fishing:
$4,150.00 p.p. + $415.00 Native Comm. Fee
5-nights at lodge and 4-days fishing:
$5,150.00 p.p. + $515.00 Native Comm. Fee
7-nights at lodge and 6-days fishing:
$6,150.00 p.p. + $615.00 Native Comm. Fee

Packages include:

all necessary ground transfers in Brazil, all boat transfers, 5-days fully guided fishing, 6-nights, all inclusive: lodging, meals, and beverage (including wine, beer, and spirits), one overnight at the hotel in Manaus upon arrival, fishing license, and laundry service.

Packages do not include:

international airfare, roundtrip domestic airfare (Manaus/Tefé – approximately $150.00 p.p.), Brazilian visa, Native Community Fee ($590.00 p.p. or 10% of the package rate for custom packages), tips and gratuities for staff and guides, food and beverages in Manaus, airport departure tax (if not included in airfare), satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), city tours in Manaus, extra hotel overnights, flies ($10.00 each at lodge), tackle, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Pirarucú & Rio Marié Combo Trip:

13-nights and 10-days fishing
$11,950.00 p.p.
(plus $1,170.00 Native Comm. Fee)
Single room/single skiff upgrade
60% above the double based rate
(plus $1,170.00 Native Comm. Fee)
Non-angler $5,975.00 p.p.
(plus $1,170.00 Native Comm. Fee)
Combo Packages include: charter flight (float plane from Marié to Pirarucú), boat transfers, all necessary ground transfers in Brazil, 6-days guided fishing in Marié, 7-nights on the Untamed Amazon liveaboard, 4-days guided fishing in Pirarucú, 5-nights at the Pirarucú Lodge, all inclusive: lodging, meals, and beverage (including wine, beer, and spirits), one overnight at the Caesar Busines Hotel in Manaus upon arrival, use of a guide-operated 21-foot fully-equipped shallow draft skiff, fishing licenses, and daily laundry and maid service at fishing destination.
Combo Packages do not include: international airfare, Native Community Fees (payable in USD in Manaus), Azul Airline tickets (Tefé to Manaus – on day 13), Brazilian visa, tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides, food and beverages in Manaus, airport departure tax (if not included in airfare), satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), city tours in Manaus, extra hotel overnights in Manaus, flies, tackle, and anything not mentioned under inclusions

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

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Pirarucu Lodge photos

Arapaima can grow to over 400 pounds.

Pirarucu Lodge

Arowana fly fishing, too.

Arowana fly fishing

Tambaqui readily take artificial flies.

Tambaqui fishing

Pirarucu explode on the line.

Pirarucu fishing

Extremely fun to catch on a dry fly

Pirarucu fly fishing

Fly fishing for Pirarucu

Pirarucu fishing

Mamirauá Reserve

Fly Fishing Brazil

Pirarucu Lodge - Floating Cabins

Pirarucu houseboats

Bedroom of the houseboat

Houseboat bedroom

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