Pirarucú - Mamirauá Reserve

Mamirauá Reserve lies about 370 miles west of Manaus. The Reserve encompasses a complex system of lakes and channels between the Solimões River and the Japura River. In 1996, Mamirauá became 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 than 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 setting the hook. You’ll need to get a firm hook set and keep continual 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, Tambaqui are stronger than the pacú and prove an extreme battle on a fly.
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.
Guides:  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 in our confirmation packet.

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.

Uakari - Floating Cabins

Uakari Lodge

Uakari, a floating lodge, is very simple yet comfortable constructed of beautiful local woods. The Lodge has ten 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. During the year, the Lodge 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. Non-angler activities include: bird safaris, jungle tracks with professional guides, and visits to the local communities to see the lifestyle and villages.
Click here for video of Pirarucú.

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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 your 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.)


2018 Rates:

Two anglers per room and boat:
6-nights and 4 ½-days guided fishing
$4,995.00 + $490.00 Native fee = $5,485.00 per person

8-nights and 6 ½-days guided fishing
$5,995.00 + $590.00 Native fee = $6,585.00 per person

Single Angler per room and boat:
6-nights and 4 ½-days guided fishing
$7,875.00 + $490.00 Native fee = $8,365.00 per person

8-nights and 6 ½-days guided fishing
$8,990.00 + $590.00 Native fee = $9,580.00 per person

Non-angler companion:
6-nights and 4 ½-days
$2,500.00

8-nights and 6 ½-days
$2,990.00

 

Packages include:

One overnight at a hotel in Manaus upon arrival, all necessary ground transfers in Manaus, fully guided fishing, all-inclusive at the Lodge: lodging, meals, and beverages (including wine, beer, and spirits), fishing license, and laundry service.

Packages do not include:

International airfare, roundtrip domestic airfare (Manaus/Tefé – approximately $165.00 p.p. roundtrip), Brazilian visa ($44.24), Native Community Fee ($490.00 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:

Two anglers per room and boat:
13-nights and 10-days fishing
$11,950.00 p.p. + $1,170.00 Native fee = $13,070.00 per person
(plus $1,170.00 Native Comm. Fee)
Non-angler companion:
$5,750.00
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 Business 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.

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:

Request Pirarucu Lodge info packet  

Pirarucu Lodge photos


Arapaima can grow to over 400 pounds.

Pirarucu Lodge

Brad Staples with baby arapaima

Arapaima 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

Arowana fly fishing, too.

Fly Fishing Brazil

Pirarucu Lodge - Floating Cabins

Pirarucu houseboats

Bedroom of the houseboat

Houseboat bedroom

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