Rio Negro River Basin, Amazon in Brazil
The peacock bass or tucunare is one of the most spectacular fresh water game fish you can catch. It has been described as the equivalent of a black bass on hormones. Ferocious strikes and explosive battles are its trademarks. Without a doubt, no other fresh water game fish can compare and there is probably no better place to catch trophy peacock bass than the Rio Negro river basin in the heart Brazilian Amazon Rain forest.
Guests fish virtually untouched tributaries of the Rio Negro that other sport fishing operations cannot reach. The location of the campsites are always in upper reaches of these tributaries beyond natural barriers that keep out commercial fishermen and big sportfishing yachts. The design of our operator’s floating cabins permits them access beyond shallow water areas of less than four feet in depth. These comfortable cabins each have their own private bathroom, water and electricity as well as comfortable beds. Meals are composed of excellent brazilian and iternational dishes served in a spacious floating dining barge.
Both fly fishing and spinning are equally effective and it is up to the fisherman to decide how he would like to fish. We generally fish with streamers and poppers in shallow lagoons where no commercial fishing takes place. Most takes are on or near the surface where many times we will see the fish attack our fly or lure. Depending on the fisherman, a typical fishing day might yield 20 to 40 peacocks including butterfly peacock from 3 to 8 pounds up to great blue peacocks that often run between 10 and 20 pounds.
Our program usually includes one free day in Manaus before the fishing and another afterwards to do some shopping and sight seeing.
Conventional spinning gear is provided. Large floating rapalas are the most effective plugs. For fly fishing we recommend six to eight weight rods with floating lines using large streamers and poppers.
Location: The camps are itinerant with locations that may change from week to week covering a very large area of the Río Negro river basin, though generally alway in the upper reaches of the system’s tributaries away from the lodges and areas where other sport fishing operations work, where the best fishing will be found. Generally camps are accessed by floatplane from Manaus.
Season: October through May
Best Dates: All dates are equally good as the camps are always situated in areas with the best fishing for the dates.
Nº of rods permitted: Reservations are always in pairs, normally a minimum group of 4 fishermen is necessary.
Methods permitted: Fly and spinning
Sepcies targeted: Peacock bass (Tucunaré o), Arapaima, Payara, Piraña, Bicuda, Aruana, Parapitinga, etc…
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