Fishing Report – March 4-11, 2017

Bem Vindo, Peacock Fans, to the final installment for the 2016-17 season of the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Unseasonable rains have continued throughout the last week leading the river to approximate wet-season conditions.  While a yo-yo-ing river level definitely made some days slower than others, everyone last week got to enjoy some sessions of incredible peacock fly fishing action.  Two anglers, Anthony Rissoli and Geoff “Larry” Gould, had a lifetime day around midweek when head guide, Joseph, clawed his way into a seldom fished laguna which turned out to be filled with large hungry peacocks.  By the time they putted out of there to head home, they had landed 51 fish including several in the 10-lb+ range.  Not bad for “high water!” Here’s a shot of “Larry” photobombing the pic of one of Anthony’s trophies.

As we wrap up the season, everyone at the lodge is excited to get home to their families and friends outside of the little universe that is the Agua Boa.  Our dedicated professional staff of locals deserve extra kudos for the amazing level of service and enthusiasm they bring to their work throughout the long six-month season.  With few exceptions, they have all devoted many years to this special place. From the guides to the yard director, from the kitchen staff to hospitality and housecleaning, these are the people that truly set this lodge apart.  So to Juarez, Irmao, Bacaba, Preto, Ricardo, Samuel, Joseph, Caboclo, John, Kelry, Dalva, Jonathan, Susanne, Loura, and Socorro, we send a heartfelt, “Muito Obrigado!” 

As we look ahead to next season, we’re already getting excited.  Higher than normal conditions this season, while sometimes frustrating in the short term are actually the best thing that we could have hoped for the system.  After the previous few years of drought conditions, the “reboot” to the system provided by having the river up in the trees for so long should mean incredible fishing when it all comes back down (as it inevitably does).  It’s never too early to make your plans to visit this special spot in the Equatorial Amazon and wet a line on one of the best fisheries on earth.

From all of us here at Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, we look forward to seeing you on the water in 2017-18!

Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt

Fishing Report – February 25-March 4, 2017

Bem vindo, Peacock fans, it’s time once again for the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Although light rain is falling as of this writing, we’re happy to report continued steady fishing here on the Rio Agua Boa.  Water levels continued a slow, steady rise throughout the last week, but the guides have taken advantage of the extra water to delve deeper into the jungle in search of untapped lagunas full of hungry peacocks.  No matter what awaits at the end of the trek, the approach is always an adventure, as evidenced by this shot from last week of Brookings Anglers’ Matt Canter “helping” guide, Samuel navigate a minor obstruction.

Last week, the cloudy and cooler weather made for some amazing sunrises here at the camp.  Several of our guests made regular morning sorties down to the dock at first light to exercise some pacu on light tackle and dry flies while enjoying the show.  What a way to greet the day here at the Equator!  Here’s a cool pic of Swiss fly pro, Michael Maissen of Bernhard Fishing, getting his 5 wt bent before his morning coffee.

With higher than usual river conditions this late season, fishing has been similar to that typically found in the early half of the season.  Sight fishing opportunities, while still available, are limited, with more “blind fishing” to structure and searching open water throughout each day. This style of is best approached with an eye to establishing a comfortable rhythm and pacing yourself to be ready when a big hungry peacock attacks your fly.

Aqua Boa veteran and ace fly angler, Andrea Bernhard, always seems to be ready when that moment arrives, which is why she quietly and comfortably wins top-rod honors most days on the water.  Here’s Andrea making it look easy with one of the many beautiful peacocks she landed last week.

Here at Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, we are proud to be a fly-fishing-only, catch-and-release peacock bass operation.  This fishery continues to thrive thanks to the dedication of our guides and guests to this sustainable philosophy.  As such we remind everyone to remember to crimp your barbs to enable quick and easy releases with less trauma to the fish.  Of course there are other good reasons to crimp your barbs, as Brian Greig learned last week after his good friend and boat mate, Bob Ruyle got maybe a bit too fancy with his casting stroke.  At moments like these, it’s nice to be fishing barbless!

When planning for fishing in higher water conditions, it pays to get down.  As such, we recommend bringing some faster sinking tip lines such as the RIO 250-350 grain Leviathans along with your Intermediate RIO Outbound Short WF8F/I  lines.  These are the two lines that have been putting the bass in the boat most consistently of late.

Thanks, as always, for checking in with the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We look forward to seeing you here on the river!

Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt

Fishing Report – February 18-25, 2017

Greetings Peacock Fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We’ve just completed an unusual week here at the lodge.  Due to an eleventh-hour group cancellation, we hosted only one guest for the entire week of fishing.  Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be the only fisherman on the water for a day on a world-class fishery?  How about seven days with the river entirely to yourself?  Last week, Calgary, Alberta-based international fly angler, Derek Martin enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and he made the most of it.

Fishing was quite good each day last week, despite midweek rain that has the river back on the rise again as of this writing.  Derek quickly mastered the basics of the fishery and landed plenty of fish every day on the water.  Here’s one, a beautiful paca landed within sight of the guide quarters and under the encouragement (and catcalls) of all the day-off guides on the cliff.

Here on the Agua Boa, every day out is unique:  our experienced guides each work in specific zones of the river and establish a rhythm with the fishing therein as the conditions change throughout the season.  After a week here, anglers have experienced every zone and every guide on the staff, each with his own unique personality and fishing style.  As the most experienced fly fishing guide staff in the Amazon, these guys take full ownership of making every day on the river a special event.  Here’s veteran black belt guide, Caboclo demonstrating a perfect photo hold with a beautiful tucunare asu peacock.

As we continue to experience unusually (for this time of year) wet weather, and the river level and clarity remains in flux, the best fishing success has been with Intermediate lines.  The best all-around choice is still the Rio Tropical Outbound Short Intermediate (WF8 F/I), as this allows you to fish both shallow and deep depending on the situation.  If you had to choose one line to fish here, this is the one.

And regarding leaders, remember that peacock bass will test the limits of your equipment with their power and abrasive mouth plates.  Choose your leader material based on thickness and abrasion resistance more than on breaking strength alone.  We suggest hard monofilament leader .027” or thicker. With higher water this year, tippet shyness is not an issue. Bring the big stuff.

Thanks for checking in with the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We look forward to seeing you here at the lodge.

Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt

Fishing Report – February 11-18, 2017

Welcome back, Peacock fans, to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Here on the Agua Boa we always say that old friends are the best friends.  We are fortunate to have so many regular returning guests that most weeks are a nice mix of familiar faces and avid newbies.  This past week was no exception with two of our favorite raconteurs, longtime peacock fiends, Chris Nischan and Tom Dempsey in camp.  These guys are two of the most enthusiastic and entertaining anglers ever to whirl a fly line, and they brought a crew of wonderful friends and associates along for the ride.

Chris and Tom are “outside the box” thinkers on most matters, which tends to inform some rather eccentric angling approaches.  Everything is on the table, or more precisely, on the rod rack, and one need never wonder if there will be enough gear around for anyone who might break a rod or lose a flyline to the piranhas. 

Chris, for example, spent most of the week pitching poppers with a light fiberglass “Gecko” trout rod (complete with rainbow-colored foam grip), while Tom couldn’t wait to get back to the dock in the evening to work on his two-handed technique using his 12’6” Spey Rod.  Here’s a shot of Chris getting in over his head with the “Gecko.”

The river has dropped steadily and significantly this week, as we return to our more normal dry-season weather pattern.

As usual our expert guide staff is always willing to dig deep into the jungle to find secret lagunas and hungry fish.  Here’s a shot of head guide, Joseph, in his 21st season on the river still not “mailing it in.”

Fishing overall has been steady, with several trophies landed and many others lost.  Here’s one of the best, a beast landed by Jim Blake.  And animal and bird sightings are a daily delight. On the last day of the week (as if catching a fish like that wasn’t enough), Jim and his wife, Nancy,  got a thrill of a lifetime when guide, Samuel, pointed out a big beautiful jaguar curled up like a kitten on one of the newly-exposed sandbanks. 

As we move into the home stretch of the season here at the lodge, conditions are shaping up for a strong finish. The guides are still favoring mid-sized Mushies and Sea-Habits in various colors and Intermediate (for general use) and 200-250 grain sinking tip lines.  Plan to rig a couple of rods to cover different depths and situations for each day out in the boat.

Stay tuned to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report for the latest Equatorial angling updates. We’re looking forward to seeing you here on the water!

Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt 

Fishing Report – February 4 – 11, 2017

Welcome back all you Peacock Lovers to the Valentine’s Day edition of the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Whether you’ve already left your heart on the Agua Boa, or you’re still cruising for that perfect peacock of your own, you’ve found the perfect place to pursue your dreams of peacock bass on the fly.

As a case in point, last week we hosted a group comprised of both Peacock newbies and veterans of several previous trips with other fishing operations in the Amazon.  The guys arrived to find the unseasonably high waters from the heavy rain of a few weeks back in steady retreat.  And although the first half of the week featured cool temperatures and brief showers daily, the river dropped steadily throughout the week. Without exception, everyone found some great fishing and a fun, relaxing adventure in the Equatorial Rainforest.

Veteran Peacock anglers, Dan Roberson and Terry Malone, returned from their second day on the water each reporting that they had had their best-ever day of peacock fishing upriver with guide, Caboclo.  Nothing like playing the rest of the week with “house money!”  After a full day of action they were happy to cool off in the pool and settle in for a comfortable evening.  Here’s a photo of Dan with one of the countless nice fish he landed.

In addition to the daily peacock parade, with the “cooler” weather, light-rod action around the dock was also good especially in the mornings and evenings.  What could be better than finishing up your fishing day with a Tenkara rod in one hand and a Caipirinha in the other? Just keep one eye out for “Rex,” the resident caiman whose interest in your pacu could easily lead to a bigger grab than you were bargaining for!

The rain over the last month has meant that the fairways on the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Golf Course have been in excellent condition.  Last week everyone got in some good swings after fishing and even took an interest in training some of the guides in the art of caddying.  Here’s a photo of the golfers with guides, Ricardo and Preto and everyone’s favorite bartender, John, working some extra time to improve their resumes.

Muito Obrigado for checking in with the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report. 

Until next week, “FORE!!!”

~ Carlos and Matt

Fishing Report- January 28- February 4th, 2017

Greetings Peacock Fans!  Welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report  As reported last week, the river has come up a lot over the past three groups.  Primarily caused by one rain event a few Sundays ago, the river was on slow rise and then finally leveled off at the beginning of last week.  The one thing that was interesting last week was that we figured that the river would start dropping right away, but oddly, it wasn’t until late in the day Wednesday that we saw the first indication that the river was dropping.  Since then the Agua Boa has been decreasing flow at a predictable pace of around 3 inches per day.

Despite the less than perfect conditions last week the group hosted by Scott Heywood from Angling Destinations had the savvy and know how to make the best of the week.  In fact, Scott’s group was made up of all veteran Agua Boa Anglers with the rookie in the group only having been here four times now!  As always it was a ton of fun to have a great group of returnees.  Enjoy a shot of Scott Heywood with a nice Acu!

One of the veteran anglers in last week’s group, Doug Jefferies, was the first to discovery that even with high water that the popper fishing remained good.  The hard fighting Paca and Acu did what they do best by attacking Doug’s Poppers with speed and aggression.  Check put a shot of Doug with a sweet peacock.

On a personal note.  I would like to thank the Agua Boa, Guides, Staff, Clients, Owner Lance Ranger and especially Carlos Azevedo for another great season at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  The time I get to spend there each year is special to say the least.  From the great fishing, to the amazing natural environment, first class facility and the camaraderie of a great team.  Thanks, one and all!

Thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report and check back next week to get updates.

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report- January 21st-28th, 2017

Greetings Peacock Fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report!  Last week was another great week here at the Agua Boa.   As always, we like to take the opportunity to thank our booking agents that help fill the lodge throughout the season.  Last week we had a group hosted by Jon Fisher, owner of the Urban Angler fly shop in New York City.  Over the years, Jon has sent many anglers to the lodge but this year was his first visit to fish with us here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  Thanks Jon it was great having you here and thanks for the business over the years.

Last week was once again a great representation of our two favorite “F” words. Fish and Fun!  One of Urban Anglers guests took the concept of fun to the whole next level.  John Kelley from London brought with him a bag full of tricks and a ton of laughs.  As we have learned John brings a different costume with him everywhere he fishes.  At the Agua Boa this year John brought his Elvis get up, complete with wig and shades.   Check out a couple shots of Elvis, one fishing and one with the guides. 

Besides being one hell of a funny guy John Kelley is also a huge advocate for the sport of fly fishing.  He and his son are putting on a the first fly fishing expo in London on March 10th and 11th, to help grow the sport in the UK. Check out the link to the expo and if you’re a Londoner stop by the show. The London Fly Fishing Fair.

As mentioned in last week’s report we had a tremendous amount of rain last Sunday.  In fact, it rained for fourteen straight hours which is very rare here this time of year.  The river climbed throughout the week and the level raised a total of four feet.  Initially the fishing slowed down mid-week but towards the end of the week the fish had acclimated and were back on the bite.  The water did get cloudy after the sustained rain but has cleared and is fishable for sure.  The only down side is that there is far less sight fishing at this level and a majority of the fish have been caught blind casting.  Check out a nice double caught last week!

At this level, we continue to use intermediate lines in general.  However, if you are coming in the next couple of weeks it might not be a bad idea to pack your 250 or 300 grain sink tip.

Thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report- January 14-21st, 2017

Greetings peacock fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report!  So far 2017 has been a great year for us here at the Lodge.  The water levels are good and the fish are eager to take the fly and are very hard fighting.  Last week the weather remained consistent with what we are used to in a typical January.  We continued to have partly sunny skies, moderate breeze and hot afternoons.  The water dropped about a foot over all last week but rain showers Sunday of this week halted the dropping trend and the water has risen again about a foot.  We are pleased to inform you that despite the rise that the Agua Boa River remains clear and is fishing well.

Last week we had a small group here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, which allowed us to tackle maintenance projects, repair the walk ways and take some time for the crew to relax.  One of the highlights of the down time was the first annual Guide Golf Scramble.  Once again this year the Agua Boa Links is open for business and Jonathan, Preto, Bacaba and Joseph snuck in a round last Friday. The action was hot but Preto and Jonathan prevailed and claimed the first club championship.  Enjoy a shot of the guys unwinding on a light week here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge!

One other update from the sports desk, this year we have continued our guest sponsored Thursday night casting series among the guides.  As always, this year’s competitions have been a ton of fun for the guides and our guests. However, unlike most years where there has been a variety of different champions atop the podium every week, one guide has dominated the weekly championship.  Congratulations to Caboclo for his fine performance and consistent casting week in and week out this 2016-2017 season.  Enjoy a shot of Caboclo making his signature sweet cast!

Today being Tuesday of a new week of Anglers, the fishing has remained hot on the Agua Boa.  In typical Peacock fashion the fishing has been a series of lulls and frenzies.  Thus far this week we have not had any monsters to hand but a couple of break offs have shown the guests that they are out there and eager to grab.  Please check back next weeks Report to get more details on this week’s highlights.

Thank you for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report and we look forward to seeing you here soon. 

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report- January 7th-14th, 2017

Ola Pescadores!  Bem-vindo de volta para o Fishing Report do Agua Boa Amzon Lodge.   We had another great week of fishing last week and more importantly than that, we had so much fun that it shouldn’t be legal.    One of our specialties at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is laughter and last week we took it to the next level.  It is easy to do that when you have legendary fly-fishing guru Harry Robertson on the scene.  His ability to crack you up is uncanny and his contagious humor makes it a fun time for all.

Harry isn’t only hysterical and fun loving but he is also one of the finest casting instructors in America. Every evening last week Harry’s anglers took advantage of his instruction by fine tuning their casts for the following days fishing.  Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, Intern, Brad Phillips also took advantage of Harry’s tutelage by participating in daily casting seminars and learning from Harry’s vast knowledge of the fly-fishing world.  Enjoy a shot of Brad getting a casting lesson and another shot of our intern helping David Whitney break down his rods after the weeks fishing.

We hate to state the obvious but the only way to catch a fish on a Popper is to fish a Popper.  That doesn’t mean that you try it for twenty minutes and then call it good.  It requires a little bit more effort than that…a half day minimum.  Well, veteran Agua Boa angler Chuck Moos knows what it takes and reaped the benefits of some fantastic Popper fishing last week.  He also took advantage of the great Pacu fishing that we have every morning at the dock.  A hopper dropper set up is the best set up for Pacu fishing, so remember to bring your nymph box and some 3x tippet to hook up with some Pacu before breakfast.  Enjoy a shot of Chuck with a nice Tucanare-Acu!

The rainy cycle remained with us the first part of last week but seemed to break its pattern towards the end of the week.  We are now in what seems to be a more typical January weather pattern with partly sunny skies, moderate breeze and hot afternoons.  The water levels on the Agua Boa River remain higher than average but with the change in weather have started to drop quickly.

Thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie



Fishing Report- December 31st- January 7th, 2017

Greetings Peacock Fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  It was great to ring in the New Year with a group of long time fishing buddies, including four Father and Son fishing pairs!  Thanks to the Dad’s for the great trip.

Joining last weeks’ group was Agua Boa Amazon Lodge’s most highly decorated angling veteran, Paul Lavins.  Paul first joined us here in 2003 and since then has logged the most weeks as a guest here at the Lodge.  Thanks Paul it was great fishing with you again this year.  Check out a shot of Paul with hard fighting Spotted Peacock.

One thing that we have always said about the fishery here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is that it is a great fit for anglers of all skill levels.  The more experienced anglers love the challenge of sight fishing and beginners get the chance to make a high volume of casts and will most certainly be rewarded by the aggressive strike of a Peacock BassLast week’s guest Jack Klippel proved once again that the Agua Boa is the ideal place to cut your teeth as a first-time fly angler.  Day one he took a casting lesson by the pool then wet a line for a few hours on the river.  By day two he was casting 60ft and by day three he had landed a brut 18lb Peacock Bass and continued to catch fish all week long.   Enjoy a shot of Jack with his 18 pounder and his fishing buddy Doyt Conn with a nice Peacock Acu!

As we mentioned last week the water is higher than usual for this time of year but the fishing has continued to be stellar.  In addition, the weather was as mild as we remember throughout all of last week.  We had showers daily and cloudy skies a majority of the week.  Yet despite the low light we did still have excellent sight fishing both in the river and in the lagoons.    The daily rain showers that we did receive increased the water levels by only a matter of inches, so for those of you that will be visiting us in the near future, the Agua Boa River is in prime shape for your upcoming Peacock adventure!

Thank you for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report and we look forward to seeing you here soon!


Fish On!


Carlos and Charlie