Fishing Report – March 3-10, 2018

Ben vindo de novo, friends of the Rainforest, to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Now comfortably into the final month of the season, stable low-water conditions made for steady action last week for peacocks of all sizes and the usual variety of other species that make every day on the water an adventure.    

Last week’s anglers here at the lodge were a diverse group consisting of three couples led by Phoenix, AZ-based travel guru, Betsy Dolen, of Camelback Odyssey Travel Company, and a quartet of Savannah, GA homeboys ready to jump into jungle adventure with all eight feet.  The excitement started early when, on the first afternoon of fishing, Inman Hodges hooked a huge peacock. As the battle progressed, Inman reached up the blank from the rod grip to get some leverage on the beast, instantly snapping the rod and sending him cartwheeling off the deck and into the river.  The fish was lost and Inman’s fishing partner, Bill Bowers, alertly leaped into action to capture the moment.

All through the week, anglers enjoyed varied and exciting fishing.  In addition to the usual  tucunare encounters, aruwana fishing was particularly good downriver with anglers often encountering large schools of these beautiful wary fish.  A well-placed cast and a slow retrieve sealed the deal on this nice aruwana for Savannah angler and curious raconteur, Peter Thacher.

Naturally, peacock fishing remains the focus each day, with plenty sight-fishing opportunities for trophy-class fish.  Enjoy these shots of Bill Bowers (we think) with a gorgeous asu and John Bauma with the week’s best, a 17 pound bruiser.

Technical Tip:

Here on the Rio Agua Boa, consistent success is primarily thanks to our veteran guide staff.  Without exception, the guides all have many seasons of fly guiding on these waters to draw upon when setting out for a day of fishing.  These guys are the most experienced fly fishing guide crew in the entire Amazon Basin.  So our advice when fishing here, which seems simple but important to remember, is to trust your guide.  In a full week of fishing, each day you will be led into the jungle by a different guide with his own unique approach to the fishing.  Every day in every zone and with every guide is different in its own way. You will get the most enjoyment from your week by relaxing, following your guide’s lead, and letting the fishing come to you in all its variety.    

Thanks again for checking 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 24-March 3, 2018

Ola, tucunare amantes! It’s time once again for this week’s Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Low water conditions persist, and fishing is very good, with sight fishing opportunities abounding.  Some mid-week rain did bump up the river a couple of inches, but overall conditions are stable, the water is clear, and the fish are biting.

Last week saw the return of a group led by WNC fly shop guru, Brookings Anglers’ Matt Canter.  Many anglers in this group had joined us last season for a high water week that gave them a taste of the fishery but left them curious to see how they would fare under more favorable conditions.  Without exception this time around, everyone was blown away by the fishing, with countless trophy asu landed and myriad other species keeping things interesting.  Topping it all off, another jaguar made an appearance at the end of the week. All in all,  a memorable week in the jungle for everyone, veteran and rookie alike.

Enjoy some shots of Matt holding a nice Piraracu and a beautiful tucunare caught Candy Norton with guide, Samuel.

Also, we would be remiss if we didn’t amend the previous week’s report to include a couple of late entries in the hero shot gallery here on the Fishing Report, kindly shared with us by Houston’s own Radie (no relation to Katy) Perry featuring a couple of bruisers landed by Radie and “Dr. Bloodfinger,” Jeff Riddle.  Thanks for the shots, Radie!

Technical Tip:

As we wind down into the last weeks of the season here on the Agua Boa, the inventory at the fly shop is also dwindling.  While we still have plenty of flies and tippet,  there are a few items to be sure to bring with you: Finger Sleeves, buff, bug spray (for the no-see-ums), sunscreen, 8 wt rod and at least one backup rod, WF8 F/I Outbound Short Flyline and a backup, and a couple pairs of quality polarized glasses for both bright and cloudy skies.

Obridado for checking 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 17-24, 2018

Bem vindo, de novo, Tucunare-heads, to this week’s edition of the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  The river level here remains low and clear, and excellent sight fishing rules the day.  Anglers last week found great action and plenty of trophy-class peacock bass in all zones of the fishery.  After another dry week of weather, best fly and line choices are generally smaller patterns and intermediate lines.  However, it pays to always have some bigger Mushy-style patterns and a floating line on hand as well.

We enjoyed an eclectic mix of guests last week who hailed from all points of the compass: Bozeman, Chicago, Houston, and Reykjavik.  Across the board, guests last week enjoyed a spectacular week of fishing and camaraderie typical of this little slice of paradise.  Our friends from Reykjavik, Oli Vigfusson and Maria Clausen, owners of the largest fishing shop in Iceland and both renowned international fly anglers, visited the Agua Boa for the first time. After their week, Oli sent us an email with an itemized tally of their success which gives a good idea of the action:

“We landed 2 12 pounders, 2 11 pounders, 1 10 pounder, 2 9 pounders, 1 8 pounder, 3 7 pounders, quite few 4-to-6 pounders, and hundreds of the smaller ones”

Oh, and they also saw a Jaguar on their last day on the water. Sounds like a pretty good week of fishing!  Here’s a picture of Maria with what definitely doesn’t look like one of the “smaller ones.”

All the other anglers without exception enjoyed similar success.  The consensus nicest fishing guide in Montana, Bill Buchbauer, and Pink Dolphin lover, Elizabeth Plovanic, teamed up for some impressive catches as well.  If one missed a shot at a fish the other would be at the ready to step up with a well-placed cast.  “Get him, Bill!” became a catchphrase for the week.  Enjoy a couple pics of Bill and Elizabeth and some great peacocks that didn’t get away.

Technical Tip:

With low water, opportunities for sight fishing abound.  Anglers do well to maintain situational awareness as to whether to blind cast or wait in “ready position” for a shot at a cruising or laid-up fish.  In general, the guides want you to wait and hold your cast in areas where the river bottom is visible and to blind cast only in the deeper water. Situational awareness leads to fewer missed opportunities as well as the chance to rest and observe so you will be fresh for the next shot at a trophy.

Thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We look forward to seeing you here in the Equatorial Rainforest!

Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt

Fishing Report- February 10-17, 2018

Bem vindo mais uma vez, Peacock Bass fans, to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  As we cross the mid-month mark here in February, fishing remains very good with low clear conditions and plenty of action every day on the water.  While some mid-week rains bumped up the river level a few inches last week, conditions remain ideal for sight fishing both in the main channel and in the lagunas.  As the river continues to drop, the guides are favoring smaller flies in contrasting colors, such as Half-and-Half Clouser Minnows, Mushies, and Deceivers in the #1/0-#3/0 range as well as smaller poppers.

Last week here at the lodge featured the annual visit of longtime friends: Chris Nischan, Tom Dempsey, and Tina Webber.  This is always one of our favorite weeks as Chris and Tom provide non-stop entertainment and enough mischief to keep everyone on their toes.  Whether it’s charismatic inflatable pool toys, battery powered Mardi Gras beads, fluorescent chartreuse novelty fly rods, or Tolkien-esque wizard masks, there is never a dull moment when this crew is on the river!  Obviously, after 12 seasons in the Equatorial Rainforest, they’ve established a certain comfort level.

Of course after all that time on the water, they’re pretty comfortable with the fishing no matter the conditions.  By this point, they’ve seen it all from drought-low to high-and-in-the-trees and everything in between.  So when they say they had an exceptional week of fishing, Chris, Tom, and Tina know of what they speak.  And to hear them tell it, last week was one of the best they’ve seen for consistency, species variety, overall numbers of fish, and trophies landed.  Enjoy some pictures of some of the many beautiful tucunare asu landed by this veteran crew.  Another great week on the Agua Boa.  Can’t wait to see you all next year!

Technical Tip:  As the river has dropped into perfect sight-fishing level, ideal fly line choice has shifted accordingly.  We still recommend the RIO Tropical Out Bound Short WF8 F/I as your daily driver and best all-around line.  But for your second outfit in the boat, a floating line (also Outbound Short) will get more done out there than a heavy sink tip.  And remember to bring extra fly lines.  While we still have some lines remaining in the fly shop, it’s a wise investment to bring at least two of each (floating and intermediate) so when the inevitable kinky coil bug strikes your running line, you can swap out for a freshie for those last few days on the water.

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 3-10th, 2018

Greetings Peacock Fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report!  This week’s report covers the week of February 3rd-10th and there is a lot to report.  As we have mentioned in our report over the years we are thrilled to have so many loyal customers that have visited us frequently here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  Lane Hepworth, Clint Dille and David Wilkes are a trio of anglers that have been here a lot and we were excited to see they were coming back.  Over the years Lane has been working on convincing his brother to make the trip down here to join his group and finally John Hepworth signed up to spend a week at the lodge.  But after all that, sadly Lane had to rain-check and was not able to join his brother and the group last week.  Sorry you couldn’t make it Lane, but we look forward to seeing you in March.  Enjoy a shot of Agua Boa newbie, and some would say the better-looking brother, John Hepworth with a nice Peacock.

At the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, we love parties and special events.  Last week we were excited to be able to host a Super Bowl bash, featuring our first annual Super Bowl Square Pool that Andy Jenkins and Kevin Despain cleaned up on.  Kevin wasn’t the only DeSpain to be on the winning side of a party here at the lodge last week.  Nicole Despain was lucky enough to celebrate a birthday Agua Boa style.  It was brought to our attention that Nicole loves gluten free pizza, so Dalva and Jonathan our chef and chef’s assistant were able to deliver.  Enjoy a shot of legendary Agua Boa waiter Johnny Gazon serving Nicole’s birthday surprise! Also check out Nicole showing off one of the Agua Boa River resident Tucanare Paca-Acu!

Last week’s fishing continued to be great. We are still catching large fish and good numbers of fish over all.  The river has continued to drop after receiving zero precipitation throughout last week. Fortunately, the rivers decrease in flow has been slow and we only lost a few inches over that time period.  As reported in previous installments of the world-famous, Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report, despite the continuing drop in water level we are still able to access our favorite sections of the river, lagoons and lakes.  Looking to the next couple of weeks it appears as if there will be a continuation of the dry spell.  However, the consistent breeze and lack of clouds has made it more comfortable on the water and provides good light for sight fishing!

Due to the consistent conditions on the Agua Boa River there is not much of a fluctuation in lines and tackle at this point in the season.  For your starting line up (get it, line up) we recommend an intermediate clear-tip on either an 8 or 9 weight rod.  We continue to use baitfish patterns, half and half’s and whistlers in a variety of contrasting colors: red/white, blue/white, chartreuse/white and pink/white.  Also, we still recommend a leader material that is in the .022-.027 inch range in diameter.  

Thank you again, one and all, for coming to the lodge and enjoying all that we have to offer, fishing, food and fun!  And thank you to our loyal peacock fans for continuing to follow the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report!

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report January 27- February 3, 2018

Greetings Peacock Fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report. Nothing but great things to report this week after another banner seven days of fishing at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge. Last weeks group took in all the fun that could be had here at the lodge, including another epic smattering of the different species of fish that the diverse Agua Boa River has to offer. Including Pirarucu, Dogfish, Traierea and Arowana, like the one posing here with famed angler Chris Carlisle. Right on Chris!

Every so often at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report we like to take the opportunity to thank all the wonderful booking agents’ worldwide that keep up busy throughout our six-month season. Last week’s group was put together by Tim Matlack of the International Angler in Pittspurgh, Pennsylvania. Tim brought a group of Agua Boa veterans and first-time visitors. Thanks to the International Angler and if you happen to be in Pittsburgh stop by the shop and say hi to Bob, Tim and the crew. Enjoy a shot of veteran angler Stan Stein and another shot of one of fly fishing’s nicest guys Al Roy with a nice Peacock.

The Agua Boa River continued to be on a dropping trend over all of last week. Since we virtually received no rain last week, an isolated shower or two at best, the river dropped approximately 4 inches in total. Fortunately, the drop was minimal, so to date we still are able to access all of our zones and favorite lagoons. In addition to that, we have boats stashed in some of or walk-in lakes as well. The walk-in lakes are not only a great way to spend a few hours fishing, it is also a nice opportunity to get a nature walk in the Jungle.

Currently we continue to have a tremendous amount of sight fishing and the Peacock bite is great. The line of choice is still the intermediate line and it is a good idea to have a floating line available to take advantage of popper fishing opportunities!

Technical Tip: Hey there folks every now and then we like to pass on a little technical advice about gear, packing, flies or other tips. Well this week we have a pretty simple tip to pass on. If you are packing for a fishing trip in the Amazon you should throw into your duffel at least one pair of light weight fishing pants. It is a good way to keep the sun off your legs and to make sure the no-see-ums don’t chow your legs.

Thanks again to last weeks group for making it down to see us here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, we look forward to seeing you here again sometime in the future. Also thank you to all of the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Report’s loyal readers. We really appreciate your taking the time to follow or report.

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report- January 20-27, 2018.

Greetings Peacock Fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report!  We once again had a great week of fishing here on the beautiful Agua Boa River, and as always we would like to thank our wonderful guests for coming to spend a week with us here at the Lodge.  The highlights of the week were many including more and more shots at ArowanaCongratulations to Bill Sheley for landing 9 Arowana in one day……that will be tough to top.  Check out a shot with Bill and one of his many Arowana.

The Peacock fishing remains stellar landing good numbers of fish daily.  As in recent weeks we continue to see a lot of fish in the 7-9-pound range and a ton of Butterflies.  The anglers last week did tangle with some monsters estimated to be in the 18-pound range, but they didn’t get that big by being stupid, and the savvy bruts were able to head for cover and get rid of the fly. However, we did see some great fish landed between 10 and 16lbs.  Enjoy a shot a shot of David Cote with a 15 ponder he landed last week.

Throughout the course of the week we did have a few rain showers but not enough to add any volume to the Agua Boa River.  The overall drop was only a few inches but over the next week we expect to see a similar drop in water level.  According the forecast we don’t expect a lot of rain in the near future which plays great for those of you that are coming to take advantage to the world class sight fishing at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.

Technical Tip:  Every so often we like to give a tip that will help you maximize your fishing experience at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  This week we would like to cover the subject of flies.  The good news is that if you have been here before, bring the same box, we still gravitate towards the staple peacock assortment of Whistlers, Half and Half’s and Baitfish patterns.  We also continue to like flies in contrasting white colors.  For example, blue and white, chartreuse and white, green and white, pink and white etc.  In addition to the normal 4 to 6-inch flies it is also a good idea to have a portion of your flies available in 3 to 4 inches.  As the water continues to drop, some of our guides have started to size down their fly choices.

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

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report- January 13th-20th, 2018

Ola Tucunare Fans!  Welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  It is once again our pleasure to give you the full rundown of all the happenings last week here at the world-famous Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  Last week was full of great fishing, wildlife encounters and a down to the wire sporting event that thrilled our guests from Minnesota escaping the frigid conditions in the Midwest.

Before we get on to the report, we would like to first recognize one of fly fishing’s great personalities, Harry Robertson.  Over the past six seasons Harry had brought a group of anglers to fish the Agua Boa each January.  Sadly, Harry passed away last summer, fortunately his group still made the trip to Agua Boa to celebrate the wonderful life he lived.  Harry had a great sense of humor, a passion for fun, and was a wonderful friend and teacher.  We would like to memorialize Harry by sharing with you one of the many nice shots of Harry with an Agua Boa peacock bass. Rest in Peace Gitano. 


Every week on the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report we give our readers the low down on the fishing, updates on flies and tackle, and describe the general river conditions.  However, this week we need to take the opportunity to also highlight the incredible natural environment which surrounds the lodge.  The Amazon Rainforest is nearly the size of the continental US and is home to a countless number of fish, insect, plant, reptile, bird and mammal species.   At the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge we, of course, spend most of our time and energy focused on one of the many fish species, the Peacock Bass.  Yet occasionally we get a chance to witness an apex predator within the Amazon and that is the elusive Jaguar.  Over the last two weeks we have had four different Jaguar sightings including a rare viewing of a Jaguar on a Tapir kill.  Thanks to David Bauldauf and Cindy May for getting a number of world class photos of a Jaguar taking a break after a big lunch!

Once again last weeks fishing was lights out.  We continue to have a tremendous amount of sight fishing and a number of our guests took advantage of the great popper fishing here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  With occasional rain showers throughout the week we have seen the Agua Boa River maintain a consistent water level only dropping slightly throughout the week.  Last weeks anglers gravitated towards a mix of floating lines for popper fishing and intermediate lines with bait-fish patterns for sight fishing and occasional blind casting in the lagoons.  In addition to the rowdy 7-9-pound Spotted Peacock we have been seeing in good numbers, there has also been many encounters with Peacock Acu from 12 to 18 pounds.  Enjoy a shot of Fred May with an 18-pound beauty.

Thanks 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 6-13th, 2018

Greetings Peacock Fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Once again, we had another great week here at the Agua Boa.  The fishery and its Peacock populations are in a great cycle this season including a high population of fish in the 7-9-pound range.  These hard fighting fish have explosive strikes and are likely to get air-born immediately after the hook is set.  We have also continued to bump into large fish in the upper teen-range daily throughout the Agua Boa River system. Enjoy a shot of Rick Powell and Gene Koecheler with a nice Peacock Acu.  Who caught that fish anyway?

The last two weeks we were lucky enough to have a special guest with us here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  Thank you Paul Lavins for once again taking the time to come down from frigid Michigan to spend a couple weeks with us.  Paul has spent more time at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge than any other guest since we opened and it is always a pleasure to have him here.  Check out a shot of Paul with a nice Peacock!.

Over the past week we have had occasional rain showers but nothing long lasting or exceptionally heavy.  Although the river has continued to drop the overall change in level was negligible due to the occasional rain.  Overall, we are super happy about the water levels on the Agua Boa River.  The water is low enough to have sight fishing 80% of the time and high enough to still be able to access our favorite fishing spots!

Hey folks, if you follow out report you already know that we are proud of the guide staff that we have here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  They are great guides, know the river well and most importantly love sight fishing.  In addition to being great guides they are very skilled fly casters. Therefore, each week we have a guest sponsored casting competition amongst the guides. Last year Caboclo was the overall champion but last week Head Guide Joseph Rodrigues edged out Bacaba in a tight competition. Right on Joseph and congratulations.

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

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report- New Years 2018.

Happy New Years from the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge and thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report. Not surprisingly we rang in the 2018 with great fishing here at the Aga Boa Amazon Lodge.  With a mix of veteran anglers and first-time guests the New Year week was a ton of fun and the fishing was great.   Check out a shot of long time Agua Boa angler Doyt Conn with a nice Peacock Acu.  Right on “D.”

The water levels for the first group of 2018 was perfect, offering excellent sight casting opportunities and great wade fishing.  Not only are we in the sweet spot for water levels but we have a large variety of fish species in the Agua Boa river system as well.  Veteran Agua Boa Angler, twelve-year-old Jackson Wanderer, put on a fishing clinic last week landing large Peacock Acu, Arowana, Payara and Pirarucu, just to mention a few.  Way to go Jackson!  Enjoy a shot of Jackson with a great big peacock and an Arowana.

Technical Tip.  Hey folks, for any of you that have fished with us you already know that we have the best guides in the Amazon. We are lucky to have six locals that grew up on the regions rivers and know the fishery like the backs of their hands.  Over the years they have developed a great command of “guiding English,” which helps put our guests on fish and maximizes sight fishing opportunities.  However, they do not have the conversational English skills to do a lot of chit chatting.  But, in the era of advanced technology, the world of cell phones and their app’s can play a fun role in your experience with your guide.  There are many language apps available for phones but we recommend the Google Translator App to help communicate when taking a break or having lunch.  If you choose Google translation App, remember to download the Portuguese file so you can use it offline while on the river.

Thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report and we extend our best wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful 2018. Happy New Years from the Agua Boa team!

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie