FISHING REPORTS


Fishing Report- Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Years from the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge!

After the Holiday break, we are back in the swing of things and on the hunt for hard fighting Peacock Bass.  Today marks our third day since our return to action and thus far the fishing has been right on track.  The water levels are slightly higher than usual but there is still plenty of sight fishing in both the river and the lagoons.  

After the season of 2015-2016, where the water was so low, it is nice to have a bit more water in the river.  It makes it way easier for our first-class guide staff to access our favorite spots up and down the Agua Boa River. In addition, the fish are far less spooky than they were throughout the ultra-low water conditions that we experienced last season.

No surprise that we continue to use our favorite array of bait-fish patterns, whistlers and half & half’s.  Any of the above assortment of flies are effective in blue/white, red/white, chartreuse/white and don’t forget your poppers.  The higher than average water combined with an abundance of Spotted Peacocks in the River and Lagoons make for exciting popper action. 

We also can’t help but recommend our favorite all around line which is the Rio Tropical Outbound Short WF (F/I) with the 15ft clear tip.  It has just enough sink to let fly get down in deeper areas and versatile enough to use with a Popper as well.

Thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Fishing Report and check back next week to get caught up on all the action from the first week of 2017!

Fish On!

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report- November 19th- 26th, 2016

Greeting Peacock fans and Happy Thanksgiving from the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  In this week’s edition of the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report we feel that it is only fitting to give thanks for the exceptional team that we have here at the Lodge.  For those of you that have spent time at the Lodge, you already know that we have the best team in the Amazon.  First, we are lucky to have such experienced group of guides.  In the heat of the jungle our guides stand atop the poling platform day in and day out to spot monster Peacock Bass for our guests.  They have earned their reputation as the best Peacocks guides through hundreds of days on the water, this fine group of professionals have released more fly caught Peacocks than any guide crew in the world. Cheers to our guides!guide-shot-resize

Speaking of hard working we must also take a moment to recognize the team that does such a great job behind the scenes at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  Our Chef Dalva and her Assistant Jonathan spend long hours in the heat of the kitchen, preparing meals, baking bread and making those mouth-watering deserts.  Thanks, Dalva and Jonathan!!!dsc03619

Finally, we have to thank our guests and agents that visit us at the lodge!  We take great pride in sharing our world class facility, guides, and giving you the opportunity to experience the natural environment that surrounds the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge!  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Two weeks ago we saw a fairly dramatic drop in the water levels on the Agua Boa.  However as predicted there was a fair amount of rain last week. The water level has come back up a foot but there is still great visibility.   Despite a rising river last week, the fish were still on the grab making Thanksgiving another great week to fish the Agua Boa River.

As we approach the New Year we want to take the opportunity to highlight some of our favorite shots from 2016!  Check out a shot of IT-Guy, David “Ducky” Wanderer, Host- Matt Ramsey and Activities Director– Charlie Conn, admiring BartenderJohn “Dr. Caiparinha’s,” sweet stash!img-20160101-wa0000

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

 

Fish On!

 

Carlos and Charlie

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report- November 12th-19th, 2016

Hi Folks and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We have officially been open one month now, and what a season it has been so far!  In last week’s installment of the Report we, as always, highlighted the great fishing and also made note of the stunning nature that anglers experience whilst they are on the Agua Boa River.  In addition, we celebrated some of the excellent bird photos that Kevin Lynch took of a bird commonly known as the Kingfisherdscn8505

The Amazon Rainforest is home to five different varieties of Kingfisher.  We see three different species along the Agua Boa River.   In the Portuguese language there are several common names for the Kingfisher including, Papa-Peixe, Guarda- Rios and Martim-Pescador. Why are we highlighting the Kingfisher?  Well they are more than just a gorgeous bird, they are the mascot representing two of the Booking Agents that have filled the lodge this year, half our guests thus far.  Week one we had a group from Mavungana Fly-Fishing. Mavungana is the Zulu word for Kingfisher.  Then Last week we had Frans Jansen owner of Martin-Pescador Lodge in Chile, once again bring a group to join us at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodger0004670

Cheers to Kingfishers and thanks for the great groups!!!

As reported the last couple of weeks, the river had more or less maintained its level.  However last week we witnessed a considerable drop, totaling over a foot by week’s end.  The good news is that throughout the drop last week we still had great Popper fishing, catching an abundance of Paca in the 4 to 9-pound range.  The better news is that due to the drop in the water we are starting to have more and more sight fishing. In fact, it didn’t take long for Frans and fishing buddy Scott Kiscaden to figure out that the river was the place to be, they took full advantage of sight casting to cruising fish over the sand. Check out a few shots of Frans and Scott with some sweet Peacocks!r0004730

As we look forward towards Thanksgiving the weather forecast shows that there is rain in our future here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  However, we project that with the water levels as they are now, that the forecasted rain will not have any measurable effect on the fishability of the Agua Boa River.

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

 

Peixes em!

 

Carlos and Charlie

Greetings Agua Boa faithful and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  In this our third installment of the Report for the 2016-2017 season we are worried that we may sound like broken record or that we … Continue reading

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Fishing Report- October 29th- November 5th 2016

Greetings Peacock Fans and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  In this week’s installment we would like to take the opportunity to thank the wonderful hosts and agents that keep our lodge open for business throughout the season.  This week in particular we would like to thank Archie and Barbara Adams for putting together a group of anglers that really took advantage of all the luxuries that the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge has to offer.

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As all of you may already know, Saturday is our busiest day of the week.  Known as “change-over day,” Saturdays are the day that we fly in new supplies and of course greet a new group of anglers.  In turn we also bid farewell to the group that has just spent the week with us.  Very often when we load the out bound group on the plane many of the guests look like they need a vacation!!!! Considering we offer a ten hour fishing day, the 60 hour plus fishing week frequently gives anglers plenty of time to fish themselves into a frenzy.  Departing the Lodge with sore shoulders, hashed thumbs, swollen ankles, and sunburns, just to name a few ailments.

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However that was not the case last week.  Archie and Barbara knew exactly how to set the pace so that the group actually seemed to be on vacation!  When Archie’s group departed on Saturday they looked rested and refreshed, not bruised and battered.  Their recipe for success was getting out on the water first thing and fishing before it got too hot.  Periodic water breaks in the shade, a nice long lunch and then back to the lodge about 2:30.  From there they would spend some time refreshing in the pool, reading a book on the porch, heading back to the pool and then enjoying Caipirinha’s in front of the lodge.  Kudos Archie and Barbara….fishing the Amazon in style!img_5942-1024x1024

The fishing continued to be good last week including many sessions of lights out popper fishing.  So far this season we have witnessed high numbers of Spotted Peacocks in the 4 to 6 pound range which has given anglers lots of shots at converting doubles.  In addition we are continuing to spend most of the time fishing the intermediate clear tip lines.  These versatile lines allow anglers to fish poppers and give their bait-fish patterns the chance to get down in the deeper lagoons.

Due to some occasional rain last week and now again this week the river has not been dropping at any noticeable rate. Which is great for fishing, giving our guides the opportunity to access a variety of internal lagoons and resakas (bays off the river.)  Looking into next week we will continue to have partly cloudy skies and occasional rain.dscf0893-1024x768

 

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

 

Carlos and Charlie

Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report- Oct 22nd-29th, 2016

Ola pescador e bem-vindo de volta para a Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report!  In the Report’s first installment for the 2016-2017 season we are happy to highlight a great week from an enthusiastic group of anglers from South Africa.  For the third season in a row Mavungana Flyfishing from Johannesburg, South Africa sent a group to kick off  our season here at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  Gareth Reid was this year’s group leader from Mavungana Flyfishing and it did not take long for he and his group to gravitate towards the Awesome popper fishing that the Agua Boa has to offer!img_5544

Every year there are certain things that need to happen in order to get ready for the first group. Carlos and the team prepare the houses and Lodge, dial in the boats and bring in the fuel and supplies necessary to get the Lodge up and running.  All of the work is just what needs to happen to get the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge ready for guests.  But then there is the X-factor of the operation…..How´s the water level going to be?  What condition is the fishery in?img_0285-1024x633

Well, we are happy to report that the water levels for the opener are perfect! In fact we we would consider the water levels to be rated as “Normal” for the opener and it appears as if we are in great shape for the season to come.  In addition we are stoked to inform our readers that based on the research that Gareth and his group did last week that the fishery is in great shape.  The group landed an abundance of Spotted Peacock (Paca) which pound for pound are the hardest fighting fish on the Agua Boa.  The Paca aren´t just hard fighters they also travel in packs and are aggressive feeders.  That leads to very exciting fishing including a high volume of double ups and great popper fishing. 1101160846a-1

For those of you that follow the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report (hi mom!) you know that popper fishing is not a new thing….we’ve been doing it for years.  However we appreciate the popper pattern that the South Africans have introduced to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.  The NYOP (not your ordinary popper) originally created by Seychelles guide James Christmas is very castable simple pattern that delivers a lot of Pop without a ton of effort.  Check out a shot of the NYOP.  Great Pattern!!!!

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Fish On!

 

Carlos and Charlie

Fishing Report – March 7-12, 2016

It’s time once again for the final Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report of the 2015-16 season.  This has been a season marked by an historic drought in the state of Roraima, with the lowest water conditions ever seen here on the Rio Agua Boa.  The jungle has been under obvious strain: tinder dry and barren of fruits and flowers. This has been a long dry season for all the denizens of the rainforest.

The drought has led to some amazing wildlife viewing opportunities, however, with many charismatic megafauna drawn to the river’s edge as the jungle has become less welcoming. One guest last week encountered 3 different jaguars in one day downriver with guide, Samuel!IMG_0391  But as you can see from this photo of a tapir from last week, the dry conditions have been taking their toll.

Through it all, guests here at the lodge over the last six months have without exception enjoyed excellent fishing and have shared in indelible memories in this special place.

Last week our guests enjoyed some very good fishing despite the pall of smoke from a nearby wildfire.  While it made for some beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the smoke was a daily reminder of the plight of the entire region.  The smoke did not seem to adversely affect the fishing, which has continued in its challenging-but-rewarding mode, and many excellent fish were brought to hand throughout the week.  _MG_0480When he wasn’t dominating all challengers in Chinese Poker, Rick Shifter quietly racked up high rod honors for the week including several wall-hanger-worthy specimens like this beautiful grande temensis asu caught downriver with head guide, Joseph.

As of this second-to-last week of the season, rains have finally come.  With a few freshets and some intense downpours, the river has bumped up and the jungle itself seems to be breathing a serious sigh of relief.  Also breathing a sigh of relief are all the staff and guests here, as the rains seem finally to have doused the fire and the attendant haze of smoke.  Once again we wake to clear clean air and the happy songs of birds enjoying the cool of the mornings.  Looking ahead to the coming wet season and its promise of the annual reboot of the rainforest eco system, we are excited and anticipating another great season in 2016-17.IMG_4674

Technical Tip:  When packing for your adventure here at Agua Boa, it is important to check the pre-trip packing list information provided on our website.  For those of you less inclined to read the fine print, so to speak, stay tuned to www.aguaboaamazonlodge.com this offseason for a great video put together by Charlie and Carlos to help you in packing and planning for your trip.

From all of us here at Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, thanks for another amazing season!  We look forward to seeing you down here in 2016-17.

Obrigado and Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt

Fishing Report – February 27- March 5, 2016

Welcome back to the penultimate edition of the 2015-16 Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Historically low water conditions continue here as we wind down the fishing for another season.  The fishery remains consistently inconsistent with some great days interspersed with a few days enjoying the “total experience.” But every day out is special regardless of the fishing action here, with wildlife encounters galore, and the opportunity to be immersed in the jungle environment.

Last week we had a nice mix of regulars and newcomers, and everyone enjoyed some great fishing, with trophy peacock bass landed by every angler in camp.  Some days there is great action for smaller fish, some days a few trophies are in play, and occasionally, it all lines up for a truly magical day of fishing.IMG_0280 Here’s first time ABAL guest, Will Stephens with one of several great fish he brought to the boga last week, apparently despite having been impaled by his fly rod!

As we have seen throughout this season, experience counts when the water is skinny and the fish are wary. Not only is it more of a challenge for the anglers, but the guides also must up their game every day to have the best chance at success.  Without exception, the guides on the Agua Boa have what it takes to put anglers in the best position to succeed, all while keeping a good humor and perspective when a trophy fish gets away. IMG_0378 While their outward demeanor remains sunny, some of the guides are beginning to show the strain of six months on the river.  Here’s Head Guide, Joseph, keeping it real here at the end of the season.

One of the highlights of the fishing this year has been the plethora of walk/wade opportunities.  With low water, there are endless sandbars and beaches to wander allowing an angler to encounter fish at closer range than is often possible from the boat.  When the light conditions are good, many anglers enjoy an hour’s barefoot shuffle along the edge of the sand.  It is a particularly satisfying feeling to land a nice fish in close quarters and on foot. IMG_5459 And no matter what, taking a moment to notice the vast quiet that surrounds you and to savor the privilege of having a piece of this amazing wilderness to yourself reminds you why you fly fish in the first place.

Thanks 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 20-27, 2016

It’s time once again for the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Austere conditions prevail here as we move into the final month of our six-month season, with low clear water and cagey peacock bass.  But memorable encounters are on tap every day if you keep your eyes open out on the river.  As the jungle has become drier, more and more wildlife can be found along the banks of the river.  Tapir, peccary, giant river otters, dolphins, and Red Broketts deer, along with the usual myriad birdlife have been making daily appearances and diverting diligent anglers from their fishing.

And with the observance of Chinese New Year, so far, this truly has been the Year of the Monkey, with daily sightings of saki, capuchin, and red howler monkeys reminding everyone that they are not exactly fishing on the Madison around here. IMG_5250 Even today, a group of around a dozen white-fronted capuchins was spotted dancing and leaping from branch to branch in a tree not 20 yards behind the main lodge, hoping no doubt to snag some ripe guavas from the tree in the courtyard when no one was looking.

Thanks to a couple of (non-Zika-related) last minute cancellations, we’ve had a mellow week here at the lodge.  While the guides and staff got some much-needed R&R last week, we hosted two anglers from the O.C. who made the best of having the entire lodge and fishery to themselves.  Needless to say, they had a fantastic time, slipping easily into the rhythm of the fishery from day one on. IMG_0266 Top rod honors went to ace fly ninja, Tom Chou, who waited in the weeds until late in the week before breaking out with a stellar day that included landing five fish between 10 and 15 pounds, all sight-fished.  Here’s Tom with one of the trophies from his big day.

Technical Tip:  When fishing is tough and every peacock you cast to shows you the middle fin, it may be time to throw them a change-up.  Lengthen and/or lighten your leader. If fishing an unweighted fly, try one with some dumbbell eyes.  Switch the color scheme or the overall size of the fly.  Or try the Monty Python approach and show them something completely different.  Yesterday after several refusals on a standard green-and-white Mushy, guide, Pedro suggested his guest try a popper.  Really?  In skinny flat calm water with skittish fish?  Sure enough, the 3-inch popper was enough of a change-up that fish turned and attacked where before they had been running scared.  Bottom line: don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

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 13-20, 2016

It’s time once again for the weekly Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Now approaching the final month of the season, fishing continues to impress despite low clear conditions.  15As of this writing, rain is falling here at the lodge with more predicted through the week.  Traditionally, we get more wet stuff through the month of March, bumping up the river level and inspiring the peacocks to pick on the smaller fish in their midst.

Last week we hosted a fun group hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia here on the Agua Boa.  Everyone enjoyed the total experience of jungle hiking, swimming in the pool, bird and wildlife viewing, country golfing, and of course fishing.  The two most serious anglers in the group had a solid week, with a dozen trophy peacocks landed along with the usual butterflies, pacas, and various other species always in play here. IMG_1420 One angler focused almost exclusively on catfish, landing an impressive array of different species throughout her week.

One consistent highlight over the last few weeks thanks to the low water has been the walk-wade fishing. Success is mainly contingent on favorable light conditions, as is the case with shallow-water sight fishing anywhere.  On those bright high-sun mornings, wandering along a beautiful white sand-bottomed flat or cruising the edge of a sandbar drop-off, an angler can find some truly heart-pounding excitement with big fish in close quarters.   It is moments like these, an angler alone in a vast and beautiful wilderness, the grab of a big peacock bass a rod’s length away, that remind us how lucky we are to be fly fishers.IMG_4065 - Version 2

Technical Tip:  An overlooked but critical aspect of fishing here is fly-line maintenance.  The excitement of casting to a trophy fish turns quickly to frustration when the running line balls up in a snarl at the last moment, wasting your chance.  Take time before or after fishing each day to clean your fly line with a pad and line cleaning product.  During your fishing day, pay attention to how and where your line is lying on the boat deck. 44 Avoid stepping on the line and never, never, never roll the line with your foot!  Last, put a dab of line cleaner on your stripping guard/finger sleeve periodically throughout the day to maintain a protective layer coating the running line and minimizing wear.  A little diligence can pay off in a big way.