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 Match.com 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
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.
Carlos and Charlie
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!
Carlos and Charlie
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.
Carlos and Charlie
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.
Carlos and Charlie
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 Bass. Last 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!
Carlos and Charlie
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!
Carlos and Charlie
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!
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!!!
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 Bartender– John “Dr. Caiparinha’s,” sweet stash!
Thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Thanksgiving Report and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Carlos and Charlie
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 Kingfisher.
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 Lodge.
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!
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.
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