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.
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!
Carlos and Matt