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.
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!
Carlos and Matt