Agua Boa Lodge – Amazon Peacock Bass Fishing
The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is located on the Agua Boa river which is one of the 1000 plus tributaries that feeds the mighty Amazon river. Situated almost 200 miles north west of the Brazilian city of Manaus in deep jungle, the Agua Boa river can be found flowing from its source high in the Mocidade mountains through a stunning landscape of almost uninhabited rain forest and savannah. The beautiful clear waters of the Agua Boa flow through one of the best protected areas of the Amazon region before entering into the larger river, Rio Branco, which in turn joins the Rio Negro. At Manaus, the Rio Negro joins the Rio Solimoes to form the Amazon river.
From its source to the Rio Branco, the Agua Boa river is approximately 150 miles in length. There are many lagoons and ox bow lakes located along the Agua Boa, varying in size from one to ten hectares. When the water levels are at their most optimal, sandbanks create additional pools in which it is possible to sight cast to the fish. During these periods of low water conditions many of the lagoons become disconnected with the main river, which provides fantastic fishing opportunities as those huge Peacock Bass cruise around in search of potential quarry. When the water is slightly higher, the guides will pole the boat through the shallow creeks that lead off the main river into the connecting lakes. The fishery on the Agua Boa River is in our twenty years of Amazon exploration the best we have encountered. It is perfectly suited to fly-fishing. When at normal levels, the water is so clear, that most strikes are visible and a good percentage of your days will be spent sight fishing. It should be noted, however, that the sight fishing opportunities are dependent on light and water levels.
Many anglers visit the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge strictly to sight fish for peacock bass, arowana, pacu and a host of other jungle species. While it does limit the productivity of your day, the experience of sight fishing to peacocks on white sand is we think something no fly fisherman should miss. It should also be noted that Agua Boa is the Amazon’s first fly-fishing only peacock bass lodge. Single barbless hooks and catch and release are required of all guests.
The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge was built in 2001.The lodge is a spacious facility with a large dining room, a living room, bar and game room. The game room has a snooker table, ping pong table, darts, and an endless array of games from chess to backgammon.
There is also an entertainment area with a DVD player, wireless internet, and satellite TV. The lodge has a great porch with an eating area, hammocks, and sitting area. Outside there is a 20 meter swimming pool, bar area, volleyball court, and soccer field. The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge has the finest facility in the peacock bass world. Combine the accommodations with the small capacity at the lodge, and you will not find a better buy in the Amazon.
Clients stay in well-furnished, air-conditioned bungalows. Each bungalow has a large front and back porch, hammock and sitting area. Inside there is a main room with two double beds, a reading area, frigobar, and table. The bathroom is large and well designed. A ten inch shower head will let you know that you are in the land of water. The bungalows have hot and cold running water, flushing toilets, and enough storage for even the best packed fishermen. The hot water is provided by solar panels.
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