Brazil Fly Fishing

Fishing in Brazil

We have long partnered with is Luis Brown of River Plate Anglers—the true pioneer of Amazon fishing. Born and raised in the jungles of South America, Brown was educated in the United States—receiving a MBA from the Wharton School of Finance. He knows the standards American anglers have come to expect and he has the experience, local connections and back-country savvy to provide an unparalleled fishing adventure.

Our fishermen consistently catch more fish than clients with other outfitters for a number of reasons:

  • Travel times to fish each day average 10-20 minutes for our clients. Other operators routinely travel one to two hours or more from fixed lodges or big houseboats.
  • Our small groups of eight enjoy personal service and access to waters that are not overfished. Other operators take as many as 36 guests per week.
  • We do not overfish—our mobility allows us to move to fresh water every few days or even every day if we wish.
  • Our fishing boats are custom-constructed for this specific environment. Twenty one feet long and very stable, these boats are shallow-draft tunnel designs, which can traverse almost any level of water, including virtually landlocked lagoons.
  • Our guides are extremely knowledgeable and are literally partners in the business with us. Anglers fish two per boat, with these cheerful and talented Brazilian guides, and each is well-versed in the nuances of fly fishing. They speak enough "fishing English" to communicate effectively and, of course, are intimately familiar with the fishing resources and how to find concentrations of peacocks.

What you won't find here are many pesky bugs. Due to extensive rainforest leaf decay, the pristine rivers we fish have naturally high tannin levels, which discourages the growth of biting insects and their larvae.

What technique do I use to catch peacock bass?

Like largemouth bass, peacock bass often prefer "structure" of some sort. Rocks, fallen logs, points and sand bars are hiding places for baitfish, so this is where the peacocks will usually be lurking. Of course, you should always heed the guide's recommendations on where to cast. Peacock bass usually roam about in small schools searching for baitfish, often bursting into a feeding frenzy. When this situation is encountered, get your fly in front of the feeding fish as soon as possible. The sooner you can cast to them after they've been spotted, the better your chance of a hookup. Peacock bass are greedy and highly competitive schooling fish. Always cast a different popper or fly right next to any hooked fish. Another peacock will almost always be close by (attracted by the commotion). If no strikes result, fish the surrounding area thoroughly. Novice peacock bass anglers tend to set the hook too fast when fishing poppers or flies. Often peacocks will just slap at the fly to stun it, then come back around and firmly grab it on the second pass. It's hard to remember at first, but don't set the hook on the strike. If you can't see the popper or fly after about one second, drop your rod tip and set the hook as hard as you can with your strip hand. Big peacock bass have very tough skin around their mouths and tend to grip the fly firmly.

If the fish doesn't take the fly on the first strike, keep it moving. If you are patient, the fish will usually come up and hit the fly a second or third time. If he loses interest, quickly change flies. This often elicits another strike. Never try and "horse" a big peacock bass, and don't underestimate his power. If a big fish is headed for structure, apply side pressure to the rod trying to "steer" the fish in another direction. If you crank your drag down too tight, a peacock will almost always snap the leader, or pull off. If a fish does make it into cover, don't give up. Give a little slack and wait for the boat to spook the fish out of its hiding place—they'll often untangle themselves. When a fish comes to the boat, never assume it's ready to give up. Always keep a high rod tip and a loose drag to absorb last minute runs. Fly color doesn't seem as important as fly shade. If it is bright out, use a light-colored fly. Dark-colored flies are more productive in low light conditions.

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