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Hosted Rio Marie Lodge Brazil Adventure Into The Amazon

Customer Rating 96%
Tour Code BRZ007

Sportquest Exclusive Week

This exclusive Sportquest-hosted trip ventures into the deepest depths of the Brazilian jungle, fly fishing for Peacock Bass at the incredible Rio Marie Lodge. Based upon the stunning Untamed Amazon liveaboard and hosted by CEO Peter Collingsworth, this trip is perfect for those looking for the ultimate freshwater fly fishing adventure.

Situated in the Rio Negro basin, the most significant drainage water globally, with around 710,000 square kilometres of land, it’s one of Brazil’s most preserved regions and offers a wealth of angling opportunities. Comprising more than 180 known creeks, 60 lakes, and three significant tributaries, it provides a vast amount of pristine water and an incredible population of Peacock Bass, offering travelling rods the chance to hook and release larger-than-average specimens on the fly.

The whole program is a collaborative effort between the Brazilian government and Indian institutes linking conservation, biological studies, and fly fishing and is a one-of-a-kind fly fishing experience. It provides anglers with the chance to experience an unforgettable adventure through a fabled land and a rainforest home to more than half the world’s species of plants and animals.

Catering to just twelve rods per week, we have the whole liveaboard booked, meaning the week is for Sportquest customers only.

Hosted Peacock Bass Fishing

Our CEO Peter Collingsworth is the host of this exciting freshwater fly-fishing adventure. He is well-travelled and used to fishing in wild, remote environments, having honed his skills Golden Dorado fishing on the demanding waters of the Bolivian Jungle and Sea Trout fishing on the barren, windswept landscapes of Patagonia. He’s been fishing for his entire life and hosting trips for over twenty years, and he’s guided hundreds of customers over this time, helping many land new PBs and tick items off their bucket lists. He’s exceptionally knowledgeable in all forms of fly fishing, and as well as being on hand to help with the fishing and fishing tackle, he will be with you throughout the trip, helping you navigate the airports and transfers on both sides of the Atlantic.

During the fishing week in Brazil at Rio Marie, Peter will join you, your fishing partner and your local guides for a couple of fishing days, offering his expertise and ensuring you get the most out of your holiday and get to grips with this exciting form of fishing. He’ll also be on hand to help manage the fishing rotations to ensure everyone has their fair share of opportunities.

The destination’s main aim, motivation, and goal was to create the best possible fishing experience, which is why it’s based on just twelve rods, with an absolute abundance of water to fish.

Peacock Bass On The Fly

As well as providing some genuinely adventurous fishing with other like-minded anglers and Sportquest customers, this holiday will provide you with a genuine chance to fish for some of the largest Peacock Bass found anywhere in the world. The fishing on the Rio Marie is some of the best found anywhere in Brazil, and this isn’t a guess; it’s a fact. 

Numerous studies have been conducted on this incredible waterway, and the results have shown it holds at least double the quantity of trophy-sized fish compared with any other destination in the Rio Negro basin. For travelling fly fishing anglers, this equates to a genuine opportunity to catch some of the largest Peacock Bass found anywhere in the Amazon Basin and the world. This fishing operation is undoubtedly one where anglers can pursue and conquer the dream of a world record on the fly.

Note: During the 2022 season at Rio Marie, Rodrigo Salles landed a giant 92-centimetre fish to tie the species’ IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record. 

The average size of the Speckled Peacock Bass that anglers will encounter is 10lb, but fish over 15lb are not uncommon, and year on year, there has been a significant influx of fish weighing over the magical 20lb mark. On average, over half of the anglers fishing the Rio Marie land a fish nearing or over 20lb and more 20lb+ fish get landed here than any other river destination in the Amazon.

In addition to the giant Speckled Peacock Bass, the river also features healthy populations of other species, including the smaller Butterfly Peacocks, which average 2lb to 6lb. These fish are super colourful and even more aggressive than the Peacocks and often go airborne when hooked. They provide some great action, helping keep anglers enthralled and engaged while searching and fishing for their larger cousins.

To find out more about freshwater fly fishing in Brazil at the Rio Marie Lodge, visit our YouTube channel.

Fishing In The Amazon

The Peacock Bass, Temensis or the ‘Three Bar’, as they’re also known, are mighty powerful, take no prisoners and will test your tackle and angling skill to the limit. A strong 7-weight to a 10-weight single-handed rod with a powerful butt section is perfect for the job, although we recommend having two set-ups, one 8-weight rod for smaller Peacocks with a floating line and one 9-weight or 10-weight rod with an intermediate (clear) sinking line.

As with rods, reels designed for saltwater fly-fishing are the best choice. Peacocks will test your stripping fingers more than your reel, but if you can get them on the reel before they get into the wood, a reel with a substantial, smooth drag is essential, and so is 30lb backing. They aren’t shy, but leaders should be heavy enough to turn over a big wind-resistant fly. Spools of fluorocarbon should include 50lb and 60lb breaking strains; however, record-seekers should bring a wider variety. Fly-wise various baitfish, minnow, terrestrials, and even algae imitation flies all work well.

The bulk of the fishing gets performed from specially designed, twenty-foot wide-bodied boats, which feature two casting platforms, a centre console, and 90hp 4-stroke motors and remote-controlled electric motors. Still, depending on the water height, there may also be opportunities to sight fish from the bank. In the shallow lagoons and sandbars, in the right conditions, this can be truly spectacular. Stalking a group of 20lb fish will test your mind, skills and patience.

A typical day at the Rio Marie Lodge starts around 5.30am with coffee, before breakfast is served around 7.00am. Usually, anglers leave the Untamed Amazon liveaboard around 8.00am and head to the fishing grounds. Anglers fish all morning until around midday when the fishing stops for a picnic-style lunch on the river. The afternoon fishing session continues until around 5.30pm, when the guide will motor you back to the liveaboard to get cleaned up, enjoy some cocktails and appetizers, and, before dinner, get served around 8.30pm.

Accommodation

Only 12 anglers per week fish this magnificent exclusive area of more than 600kms of pristine and unspoiled water.

The Untamed Amazon is the first vessel of its kind in the Amazon that uses solar power generation. The system has 96 state-of-the-art German solar panel generators and 3 tons of Hitachi Solar Batteries – the most advanced Japanese battery system for solar power generation. The Untamed Amazon is a project that brings a unique concept to boat design and has changed the game regarding a liveaboard fishing vessel. It offers a unique and remarkable experience.

The Untamed Amazon has three levels. The lower floor is a restricted area for staff only and includes the inner workings and heart of the vessel with its twin 200-horse-power propulsion engines. It also houses the laundry, staff rooms, water filtration systems, and the vessels own sewage treatment plant.

The main floor of the Untamed Amazon has eight guest suites, each 18 square meters in size – 6 of which are double suites, and two of which are single suites. Six suites can accommodate two guests in super single beds and include a private bathroom, air conditioning and plenty of open space for clothes, equipment and storage. Two suites accommodate single guests, also with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and plenty of open space for clothes, equipment and storage. The suites all feature outside-facing, ceiling-to-floor panoramic windows.

The upper level is for guests to relax and enjoy a beverage and relive their days fishing. It features a spacious living and dining room and an open lounge where drinks and appetizers get served. There are also two big Jacuzzi tubs for up to 10 guests on this floor. This 3rd level is also home to the full commercial kitchen, where a trained chef and his team create sumptuous meals and serve as the command and navigation centre for the vessel.

Ship Facts

‍Year Built: 2015.
Registry: Brazil.
Port of Embarkation: Manaus, Brazil.
Length: 92 feet / 28 meters.
Beam: 25.6 feet / 7.8 meters.
Draft: 4 feet / 1.2 meters.
Gross Tonnage: 130 tons
Cruising Speed: 6 knots.
Electricity: 110 volts.
Engines: 2 MWM 200 HP Marine Engines.
Generators: 96 German solar panel generators with 4 solar regulators and inverters and 3 tons of Hitachi state-of-the-art batteries.
Auxiliary generators: 2 x 40 KVA MWM (encapsulated for noise reduction)
Water: 4,000-liter water treatment plant.
Safety on board: Radio communication with separate battery pack, AIS Transponder System, Garmin Radar, Sonar and GPS, satellite phone, Wifi internet, life jackets, heart defibrillator, fire extinguishers and flares.
Untamed Amazon Crew: 14, including a captain and crew, 6 pro fly fishing guides, international cuisine chef, and hostess.
Capacity: 16 passengers, 12 anglers and 4 non-anglers.
Unique Features and Amenities: River and jungle-facing panoramic windows, air conditioning, twin beds capable of converting to a California king-sized bed; bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hot water around the clock, and a basket of toiletries.
Living and Social Areas: Lounge, dining room, outside lounge, outdoor Jacuzzi, and fly shop.

Alcoholic beverages

‍Wine, beer, and familiar spirits are all included in the package, but let us know if you have a special drink, and the boat will do its best to have it available. All premium liquor and wines are available at an additional cost.

Water

By forming a unique partnership with YETI coolers, the Untamed Amazon liveaboard has focused on reducing the number of plastic bottles and reducing waste to a minimum. By installing a complete water filtration system, the vessel can provide pure portable water. The quality of which is regularly checked by a renowned Manaus (Brazil) laboratory – you will find the pertaining certificate in the living room. All bathrooms have filtered water in taps and showers.

Electricity on Boat

‍The boat has electricity 24 hours a day through solar power panels designed to maintain energy without igniting the diesel generators. The electric current is 110 volts, 50 cycles available for 24 hours in all the rooms. However, with thoughts on the environment and economy of the operation, guests are asked to be considerate and not leave electrical items on when not in use.

Guides Team

All of the guides at Rio Marie are highly experienced in jungle angling and are expert fly fishing guides; they’re all fully licensed and speak English. The local Indian guides are also very knowledgeable about their area, and they know where fish are. This guide couple is the key to a successful fishing week, and after guiding and fishing in the jungle for many years, they have complete knowledge of the people, flora, fauna, history and most of all, the fishing.

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

DAY 1: (FRIDAY)

Depart Any international Airport (See Details)

DAY: 2 (SATURDAY)

Arrive Sao Paulo Depart Sao Paulo

Arrive Manaus

Once you have arrived and collected your luggage, you will need to transfer/taxi the short 10-minute drive to your overnight accommodation.

After check-in, you can relax around the hotel, enjoy the infinity-edge pool, or stroll around the local shops.

Overnight accommodation: Opera Juma Hotel (Twin Room)

DAY 3: (SUNDAY)

After breakfast at the hotel, the transfer driver will pick you up around from 5:30 to 6:30 am, (depending on the weekly charter flight schedule, which will be confirmed on your arrival day in Manaus), and head to a local airport to board the amphibious float-equipped Cessna Grand Caravan charter flight to the river.

Depart Manaus

The charter flight duration is approximately 3:15 hours (and be forewarned, it is a small plane with no onboard bathroom).

Arrive Rio Marie

The Untamed Amazon will be anchored and waiting for you. Upon arrival, you will be shown to your stateroom, and then greeted upstairs in the comfortable lounge where you will meet the guides and fishing team.

After a cold drink and lunch, anglers will have a brief explanation of the daily fishing plans and schedule about the yacht. The Untamed Amazon can navigate that day to place you in the best fishing spots determined by our head guide. You’ll have a chance to get situated in your suite and prepare tackle for the next day of fishing. There’s no fishing on the arrival day.

Overnight accommodation: The Untamed Amazon Liveaboard (Twin Room) F/B

DAYS 4 to 9: Fishing Days (MONDAY to SATURDAY)

Each day teams of two anglers fish one of the beats in the Marié River (including its tributaries and lagoons), with one professional English-speaking fly fishing guide and a local Indian guide, in brand new, specially designed fishing boats. These wide-bodied, 20-foot boats have two casting platforms (one at either end of the boat so both anglers can fish at the same time), a centre console, and are powered by 90hp, 4-stroke motors, as well as remote-control electric motors.

Overnight accommodation: The Untamed Amazon Liveaboard (Twin Room) F/B

DAY 10: (SUNDAY)

In the morning, you will have a leisurely breakfast and a couple of hours to relax and finish packing while waiting for the arrival of the floatplanes which will drop off the incoming group and transfer you back to Manaus.

Depart Rio Marie

The plane will usually stop in Tefé (about an hour and a half flight) to refuel before continuing on to Manaus, arriving back in Manaus in the late afternoon.

Arrive Manaus

Once you have arrived and collected your luggage, you will need to transfer/taxi the short 10-minute drive to your overnight accommodation.

After check-in, you can relax around the hotel, enjoy the infinity-edge pool, or stroll around the local shops.

Overnight accommodation: Opera Juma Hotel (Twin Room)

DAY 11: (MONDAY)

The transfer driver will pick you up, according to your flight departure time, and deliver you to the International Airport.

Depart Manaus

Arrive Sao Paulo Depart Sao Paulo

DAY 12: (TUESDAY)

Arrive Home

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Satisfaction Score 96%

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from September.

Peacock Bass

Season: September to February
Peak: September to January
Weight: 1lb to 27lb
Average Weight: 10lb

Package Details

Prices from
£9,057
per person

Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Manaus overnight hotel
  • Airport Transfers
  • Charter Flight
  • All accommodations as per itinerary
  • 6 full days guided fishing
  • All meals at Lodge
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic bevarages

Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Food and beverages in Manaus
  • Airport taxes
  • Indian Territory entry tax: $710.00 USD per angler
  • Premium spirits/liquor

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights in Manaus

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13/09/2024 24/09/2024 12 £9,057 Enquire Now
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Price Notes

Prices are based on one adult sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharges.

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Reviews

Darren

The Peacock Bass had always been a species on my bucket list and finally this year I was able to tick it off. When I travelled to Rio Marie I had no expectations and said to myself I'd be happy with just one of the species, but the fishing completely blew my mind. I landed Peacocks every day, including some really nice fish to over 10lb. The guides were so knowledgeable and the Untamed Amazon was super smart.

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Johnathan

I've been lucky enough to fish and stay on a few different liveaboards around the world, but the Untamed Amazon was by far the best. It had all the facilities you'd usually associate with a first-class hotel but on the water. After a long hard day of fishing, it was a pleasure to return back to it. I'd like to thank all the staff and guides who were exceptional.

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Jack

Before I left I was told that the fishing at the Rio Marie Lodge was some of the best found anywhere in Brazil and after my week there, I'd have to agree! The fishing for the Peacock Bass was explosive. I didn't land anything massive but caught fish each day, I think the biggest I landed was around 10lb. If someone was looking for an off-grid fishing adventure then I'd thoroughly recommend this destination and tour.

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Robert

Exploring the rivers of the Brazilian jungle on the Untamed Amazon was a truly memorable experience and something I'll never forget. The staff and guides were fantastic throughout the duration of my stay and the fishing was first class.

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Michael

An amazing fishery with the hardest fighting Peacock Bass you can imagine. The Lodge is out of this world with all the amenities necessary to make it a luxurious experience right in the middle of the Amazon Jungle.

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Lawrence

I'd been debating Brazil for probably 2-3 years and finally last year I bit the bullet and booked it up! One week on from my trip, I'm so glad I did! The fishing, accommodation, staff, guides, food and drink were all fantastic. It's a very, very long way to travel but in my opinion it's totally worth it.

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Bruce

Well, the fishing was certainly a bit different to catching Rainbows on my local reservoir! The Peacock Bass was my main quarry and thankfully conditions were good and the fish were very accommodating, I landed good numbers of Peacocks every day (up to around 9lb to 10lb) as well as a handful of other 'back-up' species. Lodging on the Untamed Amazon liveaboard was a surreal experience, it was genuinely like a first-class fishing hotel that floats!

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Peter

Until you visit this area of Brazil you cannot comprehend how wild and remote this destination is. It takes an absolute age to travel there (as to be expected) and it might not be for everyone, but for me, it was first class. Casting flies in the depths of the jungle, just not knowing what might attack your fly next is a fantastic experience.

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Latest Reports

Rio Marie Lodge Fishing Report 23rd February 2024

Weather: We had mostly sunny days during the whole month. Temperatures between: 28ºC and 39ºC River Conditions: As we made our way back to the Marié River following the Christmas break, we were greeted by a sight that...

Rio Marie Lodge Fishing Report 3rd January 2023 

Weather: We had a mixed sunny week with some rainy days. Temperatures between: 28ºC and 39ºC River Conditions: River was rising by the end of the week. Fishing Summary: As is often the case, the rising waters slowed down...

Rio Marie Lodge Fishing Report 15th December 2023 

Weather: We had another mixed sunny week with some rainy days. Temperatures between: 29ºC and 39ºC River Conditions: River kept rising by the end of the week. Fishing Summary: Like what happened last week, the slowly rising water level...
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