Visit the best destination in the world to catch Arapaima all exclusively on the fly. Enjoy 6.5 days fishing at Pirarucu Lodge, which is the largest Arapaima fishing reserve on this planet, all set in the stunning Amazon rainforest. With our partners, Untamed Angling we now have exclusive access to fish the core of the Mamiraua Reserve, this massive area of 1.124.000 ha is a complex maze of lakes, channels and rivers where huge populations of Arapaima feed and spawn. Working with a strictly controlled project that also involves and benefits the local community we can offer the best fly fishing for Arapaima the Amazon has to offer. From mid-September right through until the end of November our customers have access to all areas providing fly caught Arapaima from 20-400 pounds.
Pirarucú Lodge is a new Brazilian destination whose primary focus is the preservation and continued prosperity of the mighty Arapaima. The group will have exclusive access to fish inside the world famous Mamirauá Reserve, Brazil’s first Sustainable Development Reserve. This Mamirauá Reserve totals more than 1 million hectares and was created first and foremost to preserve Arapaima and their habitat and the fishing that Pirarucú Lodge provides plays a huge roll on this. The area is well renowned for its amazing wildlife, in fact with 427 species of mammal, 1,300 bird species, 378 species of reptiles, and more than 400 species of amphibians, there is literally too many to name. Some of the most iconic species of animal that you might see on this trip would be this like Jaguars, Sloths, Anaconda and Poison Dart Frogs almost like being on a live set of ‘the trials of life’.
Fishing is from our professional flats skiffs with both petrol outboards and electric motors, each boat is based on 2 anglers per boat and guide. The fishing is similar to big Tarpon fishing, these fish produce amazing takes, fight extremely hard, do lots of jumps and basically will do everything in their power to mess you up, but that’s half the fun. We have Arapaima in all sizes, fish between 10-80 pound are common and you can expect several bites per day from these fish, how many you land, however, is up to you and quite often a mixture of angling skill and lady luck, but we have had days with over a dozen fish landed per boat in a single day. Fishing for these fish is mainly using lighter rods 10# rods and mainly all floating lines. The larger fish tend to be found in different areas so when wishing to target the monsters, the number of takes would be less, but well worth the wait/effort as these fish when hooked are going to give you the fight of your life. Fishing for the larger specimens will require a 12# rod with sink tips and also full sinking lines. Another amazing statistic is the catch rate, over the last 3 seasons the catch rate has been 3.8 Arapaima per angler per day, add to this the other amazing lightweight fishing with 6# rods to target Arowana – There is no other place where you can catch so many Arowanas on the fly. These wonderful fish are also omnivorous and eat almost about any insect or bait fish presented to them. Sight casting delight! Tambaqui – The mighty Tambaqui is around fish close relative of the Pacu and can grow up to 100 pounds, at Mamirauá are normally found in the 8 to 24-pound range. Peacock Bass – Yellow species – These smaller peacock bass range in size from 2 to 8 pounds and act much like their larger cousins found elsewhere in the Amazon.
Using a mixture of local and professional fishing guides gives Pirarucú Lodge the ultimate combination of knowledge of the surrounding area and its waterways and how to manage and approach modern sports fishing. Having two anglers and a guide on the skiffs means that your guide can easily control the boat whilst you and your boat partner can search the water with casts in perfect harmony. When these mammoth fish are hooked your guide will instruct you both in what to do so that the fish can be safely landed and then released back to its watery lair.
If you have any questions on any of the Arapaima Fishing holidays we offer then contact us in the office, our team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.