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Pirarucu Lodge | Fly Fishing Arapaima | Brazil

Overview

Tour code: BRZ002

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.

Location

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

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.

Guides

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.

 

 

Accommodation
Pirarucú Lodge

The lodge is simple but very comfortable and beautiful. It is a floating lodge, constructed of local woods. It is utilized during other times of year as an ecotourism lodge for bird watching and wildlife viewing and is one of the top five bird watching areas in the Amazon. It is also a perfect destination for guests interested in eco-tourism activities such as bird safaris, jungle tracks (with professional guides) and visiting the local communities.

The lodge has ten floating cabins, each with two en-suite rooms, three of which have been refurbished to accommodate guests with A/C ceiling fans.

The main lodge building features a dining room, living room and kitchen. Everything is on the water, connected by wood platforms.

The lodge is located in the heart of the reserve, with very short run times to the fishing. In fact most days you will return to the lodge for a well-prepared lunch before returning for an afternoon fishing session

. Satellite phone and internet are available. Hearty meals will be served in the main lodge.

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Twin Rooms
Telephone: Satellite
Power: Only available in dining room
Air Conditioning: In some rooms
Meals: Dining Room
Alcohol: In bar
Equipment Hire: Fly rods and reels included
Shop: Flies for sale
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Arapaima
Season: September to November
Peak: September to November
Weight: 20lb to 400lb
Average Weight: 80lb
Arowana
Season: September to November
Peak: September to November
Weight: 2lb to 10lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Tambaqui
Season: September to November
Peak: September to November
Weight: 8lb to 24lb
Average Weight: 12lb
Peacock Bass
Season: September to November
Peak: September to November
Weight: 2lb to 8 lb
Average Weight: 4lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1: (Friday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

DAY 2: (Saturday)

Arrive Sao Paulo

Depart Sao Paulo
Arrive Manaus.

Upon arrival at Manaus International airport, you will be greeted by our English-speaking representative / transfer driver. They will arrange for transfers to the Cesar Business Hotel.

Overnight accommodation: The Juma Opera Hotel (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAY 3: Half Fishing Day. (Sunday)

In the morning our representative / transfer driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the internal airport for your flight to Tefe.

Depart Manaus with Azul Airlines
Arrive Tefe.

On arrival, the lodge will meet you and transfer you the rest of the way to the port and then by fast boat to Pirarucú Lodge. (Approx 50 mins)

Once you arrive at the lodge you will meet the fishing team and staff, and get settled in your room. After cold beer and lunch, there will be a brief explanation of the daily fishing plans, before preparing your tackle for the first-afternoon session of guided fishing in the Pirarucú area, its tributaries and or lagoons.

Overnight accommodation: Pirarucú Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 4 to 9: Fishing Days (Monday to Saturday)

Spend the next 6 days enjoying fly fishing for Arapaima and many other exciting species. Each day two anglers will share a fly fishing guide along with a local native guide in specifically designed fly fishing boat with two large casting platforms. Both anglers are constantly fishing, all day long from these perfectly designed boats.

A typical day:
5:30 am – Coffee
6:30 am – Breakfast
7:30 am – Head to fishing grounds
12:00 pm – A short ride back to the lodge for lunch.
2:30 pm – Fishing will resume until back to the lodge around 6:00 pm.
6:30 pm – Cocktails and appetizers
7:00 pm – Buffet Dinners will be served inside the dining room area.

Overnight accommodation: Pirarucú Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 10: (Sunday)

After breakfast you will take the fast boat ride back to Tefe and then transfer to Tefe airport for your return flights.

Depart Tefe
Arrive Manus around 10 am

On arrival our representative will meet you and transfer you back to the Cesar Business Hotel where we will have booked you day use of a room to rest. You then have the day to relax and / or explore.

In the evening our driver will then transfer you back to the international airport for your return flights.

Depart Manaus
Arrive Sao Paulo.

DAY 11: (Monday)

Depart Sao Paulo
Arrive UK.

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
16/10/2020 26/10/2020 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Sold Out N/A
23/10/2020 02/11/2020 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
30/10/2020 09/11/2020 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
06/11/2020 16/11/2020 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
13/11/2020 23/11/2020 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
20/11/2020 30/11/2020 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
27/11/2020 07/12/2020 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
03/09/2021 13/09/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
10/09/2021 20/09/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
17/09/2021 27/09/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Sold Out N/A
24/09/2021 04/10/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 11/10/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/10/2021 18/10/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/10/2021 25/10/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Sold Out N/A
22/10/2021 01/11/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/10/2021 08/11/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
05/11/2021 15/11/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
12/11/2021 22/11/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A
19/11/2021 29/11/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,671 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults 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 surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Ground transfers in Manaus upon arrival
  • 1 nights Cesar Business Hotel R/O
  • 1 room for day use Cesar Business Hotel
  • Ground and boat transfer from Tefé airport to the Lodge
  • 6,5 days fishing with one pro guide and one local guide per two anglers
  • 7 nights at Pirarucu Lodge
  • All inclusive meals & beverages at the camp
  • Fly fishing Rods

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals and Beverages in Manaus Hotel
  • Fly fishing leaders, wire and flies (Flies available at lodge $10 each)
  • Personal items
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Airport Departure tax
  • Indian Communities Fee. US$590

Options

  • Restaurant Shuttle: Round Trip from Hotel to Dinner – $20 p.p. (does not include dinner)

  • Full Day City Tour: 8 hour tour – $120 per person

  • Half Day City Tour: 4 hour tour – $50 per person

  • Additional nights in Manaus

  • Flight Upgrades

  • Add on fishing tours for Peacock Bass

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Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

Yellow Fever vaccinations are mandatory and Malaria vaccines are suggested. Brazil does not require any vaccinations if you are traveling directly from the United States. However, a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required by the natives to enter their exclusive territories. Brazil does require vaccinations if your passport has been stamped in the past 90 days, or if you will visit one of the following countries before entering Brazil: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierre Leone, Sudan or Venezuela.

A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to enter into any Indian Territory in Brazil. It’ s a government regulation to protect the Indians. All anglers must bring this certificate within their travel documents. Your host will take copies to send to the National Indian Institution (FUNAI). All of Brazilian Amazon is considered a Dengue Fever influenced area.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax from Brazil

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Miami (approx 9 hours)
Miami –  Manaus (approx 5 hours)
Manaus – Tefe (approx 1. hour)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights, we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Tefe to Pirarucu Lodge (approx 1 hour)

Questions & Answers

WHERE IS THE HOTEL?

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.

WHERE WILL I FISH?

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.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REACH THE FISHING GROUNDS?

The fishing grounds are only a short boat ride from the lodge.

WHAT FISH WILL I CATCH?

You will mainly be fishing for the monster Arapaima that live in these waters, along with these you will also catch Arowana, Pacu and Peacock Bass.

HOW MANY FISH WILL I CATCH?

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.

HOW WILL I FISH?

Fishing for these fish is mainly using lighter rods 10# rods and mainly all floating lines. The larger fish 80-400 pounds 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. Fishing is from our professional flats skiffs with both petrol outboards and electric motors.

DO THE GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

The guides speak good English.

WHO IS BEST SUITED TO THIS DESTINATION?

This destination is best suited to those with at least a basic knowledge of  Fly fishing.

WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS REQUIRED?

This is out and out Fly fishing so a basic knowledge of fly fishing is a necessity.

HOW PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IS THIS TRIP?

This trip can be fairly physically demanding with these fish reaching sizes in excess of 400lb’s.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?

The best time to go is between September and November.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

You will depart Heathrow and then arrive in Sao Paulo, you will then depart Sao Paulo and arrive Manaus

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

The lodge is simple but very comfortable and beautiful. It is a floating lodge, constructed of local woods. It is utilized during other times of year as an ecotourism lodge for bird watching and wildlife viewing and is one of the top five bird watching areas in the Amazon. It is also a perfect destination for guests interested in eco-tourism activities such as bird safaris, jungle tracks (with professional guides) and visiting the local communities.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

The meals are served in the dining room everyday.

IS FISHING TACKLE PROVIDED?

Fishing tackle is not provided by the lodge but you can buy flies at the camp for around $10 each

IS INTERNET AND PHONE SIGNAL AVAILABLE?

You will be fishing in the middle of the Amazon rainforest so internet is very limited and a satellite phone is available.

ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE?

Although many might not think of the Amazon jungle as the best place to take a non angling companion, but for any nature lovers you probably wouldn’t find a better destination. If plenty of notice is given travelling non anglers can experience the best that the Brazilian rain forest has to offer. With professional guides leading teams in activities such as Boat tours, canoe, bird and dolphin trips up the river each day you can get up and personal with this incredible waterways wildlife. Anyone wishing to see the jungle on foot, organised day and night treks will get you into places that only a select few have seen and photography trips are also available.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the Dates and Prices tab above.

 

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange your own we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please call our offices on 01603 407596.

Reviews

Tim

Pirarucu Lodge was a bucket list "top ten" for Tim Hudson and who better to share the adventure with than his son and keen fisherman Robbie Hudson. To fly fish for such amazing fish in such extreme conditions that only the Amazon can gives you is a daunting challenge to say the least – even more so when you are not fly fishermen as in our case.. Mad but determined is probably nearer the mark.
The whole experience was amazing and sometimes surreal, the Amazon is so much more than you see on TV documentaries - alive with life, expect the unexpected as you witness nature at its raw naked best. With Caiman watching your every move whilst either at the lodge or on the pontoon boat fishing – word of advice – it is best not to fall in! A bit difficult when a huge Arapaima grabs the fly and it feels like you have hooked the bottom.
In total we both caught five Arapaima, more than exceeding our expectations, albeit we missed a few we enjoyed every moment. In all truth it is a physical challenge and you need to be prepared for casting heavy lines on slow retrieve all day long in +30*C sometimes in direct sun other times in pouring rain..On the last afternoon Robbie hooked into a very large Arapaima which he beached successfully Andre the expert guide informed us the Arapaima was approaching the magical 2 metre mark and had an estimated weight of 300lb (136Kg) what a great way to cap the week off – unbelievable.
You can fish for other species which we did and enjoyed the fun of catching Arowana, Tambaqui, Red Bellied Piranha and other species some of which I can't remember their names. The Arowana smash all types of poppers and insect imitations such as Chernobyl Ants and Robbie even caught them on salmon flies as an experiment. I loved using the imitation nuts trying to catch the more elusive Tambaqui ( plop, plop, plop, sink - bang) – well worth it when you get one on the hook. On 8 weight gear the fight was fantastic fun and came as a useful break to targeting the huge Arapaima.
We both caught Arapaima on 10 weight rods (Big Daddy 9' fast taper) but 12 weight is a safer option – we used sinking lines but take note the black colour attracts the interest of the Piranha – Robbie lost a large Arapaima when playing the fish, on inspection the line had been bitten through. Intermediate line proved successful as well, the last and largest Arapaima fell on the intermediate set up.
The fishing guides were all excellent and did all they could to assist, this included a local village guide with every boat trip which is all part of the agreed transformation and careful management of the Arapaima local environment and ecology – in our case also useful guidance and fly fishing lessons!
Snacks and drinks served at 6pm proved to be very successful and the head guide Rafael and his wife Ali went out of their way to look after you.
We had no issues with mosquitoes or no-see-ums but we may have been lucky. Accommodation was very good.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Wow Tim

Thanks for the great feedback looks like you all had a great time, what a shame due to flight issues I missed you guys and did not get to share in the enjoyment.

However there will always be a next time. Also a huge thanks for the pictures they will come in handy and you will see yourself on the internet. Thank you for your custom and support it is very much appreciated. Tight Lines Peters

Tony

The trip to The Amazon exceeded expectations with regard catch of the primary target fish, Arapaima. Caught nine ranging from 1.5m to 1.86m.. Very powerful and exhilarating fights lost quite a few too. The number of fish rising to the surface singularly or in groups was incredible. The lodge and waters were full of caimans to 4m who are not shy and are not to be taken lightly they are the top predator and they act like it. Arowana were plentiful and gave relief from the #12 weight rod and line casting..taking sight casted popper flies readily. The heat and humidity make it an energy sapping trip you will sleep well and the food and drink is great at the lodge. The guides are very good and have great experience. No mosquitoes to speak of ..only a few bites average one a day. Advice buy your Arapaima flies at the lodge you wont need many..eight of my fish fell to one fly which was not lost on the trip. Bring #8 weight rod line / gear and 1/0 popper fly yellow or white work well.. again flies battered but not lost. (Min 30lb fluorocarbon leader) Arowana have sharp teeth. Drink plenty of water before leaving the lodge in the morning plenty of sweat will be no surprise to you after the first session. Enjoy the birds and wildlife bring a good camera.. you may capture lots of photos including howler monkeys which provide a daily chorus. All in all a fantastic experience ..the fishing is a bonus. Tony Quine.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Tony

So glad that you and Ali both had a great time and congratulations on all the Arapaima, still gutted that we missed you guys and that you had all the fun on your own. I have sent a memory stick and am already looking forward to the pictures and videos. Until next time my friend Warm Regards Peter.

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