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Tarpon Fly Fishing Brazil Tarpon On The Fly

Tour Code BRZ008

Tarpon Fishing In Recife

Our exciting new Silver King Tarpon fishing destination in Brazil, based in Recife, is the first fly-only Tarpon fishing operation in South America. After years of research and scouting missions, our partners have created this unique experience for travelling rods looking to sample some world-class Tarpon fishing, offering unprecedented numbers of fish and those with excellent average sizes.

The fishing is based across two states, Pernambuco & Paraiba, which over the years, have earnt and built an excellent reputation amongst the fly fishing community as being some of the best places on the planet to target these magnificent sport fish. The fishery focuses on five principal rivers, with abundant water in which to wet a fly. The Capibaribe, Ipojuca, Jaboatao, Paraiba and Mamanguape Rivers are a haven for the Silver Kings, providing good sources of food and habitat, with mangroves, sunken trees, rocky points and a whole host of other fish-holding structures. It’s possible to target Tarpon, ranging between 10lb and 180lb (depending on the river you fish), along with the chance to fish for and catch Jack Crevalle and Snook.

This trip allows adventurous travelling rods to fish an array of these different rivers and is fully guided, utilising the camp’s fully equipped boats. It’s also completely flexible, and our partners ensure you fish the best water during the best conditions and states of the tide to get the most from your holiday.

Fly Fishing In Brazil

At our Tarpon fishing destination in Brazil, the fishing gets based across five rivers, the Ipojuca, Jaboatao, Paraiba, Mamanguape and Capibaribe. However, most of the time is split 50/50 between the Mamanguape and the Ipojuca, with three days of fishing each. 

Mamanguape River

The Mamanguape River is located 100 miles north of Recife near João Pessoa city, in Paraiba state. Although only twenty minutes from the town of Rio Tinto, it is based in a natural reserve and gives visiting anglers the feeling of isolation and an authentic wilderness experience. 

It is famed for the specimen size of fish that inhabit the river, with a good number of fish over 2m, weighing between 50lb and 180lb. These giants also get backed up with smaller Tarpons between 10lb and 30lb, but as with all fishing, its dependent on the tides, conditions and time of year. Alongside the Silver Kings, the river is also home to good populations of Jack Crevelle and specimen-sized Snook.

Due to the fantastic fishing on offer, the wild experience and the proximity to the Paraiba River, this is one of the most famous and popular rivers in the programme. 

Ipojuca River

The Ipojuca River, located in the state of Pernambuco, is a pleasant river with narrow, short characteristics of a flowing river at its headwaters, widening as it approaches its estuary. 

The fish in the river are generally of a smaller stamp than the Mamanguape, averaging around 10lb but growing over 30lb. The fact the river is smaller in stature also means the numbers of fish are slightly less; however, on any given day in normal conditions, it’s usually possible to get a decent amount of action from Tarpon, with a good chance of a specimen Snook too. 

Its mangroves and canals, where most fishing is based, are excellent fish-holding areas. 

Silver Kings In South America

Our new Tarpon fishing operation in Brazil is based solely around fly fishing. It features three days of fishing on the Mamanguape River and three days on the Ipojuca River, both located in Recife in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

Most of the fishing, when possible, is done visually and by sight casting to showing fish, with the guides always on the lookout for schools of Tarpon as they breach the water’s surface to breathe. However, thanks to the electric motors on the fully equipped fishing boats, it’s also possible to be anchored and positioned amongst the schools. On days when the fish are less active, efforts get concentrated around the abundance of fish-holding areas within the rivers, including the mangroves, reefs, channels and sunken trees that hug the shoreline.

Both rivers, the Mamanguape and the Ipojuca hold excellent quantities of fish, with significant numbers of small fish between 5lb to 10lb, with the chance of specimens reaching nearly 200lb. One of the best aspects of the trip is the operation is not dependent on anyone’s schedule, it’s completely flexible, and the guides will take anglers to the best spots depending on the variation of tides, weather and fishing conditions. Doing this has seen a heavy increase in catch rates and has ensured the best schedule.

Tackling Up For Tarpon

When Tarpon fishing in Brazil, it’s essential to have the correct tackle for the job. We recommend saltwater fly fishing reels with a strong and smooth disk drag and large arbour spools. We also recommend fishing with a reel you are familiar with, as the weight of the reel is very important, considering that you will be casting and that 300 yards of 50lb to 65lb backing is required. These should get loaded with weight-forward eight or nine weight lines with an aggressive front taper to help turn over flies. On the business end, we suggest tying your own leaders, as these can be custom-made, and we recommend a strong 6ft to 7ft long butt section of 70lb to 90lb fluorocarbon. Even though the guides will have this material on them, it’s always handy to have an array of breaking strains with you if you decide to tackle up on your own.

Rod-wise, an 8-9 weight is perfect for the job; the only thing we advise is to fish with rods shorter than 9ft. Shorter rods have many features that make them better for the job – they tend to be more accurate when casting and are far better when it comes to leveraging a large fish out of the bankside structure. In an ideal world, we suggest having two rods rigged up and ready to fish, one 8-9 weight for fishing streamers for the Snook and middle-sized Tarpon and one 12 weight for fishing an intermediate tip or sinking line for the giants of the rivers – this is especially important when fishing during the early part of the season.


During this unique Tarpon fishing trip in Brazil, visiting rods will spend time at two different accommodations: the Sesi Hotel in Rio Tinto town when fishing the Mamanguape River and a luxury private house when fishing the Ipojuca River.

Sesi Hotel

During the first part of the trip, when fishing the Mamanguape River, anglers stay at the Sesi Parque da Mata Hotel in Rio Tinto. All the rooms in the hotel come complete with wardrobes, private bathrooms, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Select rooms also have a seating area.

Other features throughout the hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, a shared lounge, a garden, a sun terrace, free WiFi and room service.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast and evening meal. All drinks, both soft and alcoholic, are also included.

Private House

During the second part of the trip, when fishing the Ipojuca River, anglers stay at their own luxury private house, each with their own private bedroom and bathroom.

The house features a spacious lounge, dining room, outdoor seating area, swimming pool and BBQ; there’s also free WiFi throughout. The property also includes the services of a housekeeper and a chef to ensure you’re well looked after, fed, and watered.

Typical Day

5.00am – Breakfast gets served.
6.15am – Head out on the water.
6.30am – Morning fishing session.
12.00pm – Lunch.
2.00pm – Afternoon fishing session.
6.00pm – Return to the accommodation for appetizers.
8.00pm – Dinner gets served. 

To learn more about the Tarpon fishing in Brazil and  South America, visit our YouTube channel.

Note: The images displayed are for the private house on the Ipojuca River. For images of the Sesi Hotel, please visit the tour gallery.

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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:

Depart Any international Airport (See Details)

Day 2:

Arrive Sao Paulo Depart Sao Paulo

Arrive Joao Pessoa

Once you have arrived at Joao Pessoa Airport and collected your luggage, a representative from Silver King Tarpon Fishing Brazil will meet you and transfer you to the Sesi Hotel in Rio Tinto town – a journey of around one hour.

Once you arrive at the hotel, there’ll be a brief introduction about how the operation is run and also the chance to enjoy some food and a couple of drinks.

Overnight accommodation: Sesi Hotel (Twin Room)

Day 3 to 5: (Fishing Days)

For the next three days, you’ll be fly fishing on the Mamanguape River for the good numbers of Tarpons which inhabit it. Alongside the Silver Kings, the river is also home to good populations of Jack Crevelle and specimen-sized Snook. Much of the time, the river lends itself to some fantastic sight-fishing opportunities, but it’s also possible to fish amongst the mangroves and a whole host of other fish-holding structures.

Overnight accommodation: Sesi Hotel (Twin Room)

Day 6: (Transition Day)

In the morning, after breakfast, you’ll pack your bags and transfer from Rio Tinto Town to Porto de Galinhas and your private house. The private house includes housekeeping and your own chef.

As this is a free day, we recommend visiting the beautiful Muro Alto Beach, the perfect place to relax for the afternoon, soaking up the sun and atmosphere.

Overnight accommodation: Private House (Twin Room)

Day 7 to 9: (Fishing Days)

For the next three days, you’ll be fly fishing on the Ipojuca River and surrounding water. Like the Mamanguape, the Ipojuca is home to good numbers of Tarpon of all sizes, along with Snook and Jack Crevalle.

Overnight accommodation: Private House (Twin Room)

Day 10:

In the morning, after breakfast, a representative from Silver King Tarpon Fishing Brazil will transfer you from Porto de Galinhas to Recife International Airport.

Depart Recife

The flight from Recife to Sao Paulo is around three hours.

Arrive Sao Paulo Depart Sao Paulo

Day 11:

Arrive Home


The season runs from November to March.


Season: November to March
Peak: November to March
Weight: 5lb to 180lb
Average Weight: 15lb to 30lb

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  • Airport Transfers
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 full days guided fishing
  • All meals at Lodge
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic bevarages


  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Airport taxes
  • Fishing tackle
  • Premium wine/spirits (small surcharge)

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades

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