Brazil Peacock Bass Fly Fishing

Large Peacock BassFly-rod Peacock Bass. (click to enlarge)You have heard the stories about the aggressive peacock bass genus Cichla and their ferocious, set-your-heart-pounding strikes. One of our real specialties at South American Fly Fishing is carefully organizing and escorting peacock bass fly-fishing trips to the rain forest in Brazil for this great gamefish. We have sent hundreds of serious peacock bass fly-fishing anglers to Brazil over the last decade to remote rivers and lagoons holding large populations of peacock bass. In our exclusive "fly-fishing-only" sanctuary waters, large populations of trophy peacock bass live virtually unmolested. On our trips, many of the peacock bass you cast to have never seen a fly or popper.

The river waters of Brazil’s Amazon Basin are mostly tea-colored due to a high concentration of tannic acid produced by an abundant supply of fallen and decaying rain forest tree leaves. Although you can fly fish successfully in these waters, the darker water is not preferred by fly anglers.

In Brazil, our exclusive fly-fishing waters have more clarity, less tannin and are near the headwaters of the river systems in the Baniwa, Tucano, Bare and other tribal reserves.

South American Fly Fishing's anglers commonly catch 20 to 30 peacock bass each day from 3- to 6-pound "butterflies" to the 12- to 25-pound "barred" or "paca" trophies and there is always the chance for a real monster. We offer the best peacock bass fly-fishing in Brazil, both for numbers and size of fish.

"Imagine casting to a submerged tree limb in a quiet lagoon with a large 3/0 orange and white deceiver fly. Suddenly you see a gigantic swirl and feel a strong yank on your 40-pound tippet fly line that bends your rod all the way down to the cork handle. The giant peacock makes an unstoppable run for cover, burning your hand as line rips off the reel. The big fish leaps into the air. After ten minutes of unpredictable acrobatics and antics, your guide finally manages to net your 18-pound trophy peacock bass." – JW Smith, Texas

Casting the flyCasting for a catch. (click to enlarge)The keys to this extraordinary peacock bass fly-fishing are threefold. First, anglers are whisked via Cessna Caravan floatplane or wheelplane aircraft and fast boat directly from the Manaus, Brazil, airport to pristine fishing locations far (often hundreds of miles) from the overfished melee of competing lodges and houseboats and delivered right to their camp. Secondly, the "Cabin Barge" concept is a breakthrough in placing comfortable air-conditioned accommodations in previously inaccessible locations. Each set of barges draws about six inches of water, which enables us to travel virtually anywhere, traversing natural barriers such as rocky rapids and too-shallow river mouths. Thirdly, we fish the exclusive waters of Indian Reserves so there is no competition from other outfitters. The combination of fly-in, camp mobility, and exclusive waters eliminates competition from other fishermen, whether they are sportsmen or native fishermen. Consequently, this is your best chance for the best in peacock bass fly-fishing success.

When fishing conditions are favorable peacock bass provide more strikes and fly fishing action than any other species, and are perhaps the hardest fighting fish pound for pound in fresh water. This is the best trophy peacock bass fly fishing trip with experienced guides and a highly professional outfitter.

"Our fly-fishing group came back extremely impressed with your program. We caught many fish and many big fish. Benny, my guide, was head and shoulders above any guide or fisherman I have ever met—his eyes were like radar. The meals were exquisitely prepared and I should have married Ruth, our cook, and brought her back to the States with me. Our best peacock bass fly-fishing trip ever."
– Barry Reynolds, Colorado


Trophy peacock bass fly fishing: $5,595 per angler per week for the Barge Camps — Exclusive Rivers. The trips are currently Saturday to Saturday, subject to change. Air travel from Miami to Manaus, Brazil is usually around $1000 round-trip. Ground transfers are included. The program offers 6- to 6-1/2 days fishing.


August through February

TRAVEL LOGISTICS (Subject to Change)

Anglers should make their own air travel arrangements from their home city to Manaus, Brazil. Currently, the applicable U.S. to Manaus flight is on American Airlines from Miami, Florida. Fishing dates, once in Brazil, are Saturday to Saturday including the travel to and from the camps.

To start your trip, plan to arrive in Manaus on Friday. Upon arrival, guests are met and transferred to the nearby Caesar Business Hotel (double occupancy) for overnight and rest prior to the air charter to camp. The air charters will depart Manaus around 7 a.m. Saturday, so you must arrive in Manaus on Friday. All guests are returned to Manaus the following Saturday and will go directly to the airport for return flight to the U.S.

Please remember that the schedule listed above is subject to change and you should not issue air tickets until you check with our office.


You might find our Brazil Peacock Bass Fly Fishing Details and Gear Information PDF helpful.