The Agua Boa is a river of exceptional diversity. The fish of the Rio Agua Boa vary from the aquarium fish that we all fell in love with as children to the freshwater dolphins which are a remnant from the days when the Amazon basin was an ocean.
There are many species of fish in the pristine waters of the Agua Boa many of which can be taken on a fly. Until last year the number of different fly caught fish was eighteen however recently our guests added another two, a large armored cat fish and a fish that looked like a tambaqui, a seed eating characin prized for its eating qualities. Our main quarry is of course the Peacock Bass.
So, come fish the Agua Boa. It is truly a unique fishery for the fly-fisherman and offers one of the best opportunities to sight fish for the many different species of the Amazon. It is truly worth the trip.
Tactics and Tackle
The Agua Boa river has seen some 20 different species of fish caught on the fly and identified, with the different species of Peacock Bass being the prime quarry for the majority of the guests visiting the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge. These range in size from the Butterfly Peacock (Cichla ocellaris) with an average size of 3 to 5 lbs up to the giant Tucanare Peacock Bass (Cichla temensis)of 23 lbs plus.
Agua Boa Amazon Fishing Boats
The most commonly used rod on the Agua Boa river is an 8 or 9 weight. Your lines should be those designed for the tropics’ high temperatures such as the top quality Rio SW Clouser Tropical Taper, Tropical Outbound Short floating lines and for the sinking a 200 or 300 grain Deep Sea Sink Tip. Leaders should also be those designed for the tropical temperatures, we recommend the Rio 44lb and 33lb Hard Saltwater mono. Flies in the sizes 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, and 4/0, of the large streamer/lure style are the most productive, such as Deceivers, Whistlers, etc with large bead-chain eyes, dumbbell eyes etc. or stick on eyes. For fishing with a floating line, poppers such as Waller Pearly Poppers, Big Boy Trevally Poppers, etc. can produce spectacular top water takes!