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Pirarucú is located within the Mamirauá Reserve (Amazonas), about 600 km west of Manaus, a complex of lakes and channels between the Solimões River and Japura River. The Arapaima is the star specie, when hooked, they explode in aerial displays, take off on long runs, and surrender only after lengthy battles. During each fishing week, an experienced angler is likely to hook a good number of Arapaima whose average size is an astounding 60 pounds, not to mention genuine opportunities for 200 pound trophies!
Pirarucú is located within the Mamirauá Reserve (Amazonas), about 600 km west of Manaus, a complex of lakes and channels between the Solimões River and Japura River. Mamirauá was the first Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil, legislated by the Government of Amazonas in 1996, and remains the largest Arapaima reserve in the world.
The Arapaima has a closely resemblance to a freshwater tarpon and can grow up to 400 pounds. When hooked, they explode in aerial displays, take off on long runs, and surrender only after lengthy battles. The fish are often seen gulping air from the surface, thus offering sight casting to singles, pairs, or even schools of fish.
During each fishing week, an experienced angler is likely to hook a good number of Arapaima whose average size is an astounding 60 pounds, not to mention genuine opportunities for 200 pound trophies!
Anglers fish from very comfortable and smooth flat skiffs, equipped with two large casting platforms, a push poling platform and an electric trolling motor with remote control, for moving silently within the lagoons.
While Arapaima are one of the main focuses, there are three other species one can catch on the fly at Pirarucú such as Tambaqui (close to the Pacu family), Arowana and the Peacock Bass.
The fishing season runs from middle September to the end of November.
The program itinerary is the following:
Day 0: Arrival to Manaus International Airport and transfer to the 5* Hotel for overnight.
Day 1: After breakfast at 11.00 hrs transfer to domestic airport. Flight to Tefe and upon arrival boat transfer (1 1/2 hour drive) to lodge.
Once arrived to the lodge and upacked there will be a metting with guides and talk over the fishing plans.
Dasy 2 to 6: 5 full fishing days.
Day 7: After breakfast departure back from Tefe to Manaus. The assigned transfer can take you either to the International Airport or to your self arranged Hotel.
The lodge is simple but very comfortable and beautiful. It is a floating lodge, constructed with local woods and is connected by wooden platforms.
It has 10 floating cabins, each with two en suite rooms, with A/C and ceiling fans. The main lodge building features a dining room, living room, and kitchen.
The lodge is located in the heart of the reserve, with very short run times to the fishing; in fact, most days guests will return to the lodge for a well-prepared lunch before returning for an afternoon fishing session. Satellite phone and Internet are available.
Rods 5 to 9 Wt. are recommended for fishing Tambaqui, Arowana and Peacock Bass.
10 t 14 Wt. rods are recommended for Arapaima since their weight can vary from 60 to 200 pounds. With a 7 Wt, 10 Wt and 12 Wt on the boat is enough for the fish range.
Reels: As with rods, reels that have been designed for saltwater fly-fishing are the best choice. These jungle fish will test your stripping fingers more than your reel, but in the event you can get them on the reel before they get into the wood, reels with strong smooth drags are recommended. Bring a trusted reel that you feel comfortable with. Weight of the reel is important also since you will be casting a lot. 30-pound backing is required. We recommend the Silver King reels from Nautilus.
Most of the fishing is done close to the surface of the water. Weight forward lines designed specifically for the tropics and saltwater are what you want. Rio Outbound Tropical Short or comparable, ultra-aggressive, warm water fly lines hands-down work the best. Another amazing line is the Rio Tropical Outbound Short clear intermediate tip line, the 30ft INT/15ft Clear. Full floating Tropical Outbound Shorts are excellent for effortlessly throwing giant wind resistant poppers and streamers. Do not bring cold water floating lines, as the hot weather makes these lines soft and gummy. You will also want to bring a fast sinking sink-tip for some specific spots. For this we recommend a 24-foot 300 to 400 grain sink-tip fly line. We strongly suggest you bring at least one back up fly line. Important Note. Bring 50-80lbs core resistant fly flines. The Rio Leviathan, Outbound and the Scientific Anglers Titan are good choices.
Most fish are not really leader shy but the very clear water situation can make some big fish spooky, so fluorcarbon leaders make line invisible under water. Leaders should be strong and heavy enough to turn over big wind resistant flies, so heavy/strong butt leaders are important. Spools of fluorocarbon should include 40, 30 and 20 pounds. Mono in 20-pound breaking strengths can also be used in certain situations. Maxima, Mason or fluorocarbon are all good choices. Some fish require longer, 9-foot leaders, while others just require a single straight piece of fluorocarbon tippet. For arapaima, 80 to 100# test or larger is required.
Fishing is done using baitfish, large insect, fruit, and even algae imitations. There is a new world here to discover. For baitfish imitations, streamers in white, yellow, chartreuse and combinations of these colors are very effective.
For Arapaima, we need heavily dressed flies in lengths from 4 to 12 inches, with good action in the water, in barbless 4/0 to 7/0 (high quality hooks as Tiemco 600SP or the Onwer Aki) are required. As for patterns, the most typical flies used are synthetic material streamers such as the Glimmer Minnow and the Sardina Cruiser. However many baitfish imitations have proved to be very successful, among them Puglisi Streamers in medium to very big sizes. Whistlers or Umpqua’s Tarpon’s Snake and Decievers and Half and Half’s.
Imagine that arapaima can eat a baitfish from 4inches up to 10 inches!! So plan to have big streamers in clear colors mixing with yellow/red/orange and also darker colors as black&red and combinations.
Big foam poppers and divers as well as very big rubber leg dry flies like Chernobyl Ants are fun to fish for Arowana and Peacock Bass and should be included. Flies are available for sale at the camp for $10 each, but be sure to show up with a good selection as well.
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One night in 5* hotel in Manaus, ground transfers in Manaus upon arrival, ground and boat transfer from Tefé airport to the Lodge, 5 full fishing days with one pro guide and one local guide per two anglers, 6 nights at Pirarucu Lodge - Uakari, and all meals and beverages.
Rates do not include: International Flights, Manaus - Tefé Commercial Jet Flight Azul Airlines (ticket cost approx US$ 150.-), expenses during stay in Manaus, fly fishing equipment and flies, tips and gratuities, personal insurance, airport taxes and US$590.- Indian Community Fee.
Notes: US citizens need a VISA to enter Brazil, previously arranged in your country through the embassy or consulate. For the address that is required as your destination in Brazil on the visa form, please fill in the following: Name of Hotel: Untamed Angling do Brasil Address: Av. Professor Nilton Lins, 2274 - 610 City: Manaus State: AM Province: Brasil Zip Code: 69058-030 Phone number: + 55 11 98181.8703 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rodrigo Salles)
The weather was varied with temperaturas between 82 and 86 F, sunny days with some rains. The water level began to increase but with normal color until the momento.
During one week in October the catches were 67 Arapaima, 32 Arowana and 4 Tambaqui. The fFlies that worked the best were streamers, especially those with black and red heads, white and red heads, brown and white and all white bellies.
The biggest fish landed this week was an Arapaima over 280 pounds
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