Talk about a “new frontier” for fly fishing! Fishing the waters of the Amazon basin is one of the most exciting and interesting experiences available today, with trophy peacock bass, payara, piranha, pacu, aruana and numerous other exotic species found throughout the region. While both of the Brazilian operations that we work with and represent offer excellent accommodations and amenities in beautiful areas that are both isolated and protected, River Plate takes things to an entirely different level when it comes to "remote." Utilizing a system of shallow-draft floating cabins, this operation allows access to fishing areas that are completely unreachable by other operations. If you're looking for adventure in the Amazon, than this is the operation to consider.

Typical Length of Stay

Standard package is a seven day / eight night package (Friday to Friday) leaving from and returning to Manaus, Brazil.

Accommodations and Lodging

River Plate Outfitters AccommodationRiver Plate’s six independent Fly-In Floating Cabins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI) are the ultimate solution for optimizing shallow drafting mobility, comfort, and luxury. On arrival from the US, you travel about 1 to 2 hours directly to one of six different Floating Cabin Camps via an 8-passenger Cessna Caravan turbo-prop float plane. These mobile cabin camps cruise the headwaters of small tributaries and countless fish-filled, secluded lagoons, which are normally a 3 – 5 hour run in a fast bass boat from the areas where most of the competing houseboats and lodges are operating.

The float plane transfer on your arrival day, plus the daily shallow-drafting cabin-cruising effectively replaces daily 3-5 hour boat travel or expensive daily fly-outs from the main waterways to the secluded lagoons which are protected by shallow water entry barriers. Although there are a few well-established land-based lodges situated past these natural barriers, they usually have limited mobility when is comes to seeking better water levels when conditions change. More importantly, many areas become rapidly overfished 2 to 3 hours upriver and downriver from their fixed locations. The River Plate mobile cabins, however, move daily to fresh, unfished river segments. Each night you are then overnighting along new and different Caribbean-like beaches. Also, this feature allows you to walk-in at any time to comfort from the nearby secluded, prehistoric-looking lagoons to your 10’ X 15’ private cabin with air conditioning and a private, full bathroom. These cabins are fully carpeted, tastefully decorated, and every detail has been carefully considered.

Food and Beverages

Each floating cabin "chain" of boats features a main dinning cabin. Breakfast is served each morning by 7:00 AM, and your guide will be ready to leave by 7:30 AM. At midday you may return for lunch in the dinning room and a “siesta” in your air-conditioned cabin, or you may take a packed lunch in the boat with you. Appetizers and dinner are served each evening in main dinning area after all guests return.

Fishing Information

Plate River Outfitters Peacock BassRiver Plate’s guides are some of the very best in all of Brazil. Many Amazon outfitters employ poorly-trained, unenthusiastic "boat drivers". River Plate's carefully trained guides are hard-core fishermen who are intimately familiar with the complexities of Amazon angling. Many have guided for River Plate for over 15 years. With thousands of fish boated for clients, they know how to get you on to large numbers of fish - as well as some very large fish.

From an evolutionary standpoint, Amazonian fish species come from an ancient line of groups that were already established nearly 60 million years ago (they have changed little since that time). The most commonly accepted theory regarding the existence of most Amazon species is that their precursors evolved during a period when what is now South America, Africa, southern Asia and Australia were a single continent called Gondwanaland. Upon the separation of these continents, these mutual ancestors then evolved independently. Today, although the remnant of this relationship between the Amazonian, African and Australian fish remains evident, their modern descendents have speciated into thousands of endemic varieties.

The majority of Amazonian gamefish belong to three main groups (families): the catfish, characins (freshwater dorado for example) and the cichlids (peacock bass). In addition to these three groups are several other odd-ball families like the osteoglossidae (which includes the immense pirarucú), and groups with salt-water origins such as the sardinata/apapá (a shad/herring/tarpon-like fish) and the corvina, which is essentially a freshwater drum. The list of Amazonian freshwater gamefish is as extensive and exotic as the land itself. Depending upon the region, there are as many as twenty different species that will take a fly or lure – all with fantastic names to match their peculiar appearances.

Peacock Bass
Of all the incredible gamefish in the Amazon basin, the one that has received the most attention is the peacock bass. Their remarkably explosive topwater strikes, combined with an astonishing ability to break heavy leaders and straighten even stout saltwater hooks, makes them one of the most sought-after species in the Amazon basin. Peacock bass are not a true "bass" such as the largemouth and smallmouth bass found in North American waters, but instead comprise a genus within the family Cichlidae (the cichlid). Cichlids are a diverse family of tropical fish found primarily throughout Africa, South America and southern Asia. Although all peacock bass species are highly temperature-sensitive fish, some have been successfully introduced in tropical areas from Panama to Hawaii. (The latest transplants (C. ocellaris and C. monoculus) are happily swimming in many of the major freshwater irrigation channels in Dade County, Florida.) No permanent populations of the giant "C. temensis" have ever been successfully transplanted outside of the Amazon basin and Lake Guri. Although there are countless color variations throughout their range, there are only four currently recognized species of peacock bass: C. temensis, C. ocellaris, C. monoculus and C. nigrolineatus (there is a raging debate among ichthyologists and anglers on this topic). All species are commonly called tucunaré in Brazil and Peru, while other Spanish speaking South American countries use the term pavón.

Boats and Equipment

With a 15-plus-year learning curve on how to overcome the Amazon's shallow sand bars in order to reach remote unfished areas, the operators of River Plate have gone from the attractive but ineffective U.S. 120HP high-speed bass boats to today's "in-house" designed, built and field tested all-aluminum welded shallow drafting tunnel boat. These jungle boats are 20 feet long with a 40 HP outboard and all the standard bass boat features (trolling motor, high swivel seats, etc.) The best thing about these area-specific boats is that they are sufficiently light to navigate past the shallow sandbars and other obstacles found throughout the Amazon. With regards to rods, reels, flies, and all terminal tackle, anglers will want to bring all of their own equipment.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Non-angling activities with River Plate are limited, as this is primarily a trip that focuses on fishermen.

How To Get There

Dining at River Plate LodgeDepart from Miami at 8:30 AM on TAM Airlines to Manaus, Brazil arriving in Manaus at 1:30 PM in the afternoon. Manaus International Airport is serviced by TAM Airlines, GOL, Azul and Copa Airlines. After you pass through customs in Manaus, you will be met at the airport by a representative from River Plate for a transfer to the domestic terminal. There you will board your private charter to the lodge at approximately 3:00 PM. The flight is one and half-hours over some of the Amazon’s most pristine rainforest. The plane will land at the lodge at approximately 4:30 PM on the same day that you leave Miami!

On your departure day, you will leave the lodge via private air charter at approximately 5:00 PM (after a full day of fishing) arriving back in Manaus at 6:30 PM. You will overnight in Manaus, and depart for the U.S. and your return flight to Miami at 3:10 PM the following afternoon (arriving in Miami at 8:20 PM).

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Most flights into Manaus, Brazil from the U.S. arrive late at night. Since you will be overnighting in Manaus on your first night, you can arrive at any time the day before your trip actually begins. On departure day, most flights depart very late at night, allowing you to arrive back in Manaus, and then catch an international flight later that night.

2013 Floating Cabin Package Rates

All prices are per person and based upon a seven day / eight night package (Friday to Friday)

Package Season Price
Remote Area Package March - July $4,395
Exclusive Area Package July - December $4,850
Exclusive Area Package January - March $5,290

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All charter flights
  • All necessary ground transfers
  • One overnight at Tropical Hotel in Manaus on arrival
  • Guide-operated 21 foot fully equipped shallow drafting bass boat per two anglers
  • Brazilian fishing licenses
  • All meals at fishing destination
  • All wine, beer and hard liquor
  • Daily laundry and maid service at fishing destinations.
  • Use of rods and reels if needed

What's Not Included

  • International airfare from original destination to Manaus, Brazil
  • Brazilian visa
  • Gratuities and tips to camp staff and fishing guides
  • Overweight luggage charges (weight limit: 36 lbs. per person is allowed on the float plane)
  • Food and beverages in Manaus
  • Private city tours, special transfers and hotel reservations when not arriving/ departing with the party
  • Airport departure tax
  • Satellite phone calls ($5.00/minute)

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information - Daily Fishing Schedule

The staff of River Plate will try to personalize each day’s fishing schedule to better suite your preferences. Every evening, the manager will discuss the following day’s plan with you. You will typically be awakened at 6:30 AM by one of the members of our staff. Breakfast will be served by 7:00 AM and your guide will be ready to leave by 7:30 AM. You may start to fish in the adjoining lagoons while the Floating Cabins navigate to unfished river segments. At midday you may return for lunch and a “siesta” at the fully air-conditioned Floating Cabins or, you may take a packed lunch prepared by the cook and continue fishing until late in the afternoon. Appetizers and dinner are served after all the guests return.

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