Itapará Lodge - Lures or Fly Fishing
Two lodges, 40 Miles Apart. Itapará's main lodge is situated approximately 250 miles north of Manaus on the Itapará River, a tributary of the Rio Blanco, which is a large tributary of the Rio Negro. The Itapará is renowned for some of the largest peacock bass in the Amazon, some reaching over 20-pounds.
Fishing Itapará Lodge - Brazil
Itapará has two lodges which are 40 river miles apart. The Lodges allow guests to fish about 75 miles of river without runs of over 45-minutes.
A five-day package offers one or two days at the lower lodge, and the 10-day package offers two to four days at the lower lodge.
You’ll primarily be fishing the Itapará River and some of the lagoons that form from the river dropping during the dry season. There are five or more lakes with boats that can be reached by short hikes from the river. The river itself can be great fishing, especially during lower water.
At Itapará, you may use lures or flies for peacock bass. Over the years, we’ve hosted many trips to Itapará Lodge – it was one of Larry’s favorites.
Fishing season: Itapará's fishing season opens in early October, after the rainy season, when the waters recede into the riverbed. At this time, the peacock bass roam in shoals and attack everything in sight. The Lodge season extends into early April. Peak fishing is between December 25th and March 15th. Occasionally, the rainy season fails to abide by schedules and may add mid-season downpours.
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Itapará Lodge boats and guides:
Boats: Two anglers per 17-foot aluminum boats with swivel seats, 25 HP Mercury motors and electric trolling motors.
Guides: Experienced Portuguese-speaking guides.
Fishing day: You're guided each day from approx. 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Fishing methods: Techniques include fly fishing, fishing with live bait, shallow diving minnow baits, jigs, and topwater prop plugs.
Click here for Brad Staples' 2018 Trip Report.
Itapará Lodge - 2020 Hosted Weeks
Peacock Bass lure or fly fishing adventure
6-nights and 4 ½-days guided fishing $3,400.00
2020 Hosted Weeks::
• January 17-23: Brad Staples hosts
11-nights and 9 ½-days guided fishing $6,300.00
• January 17-28: Brad Staples hosts
Prices are subject to change.
You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book Itapará Lodge for a time that works best for you.
As of 2018, The CDC now recommends a Yellow Fever Vaccination for most of Brazil, including ALL Peacock Bass Fishing Areas.
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After you pass through customs in Manaus, you’ll be greeted by a representative. He will drive you to your hotel for an overnight stay. (The hotel night is not included in the package.) You'll take an 80-minute charter flight to Itapará Lodge. (This roundtrip charter flight is included in the package.) For the charter, there is a baggage weight limit of 45-pounds. You’ll land at the Lodge's 1,100' paved runway at about 9:00 a.m. You'll enjoy a late breakfast, and settle in. After lunch, you’ll head out for a half day of fishing.
About Itapará Lodge
Itapará Lodge is remote. From the main lodge, it’s a five-hour fast boat ride to the nearest village. The main lodge accommodates 18-guests in air-conditioned, double-occupancy rooms with a private bathroom.
The Lodge has satellite television, a small swimming pool, and free Wi-Fi. An open bar from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m each evening is included in the package for local drinks. (Imported drinks are not included.)
Itapará's lower lodge is 40 miles downstream from the main lodge, about a two-hour boat ride. The lower lodge has deluxe, duplex-style cabanas that accommodate up to ten guests.
The main lodge has a Piper Cheyenne III airplane available onsite to fly guests with any medical emergency to the town of Manaus where there is a good hospital, about an 80-minute flight.
2019 USD Rates
Valid through March 30, 2019.
Per person - double occupancy
6-nights and 4½-days guided fishing
$3,400.00 per person
11-nights and 9½-days guided fishing
$6,300.00 per person
Single occupancy room and boat:
Add an additional $1,400.00 to above.
Prices are subject to change.
Ground transportation in Manaus to the hotel and also to the charter flight, roundtrip air shuttle service Manaus/Itapará Lodge, lodging, meals, alcohol (except for import brands), guided fishing, laundry service, Wi-Fi, and upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn.
Packages do not include:
International airfare, Brazilian visa ($160.00 reciprocity fee), fishing licenses, satellite telephone calls, imported liquor, airport taxes, overnight hotel and meals in Manaus, fishing tackle, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. If you desire to tie your own flies, ask Guy Schoenborn to send you fly samples.