Rio Marié Liveaboard - Brazil
Liveaboard Peacock Bass Fishing Adventure
The Rio Marié, also known as the River of Giants, is the most remote river in the Brazilian Amazon. The headwaters of the Rio Marié lie more than 400 air miles northwest of Manaus in the rainforest between Brazil and Columbia.
Fly fishing the Rio Marié
The Rio Marié is a very remote river—more than 400 miles by floatplane from Manaus, Brazil. The Marié River is born in the northwest side of the Brazilian Amazon, near the Colombian border, and is a tributary of the upper Negro River. The river is contained inside an Indian territory of more than 494 million acres.
There are over 400 miles of river, tributaries, and lagoons. The Rio Marié liveaboard adventure is the first official sportfishing operation inside Indian territory in Brazil. It is now the largest area in the world specifically dedicated to fly-fishing-only and catch-and-release-only.
The Temensis peacock bass, the largest of all peacock bass, average 10-to 18-pounds in the more remote locations but have been known to reach 30-pounds. In 2016, a 28 ½-pound fly-caught peacock bass was landed at the Rio Marié, and in 2017, a near 31-pounder! (It was disqualified as an IGFA world record due to some technical issues.) The butterfly peacock bass are abundant and smaller, reaching up to 13-pounds.
The liveaboard’s three-month season runs from mid-September to mid-December, during the dry season when the water levels are at their lowest.
The Mobility of the Untamed Amazon – the deluxe, shallow-draft mothership – and the utilization of the Cessna Caravan fitted with amphibious floats to transport anglers direct from Manaus to the Rio Marié, is making all the difference in the world. When the water is high, they fish the headwaters of Marié further upriver, exploring new tributaries and lagoons. Upstream, there is 100 more miles of river to explore. When the water drops, they move downstream to familiar beats. Not only does this mobility allow them to fish and explore new water, but it also helps to manage fishing pressure on the river by incorporating a beat system across a broad expanse of over 200 river miles.
Rio Marie Fishing Facts:
Season: The 2022 season runs from August 28 - December 18, 2022.
Lure Fishing: Limited to January 8 through February 5, 2023. You may fish with artificial lures with single hooks. These trips sell quickly.
Group size: Eight to 12-guests per week. Private rooms are available on the liveaboard for an extra $600.00 per week, based on availability.
The Adventure begins in the uppermost stretches of the Rio Marié, with the liveaboard moving downstream at a pace of about 75 miles each week. They do not overfish any area. Anglers are greeted each day with new water, a constant and fresh trophy peacock bass fishing grounds.
Guides: Two anglers per professional English-speaking guide, plus a native guide who drives the boat.
Boats: 20-foot fully equipped shallow draft skiffs wiht 90-HP 4-stroke motors, and remote-control electric motors. Center console boats have two casting platforms (one at either end of the boat so both anglers can fish at the same time).
Equipment: No gear or tackle use is included. Flies are available for $10.00 on the liveaboard. A complete gear and tackle list is incuded in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License is included in the package.
Methods: Mostly, baitfish imitations are used.
Dr. Meng Syn's Trip Recap - Blog, Videos...Our client Meng Syn does a phenomenal job of his post-trips reports. Read his blog and see his outstanding videos listed below.
Dr. Meng Syn's Vimeo Videos:
Rio Marié - River of Giants
Butterflies - Butterfly Madness
Flies for the Rio Marié
Dr. Meng Syn's Blog:
The Rio Marié River of Giants
Dr. Meng Syn's Flickr Albums:
More of the Rio Marié
The Untamed Amazon Mothership
The Untamed Amazon has three floors. The lower floor is a restricted area for staff only and includes the inner workings of the vessel with twin 200-HP propulsion engines.
The main floor has seven double occupancy suites for Rio Marié guests. The maximum number of guests is fourteen. Each suite accommodates two guests in super single beds and has a private bathroom, air conditioning, and space for storage.
The top floor is the place for relaxation after a long fishing day. There is a spacious living and dining room, an open lounge on the rear deck, limited Wi-Fi, and two large Jacuzzis.
Meals: There is a full-scale kitchen that serves American meals in addition to regional favorites. You'll enjoy expertly prepared four-course dinners in the comfortable dining area. Exotic dishes of freshly caught fish, fresh-baked bread and pastries, chilled wines, ice-cold beer, spirits, and soft drinks await each guest throughout the week. Beer, fine wines, and spirits are included in the package.
Seafood Paella, Chef Leandro's specialty
View Todd Moen's YouTube 10:14 Video:
Getting to the Liveaboard:
At the international airport in Manaus, you'll be greeted by an English-speaking representative. He'll arrange for transfers to the new Hotel Juma Ópera in Manaus. (The ground transfers and the first hotel night are included in the package.) After breakfast at the hotel, the driver will pick up your group between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. and head to the local airport. You'll take a 3.5 hour flight aboard a Cessna Caravan hydroplane landing on the Marié River near the liveaboard that will be anchored and waiting for you. (The ground transfer, the first hotel night in Manaus, and the roundtrip hydroplane flight are included in the package.)
RATES & PACKAGES
2022 USD Rates:
8-nights and 6-days guided fishing
August 14 - December 19, 2022:
Two anglers per room and skiff:
$7,325 + $670 Native Comm Fee
=$7,995.00 per person
One angler per room and skiff:
$11,680 + $670 Native Comm Fee
=$12,350.00 per person
$4,980 + $490 Native Comm Fee
=$5,470.00 per person
Extended Season - Fly or Lure Fishing
You may fish with artificial lures with single hooks.
January 8 - February 5, 2023
Two anglers per room and skiff:
$6,550 + $500 Native Comm Fee
=$7,050.00 per person
One angler per room and skiff:
$9,000 + $500 Native Comm Fee
=$9,500.00 per person
$4,450 + $380 Native Comm Fee
=$4,830.00 per person
The Native Community Fee:
This Project was based as a long-term social Project which supports the preservation of the Indian Culture and improving their quality of life. The Rio Marié River has formed an association (ACIBRN) and board to protect their interests moving forward. This Association includes representatives from all 14 Indian Communities. The Project has a significant user fee on all visiting anglers. The funds from the fee will primarily be used for social projects, infrastructure development, transportation, and medical and education projects. The tax is payable in cash (USD) to the representative upon your arrival in Manaus and goes directly to the Indian Association Account. Anglers receive a receipt from the Association. The fee represents an important step in the continuing effort to protect their ability to share this amazing and unique part of the world.
One night at the Hotel Juma Ópera in Manaus upon arrival, necessary ground transfers in Brazil; roundtrip hydroplane flight Manaus to the liveaboard, boat transfers, guided fishing, fishing licenses, all meals at the liveaboard, wine, beer, and spirits; daily laundry and maid service on the liveaboard; and, upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn.
Packages Do Not Include:
International airfare; Indian Association Fee of $670.00 (Native Fee) paid in cash upon arrival to Brazil; gratuities for guides and camp staff, fishing equipment, flies which are $10.00 each on the liveaboard,
premium spirits on the liveaboard, food and beverages in Manaus and any private city tours, satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), extra hotel overnights if needed, airport departure tax
(if not included in airfare), Global Rescue Insurance, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Gratuities: Generally, you’ll tip 10% of the trip cost (excluding taxes and air travel), approximately $730.00 per angler for the week. On the last night, the manager will collect the tips and split them among the guides and staff.
Rio Marié High Water Policy:
Fishing for peacock bass in the Amazon jungle represents one of the last frontiers in the fly-fishing world. As with any such hyper-remote destinations, there can be challenges associated with offering a first-class experience
in the ‘back of beyond.’ In the Amazon, water level conditions will, on occasion, present such challenges. The Amazon River annual water level cycles are not a simple equation, even for the most experienced local experts.
Normally, high and low water levels here follow a fairly predictable monthly cycle, but climate changes and the effects of stronger or weaker El Niño and La Niña cycles can directly and immediately affect those levels.
Specifically, these El Niño and La Niña events tend to impact the amount of rain in the headwaters of Amazon rivers, which in turn affects the entire Amazon basin. Water levels are important when fishing for peacock bass,
and understanding how to work around them is a key component to success. Low water does not always result in the best fishing, just as high water is not always the worst thing. More important is to understand where and how to fish as the water fluctuates.
The Rio Marié system has several hundred miles of rivers, tributaries, and lagoons from its headwaters down to its merging with the Rio Negro. Within this extensive water system, the liveaboard can move up or downstream throughout the season—every week or even daily—to reach the best water levels for trophy fish. This system is useful when navigating less than ideal water conditions. Although the Rio Marie’s season is based on the best water conditions, it’s difficult to predict water levels, and this is one of the risks associated with fishing the Amazon. If you are not comfortable with the risk of the river levels being too high or low during your trip, then it is probably not the trip for you. You will not be refunded for water conditions that may not meet your expectations. In the event the water is too high to fish on any given week, your week will be rescheduled to a later time, but there will not be a refund of your trip payment.
• As of June 17, 2019, Brazil no longer requires a Tourist Visa for U.S. citizens. This will make it a lot easier for anglers traveling to Brazil.
• Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate: A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to enter any Indian Territory in Brazil. It’s a Government Regulation to protect Indians. All anglers must bring within their travel documents their vaccine certificates.
Deposit and Cancellation Policy: A deposit of 50% of the total price is required to confirm a package at any of our accommodations operated by Untamed Angling (the “Company”) or its subsidiaries. This deposit must be made within 5 days from the reservation date (the “Deposit”). The balance due must be paid in full at least 45 days prior to the agreed upon arrival date. The Deposit required to confirm your reservation is NON-REFUNDABLE unless the customer is replaced. If no other replacement, the individual is responsible for the full costs and no refund will be made to the customer. Additionally, there are no refunds for any unused part of the travel package. The Company and its subsidiaries are not responsible for cancellations resulting from weather conditions, river levels, or a Force Majeure event, and shall provide no refunds in such event. The Company may opt to provide alternate dates, as set forth further below, in its sole and absolute discretion. In addition, the indigenous tax costs must be reviewed in the pre-trip itinerary and must be paid in cash at your arrival in Brazil in the agreed-upon arrival date. After making a reservation, you will be deemed to have given your consent to our terms and conditions, as well as our cancellation policy detailed here.
“Force Majeure” shall be defined herein as circumstances beyond Company's reasonable control, including, without limitation, acts of God; earthquakes; fires; floods; weather conditions; wars; civil or military disturbances; acts of terrorism; sabotage; strikes; epidemics; pandemics; viral or bacterial outbreaks; riots; power failures; computer failure and any such circumstances beyond our reasonable control as may cause interruption, loss or malfunction of utility, transportation, computer (hardware or software) or telephone communication service; accidents; labor disputes; acts of civil or military authority; governmental actions; or inability to obtain labor, material, equipment or transportation.
To be clear, any amounts paid to Company for your travel package are non-refundable under any conditions. You hereby acknowledge and agree to our refund and cancellation policy.
5. INDEMNITY LETTER: All guests, with no exception, must agree and sign an indemnity letter.
6. INSURANCE: We strongly recommend travel insurance.
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Additional Terms and Conditions:
1. All luggage and personal belongings are the sole responsibility of their owners at all times. It is highly recommended that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance that covers cancellations due to a Force
Majeure event, loss and/or theft of luggage and personal belongings. In no case will the operator or our Company be responsible for any loss that you may incur as a result of a cancellation due to a Force
Majeure event or any other reason, or a loss to your luggage or personal belongings.
2. Neither our Company nor any of the inns shall be responsible for any loss, damage, theft, injury or death that arises or may arise during the practice of sport fishing or any other activity.
3. Our Company shall not be responsible for any loss or damage suffered on board an aircraft or a leased aircraft. The contract or ticket issued by the airline or charter company will constitute the only contract as between the airline or the charter company and the passenger(s), and you shall be required to resolve any disputes related to your flight or travel with such airline or charter company.
4. CHANGES IN THE ITINERARY - Force Majeure – Either the Company or the operator reserves the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to make changes in your travel itinerary when it considers it necessary due to circumstances beyond its control, or an event of Force Majeure. In this case, under no circumstances shall a refund be made, although the travel itinerary, dates and / or destination can be modified by Untamed Angling and a travel credit can be made with or without additional costs at the sole discretion of the operator. In the event of an additional cost, Company shall advise of such cost in advance. Moreover, should the 2021 season be closed down due to Force Majeure, you shall be assigned to the 2022 season without the need to pay an additional rescheduling fee.
5. KNOWLEDGE LETTER: All guests, without exception, must sign the knowledge letter and the terms of responsibility prior to their trip.
6. INSURANCE: We recommend that all our clients take out travel insurance in the event of a Force Majeure event.
7. This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, without regard to the conflicts of law principles thereof. Venue for any dispute arising hereunder shall lie in the state or federal courts situated in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and the parties waive any defense of forum non-conveniens or lack of personal jurisdiction.
8. The prevailing party in any litigation brought to enforce any provision contained in this Agreement shall be entitled to reimbursement from the non-prevailing party for reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in connection with such litigation.
9. WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. IF LITIGATION IS BROUGHT TO ENFORCE THIS AGREEMENT, EACH PARTY KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY WAIVES THE RIGHT IT HAS TO A TRIAL BY JURY. THE PARTIES AGREE THIS PROVISION IS A MATERIAL INDUCEMENT TO THE PARTIES' ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT.