evan with peacock

“Experience The EXPLOSIVE Power Of The Peacock Bass On An Adventure Of A Lifetime In The Jungles Of Brazil. Join Our 2018 Group Or Book Another Date This Year Or Next!”

For the streamer fisherman, stripping baitfish patterns in the rivers of Brazil is about as good as it gets. The hits are explosive and the power of these fish is unmatched by anything in freshwater. So much so that we use straight 40lb leaders. Anything less and you will be losing fish all day long. A four to five pound peacock will bend over the stiffest of 9wts having you swear there is a 10+lb fish on the end of your line.

The fishing truly is unreal. In February 2015 our group fished the Xeurni River and every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations. We caught some smaller fish, too many 4-7lbers to count, a handful of 8lbers, a few over ten, two 16lbers and a 17lb being the largest of our trip. All three of the big fish were caught by one angler, using a fly rod. In fact, our group in 2015 that consisted of three fly fisherman and four conventional fisherman caught over 1,000 fish for the week.

We had such a good time, we are returning in 2018.

To get an idea of what to expect on a trip to Brazil. Sit back and read the trip report below.

Trip Report: Xeurni River Brazil – February 2015

Upon arriving to Manaus, we gathered our luggage and made it through customs. We then met a representative that would take us to our hotel for the night. The hotel exceeded our expectations. It had a bar, a pool and a restaurant and had nice comfortable rooms.

We awoke the next morning to head to the airport where we would fly into a small village where we were met by friendly locals. Our bags, gear and provisions for the week were unpacked from one plane and loaded onto another plane that would arrive about 20 minutes later. This plane was carrying 8 anglers that were coming from another camp. After a quick chat with them, everything was packed and we were ready to go.

NOTE: I think our request for a wake up call got lost in translation at the hotel as no one in our group got a wake up call and a few of us (myself included) had to scramble in the morning. Next time I am setting the alarm on my phone!

Our flight from Manaus into the jungle lasted about an hour and a half. As we took off we got to see the city of Manaus and got to fly over the soccer stadium that they built for the World Cup game that the US played in. As we got out of Manaus, the small little villages got fewer and farther between. As we got deeper into the rainforest you could see just how vast the rainforest really is. It is a neat experience seeing it from altitude.

As we got closer to the camp, the plane started to descend and we would drop down on a stretch of the Xeurni River that was literally on the equator. One of the advantages of this operation is that when water conditions are right, they can move camp up or down stream. When the camp moves, the landing strip (AKA stretch of water than the plane can safely land on) moves as well.

So when they move locations, guides go out and get the coordinates for a straight, deep stretch of water that they can radio into the pilots. The stretch where we dropped down was marked by a lone tree that stood out like a sore thumb along a normal looking tree line. They call it the ‘Zero Tree’ as it sits on the equator.

As we landed, we beached the plane on a sandbar where all of the gear was unpacked and we got to see our first caimen just checking us out. On the sandbar we got to talk to the group that was leaving to get the fishing report. ‘Fishing was great, food was great, you guys are going to have a blast.’ Not a bad way to start a trip!

With the boats loaded up and seven eager fisherman, we made our way to camp. The boat ride was a pleasant 10-15 minutes and we arrived at our home for the week where we were met by Gonzalo, our camp host. Camp was set up on a pristine white sand beach. Four guest cabins, a dining cabin, a kitchen and guide quarters.

The cabins were great. Two comfortable twin beds, a sink, bathroom and air conditioner. Each cabin also has a patio area overlooking the river where you can enjoy a cigar and a cocktail after a long day of fishing.

The unpacking went quick, as we had a full day of fishing to get in! We hopped in boats, got matched with guides and we were on our way. It didn’t take long to get into a few fish. After reviewing my trip notes, here are some fishing highlights for each day from the three fly anglers (myself, Bob and Tim).

Saturday, February 7th:

  • Bob caught a 16lber on a Blue/White Lefty’s Deciever
  • 22 other fish
  • Evan & Tim landed 35 fish

Sunday, February 8th:

  • Bob with a 17lber on a Red/White Flashtail Whistler
  • Tim caught a 6lber on Perch Bushpig (one of the hottest hot fly this week!)
  • Evan 25 fish 1-4lbs on Red/White Whistler

Monday, February 9th:

  • Tim & Evan had 105 fish day
  • Had BIG peacock attack a dogfish twice, then attacked by piranhas leaving only the head
  • Bob with 8lb peacock on Red/White Whistler

Tuesday, February 10th:

  • Bob & Evan went up creek to lagoon caught 18+ fish over 5lbs
  • Bob & Evan with a double. 8lber and a 6lber both sight fished
  • 85 total with lots of sight fishing to fish cruising in shallows
  • 45 fish for Tim with plenty of 5lb on Bush Pigs

Wednesday, February 11th:

  • Bob with 16lber on Red/White Whistler
  • Evan 35 fish with 5lber the biggest

Thursday, February 12th:

  • Evan with 70 fish
  • 8lber in lagoon, two 6lbers and a few 5lbers with Red/Orange/White Bush Pig being best fly
  • Tim with 8lber, a 5lb and 6lb peacock
  • Bob with Arowana

Friday, February 13th:

  • Slow morning, but things picked up.
  • Evan sight fished a few 3-4lb peacocks cruising banks
  • Missed a HUGE peacock that was going for fly, smaller fish beat him to it
  • Bob with his 5th arowana
  • Fire Tiger Bush Pig and Red/White Whistlers were our best flies

While the fishing truly is unreal, the whole experience was great. The sights and sounds of the rain forest is amazing. From the pairs of macaws flying over head, to the giant otters, to 4.5ft tall stork, the freshwater dolphins to the multiple caiman we saw daily there was never a dull moment. A big thanks to Tim who took all of these great pictures.

2018’s Return To The Xeurni

Our trip was such a success that another trip is planned for a same river, only further upstream from our 2015 camp. This water has only recently opened to fisherman as the local tribe is never before allowed anglers. Initial scouting reports have been exceptional and we look forward to exploring water that has never seen fisherman.

We have again teamed up with J.W. Smith owner of South American Fly Fishing/Rod & Gun Resources to organize this trip. Over the last two decades, his company has sent thousands of clients from all over the world on fishing and hunting trips to Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Chile and is constantly exploring & searching for new waters for his growing list of clients. There is no one more qualified to handle the logistics of a trip into the Amazon than J.W and his team. If you would like to speak to J.W. about any questions, or concerns, he is available at 1-800-584-1180

Date: TBD 2018

Our group will be fishing Saturday to Saturday, so we will travel the Friday before and the Saturday/Sunday after our fishing week. American Airlines and LATAM offer round-trip flights from Miami to Manaus, Brazil.

$6,345  per angler
($5,595 trip cost + $750 for charter for round trip flight into the Amazon from Manaus)

A $1,500 deposit per angler is required to reserve your spot.

What’s Included:

  • All charter flights.
  • All necessary ground transfers.
  • One night at the Caesar Business Hotel in Manaus, on arrival.
  • Guide-operated 21-foot shallow drafting flat bottom boats w/ casting platforms- two anglers per boat.
  • Fishing licenses.
  • All meals at fishing destination, including wine, beer and hard liquor.
  • Daily laundry and maid service at fishing destinations.
  • Unlimited pre-trip advice
  • Assistance in booking airfare

What’s NOT Included:

  • International air fare ( roughly $1,200-$1,400 depending on departure city)
  • Brazilian visa.
  • Suggested voluntary tips to camp staff and fishing guides (total of $400-$500).
  • Food and beverages in Manaus and private city tours.
  • Special transfers and hotel reservations when not arriving and/or departing with the group.
  • Extra hotel nights.
  • Fly rods, reels & flies.

How To Reserve Your Spot:

To reserve your spot on this trip, a $1,500 deposit (per angler) is required. Please make all deposits out to South American Fly Fishing. Checks can be mailed to: South American Fly Fishing 206 Ranch House Rd. Kerrville, TX 78028 (1-800-584-1180).

Please fill out the form below so we can confirm that there are enough spots in our group. If you are interested in alternate dates, or if you would like to set up an outing for you and a group of fishing buddies, fill out the form below and we will get you in touch with J.W.’s team of South America fishing experts.

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