Amazonas, Brazil

T.C. Fishing

Amazonas, Brazil

T.C. Fishing

Why We Like It

There are many ways to visit the Amazon, but T.C Fishing’s mobile safari camps allow you to experience the real Amazon—the way the original explorers saw it hundreds of years ago—but with all of today’s luxuries. The world-class peacock bass fishing is the draw, of course, but the air-conditioned floating cabins with private bathrooms and showers, deluxe food, wine and cocktails prepared by the on-site chef, and massages on the beach will make this the trip of a lifetime.

With exclusive access to more than 12 remote, unpressured watersheds, the camp staff always keeps their mobile camps on the best fishing spots at the right time. The waterways are all black-water rivers—clear but tea-stained because of the high humic acid levels. Why is this important? Because that water is so acidic that it doesn’t support mosquitos or other biting insects! These streams are home to more 2,500 species of fish, the most famous of which is the hard-fighting peacock bass, the largest member of the Cichlid family. These powerful fighters hit like a freight train and, pound-for-pound, might be the hardest-fighting freshwater fish in the world. Although most anglers target the peacock bass, you will catch a variety of unique and beautiful species as well.

Season

July - February

Species

Arapaima, Arowana, Jacunda, Pacu, Payara, Peacock Bass, Piranha, Traira

Accomodations

Mobile Safari Camp with Private Cabins

Occupancy

8 Guests - Single or Double Occupancy

Lodge Features & Amenities

Couples Friendly

Remote Location

Rental Equipment

Wi-Fi

World Record Potential

The T.C. Fishing Experience

If fishing the Amazon is on your bucket list, there is no better way to experience this amazing watershed than a mobile safari camp. You can reach and stay on the best bites that other operations could only visit for a few hours at most, allowing time to find the biggest and meanest peacock bass in the river.

Upon arrival in Manaus you will meet your host, who will see you safely to your hotel for the night. The next morning you will be escorted back to the airport to board a private charter directly to camp on a Caravan float plane. After arriving in camp and getting settled in your cabin, you will head out into the Amazon with your guide aboard one of our custom 21-foot custom bass boats in pursuit of the legendary peacock bass. You will be fishing in the Southern Hemisphere close to the equator—so be prepared for warm weather. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lightweight clothing with sun protection are essential. No need to bring a lot of clothing, however. Daily laundry service is available in camp. In addition, all fishing equipment is provided for your convenience.

There is no set schedule during your vacation. Fish hard all day, returning to camp in time for pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, or take a more relaxing approach and fish the cooler portions of the day while enjoying a freshly prepared lunch in the camp’s air-conditioned great room. Don’t be afraid to take a break from fishing to experience the incredible beauty of the jungle and its many exotic inhabitants, too. Toucans, parrots, caimans, giant river otters, pink dolphins, monkeys, and jaguars are common sights for those who take the time to look. After a long day of fishing, the chef will serve a fantastic dinner in the dining room—or on the white sand beach as the setting sun welcomes millions of stars into the sky.  

At the conclusion of your trip, the float plane will return to camp and deliver you safely back to your host in Manaus in preparation for your trip home. We are more than happy to help arrange extra days in Manaus for sightseeing or relaxation.

The Amazon River basin is a seemingly endless maze of flooded jungles and shifting channels. The tannin-stained waters slowly seep from one channel to the next—often filtering into slow, tranquil lagoons. In the main river, peacock bass will hold tight to flooded trees, stumps, sandbars, and points—just waiting for an unsuspecting creature to venture too close. In the lagoons, you will often encounter large, spawning fish as well as schools of smaller juveniles chasing baitfish. Pairs of spawning fish are often seen in shallow water protecting their nests from predation. Individuals are also commonly found in the middle of the lagoons watching over fry as they forage. These fish will aggressively protect their young and attack any fly or lure that gets too close.   

Anglers have a chance to catch a number of peacock bass species including the paca/three bar (Cichla temensis), butterfly (Cichla Orinocensis), and popoca (Cichla Monoculus). Most peacocks are in the 5- to10-pound range. Fish over 10 pounds are very common, and anglers should expect a handful of shots at fish larger than 20 pounds during the week. On an average day, an average fly angler can expect to catch 20 to 40 fish. In addition to the different varieties of peacocks, anglers will catch a number of other interesting species including arowana, piranha, traira/wolf fish, jacunda, redtail catfish, bicuda/sword fish, and the massive piraiba.

The difference between anglers that catch some fish and those that catch lots of fish is the ability to present a fly as close to cover as possible. Anglers skilled enough (and brave enough) to sling their flies deep into the flooded trees, will catch many more (and larger) fish than those who fish more conservatively.  

Because peacock bass are highly visual feeders, fly fishing is an excellent way to catch them. Large streamers fished on an intermediate or slow-sinking fly line usually produce more and bigger peacocks. Peacock bass will also readily feed on the surface. A good rule of thumb for poppers and other topwater flies is “the noisier the better!”

Boats
With the water levels in the Amazon constantly changing, your ability to gain access to the best fishing spots is directly related to your mobility. You must be able to slide over sandbars and logs or squeeze between trees to get to many of the untouched lagoons. The well-maintained 21-foot custom bass boats were specifically designed for this type of jungle fishing. With a flat bottom and narrow beam, they will allow you and your guide to get to the toughest fish.

Tackle
Fly fishing and conventional tackle is available for use as part of your package. Here are some suggestions if you would like to bring your own tackle:

Fly rods from 8- to 10-weight are perfect for just about anything you are likely to encounter. Large-arbor fly reels with a good drag and plenty of line capacity are a necessity as these fish will make a mad dash for heavy cover as soon as they are hooked. Floating and intermediate fly lines will cover just about every fishing situation you will encounter. Leaders should be constructed of stiff monofilament or fluorocarbon and taper down to 30- to 40-pound test.

With such an incredible amount and variety of food in the water, peacock bass are generally not very picky. They will eat a wide variety of flies. Large baitfish streamers (4 to 6 inches) tied on strong 2/0 to 5/0 hooks such as Lefty’s Deceivers, Game Changers, Kinky Muddlers, and Clouser Minnows are excellent choices. Bright colors such as white, yellow, pink, chartreuse, and orange will show up very well in the tannin-stained water. Noisy topwater flies such as Dahlberg Divers, poppers, and crease flies can draw explosive strikes as well. Make sure you arrive with plenty of flies—especially flies tied with more durable synthetic materials because piranhas and other toothy fishes can destroy a fly in seconds.

The camp offers the only private cabins with queen-size beds in the peacock bass fishing industry. Perfect for couples or singles, guests enjoy the comfort of a private 250-square-foot air-conditioned cabin complete with restroom and shower. After a day of fishing in the remote Amazon rainforest, enjoy the upscale food, wine, and hospitality offered by the on-site chef and friendly staff. Or take advantage of a massage and a famous Brazilian Caipirinha on the white sand beach. The camp caters to small private groups of up to four couples or eight individuals with unparalleled amenities and service including the use of all rods, reels, flies, and lures while in camp.

Cuisine
Mealtime in the Amazon is a wonderful experience. Enjoy a variety of upscale American and Brazilian dishes freshly prepared by the talented chef.  Breakfast is served buffet style and may include eggs, bacon, muffins, pancakes, and a variety of tropical fruits. Anglers can choose to return to camp for an fresh lunch in the air-conditioned great room or pack a sack lunch to spend more time out fishing. Dinners include fresh local fish, steaks, and chicken along with regional specialties like piranha soup. During their stay, guests will also enjoy a shore lunch consisting of fresh peacock bass and cocktails prepared by your guides.

There are several sightseeing opportunities in and around Manaus if you have time at the beginning or the end of your trip. The Teatro Amazonas, an opera house built in the late 1800s during the age of the rubber barons, is an unforgettable piece of Manaus history. Guests also love visiting the open market where you can see all of the crazy fish and produce the locals bring out of the jungle to sell. You can also take a short boat ride to see the meeting of the waters (where the Rio Solome and Rio Negro meet to form the Amazon), or swim with freshwater dolphins.

While at camp, the non-angling activities are limited. Guests may take a tour of the jungle, go animal or bird watching, or just relax and unwind in camp.

Several airlines offer flights from the U.S. to Manaus (MAO). Most of these are overnight flights and arrive in Manaus very early in the morning. After passing through customs, you will be met by our host in Manaus. He will take you to an upscale hotel for the night if you arrive sufficiently early. On the day of your departure, your host will transport you to the airport and get you checked in for your private charter (45 minutes to two hours depending on the location of your camp).

MidCurrent’s services are completely free, so you never pay more than if you booked directly with the lodge or outfitter. All rates are per person and listed in U.S. dollars. 

2023 Rates

7 nights / 6 ½  days fishing Single Occupancy: $6,990
7 nights / 6 ½  days fishing Double Occupancy: $5,990

5 nights / 4 ½  days fishing Single Occupancy: $5,990
5 nights / 4 ½  days fishing Double Occupancy: $4,990

Included:

  • One night hotel accommodations upon arrival in Manaus
  • Private Caravan float plane to and from camp
  • Accommodations at camp
  • Upscale food and beverages
  • Daily laundry service
  • Fishing tackle (fly, baitcasting, and spinning)
  • All lures and flies
  • Fishing license 
  • One night hotel accommodations upon arrival in Manaus – if your schedule allows

Not Included:

  • International airfare to Manaus
  • Hotel for additional time in Manaus
  • Tours and activities in Manaus
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Travel insurance

Bookings are confirmed with a 50% deposit, made no later than five days after booking a trip. Balance must be received no later than 90 days prior to the first day of the trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 90 days prior to the first day of the trip in order to receive partial or full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final and nonrefundable. Trip insurance is highly recommended and, in our minds, essential.

Booking a trip or making a deposit represents that the client accepts all terms and conditions. Midcurrent’s terms are in addition to any terms and conditions of each individual lodge that Midcurrent represents. Please read those terms carefully—lodge terms, which may differ from Midcurrent’s terms, supersede any agreements between Midcurrent and a client.

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