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1. Question: What are the differences in chances to land a 20 pounder amongst the two programs?

Answer:

  • Having you catch as many trophies and numbers of peacocks is our goal for all two programs: (1) Fly-In Cabin Barges, (2) Fly-In Amazon Angel. However, in the Fly-In Cabin Barges the chances are 20 – 35% greater than that of the Fly-In Amazon Angel for the following reason:
  • All 6 days from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. you are in remote low fishing pressure waters.
  • The Amazon Angel or any other yacht or house boat takes one day to reach these areas, and even then they can only reach the fringe of the really remote fisheries. The house boats/yachts must stop where low water prevents passage. River Plate’s Fly-In Cabin Barges, drawing only 4 inches of water, are 4 – 6 hours up-river (even in a super fast bass boat) from these fringe locations.

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2. Question: Why is the Fly-In program less expensive in the Fall than in the winter?

Answer: As Americans want to escape from the cold weather during the Winter season, there is simply more demand for spaces, but fishing in the Fall is similar.

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3. Question: What is the difference in comfort level between the Fly-In Amazon Angel and the Fly-In Cabin Barges?

Answer: The comfort level in both programs is equally excellent. We have found that there is a predisposition amongst new inquiries towards yacht programs. Inquiring anglers tend to perceive (1) Fully air conditioned yacht with (2) single private cabins as more comfortable and glamorous.

However, these factors must be offset by the following:

  • In our airy cabin barges during the evening and night you definitely don’t need air-conditioning since interior temperatures fall to 70 – 78 ºF. You must cover- up in bed at night!
  • The yacht’s glamour is more than offset by having the individual large Cabin Barges parked well-spaced on the beautiful pristine jungle beaches.The yacht staterooms, as in most Amazonian yacht/river boats, are small. Ours are 5,5x9 feet; however, the bedroom Cabin Barges are approximately 10x15 feet and the lounge/dining Cabin Barge is approximately 19x10 feet.
  • Since the Fly-In Cabin Barges most of the time are right "in" the prime fisheries, daily time spent travelling is minimized.

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4. Question: What area is better for fishing?

Answer: It’s hard to generalize on which fisheries are best suited for your particular angling requirements. Each of our chosen rivers has its distinct characteristics, and we’ll be happy to match you with a location that will fulfill your expectations in issues such as: number of fish vs. size, and bait-casting vs. fly-fishing

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5. Question: Are timing and water levels important?

Answer: Yes, absolutely, the prime time to fish is July through April. The Brazilian Amazon encompasses a huge expanse of territory with literally thousands of separate water-sheds. The equator bisects the are into two separate regions that we refer to as the "northern" and "southern" Amazon. Although water fluctuation varies in each watershed (and its tributaries) depending upon its proximity to the equator. The equator’s convection activity changes in a dependably-cyclical pattern that creates a wet and dry season in both regions. During the wet season, the rivers overflow their banks and spread out into a tree-filled flood plain. Angling is completely unproductive at this time.

When the rains subside the water levels slowly recede back into a central lagoon-filled river channel. Prime fishing occurs when the receding water forces baitfish out of the vegetation and into open water. Knowledge and careful monitoring of these water fluctuations is an essential part of angling success. Many outfitters are running operations in areas with marginal high water periods when the fish are completely inaccessible – angling results suffer tremendously.

The south of Manaus region is productive from July through November, while the north fishes best from November to the end of April. We do not operate during ‘fringe’ periods when water levels and angling conditions are questionable.

Note: In order to maximize fishing potential throughout the season, and in accordance with varying water conditions, the rivers to be fished may change at the option of the outfitter.

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6. Question: What other species can we fish in the Amazon?

Answer: Although peacock bass are the main attraction in the Amazon, there are many other jungle species that are no less impressive – both in beauty and fighting ability. Depending on the location, you will find other species like: pacu, pirapitinga, jacunda, apapa, tambaqui, pirarucu, bicuda, picua, piranha, aruana and pescada.

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7. Question: How is the city of Manaus?

Answer: Manaus is a modern, growing city (1 million inhabitants), it is one of the busiest ports where cargo ships distribute their goods throughout the Amazon basin. Before the rubber boom of the 19th century, Manaus was a small, insignificant town. With rubber came rich and splendid architectural accomplishments like the Amazonas Theater (completed in 1896 and restored in 1929). While in Manaus there are many interesting places to visit (apart from the Amazonas Theater): the Palace "Río Negro"; Floating Port; Municipal Market Adolpho Lisbon; Forest of Science; Museum of Natural Sciences, as well as the Aboriginal fair where you can buy many different articles made by the indians. You might even consider the Fish Market.

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