Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass In the Amazon Rivers.
A Must Bring Guide for Fly Fisherman

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Peacock Bass are highly aggressive fish especially during their spawning season.
Peacocks are arguably the most invigorating and exciting fish to catch for a fly fisherman. These fish are known for their love of top water flies and ability to fight like a pitbull.

These beautiful, colourful, aggressive and powerful fish are the number one reason fisherman come to brazil to fish, attracting over ten thousand american fly fisherman every year.

the Amazon Rivers are the most majestic places on earth to cast a line and it will surely be one of the most memorable fly fishing moments that you ever experience.

However, if you do not pack the right equipment, rod, tackle and back up provisions your trip can easily go from a ten to a four.

The following is every fly fisherman's need to know guide on how to prepare for fishing Peacock in the Amazon.

What Rods and Reels should you bring ?

The most important equipment to bring with you on any fly fishing trip is your rod and your reel. 
 Fly fishing for peacock bass is no joke, i is exhausting and requires a high level of skill to make sure that your flies  land close to your target. On an average day of fly fishing you can expect to cast at a distance of 50-60 feet at over 500 times. 


Fly Rods


Flies used for peacock Bass fishing are generally larger in size and have some wind resistance to the and the fly lines have aggressive fly tapers.


Therefore it is recommended that you bring with you a light weight fast action rod.

 We recommend a sage salt-


This one by temple fork outfitters –


ALWAYS have a backup rod and have them both rigged at all times.  A useful tip is to have a floating line on a 10 weight and a sinking line on a 9 weight.


Please make sure to practice your casts before heading off to your fishing trip. This will allow you to optimize your time fly fishing in the Amazon since you will already have your timing down.  This will also let you know if your rod can handle the larger flies. Again it is best to have a fast rod that is lightweight, has larger guides and can cast new lines at long distances.


Sage Fly
Temple fork Outfitters

Fly Reels

The 2 most important things about a fly reel for Peacock Bass are lightweight and a good drag. A heavy reel makes it very difficult to cast over your week long fishing trip. 

Peacocks will not peel off 100yds of drag like a bonefish but they will however try to get into cover with furious runs. If you do not have a drag that can handle 40 pound tippet it can make it tough to keep one of these bullies under control. You don’t have to overdo it on size. You will be fishing in fresh water so a saltwater proof reel is not that important.

We recommend : Lightweight reels like Lamson or Galvan are good choices. Since they are lightweight and have a good drag.

What type of Flies should you use? Fly Line & Leaders?


Peacock Bass will readily hit flies, both top water and subsurface, but most Peacocks are caught subsurface as that is where they consume over 90% of their prey. We find that Lefty Kreh’s large Deceivers are the most effective flies to use to fish for Peacocks in all water conditions.  

These flies can be fished at different depths utilizing different types of fly lines and have also proven to be very effective when trolling on bait casting and spinning equipment. 

Big eyes on your fly seem to get you the most amount of hits and natives tend to prefer red or yellow eyes for colour.

At Tarzan Fishing Adventures we offer hand made flies made by local guides. Depending on the size and quantity you can order and negotiate prices with the guides to make for yourself your own hand made amazonian flies. 


If you would like to make your own, their are plenty of how too videos online that teach you how to make your own flies. 

Here is a link that we find useful.​

Fly Line

The type of fly line you use first depends on the water conditions of the Amazon Rivers. Over a 24 hour period the Amazon River waters has the potential to rise 5-20 feet.

When the water is shallow you will be spending a lot of time fishing near points and around areas where the jungle water level shows drops. 

Different areas require different lines so it is always a good idea to have more than one rod rigged up at a time.

There are three essential types fly lines that you must bring for a fly fishing trip and these are:

1) Floating line: essential when fishing with unweighted streamers and in very shallow waters around tree stumps and areas where it is necessary to stay at the surface

2) Next is Your Go-TO line –  An intermediate sink line or better yet an intermediate tip with a floating running line. An intermediate line sinks very slow and should allow you to fish in 1-6 feet of water very effectively with an unweighted fly. You can still get into deeper water with this line using flies that are weighted. If your intermediate line has a floating running line it will make it way easier to re-cast half way in, if necessary.  A floating running line should allow you to immediately pick up your line and re-cast once you’ve spotted that elusive 20lb peacock pop up to the right near shore, 20 seconds after you’ve already cast. If the entire intermediate line sinks you will not be able to do this nearly as quick which could result in a missed opportunity.

3) A fast Sinking line. There will ultimately be situations where it will be necessary to get your flies into deeper water. A fast sinking line and an unweighted fly is much easier to cast than a weighted fly. If you use this set-up you can cast your unweighted fly into shallow water say up against a steep bank. Your fly line should sink faster than your fly. The end result is your line will form a belly and allow you to retrieve your fly down into the deeper water away from the bank. This is a great way to approach deeper lagoons or water with some current. It can also be effective in the middle of the day when the sun is high.



40-50 pound tippett is recommended for general use in the Amazon. This will handle just about anything you will encounter. Peacock Bass have no more teeth than a Black Bass, feel like 30 grit sandpaper so you don’t have to worry about steel leaders




Seaguar fluorocarbon in 40 pound is a great option for streamers. It is highly  abrasion resistant. Fluorocarbon sinks much better than monofilament.  The open loop knot is a great way to tie your leader to your flies. This will give them more action and the knot is very strong.


Top Water Flies


30-50 pound monofilament is best for top water depending on the size of your flies. Mono floats much better than fluorocarbon and will keep your Top Water flies floating high. 

Start with about a 7-8 foot piece and make a few casts. Top Water flies are harder to cast and require more patience. If you are having trouble try shortening your leader to 5-6 feet .

What type of Gear do you bring?


Last but not least, before coming to the Amazon you want to make sure you bring the proper gear.

We highly recommend that you bring with you the following items:

A buff. will protect you from bugs and also a great way to protect you from the insesant sun/heat.

A tilly hat. Protecting your head from the sun is a must. This can mean the difference between 1 hour and 8 hours of fishing. 

– Long sleeve or short sleeve UV Protective, Quick Dry and Breathable shirts. We recommend longer sleeves to protect you from the sun. However, you can choose between the two at your own discretion.

– Sun Screen. SPF 30 is perfect. Anything higher than thirty is worse for your skin

– Bug spray. your clothes, hat and buff can only protect you so much. Always helps to have bug spray since you are in the jungle.

– Dry Bag. This is essential to store your camera, phone and all things you want to keep protected form the elements. 

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