Thaimacu Lodge



Overview


Fly Fishing the Amazon at Thaimacu Loodge

In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

A Cachorra from the main river

Thaimacu is ideally located where thousands of plant and animal species all meet. If you want to catch lots of unkown fish this is the place – there are over 15 species you can catch on a fly rod here, or pictures cover the major ones. Many have teeth, many attack flies, many figh and jump with the best. Most people come because of teh peacock bass but not everyone leaves with the same fish at the top of their list.

The fishing is not easily compared to any previous fishing experience. The river São Benedito is a black water river with a variety of water types. It is only fished by clients at the lodge, and only catch and release is practiced. The 18 ft jon boats have 25 Hp outboard to get you up and down the river quickly. They provide comfortable swivel seats and dry storage areas, along with a cooler where a variety of drinks and food are kept cold. Two anglers per boat give you ample room to practice whatever fishing technique you select.

The guides are locals with incredible knowledge about the local fish, fish habits and fishing techniques. They are certain to help you with fly and lure selection, as well as demonstrate some alternate fishing techniques such as using a berry and bamboo rod (we affectionately call this the “Huck Finn adventure.”) They speak very little English, mostly fishing terms, but communication generally comes as you get used to each other. This is where a Portuguese phrase book or picture book comes in handy.

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In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

You will mostly be fishing from the boat, so it is not a problem to bring a tackle bag, lure boxes, extra rods, etc. Occasionally , you may get out of the boat to enjoy wading in the rapids or faster water where you can catch some very nice Pacu. Some days you will fish all day and take lunch with you, other days you will return to Thaimaçu for lunch and enjoy a mid-afternoon siesta. You will want to make sure you pack rain gear, insect clothing and repellant, and lots of sunscreen.

The river São Benedito is only part of your fishing adventure. Your guide will also take you for an overnight adventure to one of three outcamps on the river Cururu. This river was fished only by the local indigenous trip until about a year ago. At this point, they allowed Thaimaçu to come and fish, catch and release only. This is a virgin river with fantastic fishing opportunities. You will spend the night in the outcamp, which is a bit more rustic than the lodge. The outcamp provides wall tents, all with private bathrooms and hot showers. You will enjoy the food at the outcamps which is similar to the meals served at the lodge.

The combination of the two rivers and the wonderful accommodations make this trip an exciting adventure with plenty of different water types, fish species, and exhilarating surface takes. At the end of your trip, you will be transported back to Alta Floresta by air taxi where you will spend one night, then it’s off to Cuiaba to catch your flight home.


Lodging


In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

The lodge as viewed from the river

On your journey, you will move from the state of Mato Grosso to the state of Pará. Then you will be welcomed at the Pousada Thaimaçu, a prime sportfishing lodge nestled in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon basin. You will be greeted by your guide and lodge manager who will help you get situated into your room. The lodge itself provides comfort and service not easily found in these remote areas. Located on the river São Benedito, the lodge offers you all the comforts necessary for a fantastic stay.

Rooms with private bathrooms, cold/hot water showers, air conditioning, fridge (stocked with cold drinks), laundry service and spacious verandas. The lodge has a very adequate and spacious restaurant for socializing a small store with equipment, accessories, a satellite phone and everything else needed for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. It is a self-sufficient resort with agriculture, cattle, honey bees, and a generator that powers the whole complex.

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In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

A typical room at Thaimacu Lodge

Three complete meals are served daily, offering fantastic food and in large quantities. The meals generally consists of fish, beef or chicken, vegetables, fruit, bread, and, of course, rice and beans. Dessert is some of the most unique and flavorful we have ever tasted, with dishes such as passion fruit mousse or guava pudding. A variety of drinks are offered, including soft drinks, beer, and plenty of mineral water.

Besides the São Benedito River, clients have the opportunity to stay a couple of days in one of the two campsites of the Cururu River. This is a region with distinct natural characteristics to those of the São Benedito. Cururu and Curururi campsite – tributaries of the Teles Pires river, are two options for fishing in the Thaimaçu. Rivers of crystalline waters and preserved vegetation guarantee a great quantity of fish. The accommodation is simple. It sleeps up to 10 people and offers a rustic but very cozy comfort.

Lodge Photos


Fishing


In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

A dark species of Peacock Bass

The fishing is not easily compared to any previous fishing experience. The river São Benedito is a black water river with a variety of water types. It is only fished by clients at the lodge, and only catch and release is practiced. The 18 ft jon boats have 25 Hp outboard to get you up and down the river quickly. They provide comfortable swivel seats and dry storage areas, along with a cooler where a variety of drinks and food are kept cold. Two anglers per boat give you ample room to practice whatever fishing technique you select. The guides are locals with incredible knowledge about the local fish, fish habits and fishing techniques. They are certain to help you berry and bamboo rod (we affectionately call this the “Huck Finn adventure.”) They speak very little English, mostly fishing terms, but communication generally comes as you get used to each other. You will mostly be fishing from the boat, so it is not a problem to bring a tackle bag, lure boxes, extra rods, etc. Some days you will fish all day and take lunch with you, other days you will return to Thaimaçu for lunch and enjoy a mid-afternoon siesta. You will want to make sure you pack rain gear, insect clothing and repellent, and lots of sunscreen.

This river São Benedito is only part of your fishing adventure. Your guide will also take you for an overnight adventure to one of three fishing outcamps on the river Cururu. This river was fished only by the local indigenous tribe until about a year ago. At this point, they allowed Thaimaçu to come and fish, catch and release only. This is a virgin river with fantastic fishing opportunities. You will spend the night in the fishing outcamp, which is a bit more rustic than the lodge. The outcamp provides wall tents, all with private bathrooms and hot showers. You will enjoy the food at the outcamps which is similar to the meals served at the lodge.

The combination of the two rivers and the wonderful accommodations make this trip an exciting adventure with plenty of different water types, fish species, and exhilarating surface takes. This would be a great adventure for everyone. Call us with any questions you may have about the lodge or the fishing.

Species

In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

One of the many types of peacock bass

The Amazon basin, although famous for its Peacock Bass fishing, is home to numerous species of fish. Anything that has survived here has to be extremely tough and resilient in order to fend off the attacks of other ferocious predators on itself, its young and its eggs. This area has given adventurous fly fishers a new challenge in fighting exotic species. Many can be caught on a fly, while others are more likely to take lures or bait. All provide a great fight and some exciting, explosive takes.

Peacock Bass (Tucunaré): Contrary to its name, the peacock bass is not a member of the bass family, but instead, a member of the Cichlid family, a diverse family of tropical fish found throughout Africa, Central and South America. Many species of peacock bass can be found in this area of the Amazon – all are identified most predominantly by a large black eyespot on the tail. They feed on shrimp and actively pursued fish, and explode out of the water savagely to destroy your fly. Peacock bass accumulate in the lagoons during dry season, and scatter into the flood plains during rainy season.

In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

A nice Matrincha

Matrincha (Matrinxa): This is a species very sought after by anglers due to its exciting fight. It’s surface strike is amazing, and can be compared to that of the Peacock Bass. It looks like a giant, silvery shad, and can grow up to 12 lbs. It is a carnivore that eats small fish, grasshoppers, etc. in the dry season, and fruit during the floods.

Pacu: This is a bluegill-like fish that runs up to 20 pounds . It is located both in rapid water, where it feeds on weeds and algae, and slower water where it feeds on fallen fruit and berries. The Pacu does not explode on the surface as the others mentioned above, but jump 3-5 feet in the air while taking off a significant amount of line. These fish demonstrate an impressive fight, and give you the opportunity to fish some faster moving water.

In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

A large Pirarara from the Benidito River

Payara: This is the most unusual trophy you may see with its two long fangs on the bottom mouth that fit into slots in the upper mouth, and the tips stick out of the top of the head. They can grow to about 30 pounds, and are most easily taken on lures and bait. They are a strong fish with a good fight.

Piranha: This infamous fish is known mostly for its carnivorousappetite and its razor sharp teeth. Contrary to popular lore that piranha will chomp off your foot if it dangles in the water, the Amazon piranha is not considered dangerous to people (although it would probably be a good idea to let your guide release it!) The piranhas can get up to 5 pounds, and feed on injured animals and fish. You will notice that many fish you bring in will be missing parts of their tail or dorsal fin as they have been gnawed on by a piranha. Although it can be a menace to many other fish that you are reeling in, the piranha itself can put up a great fight, and is certainly an unusual catch.

Traíra: This is an interesting fish with its cylindrical body and round fins. It ranges in color from gray to brown. The canine-like teeth indicate that its food source is fish, frogs and insects. It lives in still waters, and prefers grassy and muddy habitats where it stalks its prey. The most successful traira fishing is at dusk and later.

These are the most frequently caught fish, and they all provide a great strike and fight. In addition, you will most likely encounter several species of catfish (Pirarara, Jaú, Piraíba) who may spool you before you know it, and freshwater barracuda (bicuda), with incidental smaller bait fish.

Fishing Photo Gallery

Tackle & Gear

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In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

A Bicuda

(Travel rods in 3-4 piece construction are helpful for carry-on purposes. Extra rod , reel, and fly lines are strongly suggested.):

Rods: An 8-10 weight rod will be sufficient for the species that are caught on a fly.

Reels: You will want at least two set-ups – one with a floating line, and the other with a sink tip line like a Teeeny 300. Then I would add a full sinking line as wellBoth will need at least 100 yd. of backing.

Leaders: Short leaders of 4-6 feet work well for the majority of fish. Bring both 30 lb. shock tippet and 30 lb. wire leaders. For peacocks bring a large spool of 40 pound mono – you will go through a lot. If you’re trying for a IGFA record, you’ll have to follow their leader specifications.

Other Gear:
Wire in weights 30, 40, and 50 lb.
Nippers, wire cutter, hook hone, forceps and pliers
Reel lubricant, line cleaner, rod and reel repair kit
Waterproof tape to protect fingers
Tape measure

Remember that most of the fish have sharp or rough teeth and will destroy your line, leaders and lures readily. You will want to be prepared with plenty of extras .

Fly List

In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

The falls near Thaimacu Lodge

Pacu—Flies: poppers sizes 4-8, in chartreuse or orange (imitating the fruit food sources.) They will occasionally take streamers sizes 1/0- 2/0, all with white belly and silver flash in yellow, red, blue or green.

Peacock Bass—Flies: poppers sizes 2/0-4/0 in red/white, blue/white and green/white. Also, streamers sizes 2/0-4/0, all with a white belly and plenty of silver flash in red, blue or green.

Matrinxa—Flies: streamers similar to those for Peacocks work well in sizes 2 – 2/0. Also 4“ grasshoppers in bright green with orange or yellow underbody.

Piranha—Flies: streamers in sizes 2 – 2/0 in blue or green with heavy silver flash.

Payara/Cachorra—Flies: streamers the same as for Peacocks, with wire leader and very sharp hooks.

Traira—Flies: streamers in sizes 1/0 – 4/0 with wire leaders in same colors as for Peacocks.

Catfish: Bait is by far the best way to catch the catfish. Hooks in sizes 4/0 – 10/0 are required for the different species, with wire leaders and sliding sinkers from 1-3 oz.

Packing List

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)

Rates


Thaimacu Lodge Package Pricing

Double Occ.
2 to a boat
2 toa guide
Single Occ.
1 to a boat
1 to a guide
10 Nights with 7 days of fishing$4395/person$6592/person
9 Nights with 6 days of fishing$3895/person$5842/person
8 Nights with 5 days of fishing$3395/person$5092/person

Prices Include: Airfare from Cuiaba to Alta Floresta and all transfers to the lodge, one night in Cuiaba and Alta Floresta , all lodging, meals, guided fishing, soft drinks, beer. Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars.

Prices do not include: Airfare from point of origin to Cuiaba, alcoholic beverages, tips , visa or travel insurance.

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Seasons


In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

Don’t come during the rainy season!

The dry season is the fishing season which runs from March through October.

The lower water levels of May through September make the fishing spectacular due to the accumulation of the fish.

March, April, Oct, Nov are considered the shoulder season and fishing can still be great depending on rainfall. December through February is the rainy season, and we do not recommend a fishing trip during this time.

Gallery


Please take a look at the photo and video galleries related to Thaimacu Lodge, fly fishing in the Amazon.


Activities


In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

A rare jaguar on the river

Birding, Fishing, Birding, Fly Fishing, all sorts of other wildlife, more birding and fly fishing.. get the picture? There is nothing to do here except incredible fly fishing and great birding! This is not a destination for non fishers, please look at some of our Carribean Destinations for that non fisher of yours!


Travel


In the Amazon region of Brazil is a lodge called Thamacu dedicated to fly fishing for peacok bass and many otherspecies

You will want to arrange your travel to Cuiaba, Brazil. You will spend the night in Cuiaba and catch your flight to Alta Floresta the next morning. Your adventure begins as you fly in to the airport in Alta Floresta, a small town located in the state of Mato Grosso in the Brazilian Amazon basin. We will take you by van to the lodge from there.

There is now an airstrip on the property so there can be charter arrangements made as well.

Passport and Visa considerations

A valid U.S. passport is required for entrance into all South American countries. Make sure your passport is valid and does not expire before or during the time you will be outside the United States. It takes up to a month to process a new passport, so please plan accordingly.

To obtain a visa, your valid passport must be sent to the nearest Brazilian General Consulate. For your visa, your passport cannot expire within three months of entrance into Brazil.

Weather

Mid-day temperatures in the Amazon range from 85º – 95ºF. Generally there is some wind and intense sun during the day, so please be mindful of dehydration and overexposure to the sun. At night the temperature drops to 65º – 75ºF. Although you will be fishing in the dry season, there are occasional rain showers (you are in the rain forest).

Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Water is best. Beer and soda can actually dehydrate you (alcohol and caffeine are diuretics), so drink these liquids in moderation until you become acclimated. For safety reasons; we limit the beer to 4 cans per angler, per day.

Packing List

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)



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