FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

IS THE YELLOW SHOT MANDATORY?


Although there is no control that requires you to take the vaccine it is highly recommended that you take the yellow fever vaccine when coming to the Amazon Rainforest. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends that you take the vaccination at least 10 days prior to your trip. In 2017, the WHO defined that a single dose is sufficient for life-long immunization against yellow fever. 

 

WHICH ARE THE RECOMMENDED PERSONAL BELONGINGS FOR MY TRIP


Here is a list of recommended material for your fishing trip:

01)     Fishing license

02)     Yellow fever vaccine 

03)     Sunscreen 

04)     Mosquito repellent and "anti-itch" cream 

05)     Personal hygiene supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shaving cream, comb, etc.)

06)     Prescription drugs

07)     First aid kit (aspirin, tylenol, advil, gauze, cotton, band-aid, tape, glove, scissors, needle)

08)     Kit for rehydration in cases of vomiting and diarrhea (sugar and salt to make homemade serum, rehydration fluids such as Gatorate or Hydrafix, and remedies for stomach sickness)

09)     Sore throat remedy, cold/flu medicine, eye drops 

10)     Polarized sun glasses ( and don’t forget your prescription glasses ) 

11)     Rain gear 

12)     Sunshield hat 

13)     Cap/hat

14)     Several short and long sleeve shirts, light clothing, preferably white cotton with UV protection (highly recommended), socks, underwear, etc 

15)     Jacket and pants 

16)     Shorts 

17)     Sandals 

18)     Rubber boots 

19)     Fishing gloves 

20)     Tyvek coveralls (ideal for spots with lots of mosquitoes) 

21)     Flashlight 

22)     Knife for personal use and nail scissors 

23)     Multipurpose pocket knife 

24)     Matches and lighter 

25)     GPS, mirror and whistle 

26)     Tackle box 

27)     Photographic and video camera 

28)     Cell phone 

29)     Passport and ID (protect on zip-lock bag) 

Note: Check the weight of your luggage as there are weight limits on flights, especially if your trip includes small aircrafts. In this case the weight limit is normally 40 pounds per person divided as follows: one 10 lb. carry-on piece of luggage and one 30 lb. checked bag - soft duffle bags with no rigid bottom (except for rod cases). (If you have only one soft duffle bag it must be no bigger than: length: 30in; Width: 22in; Height: 11in). 

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION


Brazil has different VISA requirements according to the country where you were born. For some countries, a Brazilian visa is not needed or only required if you intend to stay in the country for a certain period of time (usually more than 90 days). For other countries a VISA is mandatory. Therefore, check with the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate closest to your residence whether or not you need a VISA.

If you need a VISA, you must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance at the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to those who do not have a valid visa, when required.

To obtain a visa you must contact the nearest Brazilian Consulate General (your passport cannot expire within six months of entrance into Brazil and must have at least 2 blank pages, both sides). Do not forget to get this Visa or check to make sure that your current visa is valid. There are countless nightmares about foreigners arriving in Brazil without one.

NOTE: If you have a valid Brazilian Visa (check the dates on the visa) in an expired passport, you can use both passports (renewed and the expired one with valid visa to enter Brazil).

HOW IS THE COMMUNICATION WITH MY FAMILY IN CASE OF EMERGENCY?


We inform that, due to the weather conditions and the remote location, sometimes communication can be a problem. So be sure to let your family know about these limitations and remember to leave them the emergency contact number(s). 

WHICH ARE THE RECOMMENDED TACKLE FOR MY FISHING?


Check the section Info / Tackle / “FISHING TACKLE: SELECTION_USE_SETTINGS_TIPS”  for a series of recommendations on rods, reels, spinning reels, lines, hooks, and weights, etc. In this section you will find tips on how to select equipment as well as how to adjust them properly so you won’t lose the big fish.

PEACOCK BASS TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES


Like largemouth bass, peacocks often prefer “structure” of some sort. Rocks, fallen logs and sand bars are hiding places for baitfish, so this is where the peacocks will usually be lurking. Of course, you should always heed the guide’s recommendations on where to cast.

Peacocks usually roam about in small schools searching for baitfish, often bursting into a feeding frenzy. When this situation is encountered, get your fly or lure in front of the feeding fish as soon as possible. The sooner you cast to them after they’ve been spotted, the better your chance of a hookup. Peacocks are greedy and highly competitive schooling fish. Always cast a lure or fly right next to any hooked fish. Another peacock will almost always be close by (attracted by the commotion). If no strikes result, fish the surrounding area thoroughly.

Novice peacock anglers tend to set the hook too fast when fishing top water lures or flies. Often peacocks will just slap at the lure to stun it and then come back around and firmly grab it on the second pass. It’s hard to remember at first, but don’t set the hook on the strike. If you can’t see the plug or fly after about three seconds, drop your rod tip and set the hook as hard as you can. Big peacocks have very tough skin around their mouths and tend to grip the plug or fly firmly.

If the fish doesn’t take the lure on the first strike, keep moving it. If you are patient, the fish will usually come up and hit the lure a second or third time. If it loses interest quickly, cast a diving (subsurface) lure or fly. This often elicits another strike.

Never try to “horse” a big peacock, and don’t underestimate their power. If a big fish is headed for structure, apply side pressure to the rod trying to “steer” the fish in another direction. If you crank your drag down too tight, they’ll almost always snap the line, or pull off. If a fish does make it into cover, don’t give up. Always keep a high rod tip and a loose drag to absorb last minute runs.

Lure or fly color doesn’t seem as important as lure shade. If it is bright, use a light-colored lure/fly. Dark shades are more productive in low light conditions.

HOW THE WATER LEVEL AFFECTS YOU PEACOCK BASS FISHING?


A successful fishing trip to the Amazon basin can be measured in many ways, but the core of the trip is having fun, and fun is catching as many peacocks as you can and as big as they get. Having said that, the next question is about how to maximize your chances of having fun.

The key factor to a very successful peacock bass fishing trip to the Amazon basin is fishing with adequate water levels.

If the water levels are too high, water is in the jungle, and your peacocks are in the jungle too, feeding, meaning you won’t catch a thing.  If water levels are too low peacocks are inactive and seeking deep areas to simply evade the predators.

Proof of how high the water levels reach off-season is the fact that the ants don’t build their nests at ground level, they build them on the tree branches.

When you first arrive to the jungle you feel an overwhelming sensation of humility and insignificance due to the vastness of the landscape teaming with wildlife. The basin is absolutely enormous, and considering Manaus as the center, water levels will be optimum downriver at the beginning of the season in August, e.g., the Marmelos river, and impossibly high upriver, e.g., Itapará river, which has its optimum moment in January/February. Each month in the Season has a specific area with optimum water levels in a pattern that repeats itself season after season, with some variations that may be caused by known climatic influences like the La Niña current.

FLY FISHING


See on the SECTION INFO / FISHING TIPS a file with information about peacock bass fishing including tatics, equipments, lures, etc 

FLIGHT INFORMATION


Select your destination and we will inform you the best flight options for your South American adventure, whether on commercial flights or private flights. If you prefer, we can schedule them for you.