Fishing on Rio Novo

Crystal-Clear Waters of Rio Novo in the Xeriuini River Preserve

Exclusive Peacock Bass Opportunity

Only Available 5 Weeks a Year

Unique Jungle Adventure Opportunity

Get an exclusive glimpse into the Amazonian jungle and live the ultimate rainforest experience! Enjoy the pristine waters and the untouched nature of the Xeriuini River Preserve while living comfortably in an air-conditioned floating cabin. You will see Amazonian wildlife up close, fish in the plentyful Rio Novo and get to know the local culture.

These are just a few reasons that there is no other choice to make:

Experience: We have been taking anglers fishing for Peacock Bass for over 20 years. We have seen it all.

Guides: Our guides are the best in the business, most with over 10 years of experience and all with a willingness to go the extra mile for our anglers. Their knowledge of the surroundings and the ability to really fine tune a day of fishing is remarkable.

Exclusiveness: The Xeruini River Preserve and Rio Novo offer our clients the most secluded, private remote fishing opportunities on the planet for only 5 weeks a year. That’s 40 anglers.

Comfort: Our Floating Cabins are air conditioned and very spacious. Real mattresses on the beds and a working toilet and shower.

The River: The Xeruini is known in the Amazon for being one of if not the clearest rivers in the Amazon 2nd only to Rio Novo. Clear water means sight fishing opportunities. Our preserve area is absolutely loaded with fish. The White Sand beaches are basically from another world.

Service: Unparalleled in the industry. From our Bi-Lingual host, camp chef and our amazing guides we have put together an all-star team for you to spend your time with in the jungle.

Logistics: Our ability to take so many moving parts and have them streamlined in the middle of the jungle is no easy feat. We take pride in delivering a polished camp with the utmost attention to detail.


Trip Details

Trip Details


$5750 per person
* double occupancy

Departure time



Contact us for availability:

Call: 231-645-3399


6 1/2 days fishing,
7 nights lodging

Group size

Max 12


  • Reception at Manaus Airport
  • All Necessary ground transfers in Manaus
  • Ground and air transfers from Manaus to the River
  • 7 nights Accommodations in our luxury floating cabins
  • All meals and beverages (including alcohol)
  • 6 to 6 ½ days guided fishing
  • Fishing license

Not included

  • International Airfare
  • Any hotel stays before and after the fishing week
  • Meals in Manaus and private city tours
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and Gratuities to Camp staff and guides
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

What to bring

The equipment you choose to take with you on any trip can change your experience. Having the right flies, fly lines and leaders can really make a difference. Rods and reels are also a key part of this trip. In some cases, you may already have many things that you need to take with you but in most cases, anglers will make some important decisions on new gear to add to their arsenal for this trip.
Due to the remoteness of our camp, it is important to make sure you have everything you need. There is nowhere to replace a broken fly rod or purchase an extra tube of sunscreen once you get there. Taking the time to make a list of the things you will need and planning for this trip in advance is very important, and can be a lot of fun, not only to catch plenty of fish but also to be comfortable and enjoy your time in the Amazon.

Rods and Reels:

  • 8-10 Weight Rod for casting poppers and streamers
  • Lightweight reel with good drag to handle large taper fly line

Peacock Bass fishing is fast and furious. It is possible to make over 500 casts in one day. The average cast only needs to be 30-60 feet but it is important to be accurate and get your flies close to your target. The flies are large and have some wind resistance to them and the fly lines have very aggressive tapers. This also makes it a benefit to have a newer, lightweight, fast action rod like the Sage Salt HD or an Orvis Helios.

The 2 most important things about a fly reel for Peacock Bass are lightweight and a good drag. You will be fishing in freshwater so a saltwater proof reel is not that important.

Fly Lines:

  • Heavy Taper Floating line with Tropical Core for 9-10 weight rods
  • Tropical Intermediate line for 8-10 weight rods

A floating line is the obvious choice for casting poppers and topwater flies. It is also possible that you will need to fish unweighted streamers with a floating line in very shallow water around tree stumps and other types of structure that will make it necessary to stay right on the surface.

An intermediate sink line or better yet an intermediate tip with a floating running line should be your go-to fly 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.

Flies and Leaders:

  • Big Poppers in sizes 2/0 – 4/0 4-5 inches in length
  • Streamers in sizes 1/0 – 4/0 3 – 6 inches in length
  • 40lb – 50lb Monofilament leaders for Poppers
  • 30lb – 40lb Fluorocarbon leaders for streamers

Poppers are a lot of fun but very hard to cast for lengths of time. 4-10 are enough for a week depending on the angler. See on our store.

Unweighted streamers are the #1 fly for this trip. 3 to 4 dozen are recommended. Fishing these flies right under the surface in the crystal-clear water will allow you to see most of your grabs like fishing top water. We have the best selection of Peacock Bass flies on our store and More info in our Pre-Trip Planner.

Leaders can be a simple straight piece of 30lb – 50lb Fluorocarbon or Monofilament depending on the situation. 6ft. sections for streamers and 8 ft. for poppers.

Clothing: Being comfortable on any fishing trip allows you to enjoy your fishing experience so much more. Most of the time it will be pretty hot and humid. Quick-dry clothing with high SPF ratings are a must. This type of clothing will be cooler in warmer climates and allow your clothes to dry quickly and breathe better. A lightweight packable rain jacket is also needed.

One of the great things is there is daily laundry service so you do not have to bring many clothes with you.

There are a bunch of other accessories to consider wearing as well. A hat for sure. Buff to cover your face and sun gloves for your hands.

Luggage: The toughest part of packing for this trip is the weight restriction on our float plane (35lb). This requires some planning. Start with two lightweight duffle bags, soft sided and waterproof. A larger one, big enough to pack most everything in as a check-in bag at the airport. A smaller one that is versatile. Backpack straps are good. This bag can be a carry-on at the airport with camera gear and medications and a change of clothes and that can be converted to a boat bag on the trip to keep all your days needs while out fishing.

Number & type of staff for tour


Immerse Yourself

Rio Novo is a thrilling place not only for fishermen but for lovers of nature, too. The first look at the river is already jaw dropping – crystal-clear water, beautifully shaped sandbars and a narrow channel with trees hanging over it – this is as Amazonian as it gets. Vegetation of the igapó forest consists mainly of palm trees that, with their fruits attract the most iconic Amazonian birds – Macaws and Toucans. Add to it schools of fish passing by up and down the river, butterfly peacock bass and jacundas being among the most beautiful fish in the world. Remoteness is the key – Rio Novo is far from any village or town, even those who go up Xeriuini River after Brazil Nuts in the high water season don’t get even halfway to the Mouth of Rio Novo. That said, our anglers live an Amazonian experience envied by the most exigent birdwatchers and jungle adventurers.

One has a hard time to get all the way up Xeriuini River to Rio Novo on the river. Both Xeruini and Rio Novo are very narrow and, if you get there in a dry season, very shallow. You can see the sandy bottom, ride around greener-than-green islands and spot magnificent Roseate spoonbills and Jabirus on the sandbars. The amount of Buriti Palms and Brazil Nuts is huge and attracts macaws and parrots that you don’t get to see much anywhere else in the Amazon.

The Camp

While staying on the river you will be treated to what we like to call Jungle comfort. Our floating cabin program is state of the art. The entire camp can float in less than 8 inches of water. We can take it just about anywhere. The Living quarters, built for two guests, have two separate beds with real mattresses. A bathroom equipped with a shower and toilet. There is a wash area with a sink and running water. There is lighting throughout and multiple outlets for charging. (Brazilian Two-Pronged plug). The is ample storage for gear and clothes with a desk and chair and the best part it is fully air-conditioned.
The fully Air Conditioned Dining Cabin has a large table for meals, a fully stocked bar, refrigerator with water and many other drink choices including beer and plenty of room to have meals and relax.

All of the floating pieces of the camp are easily separated and secured to the beautiful White sand beaches of the river. The advantage is that the living area of the camp is expanded onto the beach where tables and chairs and sun shades are placed to create outdoor living at its finest. Beach Barbeques are a hit with many of our clients. The swimming opportunities of the warm, mineral rich, rejuvenating waters of the river are amazing. Another advantage of our floating cabin program. It has a real jungle life feel.

The most amazing part of the entire operation is that the entire floating camp can be torn down and moved day or night but mostly while the anglers are out fishing. While the anglers and guides are out on the river, the camp, two to three times a week, like a mobile army camp, simply pick up and move. This gives us the opportunity to continue to fish fresh water every day and put our anglers in areas that are un-reachable by any other means. We fish water no one else can and the results are undeniable.

The Food

Our camp chef has over 30 years’ experience in Brazilian cuisine and has cooked for fishing operations for over 20 years. This is of utmost importance when you take into consideration, we are feeding 15+ people every day hundreds of miles from anywhere. Breads and cakes made fresh daily, tons of fresh fruits, beef, chicken, pork and fish are all parts of the daily fare. Dinners are outstanding with many courses usually started off with the soup of the day (Piranha Soup is a camp favorite) followed by the main course usually of Brazilian descent and finished off with dessert like fresh Tapioca flan, Cupuacu Ice Cream which is a local jungle fruit which means fruit of god.

Our guests come into this trip expecting more of a maintenance food approach due to the remoteness of the operation and walk away talking about the food and asking for recipes.

Giving Back

Not only are you getting to go on one of the most exclusive fly-fishing trips in the world but you are also helping out a jungle community in the process. Every angler we take to the Xeriuini River Preserve helps make the living situation for the villagers better. We are committed to these people and they of us and the heartwarming feeling you get from spending a week with these people is hard to beat. Not to mention our new agreement with the Brazilian government has stopped any commercial fishing on the river and also halted deforestation and logging in a large part of the Amazon Jungle.

Frequently Asked Questions

International Airfare for this trip from the USA is usually done through American Airlines. American is the only Airline currently running a nonstop flight from the U.S. It flies from Miami FL. INT. to our destination, Manaus Brazil. (5-hour flight time) There are other options out there but usually have long layovers and much longer travel time.

Our Travel Partner, Martin Travel has been booking flights with us for over 15 years. They have vast experience booking these flights and have our itineraries. We highly recommend booking your flights with Martin Travel. They can access frequent flyer miles, deal with the occasional schedule change with the airlines and in many cases get preferred seating.
Phone – 954-748-6881
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Passport – Brazil requires a valid Passport with at least 6 months available time before expiration date upon arrival to Brazil.

Brazil Tourist Visa(The Visa requirement has been suspended as of June 2019 and is no longer necessary for traveling to Brazil)

Currency and Credit Cards – Reals is the standard currency of Brazil. The exchange rate can vary from 3.5 – 5 to 1 There are places in Manaus to exchange currency and the rate will be much better than in the U.S. Most Major Credit Cards can be used as well. Tips and Gratuities can be done in U.S. dollars.

Manaus is a modern, rapidly growing City (1.8 Million People) It is a Port city where Rio Solomoines and Rio Negro form to make the Amazon River. There are many interesting places to visit:, The Palace “Rio Negro”, The museum of Natural Science, the Aboriginal Fair, and some have to see places: The Fish Market, The Amazon Theatre, The Meeting of the Waters and the Arapaima Farm. City Tours are available through our staff in Manaus.

Manaus is the Capital City of the Amazon. You will experience the Rainforest climate your entire trip. Average air temperatures range from 65* at night to as much as 95* during the day. It is important to drink lots of water and electrolytes during your visit and wear tropical clothing and wear sunscreen.

There are virtually no mosquitoes on the Xeriuini and Rio Novo. Occasionally you may run into No-Se-ums (Piuns) but they carry no diseases. However, we do recommend you carry bug spray with you on the trip. Our camps are very clean and we seldom see any bug life while staying on the river or while fishing. This is a virgin rainforest and many insects live there so don’t go deep into the jungle or pass through dense vegetation.

Currently there are no Medical requirements or vaccinations needed to enter Brazil.
Consult with Your Local Travel Medicine Expert for Personalized Recommendations! All vaccination recommendations and other health-related information provided on this website are general in nature. Your exact immunization and medication needs will vary depending on a variety of factors including your personal medical history, vaccination history, current outbreaks and other health risks in your destination country, and the particulars of your travel itinerary. The information on these pages is not intended to replace a visit with a licensed Travel Medicine Specialist. We do our best to provide up to date information regarding any changes in medical requirements but in no way is it meant to replace correct medical advice from a licensed travel specialist.



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