Recommended Gear for Rio Marié, Brazil

Through the cooperation of the Native Communities, the Brazilian Government, and Untamed Angling, Rio Marié, situated in Amazonas state, is now the very first and biggest legally exclusive fly fishing area inside an indigenous territory of the entire Amazon basin.

We developed the Rio Marié Project as a fly fishing only destination in order to enhance river sustainability over time. With these unique resources in our hands, our goal was to replace the traditional idea of peacock bass fishing in the Amazon basin, based on substantial numbers of small-to-medium size fish, with a new challenge: targeting trophy peacock bass on the fly. By “trophy” we mean bass in excess of fifteen, and not infrequently twenty, pounds.

The waters of the Rio Marié and its tributaries are scientifically proven, after several exploratory biological studies by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and Untamed Angling, to be the home of the largest peacock bass in the entire Amazon basin. Our exclusive access zone is now the largest area in the world specifically dedicated to fly fishing for trophy peacock bass.

The Rio Marie is entirely located inside an enormous government-recognized indigenous territory. The fishing operation covers an area of more than two million hectares. This untouched environment has more than 800 kilometers of rivers, more than 180 known creeks, 60 lakes, and three major tributaries. Plenty of water to chase fish that rarely see humans and anglers!

This is the first exclusive fly-fishing only project allowed and supported by the Brazilian government. Official environmental institutes worked together with the Indian Association to create the very first officially endorsed sport fishing operation in Brazil inside an indigenous Indian territory.