Rio Marié, in Brazil, is the first and largest fly-fishing-only area located inside an indigenous territory of the entire Amazon basin. Developed with the cooperation of the Native Communities and the South American outfitting company, Untamed Angling, this protected area encompasses 400 miles of pristine waters, including more than 180 known creeks, 60 lakes, and three major tributaries. Located entirely located inside an extensive Indian Territory, Rio Marié encompasses a huge area of nearly 5 million acres. The Brazilian Government Official Environmental and Indian Institutes worked together with the Indian Association and Untamed Angling to create the very first official sport fishing operation in Brazil inside an Indian Territory.
Rio Marié was developed in complete cooperation with and endorsement by the local communities. Untamed Angling’s vision is based on partnering with the local indigenous population. This strategy generates higher socio-economic value to the community than conventional tourism since these communities actively participate in the fly fishing operation. The local people reap direct economic benefits as well as gain valuable experience and skills that benefit their communities. One of Untamed Angling’s main objectives is to not only protect their way of life, cultural values and traditions but also improve their quality of life, all in accordance with their vision for the future. They’ve designed a unique working platform for all their projects including Rio Marié - a team formed by a professional and a native guide working together. The pro guide provides specific technical skills and the native guide intensive knowledge of the forest. Working together as a team allows them to enrich their guests’ fishing experience in a way that neither could achieve alone.
Several biological studies conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and Untamed Angling, have shown the waters of the Rio Marié to be home to some of the largest peacock bass in Brazil. Average size of speckled peacock bass is over 10 pounds and fish recorded at over 15 pounds is not uncommon. In fact, there are more fish here weighing over 20 pounds than anywhere else in the entire Amazon Negro Basin, or the world. In addition to the giant speckled peacock bass, the Rio Marié River is also home to healthy populations of smaller butterfly peacocks; a beautiful, brightly-colored, and aggressive strain of peacock bass that hit hard and often take to the air when hooked. The new Winston Boron III Plus 8 and 9wt. Jungle rods were designed specifically for these fishing conditions with valuable input from the Untamed Angling team.
When you visit Rio Marié, you will be staying aboard the Untamed Amazon. All electrical use is generated 100% by solar power, making the Untamed Amazon the most modern and technologically advanced ship in the Amazon. To reduce environmental and social footprint, guest capacity is limited to small groups. But accommodations are not what you would expect deep in the Amazon jungle. All eight guest suites feature panoramic picture windows, air conditioning, and private bathrooms. An experienced staff including international chefs provides premium services and the perfect mix of local and fine international dishes accompanied by fine wines. You will be fishing with a both an English-speaking professional fly-fishing guide as well as native guide in state-of-the-art shallow draft fly fishing skiffs. Both skilled in teaching improved techniques to pursue the famous giant peacock bass on a fly rod.
Rio Marié masterfully blends Amazon jungle wilderness with the highest expectations in service and accommodations for fly fishing destination travel. If you are lucky enough to go to Rio Marié, we know you’ll agree that the combination of virgin jungle environment and luxurious accommodations make this a truly unforgettable fly fishing adventure.
Photo: Matt Harris