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WHAT IS "INCLUDED" IN MY AMAZON FISHING TRIP PACKAGE?
  • FREE Rod/Reel usage (includes casting and spinning rods)
  • Airport pickup with our English-speaking staff
  • Ground transports to and from airports and hotels per our regular schedule
  • Charter or Float plane service to, and from, fishing destination *type plane depends on trip reserved
  • Cabins – based on double occupancy
  • Air Conditioned internal rooms throughout the vessel and hotels.
  • Daily Laundry Service (no need to over pack)
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Delicious meals, including regional Brazilian dishes and fruits, suited to the American palate.
  • Regional cocktails, hors d´oeuvres, soft drinks, fruit juices, bottled water, beer and wine (Wines are served with Dinner)
  • Guided fishing with our local and extremely knowledgeable, English- comprehending Guides (two anglers per boat)
  • Guide-operated boat, outboard, trolling motor and cooler and prepared lunches on fishing days
  • First night’s hotel in Manaus (if applicable)
  • Fishing Licenses
WHAT IS "NOT INCLUDED" IN MY AMAZON FISHING TRIP PACKAGE?
Exclusions are as listed:

  • Your commercial/international airfare arriving, and departing, Brazil,
  • Personal expenditures (example shopping and afternoon/evening meal, bar drinks, etc. ) on your “Free Afternoon” after return from fishing to Manaus awaiting departure flight.
  • Gratuities for the Guides and Fishing Destination Staff
  • Hotel in Miami awaiting flight into Brazil (if applicable)
  • Extra day hotel stays in Manaus, Brazil or Miami, Florida
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Brazilian visa and passport fees (if applicable) and/or Travel Insurance
  • Fly Fishing Equipment
  • Soft baits (example-jigs)
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF GUESTS THAT THE DESTINATIONS CAN ACCOMMODATE?
  • Fly-In Safari Camp – up to 8 Guests
  • Amazon Yacht I up to 18 Guests
  • Amazon Yacht II- up to 12 Guests
IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED WITH MY RESERVATION?
Bookings are not considered committed until deposit in the amount of $2500 U.S. per person have been received. Deposits are due no later than 15 days after initial notification of your wish to book trip. Payment is due in full 90 days prior to departure if possible. Your deposit guarantees your trip reservation and all aspects of your trip. *If you are going to be late with your deposit, please call our office to confirm the agreement.
CAN I MAKE INDIVIDUAL BOOKINGS AS OPPOSED TO GROUP BOOKINGS?
  • Yes! We welcome all reservation types. Please keep in mind that all cabins, and hotel reservations included in your package are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling by yourself, there is no need to worry. We will pair you up with someone that is traveling solo as well.
WHAT IF I BOOK MY TRIP PAST THE DATE PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL (90 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE)?
No problem! It can still be reserved as long as #1 payment in full is made immediately or within 15 days after time of booking if applicable. You must be sure that you have enough time to apply for, and receive, your Brazilian tourist visa (required) and valid passport (if you are not already in possession of one). Call our office for expediting help should you need help with this. If you already have a valid passport and Brazilian visa, it’s so very simple! You only have to purchase your airfare and off you go to an exciting week of fishing on the amazing Amazon River.
WHICH AIRLINE DO YOU SUGGEST FLYING INTO MANAUS, BRAZIL?

At this time, AMERICAN AIRLINES IS THE MAJOR AIRLINE WITH FLIGHTS DIRECT FROM MIAMI (MIA) TO MANAUS (MAO). They offer daily, non-stop flights into Manaus. You will depart Miami for Brazil on a direct flight approximately 5:30 p.m. arriving Manaus, Brazil between 10:30-11:30 p.m. depending on month you are flying.  Please check with us from time-to-time regarding any changes in airline carriers that may be available to you.  Regularly scheduled pickups and drop-offs from the airport/hotel/airport/fishing waters are included in your package. Should you choose to travel with another airline to get into Manaus, Brazil, at a later time than the rest of the regular incoming groups, or if you are staying extra days on the front end or back end of your trip in Manaus, please be prepared to taxi our scheduled Hotel at your own expense. We can, and do advise, letting us set up a personal pickup for you that we regularly use for such things.

  • Araca Safari Camp – Guests should call our office regarding the arrival/flight itinerary as it changes from season to season.  However, you will have the same inclusives/exclusives and fishing itinerary, and only the arrival/departure dates could change.
  • Amazon Yachts I & II – Guests must arrive in Manaus on Friday to connect with their Saturday flight out to the Yachts (included in package).
  • Guests MUST be in Manaus the night before departure to fishing destination the following morning. 
  • All charter flights depart early the next morning to your final destination from Manaus. *You cannot miss this flight. The only other way to meet your yacht and fellow anglers at the point of missing your early a.m. flight out, is to hire a very expensive float plane or spend a day or more in an express or fishing boat in hopes of catching up with your yacht which is very far away.
IF I WANT TO USE A TAXI ON MY FREE AFTERNOON UPON MY RETURN FROM FISHING.
  • People in Manaus are very hospitable. Manaus is generally a safe city. Although we recommend using one of our outside, English-speaking affiliates that our past clients have used, you can use taxies as they will take the most direct routes, to and from your destinations, and will usually wait to bring you back if you would like. It is our recommendation that you do not use taxis at night. *Always use taxis with “company signs on their doors” if you are down town or go the nearby taxi zone down town. You will see them waiting for clients.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I MAKE AIRLINE RESERVATIONS?
  • If possible, you should make airline reservations immediately upon booking and making your deposit. Do not wait until the last minute. Direct flights from Miami to Manaus are very limited, and the planes usually fly full. Always leave several hours between your arrival in Miami and your departure for Manaus, as well as your return flight back to Miami and homebound. Purchasing your airlines ahead of time ensures better rates and makes it possible to immediately go ahead and apply for your Brazilian visa (you must show proof of purchased airline itinerary and letter from our office to make application for your visa). We have affiliates here on our website under Trip Info to help with passport/Brazilian visas who can help you if you so desire.
WHO MAKES MY AIRLINE RESERVATIONS INTO BRAZIL AND BACK?
  • Please note that we have affiliates in place for everything to do with our trips. However, you can feel free to use your own travel agent, book your airline reservations if you are savvy in doing so, or you can use our experienced travel affiliates to handle these tasks for you. We recommend using Kevin Martin, Owner of Martin Travel Services (kevin@martintravelservices.com, (954) 748-6881) to book your airlines and Miami hotel reservations. They are very familiar with our itinerary and always copy us on your reservations, so that we may provide you with a mandatory “Letter of Itinerary” (to assist in applying for your Brazilian visa) along with a copy for our files. Should you wish to use your own, please contact our office at 1.800.398.5837, and we will be happy to help you with the travel dates and times.
WHERE DO I BEGIN WHEN BOOKING A TRIP?
  • Please call our office at 800.398.5837. You may also email us at info@amazonriveradventures.com or our parent company info@globalanglingtours.com to make your reservation. Our courteous and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you and will be as close as a phone call, or email, from the time you book your reservation until the time you leave for your trip. We will provide step-by-step instructions and booking packet information with loads of information about everything you need to know! Should you desire not to handle things on your own, we also have affiliates in place that can take care of all your travel needs and process travel visas in an expedited manner!
  • The steps are:
    • Call our office for availability and choose your trip week.
    • Book your reservation and send in your deposit within 15 days of booking.
    • Purchase your airlines.
    • Apply for a Passport and Brazilian visa (if you do not already have one)
    • Purchase travel insurance should you desire (highly recommended)
    • Send payment in full 90 days prior to departure
    • Pack your Bags and get ready for the “Fishing Trip of a Lifetime”!
HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD I EXPECT TO BE GONE? (FLYING AMERICAN AIRLINES)

Please see below, the summarized version of a sample trip week:

  • DAY 1: Friday: Fly from your home city, connect in Miami, and onward to Manaus, Brazil arriving same day.
  • DAY 2: Saturday: Charter flight to fishing destination, set sail to fishing grounds, for a ½ day fishing.
  • DAY 3 – 8: Sunday thru Friday: Fish until Friday afternoon.
  • DAY 9: Saturday a.m.: Charter back to Manaus. Free day. Traveler prepares for a late night check-in at airport. 
  • DAY 10: Prepare to check in for your return flight approx. 3 hrs prior to departure. Depart for Miami FL. Depending on month of travel, your flight will leave anywhere between 10:30 p.m. Saturday night OR after midnight on Sunday (approx 12:05 a.m.) making it a “Sunday”.  Arrive Miami around 5:30 a.m. then connect to your homebound flight.  
WHO PICKS ME UP AT THE AIRPORT AND HOW WILL I KNOW WHO THEY ARE?
  • Amazon River Adventures is involved with English-speaking representatives and management that will be waiting for you at Customs. They should be wearing apparel with our logo on it and holding up a sign with Amazon River Adventures OR Global Angling Tours on it. Also, there is a trip form that is mandatory you fill out upon booking your reservation that lets us know your information as well as your passport number. Our representative has this pertinent information and already knows your name, your flight #, time of arrival, and everything our office staff has prepared them for. You will also be pre-registered at the hotel by this informational sheet from our office. At this time, your luggage will be loaded onto our vehicle and off you will go to your hotel for a quick sleep to rest up for your early a.m. flight out. Our representatives will help you with unloading everything and getting you situated. Once you are in Manaus, Brazil, you have nothing to worry about. We’ve got you! The only thing you have to worry about at this point is catching BIG FISH and having the most exciting time of your life!
DO I NEED TO SCHEDULE THE CHARTER FLIGHT WITHIN BRAZIL?
  • Charter flights are “included” in your trip package. Amazon River Adventures makes those arrangements as part of our service and at no extra cost to you. We also transport our guests to, and from, the airports.
WHAT ARE THE RULES REGARDING THE CHARTER FLIGHT’S LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS?
  • You are allowed (2) bags per traveler, and there is a total luggage weight restriction of 38 lbs. per person on the charter flight taking you to, and from, the vessel. We realize that commercial airlines allow more, however, you may arrange to leave some luggage with the storage lockup at the hotel for your return back into Manaus after fishing. NOTE: If you wish to make jewelry store purchases at the hotel’s fine jewelry stores, the store manager can arrange to keep your purchases in their safe and meet you at the airport prior to your departure.
DO I NEED A BRAZILIAN VISA?
  • We do know that if you are an American, or Canadian, visitor you will need a Brazilian visa to enter this beautiful country. For any other citizenship, please check the Brazilian Consulate’s website to inquire whether you need one or not. Brazilian visas are required and can be obtained easily through Brazilian consulates. We have affiliate passport and visa expeditors to help you should you want them to take care of it for you (an additional fee is involved for this). Once you have made your reservation and paid for your airline ticket, our office will need a copy of your airline itinerary from which we’ll send you our “Letter of Itinerary” on our letterhead  that you will need to upload during your online application.  U.S. citizens are asked to apply for their Brazilian visa online now.  It is called an “e-visa”. Should you not have a computer or not wish to do it this way, please call our expeditor, and use their concierge service (ask what fee will be charged for this). READ CAREFULLY THE REQUIREMENTS!  Please be diligent about reading the requirements regarding your passport and if you must have a specific number of empty pages to apply for your visa. 

 

  • PLEASE NOTE: There is NO LONGER a “90 day out waiting rule” as to how soon you can apply for your Brazilian visa. You can apply for your visa “anytime” after you have reserved your flights!  Please follow link to Passport/Visa  for more information.
IS IT SAFE TO EAT MEALS ANYWHERE IN MANAUS, OTHER THAN THE HOTEL WE STAY AT UPON ARRIVING MANAUS, BRAZIL?
  • Please ask us ahead of time prior to your trip for a recommendation of restaurants if you are going to scouting out on your own (we suggest you take a guide from the hotel with you or ask our management who transports you to assist you with this). *Please be aware that you are taking a risk when eating street vendor or outside market food, and we do not recommend this. However, there are several great restaurants and sites that are great to visit while in the city.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED IMMUNIZATIONS TO TRAVEL TO BRAZIL?
  • Ask your personal healthcare physician first before you take anything. Your doctor is the only one who can tell you if you have any risks, due to your health status and current meds you are taking, before taking any suggested immunizations. The Brazilian Government, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control, recommends that visitors from North American countries to Brazil, especially to the Amazon region, have a yellow fever vaccination. It is not required unless you have been in certain countries prior to visiting Brazil. It is also recommended, but not required, that you take an antimalarial drug. ASK YOUR DOCTOR!
  • While these recommendations may seem a bit alarming, note that they are precautionary advisements. Most of our guests get a yellow fever vaccination (good for ten years), and roughly half of them take an antimalarial drug (available through prescription) as a precaution. *Make sure to ask person giving your inoculation if your vaccine must have a booster, and when, in case you wish to return to Brazil soon! To read about current U.S. State Department travel warnings and public announcements, including traveler’s health advisories, see www.travel.state.gov and cdc.gov/travel/tropsam. Please be aware that if you spot something for example in Sao Paulo or another city, it does not mean there is anything in the areas of which you will be traveling.
  • *Note: Mosquitos find it very hard to live on the black tannic waters of the Rio Negro in which we normally begin fishing in the fall. It makes our fishing trips much more pleasurable. However, if you find yourself wandering onto a shoreline, or in the rainforest, you may run across the little “no see-ums” and they just need a little insect repellent and off they go! Even so – DON’T FORGET YOUR DEET!
DO YOU PROVIDE CONVENTIONAL FISHING RODS FOR YOUR GUESTS?
  • We sure do! We provide FREE rod/reel packages, bait casting and spinning rods, for your convenience. No need to drag around heavy equipment, and chance of breaking them, through airports and paying extra baggage fees. It also helps avoid the occasional hold-up through Customs due to fishing equipment checks.
CAN I BRING MY OWN TACKLE IF I CHOOSE TO?
  • Please feel free to bring your own rods/reels if you so desire (see Tackle Info). However, there is no need to do so, as we have everything complimentary that you need for conventional fishing, including bait casting and spinning rods. Even though we provide your rod package for your convenience, most people tend to bring their own reels in their carry-on luggage.
DO YOU PROVIDE FLY FISHING GEAR?
  • We do not carry fly fishing gear on board at this time. We ask that you bring your own fly gear should you want to tempt those Peacocks with some flies.  See Fly Fishing Tackle.  Amazon River Adventures wants each and every customer to feel confident in the gear we provide. Therefore, we carry professional, top-of-the-line gear on board for your “Trip of a Lifetime”.
ARE SOFT BAITS RECOMMENDED FOR AMAZON PEACOCK BASS FISHING?
  • You bet! In fact, there are soft baits on board for purchase, or if you like, you can bring your own. Those Peacocks can really tear up those jigs!
ARE CONVERTERS NECESSARY FOR ELECTRIC OUTLETS ON THE VESSELS OR AT THE HOTEL?
  • Hotels: Most all hotels in Manaus most outlets are on a 220 volt current. Guest should bring converters for U.S electronic devices which are 110 volt rated. 
  • Destinations: Converters are sometimes necessary on the vessels or hotels. However, they are most times fully equipped to handle your electric needs during your stay. 
IS THERE AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION DEVICE ON THE SHIP?
  • Yes, we have a satellite phone on the vessels for your convenience. We always want our customers to feel secure in knowing that in case there is a business, or family emergency, they can communicate with each other. Please ask the Boat Manager as to the small fee charged but it is approximately $5.00 U.S. per minute for usage. Some of our guests bring a satellite phone with them, and you are welcome to do so, although it is not necessary. Always leave our toll free number with your family and office members. You should leave a copy of our Letter of Itinerary sent to you by our office with a family member that has all pertinent information in effort to reach us. 
IS THERE INTERNET SERVICE ON THE VESSEL AND AT THE HOTEL?
There is internet service at the hotel; however, there is no internet access at the fishing operations. Please remember we are in the Amazon, however, and we are in very remote areas a lot of the time. We do plan to attempt this in the future.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OCCURS?
  • Our vessels have emergency kits and medical supplies on board for the usual cuts, scrapes, sunburns, unsuspected contact with fishing hooks, etc. On some of our operations, we also have a medical assistant on board our operations. The fishing boats are equipped with VHF marine radios that communicate with the ship in case of emergency. There is also a Satellite phone on board. Our fishing boats have tracking devices to the offices in case of emergency. We do have access to emergency float planes that can transport you back to the city (we haven’t had this happen as yet and hope we never do). We recommend everyone purchase travel insurance immediately after booking (your timely purchase of insurance provides a “waiver” to pre-existing conditions that might otherwise not be covered). This insurance contains Medical Evacuation as well as trip cost replacement packages. Please call our office for a quote, or you may feel free to purchase this on your own.
IS BOTTLED WATER PROVIDED ON THE VESSEL AND IN THE HOTEL RESTAURANT?
  • We always provide plenty of bottled water for our guests in our dining room, your cabin, and anytime during the day on the ship, or while fishing. It is important you stay hydrated in the heat while out fishing and with meals. Our guides fill their coolers with ice, bottled water, and other beverages of your choice every time they leave the mother ship to go fishing. Note: Even though your cooler may contain beer for the day, please watch to make sure that your intake is not in excess due to the Amazon’s heat and humidity.
IS TAP WATER OKAY TO BRUSH MY TEETH AND SHOWER WITH?
  • You should use bottled water to brush your teeth with which is always in your reach within your cabin. However, feel free to shower with the normal shower water, and although we have never had a problem with the shower water, and just as an extra precaution, try to keep your mouth closed while enjoying your refreshing shower. Note: We ask that you take extra precautions while out fishing and reaching in the cooler for a drink prior to wiping the top of it off with your towel prior to drinking from it. It’s just an additional way of taking precautions if you are easily susceptible to certain things.
DO TRAVELERS GET MOTION SICKNESS ON THE VESSELS?
  • As far as we know, we have never had anyone get motion sickness due to the stability of the vessels. The waterways we travel are usually very calm, and land is usually within sight.
HOW DO I COMMUNICATE IF I DON’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?
  • Portuguese is the language of Brazil. It is similar to Spanish, but somewhat different. If you know Spanish, you can communicate pretty well with them. Our Boat Manager speaks fluent English, as well does our Staff that meets you at the airport. Most of the hotel administration is fluent in English as well. Your Guides will be able to understand you and you will be able to understand their words as they know sufficient words to inform you of what they want you to do or where to cast. *Please ask for our quick-tip translation sheet, should you desire, that has everything you need to communicate with staff and Guides. You will feel comfortable in realizing how much English they can speak and understand from you.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A PROBLEM WHILE ON YOUR TRIP?
  • Speak directly with our Boat Manager. He, or she, will help solve any issues you may have and is very discrete in doing so.
WHAT IF I AM COMING ALONG, BUT I DO NOT FISH?
  • This is no problem at all. We have people come along just for sight-seeing the Amazon from our Observation Deck up top, sunbathing, having one of our Guides, or boat staff, take you for an amazing eco tour you will not soon forget. Take a rainforest walk, a jungle tour, visit a village and see how the locals live in their daily lives. The sweet and playful “Botu” (pink dolphin) love to have you feed them fish and play with them. Sometimes, depending on the water levels, you can often spot different species of monkeys leaping from tree to tree, while taking in the wonders of the flora and fauna of the Amazon itself. If you’re up for piranha hand fishing, bring a camera. These photos are always a great topic of conversation! It’s a place you will want to revisit in the future and one you will miss when you return home. It’s a very relaxing time for non-anglers, with air-conditioned rooms where you can read, watch movies you bring from home on the TV, go for a boat ride, and at night ask the guide to take you “Caiman spotting”. The sounds of the Amazon are exquisite in the mornings and at night (not to mention the absolutely magnificent Amazon sunsets).
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN FISHING WITH ME?
  • Yes! We really enjoy having families come along with us on our Peacock Bass Fishing Adventures. It is a great time on the vessel when children are with us, and our staff loves to show them things they have never seen before, and have them experience the Amazon first hand with them. We do suggest, however, that your child be old enough to handle the variety of things that surround them and times of travel. We hear countless stories of kids who fish the Amazon with their parents taking their tales and photos back to the classroom, where even the teacher is intrigued and asking the student questions! Upon watching children in the Amazon, it tends to be the age of 12 where a child can really handle a Peacock Bass (with a little help from his loyal Guide!) Our Guides “love” to have children on board to teach them.
ARE MEN AND WOMEN WELCOME TO FISH TOGETHER ON THE SAME TRIP?
  • Everyone is respected and our Guides give the same treatment to both genders. Our lady anglers never worry about having a bathroom when you’re out fishing with a male guide, as he will find you a safe and secure place ashore or bring you back to the vessel. He does the same for the guys. Whether you are an avid angler or just a beginner, please note that some of our largest catches have been from first-time casters! This is a “terrific” couple’s trip. Also, if you have certain health issues where fishing all day in the heat is too much, no worries!  Fish at your leisure, or tackle those Peacocks all day long if you like. Our goal for you is to have a terrific time whatever you do. Our Guides do not mind at all taking you under shade for a while and helping you out with a cool drink and wet towel.  He will probably join you!
IS MY FISHING LICENSE INCLUDED IN MY TRIP PACKAGE?
  • Yes, it is included in your package and is valid for 12 months. You can use it during your return trip the next year as long as it is within the 12 month period of purchase *Anglers 65 years or older are not required to obtain a fishing license.*  Note:  There are times and may be certain municipalities that charge fees (approx $35-$65 per person) and happen prior to our knowledge, or arrival, while crossing waters.  This is very rare and we usually know ahead of time if this is the case.
DO YOU HOST WOMEN’S ANGLING TRIPS?
  • Yes, you bet we do! In fact, we encourage both conventional and fly fishing ladies’ trips. Get your group ready, we’ll have everything in place, and you’re set! It’s a fun and fantastic time on the water when all the ladies get together – and don’t forget to pack that special form we provide you, to keep up with your biggest catch. The World Record might just be right there in your hands! Our Guides are very respectful and want you to be safe and comfortable, so just let them know if you have the need for the bathroom, a change into dry clothing or other, and they will secure a place on shore for you that will give you privacy.
AM I SAFE WHILE BEING ON VESSELS AND IN REMOTE AREAS?
  • We have not had any concerns with safety on our fishing boats in the areas in which we fish. Our boats are equipped with VHF Marine Radios. Our vessels are supervised 24 hours a day. Usually, when traveler alerts are broadcast around the world, they are normally at borders such as the Columbian/Brazilian or Peruvian borders. These are not the areas in which we are traveling. We find the indigenous people to be extremely hospitable, and we have obtained permits for the areas in which we are visiting and fishing. We have the benefit of local guides that travel with us and are very knowledgeable of the regions we visit. Most grew up in the areas in which we fish and visit. They always visit the villages first for permission to come in, and if they sense negativity towards the idea, we fully respect this. We also always try to find a way to “give back” to the hospitality that is given us. Please do not litter within the rainforest or Amazon waterways. Upon visiting any villages, or while out on the water, please respect the indigenous ways of the friendly locals, their way of life and their traditions. *NOTE:  ***PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN OUR OFFICE THROUGHOUT YOUR TRAVEL WITHIN BRAZIL WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE HOTEL STAFF NEEDING PERTINENT INFORMATION FOR YOUR RESERVATION OR SHIPPING PURCHASED ITEMS HOME.**
IS IT ALLOWED TO BRING ITEMS, OR TREATS, FOR THE LOCAL RESIDENTS?
  • We know how tempting it is to take candy and sweet treats to the children of the indigenous areas, however, if you would like to treat them to something, we prefer that you bring items such as toys, clothing, school supplies, or educational type contributions, as we do not want to contribute to the dental issues that are usually a problem in these areas. We appreciate “everything” our guests give to the locals and what you do for them. We also realize the gift in giving. Should you want to donate your time, or use your talents of your profession to help with medical, educational, or spiritual, please speak with our Boat Manager, and they can put you in contact with the organization and its staff.
HOW MUCH CASH SHOULD I BRING?
  • It is up to you, but you should probably bring around $1000 per person. Most everywhere you go in the city, i.e. hotel, sightseeing, shopping, jewelry stores, etc. will accept credit cards from you. Please make sure you have enough cash, whether it is in U.S. or the Brazilian Real to tip your Guides and vessel Staff (see tipping recommendation). If you wish, you may exchange your dollars for the Brazilian currency which is the Real (pronounced Ree-al) or Reais (pronounced Hay-eyes) at the airports, hotel, or outside source.
  • You will get the best exchange rates using your ATM card at the airport upon your arrival. All you have to do is inform your local bank you will be using it outside the country, and the duration of your stay, so there will be no fraud alerts on your account. It is IMPORTANT that you realize that banks normally put a low withdrawal amount on your Debit Card, *along with Brazil’s ATM’s not allowing more than approx. $300 at a time withdrawal. Look for the 24-HR BRADESCO (RED ATM’s). These machines will accept most all American ATM VIsa cards. This way you will get the best exchange rate with no need to visit exchange houses. Just ask our representatives for assistance. ATM Visa cards can also be used in all shops now, unless you are purchasing items from the street venders who sell crafts, especially in small towns or villages. Guests like to purchase local hand carved ores from the natives on the rivers, and as you can probably guess, you won’t see any of the ATM’s out on the river and indigenous areas.
WHAT TYPE FOODS ARE PREPARED FOR THE WEEK’S MENU?
  • Should you have any special dietary needs or if you have any food allergies, the trip form that you will return to us will alert us of this ahead of time. **You should always reiterate your food allergies to the cook staff when you arrive** Our Chefs, as well as the experienced staff, prepare and serve excellent food on all vessels. Our menu consists of meats, vegetables, fruits, and fish, served with fine wine. Our guests delight in the “Piranha soup” as it is considered a delicacy amongst the Brazilians, along with the delectable fish dishes Chef will prepare depending upon what is available and when.
WHAT IS A “SHORE LUNCH”?
  • A Shore lunch is prepared on green sticks made the Amazon Style. During one of your fishing days with us (usually in the first few days or during the last days) your guides will get the group together and meet on the river to prepare a genuine Amazon shore lunch. Guest catch the lunch, and guides will prepare it for you. Shore lunches can be made in separate groups, or the entire group, which makes it a genuine experience and lots of fun. Take into consideration it will take about 2hrs out of your fishing. However, this is an unforgettable experience for all our guests, and you will not regret being a part of it. It’s a great time to be had by all!
DO WE FISH FROM THE VESSEL?
  • No, you will be fishing from our American-designed, Tracker 70 HP bass boats. These boats come equipped with bow-mounted electric trolling motors, as well as VHF marine radios. You will fish 2 anglers to a boat plus one Guide. Every boat leaves the vessel with enough supply of cold beverages and a packed lunch within a cooler to keep you hydrated and fed during your day out of fishing. You may return to the vessel for lunch, taking a break from the sun, and return to fishing later in the day after a quick nap. However, feel free to stay out all day if you wish. If you are returning for lunch, please alert the Chef or kitchen staff so they can have something ready for you upon your mid-day return. We have customers who enjoy doing both, so make yourself at home, as it “is” your home during your trip week, and we love having you with us!
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY PERSONAL VALUABLES WHILE OUT FISHING?
  • You can leave your personal items on board with management or onboard safe which are very reliable. We have had no problems in the past with security issues regarding our guests’ personal items.
WHAT DETERMINES THE BEST TIMES TO FISH THE AMAZON AND WHICH MONTH IS BEST?
  • Our season usually begins in late August and ends somewhere late February or first week of March. These months are chosen due to water levels being lower than the rest of the year. We begin fishing in the Rio Madeira (south of Manaus) in the lower water levels and around the last week in September, we begin navigating upward into the Rio Negro (north of Manaus and into the Barcelos areas, its intimate lagoons, and tributaries) as long as good water levels permit.
  • As you can imagine, we cannot predict the weather, but it is typical to rise quickly and lower itself quickly throughout the season. Lower water levels is best to fish due to it bringing the fish further out into the area in which you are fishing. The higher water and big rains flood the river and rainforest pushing them into the brush and vegetation making it more difficult to get those lures in there and bringing them in. Don’t worry, however – should that happen, the Guides love a good dip in the water!
WHERE IN THE AMAZON DO YOU FISH?
  • Most anglers do not realize that the region in which we fish is only a few degrees south of the Equator. We normally start fishing the southern waters of where you fly into (Manaus) which is on the Rio Madeira River usually in August, and work our way up into the northern waters onto the Rio Negro (black, tannic water system) around last week in September or first week in October. We will fish through the last week in February or the first week in March if the water levels hold out for us. This will end our season. The Rio Madeira is more of a “stick river” with a totally different look than the Rio Negro. The Rio Negro is called the “black river” due to its coloration and its very tannic/acidic water. GREAT NEWS – mosquitoes are not a worry on this river due to the acidic nature of the water. The Rio Negro has more of the “lush vegetation” and more like what you have seen on TV, when you think of the Amazon. Both rivers have an abundance in Peacock Bass, however, the Rio Negro contains many more tributaries, hidden lagoons, and beautiful lakes where those “Monster Peacocks” love to call home.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO FISH FOR OTHER SPECIES OTHER THAN PEACOCK BASS?
  • We pride ourselves in providing First-Class, Sportfishing Adventures for the well sought after “Amazon Peacock Bass”! You already know that the Amazon Waterways hold over 3,000 species of freshwater fish. From Payara, Arawana, Piranha, to gigantic Amazon Catfish and many more, you’ll really get a kick out of seeing the different species of fish that jump on those lures. If you’d like to specifically fish for those big Amazon Cats, just let our Guides and Boat Manager know, and they’ll prepare what you need to go after those big boys! Use a variety of lures from our tackle box provided to you, have your Guide cut some fresh bait, or try some jigs that can be brought from home or purchased on board, and you’ll be amazed at the variety of fish you can tackle in one week. DON’T FORGET THE CAMERA!
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PEACOCK BASS I MAY BE ABLE TO CATCH?
  • The Royal which is the fish with the black bars running top to bottom, the Paca which is speckled, the Butterfly which is normally mid-sized, and the Popoca which is a smaller peacock.
DO YOUR GUIDES COME FROM THE REGION AND DO THEY SPEAK ENGLISH?
  • Yes, our Guides speak enough English for you to understand what they are telling you about fishing. They also understand a significant amount of English when spoken to them. We will provide you a translation sheet if you wish to carry one with you that provides all the words you would need to ask for anything while fishing. You will have 2 anglers per boat plus 1 Guide for the week. Our Guides are the best fishing Guides in the Amazon. They are extremely knowledgeable of the areas in which we fish and have been guiding these waters for many years. They know everything there is to know about catching Monster Peacocks, they are not afraid of hard work, and their goal is to make sure you have the time of your life!
WHAT IS THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE AMAZON PEACOCK BASS?
  • The new, all tackle world record weighed in at 29.1 lbs. and was a Speckled Peacock Bass caught by Brazilian angler, Andrea Zaccherini off the upper Rio Negro River tributaries/lagoons in which we fish.
CAN WE KEEP OUR FISH OR IS IT SPECIFICALLY “CATCH-AND-RELEASE”?
  • We practice the catch-and-release. Keeping your catch is prohibited by the Brazilian law. However, at times, the staff may keep some of the smaller fish to prepare on board for the dinner menu. Bring your camera and take good photos of your BIG FISH for a replica mount to be made. We can recommend a taxidermy company in the U.S. who, not only provides excellent work on your mounts, they have been filmed on the Discovery Channel, and have fished on our yacht trips for many years. They are, as well, a Safari and fishing outfitter themselves. They are well known by hard core anglers for their immaculate work in taxidermy.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING BESIDES FISHING GEAR?
A camera and sunscreen of course! Bring your favorite pair of binoculars, a pair of good gripping gloves, and a handheld GPS if you have one, but it is not necessary. When you pack, try to bring fishing apparel that pulls the moisture away from the body, lightweight, and if you wish, shirts with fabric that has UVB or insect protection. You may wish to bring wide-brim hats to keep the sun off your shoulders, and neck-flapped fishing hats to keep the sun off your back of your neck while out for the day. Please see our Packing Suggestion List: Pre-Trip Document.
WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED TIPPING POLICY FOR GUIDES AND STAFF?
  • GUIDES: We recommend that each guest tip at the end of their week on Friday afternoon after returning from fishing (unless you are told otherwise during orientation). Our Guides pool their tips and are distributed by the Manager or Head Guide at the end of the week. Our recommended tip policy is $250 for Guide (approximately $42 per day. *If your Guide has provided exemplary service to you, and you wish to tip him above the recommended amount, please do it in a private manner away from the other Guides and Staff”.
  • ONBOARD STAFF: Our recommended vessel staff gratuity is a minimum of $250 per guest for the week, and is divided between the entire vessel crew. These guys and gals work extremely hard for you round the clock during your stay and are happy to do so. The crew includes the captain, cooks, waiters, maids, bartender, etc.: all non-guide personnel. In addition to gratuities, you will need to bring travel money for your personal day in Manaus, as well as for souvenirs and gifts. Again, if you feel that a particular staff/guide member has provided exemplary service to you and wish to provide an additional gratuity, please feel free to offer it to them personally. Please do not present any gratuities that you wish to give the Guides, and Boat Staff, in Traveler’s Checks. NOTE: Guides and Staff accept American Dollars.
WHERE DO I MEET THE SHIP?
  • Our ships go where the best fishing for Peacock Bass is. Prime fishing areas change according to time of year and water levels, which is why a moveable live-aboard mother ship is far better than a permanent land-based lodge. The mother ship will be several hundred miles south on the Madeira and you will take a short flight from Manaus to Autazes, or it will be several hundred miles north on the Rio Negro and you will take a short flight from Manaus to Barcelos or Santa Isabel to meet your yacht. The flights are between 40 and 90 minutes long. We’ll put you on a chartered plane (at no extra cost), and take you from the final airport to the mother ship, which leaves immediately for the best fishing areas. The mother ship returns to the same port six days later.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE MOTHER SHIP RETURNS TO PORT?
  • YACHT: You will sleep on the vessel when the ship docks back at port on Friday night. Early Saturday morning, you will be transported via charter flight immediately back to the Manaus International Airport to await your mid-afternoon departure flight back to Miami. Your luggage should b ready on Friday night to be removed from ship and taken to plane by our Staff.
  • PEACOCK BASS & MULTI-SPECIES RIO TRAVESSAO FLY-IN CAMPS: Depending upon your choice of fishing rivers and which trip you have purchased, you will be instructed by our office as to that particular trip’s departure and arrivals to the fishing waters after your arrival into Manaus. 1.800.398.5837.

Aniak River Adventures

 

Can we bring alcoholic beverages to the Lodge?
Yes! Aniak, AK is a “damp village.”  What this means is that it is legal to possess alcohol, but not buy or sell it within the general village area.  Doing so is considered “boot-legging” and is illegal.  It is advisable to pack or buy any liquor in plastic bottles.  Many standard beverages can be purchased this way.  If you have certain alcohol needs during your stay, feel free to bring it with you and/or purchase in Anchorage prior to your arrival in Aniak. The Gold Rush Liquor Store in Anchorage will ship alcohol to Aniak for a fee. If you would like to pre-arrange an order to coincide with your arrival. Upon your arrival, our Guides will load it for you. Feel free to contact Gold Rush Liquor Bush Sales directly at: Gold Rush Liquor Bush Sales    Phone:  1 (888) 344-2252.  Once there, we will happy to mix/serve it for you.
What is the maximum amount of guests that the Lodge or upper Tent Camp can accommodate?
Up to 14 Anglers per week
Is a deposit required with my reservation?
Yes.  Deposits in the amount of $2500 U.S. per person are due upon booking. Payment is due in full 75 days prior to departure if time subject to your booking date.  Your deposit guarantees your trip reservation and all aspects of your trip.
Can I make individual bookings as opposed to group bookings?
Yes!  We welcome all reservation types.  Please keep in mind that all cabins are based  upon double occupancy with your trip costs.  If you are traveling by yourself, there is no need to worry.  We will pair you up with someone that is traveling solo as well.
What if I book my trip past the date payment is due in full (75 days prior to departure)?
No problem!   It can still be reserved as long as make payment in full upon booking.  You only have to purchase your airfare and off you go to an awesome week of fishing on the amazing Aniak River.
Which airline do you suggest when flying into Aniak, Alaska?
We suggest you fly Ravn Airlines www.flyRavn.com from Anchorage (airport code-ANC) to Aniak (airport code-ANI) as the other airlines are not flying our Saturday schedule at this time.

(NOTE:  Ravn Airlines was formerly ERA Airlines.)

As we must fly into Anchorage to overnight there, do the hotels there have shuttles to pick us up and transport to our hotel, along with taking us back to the airport to depart for Aniak?
Yes!  This is a great bonus for our clients.  Most hotels do have shuttles to/from airport, however, make sure to check with the one you choose.  As well, it is always nice to leave these guys/girls a tip for their trouble if they offer free shuttle service.
How far in advance should I make airline reservations?
If possible, please make airline reservations immediately upon booking and making your deposit.  Do not wait until the last minute so that you can get the better rate. However, you cannot book flights earlier than one year prior to travel.
Who makes my airline reservations?
Please note that we have affiliates in place for everything to do with our trips.  However, you can feel free to use your own travel agent, book your airline reservations if you are savvy in doing so, or you can use one of our experienced travel affiliates to handle these tasks for you. We recommend using Kevin Martin, Martin Travel Services at 1 (800) 627-8468 (kevin@martintravelservices.com) to book your airlines and if you like, your hotel reservations. They are very familiar with our itinerary and always copy us on your reservations, so that we have your travel itinerary in our file.  Should you wish to use your own, please contact our office at 1.800.398.5837, and we will be happy to help you with the travel dates and times.
Who will pick me up at the airport and how will I know who they are?
Aniak River Lodge will have Staff members waiting for you at the small Aniak Airport.   It will not be hard to spot each other upon you entering the door.  They should be wearing apparel with their logo on it and holding up a sign with Aniak River Lodge.   Also, there is a trip form that is mandatory you fill out upon booking your reservation that lets us know your information as well.  Our representative has this pertinent information and already knows your name, your flight #, time of arrival, and everything our office staff has prepared them for.  You will also be pre-registered at the Lodge. At this time, your luggage will be loaded onto our vehicle and off you will go to through the little town of Aniak and into our Base Lodge for a quick lunch and beverage prior to departing upriver.  Our representatives will help you with loading/unloading everything and getting you situated getting to, and arriving, the Lodge mid-river on the Aniak.  Once you have arrived at the airport, we’ve got you!  The only thing you have to worry about at this point is catching your choice of quality fish that the Aniak provides and having the most exciting time of your life!
What are the rules regarding the charter flight’s luggage restrictions?
Please visit http://www.flyravn.com/flying-with-ravn/baggage-information/ to view the most current  baggage restrictions.
What if I am flying internationally into Alaska?
All you need to do is check with your Consulate/Embassy to see if you will need an American visa to enter the United States of America.
Do you allow spin casting on your trips?
As we are predominantly a fly fishing outfitter, every once in a while we have a request for spin casting. We do ask you check with our office at 1 (800) 398-5837 regarding the recommendations for lures and mandatory barbless hook requirements.
Do you provide fly rods/reels or spin casting gear for your guests?
We ask that you bring your favorite gear with you, however, we do have some loaners should you break a rod, etc.
Can I wait to supply my tackle bag in Anchorage?
Absolutely!  In fact, they have some excellent tackle shops and large stores there.  All you have to do is search the internet.   If you plan on doing your shopping in Anchorage, you may want to check the store hours, and arrange your hotel close to that particular store so that you might possibly walk to it.  Otherwise, feel free to taxi your way around.
Do you provide flies if we do not want to bring our own?
Yes, you bet!  Also, we have early evening fly-tying instruction by our expert Guides if you wish.
I can only travel if I carry along my CPAP. Can you make provisions for me to use it at night at your Main Lodge as well as the upper Tent Camp?
We sure can.  Make sure to enter this information on your Client Reservation form everyone must fill out and return.
Is there a way I can check my email at any time during my trip?
Yes.  Remembering that we are in the wilderness areas of Alaska, we do try to provide Wi-Fi at the main Lodge and upper Trout Camp until certain hours of the late evening.  Keep in mind, it could be sketchy and perhaps down in service at times.  We cannot make guarantees this service but strive to make it work for the convenience of our customers.
Will I be able to use my cell phone there?
Most of the time, cell phone coverage does not work there.  If you have global service, sometimes one can use that or Skype.  At the Lodge and Trout Camp, there are emergency stationery phones, radios, satellite phone and Wi-Fi.  At the Main Lodge, there is a satellite phone for emergencies, and Wi-Fi.  Within the Upper Trout  Camp, Wi-Fi is most times provided along with Satellite phone for emergencies.  Please note that in-climate weather conditions in surrounding parts of Alaska could possibly affect our coverage for internet service.
Is there an emergency communication device at your Lodge or Camp?
Yes, we have emergency equipment to communicate with the Lodge or others, in case of emergency.
Is there internet service at the hotels in Anchorage?
This would depend on which hotel you choose.  Most will offer Wi-Fi either at no cost to you or for a minimal fee.
What happens if a medical emergency occurs?
IMPORTANT:  We “highly recommend” you purchase trip insurance within 14 days of our office receiving your trip deposit (most, but not all, will cover pre-existing conditions within that time frame).  You can, of course, purchase it later if you desire, but your pre-existing waiver may be forfeited.
Is bottled water provided at your Lodge or in the Tent Camp?
Yes.  We can provide you with bottled and potable water for drinking.
Is tap water okay to brush my teeth and shower with throughout my trip?
Please use the potable or bottled water provided.
Do you offer non-angling reservations if I want to come along with my spouse?
We do offer non-anglers to come along.  However, we only take 14 anglers per week, and most always, the trip cost would be the same as the angler simply due to giving up an angling spot.  However, it may be discounted if the trip was not booked out.  Most non-anglers turn into anglers before middle of week and beginner anglers become great at it with a little coaching from our extremely knowledgeable Guides.  They love to instruct! Please note:  you are in the bush of Alaska with no TV or tourist attractions. It’s all about the fishing and enjoying the outdoors.
Can I bring my children along fishing with me?
Yes!  We really enjoy, and promote, having families come along with us on our Wilderness Fishing Adventures.  It is a great time on the water when children are with us, and our staff loves to show them things they have never seen before, and have them experience the Aniak first hand with them.  It is usually not a good idea to bring non-fishing children along as young children would not have much to do if not fishing.  We do suggest that your child be old enough to handle the variety of things that surround them and times of travel.  We hear countless stories of kids who fish the Aniak with their parents taking their tales and photos back to the classroom, where even the teacher is intrigued and asking the student questions!
Are Men and Women welcome to fish together on the same trip?
Absolutely.  Everyone is respected and our Guides give the same treatment to both genders.  Our lady anglers never worry about having a bathroom when you’re out fishing with a male guide, as he will find you a safe and secure place ashore or bring you back to our nearest lodging location.  He does the same for the guys.  Whether you are an avid angler or just a beginner, please note that some of our best catches have been from first-time casters!  This is a “terrific” couple’s trip, and neither male, nor female, has to feel they must fish all day if they wish not to.  Fish at your leisure whether it be all day long or however you like.  Our goal for you is to have a terrific time whatever you wish to do.
Is my Fishing License included in my trip package?
You may go to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSport.main to purchase your fishing licenses.  Aniak River Lodge asks that you purchase them prior to your travel.  You may also purchase them in Anchorage if you have time to venture out and do so.  *PLEASE INQUIRE WITH OUR OFFICE REGARDING KING STAMPS per each season.
Do you book exclusive Women’s Angling Events upon request?
Yes, you bet we do!   Get your group ready, we’ll have everything in place, and you’re set! It’s a fun and fantastic time on the water when all the ladies get together – and don’t forget to pack a camera. A Trophy fish might just be right there in your hands!  Our Guides are very respectful and want you to be safe and comfortable, so just let them know if you have the need to make a “private stop”, and they will secure a place on shore for you that will give you privacy.
What should I do if I have a problem while on your trip?
Speak directly with our Head Guide or Lodge Manager.  He will help solve any issues you may have and is very discrete in doing so.
Am I safe in this remote wilderness area?
Our Guides are trained to watch out for you and of course themselves while out fishing and at Lodge/Trout Camp. Everyone should do their part in being watchful of each other and self and careful not to wander off by themselves in the bush areas and nightfall.  You must remember where you are and your agreement within our waiver and terms and conditions that you should make sure you read before signing.  Using common sense and good judgement is always the key to a safe and successful trip.  If you, at any time, feel unsafe or unsure, please speak immediately to the Head Guide or Lodge Manager.
Am I allowed to bring my weapon to the camp?
We ask that you do not bring any type weapon, including bear spray to our location.  In fact, it is prohibited.  Our Guides, and chosen Staff members do have protection on them or with them during your stay and while out fishing.  These are not our rules but of the authorities.  Things may change from time to time, so stay in touch with us about this matter.
Is it allowed to bring items, or treats, for the local residents?
Sure!  If you would like to do so, feel free to bring items you might like to deliver to the local school, locals along the river, guides, etc.  We leave that up to you.
What type foods are prepared for the week’s menu?
You will certainly enjoy the food prepared by our Aniak River Chef.   You will experience different dishes throughout the week, especially at the dinner hour.  The menu changes from season to season, but mostly you will experience anything from fresh fish, steak, pork and delicious side dishes.  Our “See Ya Next Season” dinner feast most times consist of mouth-watering seafood dishes.  Our desserts are all homemade and upon filling out your trip forms for us, please make sure you list any preferences (or dislikes) of certain dishes, or food allergies you may have.  We will, at that point, contact the Chef prior to your arrival.
What is a “Shore Lunch”?
A Shore Lunch is a lunch prepared by your Guide for the day with fish cooked by the river on a make-shift barbecue.  You should give notice the evening before to the Guide, as this takes some time away from your fishing afternoon, and preparations must be made to carry some items with him in your boat/coolerOtherwise, a sack lunch and beverages will be prepared at breakfast either by you or the Chef to place in your cooler prior to your day of fishing.
If I have special dietary requirements that are important to my health, is this possible?
Absolutely.  Our Chef is more than happy to try and accommodate everyone and any special needs they may have regarding their food items.  All guests should make sure that they spell out in detail any serious food allergies, nuts, even bee stings, medicinal allergies, etc on your Client Reservation Form that you will receive from our office.  We can only know these important things if you tell us. We strive to make you feel at home while at our Lodge.  Please know that if there is something you need, that you don’t think we will be able to purchase for your meals, you should bring it to us in your luggage so that we can prepare it accordingly.
What do I do with my personal valuables while out fishing?
You can leave your personal items in your room, with management, or carry it along with you in a waterproof container while out fishing if you feel the need to do so.   If you have valuables, you should make sure it is attached to a floating device, OR leave it under lockup with Management. There will always be someone around either the Lodge or Camp to keep an eye on things.
Do we fish from the boat, wade, or both?
You may do either.  Please inform your Guide the night before if you can, any ideas you have or requests for the following fishing day.
What determines the best times to fish the Aniak which month/week is best?
This depends on which species you wish to target while on the Aniak.  There are 11 species running this river throughout its season, and on “any” given week, you will have at least 7 running this river during your stay.
What are the different species I may find on the Aniak?
The bountiful Aniak offers 11 species throughout each season.  This includes 5 species of Salmon (Kings, Chum, Sockeye, Pink, and Silvers) along with Leopard Rainbow Trout, Sheefish, Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling, Arctic Char, and Dolly Varden.   Throughout “any” week that you may choose to fish with us, you will have approximately 7 species at your cast.
Can we keep our fish or is it specifically “Catch-and-Release”?
We practice Catch & Release principles at Aniak River Lodge. However, for those that would like to take home their Legal Limit of Salmon, we have packaging & vacuum sealing facilities. Typically, guests tend to take a small wax-coated Seafood Box home with them on the plane. If you have room in your suitcase, you may want to bring a small foldable cooler bag if it is warmer weather. The Anchorage International Airport do allow use of their freezers if you have a while prior to your departure.  Separate shipping options are available at the airport in Aniak for a fee. ARL urges those guests interested in taking home Salmon to read the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game regulations for the Kuskokwim region. The regulations will have the current catch limits.

 

If you choose to take Salmon home, please let your Guide know upon your arrival so he/she can prepare to have this done for you, vacuum-packed, sealed, and frozen prior to your departure.  Should you wish to contact a taxidermist to replicate your catch, please make sure you have several photos of your fish with different angles and close ups.  Our office can highly recommend an affiliate taxidermist who can create some beautifully made mounts for our guests.

What should I bring besides fishing gear? *See our Pre-Trip Information Document
Weather Conditions/Clothing:

With all the new “high-tech” clothing materials that are available today, there is no need to be cold or wet anymore.  Weather in Alaska during the summer varies continuously.  Average daily temperatures between June 21st and August 1st, are between the low 80’s to low 50’s during the day. August 1st,through September 20th temperatures average days, between the low 80’s to the mid 40’s during the day and high 30’s at night.  Please pack clothing accordingly.  To those of you heading to Aniak in late June through July, temperatures can be well into the 80’s at this time of year.  A long-sleeved flats-style shirt can be the remedy for fishing in this weather. Dressing in layers is the easiest way to dress for the weather variations of the day. Capilene or polypropylene long underwear is a staple item for a base layer.  Fleece pants and tops provide warmth as well as pack easily. Tip: Cotton is rotten in wet conditions. Wool or poly-blend socks will keep moisture away from your feet to keep them warm and happy.  Comfortable, proper fitting, and broken in boots also a necessity.  We recommend an extra set of walking shoes, hiking boots, or sneakers for walking around camp after a day on the river.  A good quality waterproof/breathable rain jacket will make moist days comfortable and is a necessary item.  One note: the sun is not particularly uncomfortable, however the sun shines 20 plus hours each day, during the months of June, and July, long sleeves, lip sunscreen, and regular sunscreen, is a necessity.

 

 

Fishing Gear Checklist:

 

  • Chest Waders and proper fitting boots
  • Rain Jacket
  • Warm Hat/Scarf
  • Fishing Gloves – preferably fingerless type
  • Dry Bag to transport clothes to camp
  • Small waterproof duffel to contain small items for the day
  • Camera
  • Nippers
  • Polarized Sunglasses or eye protection, a necessity
  • Fly boxes with your favorite patterns to try
  • Mosquito repellant…preferably with Deet
  • Sunscreen 30 plus
  • Pliers or forceps
  • Split Shot in Sizes: 3/0, 7
  • Leader material in 8, 12, 15, and 20 lb. strengths

 

 

 

Waders:  A good pair of waders can be the most important piece of gear in your duffel.  Our waters stay fairly cold throughout the season.  Alaska is hard on waders.  Breathable waders are highly recommended because they provide maximum flexibility and comfort.  They are also lighter and easier to pack.  Stocking-foot models provide more support and ankle protection than boot-foot models.  Studded cleats are not recommended.

Felt soles/bottoms are no longer allowed in Alaska; please make sure to bring hard sole boots only.  Given your wading ability, a collapsible wading staff may be worth bringing. **Please make sure to wear a wading belt for your safety while on, or in, the river**

 

Medication and Medical Emergencies: Please bring all medication with you for your stay as well as a sufficient supply of these medications.  If there is any situation that we need to be aware of please notify us immediately.  There is a state-run health facility in the village of Aniak.  It provides basic care for the people of the region.  Larger, full-scale hospitals are located in Bethel and in Anchorage.  The costs involved for transportation in an emergency can be tremendous.  We have arrangements with an air medical service out of Anchorage for any possible emergencies.  Please make sure that any possible situations are avoided.  The American Red Cross certifies all of our guides in CPR and first-aid.  Whether wading the river, or viewing wildlife, your safety is our highest priority.  You “must” bring with you (to Aniak River Lodge and during travel from your home) any necessary medications, Epi Pens, or other pharmaceutical/treatments regarding any/all medical or allergy reactions. Aniak River Lodge, LLC is not responsible for health issues (known or otherwise) while on premises or traveling.

 

Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco: Aniak, AK is a “damp village.”  What this means is that it is legal to possess alcohol, but not buy or sell it within the general village area.  Doing so is considered “boot-legging” and is illegal.  It is advisable to pack or buy any liquor in plastic bottles.  Many standard beverages can be purchased this way.  If you have certain alcohol needs during your stay, feel free to bring it with you and/or purchase in Anchorage prior to your arrival in Aniak. The Gold Rush Liquor Store in Anchorage will ship alcohol to Aniak for a fee. If you would like to pre-arrange an order to coincide with your arrival, feel free to contact Gold Rush Liquor Bush Sales directly at:  Gold Rush Liquor Bush Sales Phone: 1 (888) 344-2252

 

There is a small store in the town of Aniak where tobacco can be purchased.  Often times the store hours do not coincide with the hours of a fishing day.  Also, the prices of goods in rural AK can be much higher than what you are used to.  Smokers should have their own supply to last the week.

Do I need to bring a mosquito net?
It is a personal choice.  Some June/early-to-mid July anglers enjoy having them around in the mornings while out fishing.  Just remember to bring your Deet for those times where you will be enjoying your time by the campfire, etc in the evenings (see pre-trip information sheet for details).
What is the recommended tipping policy for Guides/Staff and when should I offer it?
Our Guides, Management, Wait Staff, and Chefs work very hard to make your trip an exciting, happy, and successful one!  They take much pride in sharing their expertise and knowledge with you and enjoy creating unforgettable memories and “amazing fish tales” to carry back home to your friends and families.  We are in the business of “repeat business” which lets us all know that we are doing our jobs correctly.

 

The recommended cash gratuity for Aniak River Guides and Staff is 13% of our regular trip price and are pooled together at the end of the trip.  Cash is preferred and is normally handed to the Manager on Friday evening.  However, if you wish to present a little something extra to a particular Guide, Manager, or Customer Service Staff member, you can always feel free to do so in a private, person-to-person gift. We thank you in advance for your generosity towards our Staff, as it is an honor for them to serve during your “Fishing Trip of a Lifetime”.

Sport Fishing Mexico

 

 

What should I pack for Gear and Clothing items for my Mexico Bass Fishing Trip?

GEAR:

  • Waterproof Boat Bag: A waterproof boat bag or dry bag is very handy for storing rain gear, tackle, camera equipment, etc.
  • Rod Storage / Protection: Rod sleeves are helpful for protecting rigged rods during stowage and eliminating line tangling.
  • Clear Safety Glasses: for eye protection when fishing during low light hours.
  • Line clippers, pliers, and hook file/sharpener: These are absolutely essential.
  • Lens Wipes: Great for removing water spots, sweat, sunscreen, etc. from sunglasses while out on the water.
  • Hand Towel: Very useful for cushioning rods during boat rides and/or wiping fish slimed off of your hands.
  • SPF Sunscreen and lip balm: Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm are essential for maintaining protection from sun exposure in the tropics.
  • Insect Repellent: Important for protection against biting insects – mosquitoes, no-see-ums, black flies, etc.
  • First Aid Kit: Essential when minor first aid is needed while on the water.

 

CLOTHING:

The weather here is often quite warm and humid. Wearing specific types of clothing will help main­tain a level of comfort in these conditions. Also, the intensity of the sun in the tropics influences the style of clothing that is recommended.

 

  • Shirts: Long sleeve shirts with a synthetic lightweight “quick-dry” fabric. These “tropical flats” styled shirts are often vented to keep you cool. Also, the long sleeve shirt will provide protection from direct sun exposure and insect bites (mosquitoes/no see-ums).
  • Pants: Long pants with a synthetic lightweight “quick-dry” fabric. They will provide protection from direct sun exposure and insect bites. Optional zip-off fishing pants.
  • Sun Hats: Bring at least TWO! It is recommended that you bring your favorite warm weather fishing hats – they should have a good sized brim (w/ dark underside) to shade your eyes and face during bright sunny conditions.
  • Sun Gloves: Many anglers opt to wear sun gloves for maximum protection against direct sun exposure.
  • Bandana: Bandanas are very useful for keeping sun off of the face and neck. They can also be used to cool you down during the heat of the day – soaking them in ice water or wrapping ice in one and hanging it around your neck.
  • Lightweight Socks: While some anglers will go barefoot in the boat, others will wear lightweight socks to protect the tops of their feet from sun exposure.
  • Polarized Sunglasses: bring TWO PAIRS. We assume we don’t have to tell you why!
  • Lightweight Rain Jacket: At times, the tropics can experience rain and wind. While the temperature stays relatively warm, it is nice to stay dry while you are waiting out a squall or fishing in the rain.
  • Fleece Sweatshirt and Pants: Bring one set of warm clothes. Running in the boat in the early morning can be very cool.

 

IMPORTANT ITEMS:

  • Airline Tickets and Itinerary
  • Don’t forget your Passport. Copy first 2 pages and pack separately)
  • Emergency Telephone Numbers
  • Cash for tips and Personal Purchases
  • Notepad and pen
  • Prescription medications – please pack in carry-on bag

 

Fishing Equipment/Tackle:

  • Rods: For your convenience, loaner St Croix rods, spinning and bait casting are available upon request (up to 4 rods per angler).
  • Reels. Bring your own reels (not available at lodge).
  • Line: 17 to 20 pound test line monofilament and/or fluorocarbon line. 30 to 50 pound test braided line.
  • Line Clippers & Line cleaner/dressing
  • Pliers / Hemostats
  • Boga Grip or digital scale (not available at lodge)
  • Boat Bag / Dry Bag
  • Small towel for wiping hands/lenses
  • Hook File/sharpener
  • Knot Tool
  • Polarized Sunglasses – 2 pairs
  • Clear safety glasses
  • Lens wipes for sunglasses
  • Garlic dip

 

Personal Items:

  • Insect Repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal First Aid Kit w/ waterproof bandages
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • SPF lip balm
  • Aspirin/Motrin

 

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Book
  • Reading Glasses
  • Travel Flashlight
  • Camera, filters, film, batteries, memory cards, waterproof case
  • Sanitizing handi-wipes
  • Dry Storage Bags / Ziplock Bags
  • Plastic Garbage Bags
What are the “recommended” Gratuities for Guides and Staff for the week?

** 4 Night/3.5 day stay rounds to approximately $200 per Angler. Cash Only. Should you wish to gift an additional gift to a certain member of our staff/guide staff, please present this to them in private.

 

Guide: Approximately $30 per day (to be doubled if fishing single) We kindly ask you tip your Guide directly at end of last fishing day.

Staff: Approximately $25 per day (an envelope is provided for each angler end of stay for Staff gratuity.

Can we use credit cards or checks at either Lake El Salto or Lake Picachos?

The lodge accepts “Cash Only” in US money as payment for all incidentals – gratuities, phone calls, souvenirs etc. Credit cards are NOT accepted at Lodge. All Lodging, Goods and Service Taxes (GST) are included in your package price.

What weather temperatures can I expect throughout the calendar year fishing either Lake El Salto or Picachos?

Average weather temperatures Farenheit for these areas are high-to-low:

Jan: 80/57

Feb: 80/56

Mar: 81/57

Apr: 84/61

May: 86/66

Jun: 89/76

Jul: 90/77

Aug: 91/77

Sept: 90/76

Oct: 89/73

Nov: 86/64

Dec: 82/60

 

Which months bring the hardest rainfall?

July, August and September (October starts the slowdown)

Are fishing licenses included in our trip costs?

Yes! They most certainly are. We take care of that for you each trip.

What type food can we expect on our Mexico Bass Fishing Trip for either lake?

Besides the fishing being off the chain, our Chef’s culinary talent is remarkable. Hearty portions with a local flavor are an abso­lute delight for the big appetite. Breakfast is served buffet style (American and Mexican dishes). Your breakfast will be promptly served in the morning to assure you an on-time start of your daily fishing adven­ture. A hot lunch is served after returning from your morning fishing session. After lunch, you may retreat to your room for a “siesta.” Each evening, you will be treated to an absolute feast. Dinners include ribeye steaks, jumbo shrimp, chicken, fish, or other scrumptious dishes. Every meal is prepared to absolute perfection, served with flour tortillas, and your choice of beverages.

How may meals per day is included in our package?

We serve 3 delectable Mexican and American meals daily. (Hors d’oeuvres are served as well!)

Do you provide alcohol, or do we bring our own?

We do provide alcoholic beverages from beer, wine, premium labeled spirits, to regional cocktails. However, please feel free to bring your own specific libations should you so desire.

Does your Lodges provide alcohol or do we have to bring our own?

Yes, of course we do! Our packages include an open bar (vodka, tequila, rum, Kahlua, bourbon, scotch), margaritas, beer, soft drinks and bottled water. Red and white wine is included, too. There is an open bar under the veranda for your enjoyment. Another important fact to note is all drinking water and ice is bottled/made from purified water.

Can we drink the water and brush our teeth with it?

We provide unlimited bottled water for your rooms, coolers while fishing, ice, and at the dining areas. Please do not drink any bottled water where you don’t feel the slight snap when you open the cap. Also, while brushing your teeth, you should always use bottled water to wet and rinse your toothbrush along with swishing your mouth. Just as a precaution anytime you travel internationally, try to keep your mouth closed while showering. We normally have no problems but if you have concerns about this, just don’t swallow tap or shower water.

Other than the Non-Fishing Couples Package, is there a Spa or Salon for those who may want to rest, relax and pamper for a day?

Absolutely.  We provide both spa and salon services outside of the special package.  The rate for massage is $65 per hour.

What amenities will our rooms offer?

Rooms are equipped with satellite TV and DVD players. (There is also satellite TV in the bar and dining areas for your enjoyment.)

Can we do our laundry while there if needed?

No worries. This is your fishing vacation, so our hard-working Staff takes care of all that. Please leave your dirties in the laundry basket provided in your room, and they will handle it all for you. This service is included in your package. Should you wish to do it yourself, however, feel free to speak with the manager, and they will instruct you as to where the laundry facilities are.

Would we have Wi-Fi or internet service there?

Yes. You will be able to connect in our Bar and Restaurant area. As we hope you enjoy your time fishing and not working, we truly understand the need to check in from time to time. We do ask that you do not upload, or download, heavy files until you return home due to the many people who are trying to use this amenity as well.

Is there a telephone to use for emergencies or non-emergencies?

Yes, there is a phone in each room, however, charges do apply. Please ask our Manager what the rates are for each season/trip.

Do mobile phones work in El Salto and Picachos lake areas?

It depends on your specific phone, if you have a Global option on your device or not, or if you have a satellite phone. Satellite phones certainly do work here. Please check with your carrier to see if you will have service in the Sierra Madre Mountain areas and also check Mazatlan.

Do you rotate Guides throughout our trip package?

You will be assigned a guide on a first-come, first-serve basis, and he will typically remain with you for the entirety of your stay at the lake. While it is possible to request a particular guide, we hope you will understand that prior commitments and family emergencies may prevent such pairings from happening. On the rare oc­casion when a client wants to change his guide mid-trip, we can often accommodate such a need to ensure a great fishing vacation! We need a 24-hr window to make the change.

Do our Guides pool their tips together and split them at end of our trip?

No. Each Guide is assigned to a particular Angler throughout his/her trip.  The Guide is paid separately from the Staff, by you personally, at the end of your last day’s fishing session.  The Staff is paid at the end of your last fishing session with an envelope provided.  However, our Staff “do” pool their tips provided by you at the end of your last fishing session after dinner.  The Manager will tell you who to hand this envelope to in person.

Are our Guides local to the areas in which we are fishing?

Yes, they are definitely local to the areas. Our Guides are all avid anglers who have made their career in Guiding and most of them for several decades. Some have walked the river banks before the lake was impounded, and many followed in the footsteps of their fathers or uncles, making it a true family business. While many of them have their own special tricks and preferred fishing styles, as a group they share information on a daily basis to ensure that each client has access to the most up-to-date, on-the-water information.  Bring your cameras!  They love getting a good fish pic with you or for you!  They expect to work hard, and if you wish they’ll organize your tackle, unhook every fish, and make sure there’s a drink in your hands before you even know you’re thirsty. Some have even been known to put on a dive mask and flippers to retrieve fish hung up in underwater brush!

Are all our rooms in which we are assigned air conditioned?

Yes.  They also have fans.

Do you provide any toiletries for your guests?

Yes, we provide Bottled Water for drinking and brushing teeth, cups, and bars of soap. Daily laundry and maid service comes with your trip package as well.  If you have forgotten to bring something, we do have a Lodge store on the grounds for easy access to things you may need.  Remember – we only accept Cash (no credit/debit cards or checks) for purchases.

Does each room/suite have its own private bathroom/shower?

Yes, we offer full private bath and shower.

Are we welcome to bring our children?

Absolutely!  We love having families here with us, and our Guides get a real joy out of teaching the kiddies their little secret tricks to land a big one!

(800) 672-6907

P.O. Box 886
Jefferson, GA 30549