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Begins Anew

good fishing on the Rio Negro from mid/late November through March. In December, airline access to Manaus will improve with the addition of Delta's non-stop flights from Atlanta.

Captain Peacock's onboard modifications have made the Amazon's best fishing yacht even better. With cabin and dining room capacity expanded to comfortably accommodate 10-14 anglers, Captain Peacock still has the small-group feel and personalized attention that makes each expedition a special adventure. While most of the trips are now private group charters, we still have some open spaces during prime January-March fishing weeks.

Captain Peacock has secured exclusive access to several protected fisheries along the Rio Negro, and its "First Class Amazon Bass" guides are among the best in the business.

FishQuest's staff and friends would like express their most sincere condolences to owner Leonardo Leao on the loss of his mother to cancer last month.

With several large Brazil fishing outfitters either collapsing this year or precariously close, River Plate Anglers cabin barge operation has emerged on top as the Amazon's most successful operation. Its eight-angler camps are strategically located in prime fisheries throughout the southern Madeira fisheries in the fall months, moving into the Rio Negro and Rio Branco tributaries in the winter.

FishQuest is proud to have been one of River Plate's original three booking agents back in the early 1990s, when it was but a rustic tent-based camp. Today, River Plate's new mobile floating camps now have the operational flexibility to explore new fisheries and survive isolated water level fluctuations. The air-conditioned cabin barges offer a comfortable stay in remote jungle settings. Founder Luis Brown has shown a steadfast commitment to position the camps in good fishing water, and was the first to offer "Amazon raincheck" options to anglers when water levels were deemed unfishable.

At the request of our fly-fishing clients, we've put Agua Boa Lodge back into FishQuest's Amazon trip lineup. This beautiful lodge is set in an exclusive jungle reserve that boasts excellent peacock bass fishing. The tributary of the Rio Branco was rated among the Amazon's best rivers by the late peacock pioneer, T.O. McClean. Agua Boa Lodge, which was featured in our Priming for Peacock Bass DVD, is now under new management and is getting good reviews from fly fisherman.

Finally, this season we are running two special exploratory trips to Colombia. Our January 22-31 trip is a lodge-based trip on the Rio Bita, which has peacock bass, payara, sardinata, redtail catfish and several other exotic species. Our March 19-28 tent-camp expedition will target trophy-class peacocks on the Rio Tomo.

If you haven't made your decision on a peacock trip for this season, but still want to go, please contact our office to discuss best available dates for each of the locations.
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