these fish. In fact, they are perfect for monster peacocks weighing in the mid-teens and up. Be prepared, these fish can and will break substandard equipment in short order. Rods and reels should be of high quality. I would recommend standard muskie equipment for this effort. Rods running from 6’6” to 7’2” in extra heavy actions would not be overkill. Reels should be levelwind versions, and fast retrieve rates are preferable. Braided superlines are the best choice. I highly recommend Western Filament’s Tuf-Line XP in 65 pound test or greater. Remember, braids display great tensile strength but lack impact resistance when used with extra heavy action rods. On past trips I have even utilized my muskie leaders to minimize lure tangle. You will often find your Woodchopper will overrun the slack line in front of it during your presentation without some form of resistance. And the visibility of a steel leader hasn’t seemed to matter with my last six fish over twenty pounds. This will also reduce potential line twist caused by the lure spinning during both the cast and retrieve. A good sunblock carrying a rating of at least SPF30 is a must and should be administered at least every two hours. Quality polarized sunglasses are an absolute must. The sun’s reflection off the waters surface will be almost direct, and can be very dangerous if adequate eye protection is overlooked. Over the past fifteen years I have trusted my eye protection to Strike King and have found their various Pro models very effective. And don’t forget your camera, you will need it. There are a variety of peacocks found in the Amazon; some claim there are as many as twelve types. However, for the most part trophy hunters will be seeking the “acu” peacock or the “speckled” peacock. The “acu,” also known as the “black barred” or “grande,” can reach weights of nearly thirty pounds, with current records exceeding twenty-seven pounds. The “speckled” variety, which has also reached the high twenty pound class, is thought by many to be simply a subspecies of the “grande”. Both fish carry the distinctive vertical black bars on their sides. However, as the name implies the speckled will be just that - speckled. Males will sometimes display a hump on the back of their heads just forward of the dorsal fin. This is more prominent during spawning, but there can be evidence of this characteristic outside the spawning period. The female is much more generic in shape, and when carrying eggs, will weigh considerably more than the male. Both will display “eye spots” within their tail region. Some scientists say this is an evolutionary trait promoting survival. The eye spot is said to resemble that found on the tail plume of the pea fowl, and is believed to be the reason South American anglers have come to know them as pavon or peacock. You will come to know them as the perfect sport fish. Make the trip of a lifetime come true, join us aboard the YANNA in December.
Now that you know a little more about the peacock and the areas in which to find them, let’s help make it possible. As in traveling to any foreign country one can expect certain requirements and with that, also some potential concerns. The best way I know to overcome these obstacles and have a great experience abroad is to travel within the framework of qualified agents. They will provide you with the necessary information regarding vaccines, flight schedules, accessory needs and so on. They will see to it that you and/or your group are accommodated in every way possible. From arranging to meet you in Miami if necessary to expediting you and your gear from the airport in Manaus to the Yanna, to seeing that you and your group are escorted back to the airport for your return trip. Simply put, they will see to it your peacock experience aboard the Yanna is a pleasant one. Want to have fun, join us on our next peacock adventure upon the Yanna on the Rio Negro. www.lindyfishingtackle.com Lindy Fishing Tackle Join Us Aboard The YANNA Things You Will Need The key is To Pack Light: Right… Passport and Brazil travel visa are a must. You will want your personal gear below 50 lbs. There is laundry service aboard the YANNA for the price of a tip. Add to that your tackle, at least 4 extra heavy action rods, in the musky variety. Quality baitcasting equipment is a must. For those choosing to use lighter gear Ardent’s 600 and 1000 Would be a good choice. However, if your timber fishing you will need heavier equipment. Braided super-lines are a must. Western Filament’s Tuf-XP in at least 60 lb test is recommended. Lures should include “Jack-The-Ripper, Poe’s Giant Jackpot or the Woodchopper if you choose topwater. Crankbaits, muskie bucktails and spinnerbaits and jigs will also provide good success. Digital camera, Sun block in 45 spf, Chap-Stick at least 15 spf and 30 spf is better. A good digital camera, extra batteries and extra storage. Personal belongings, dry bag and rain gear.