Akuani River Lodge is the latest offering from our outfitting friends and partners at Afloat Adventures.
What sets this program apart from their other operations is the opportunity to fish for trophy peacock bass and trophy payara (sometimes referred to as vampire fish) in the same trip. While most of the time will be spent fishing multiple large beats of the Vichada River for peacock bass, guests will also experience a rustic overnight at the Orinoco River’s massive Maipures rapids. Here anglers will cast heavy lines into heavy water from bedrock stations in search of large, ultra-hard striking payara which are widely considered one of the most coveted and hardest-earned jungle species on a fly. In addition to visiting the unique semi-arid jungle of eastern Colombia, guests will also get to interface with the native people that call this wild and seldom-visited region home.
Dates: February 14 - 22 and February 28 - March 7, 2024 *Dates are tentative until domestic flights are confirmed
Group Size: 8 anglers per week
February 14: Arrive El Dorado International Airport, Bogota (BOG)
February 15: Transfer to the lodge
February 16 – February 21: Six full days of guided fly fishing. Two days will be an out-camp to fish exclusively for payara.
February 22: Transfer to Bogota
February 23: Depart Colombia
February 27: Arrive El Dorado International Airport, Bogota (BOG)
February 28: Transfer to the lodge
February 29 - March 5: Six full days of guided fly fishing. Two days will be an out-camp to fish exclusively for payara.
March 6: Transfer to Bogota
March 7: Depart Colombia
Rate: $4,595 per person for a 9 night/8 day package based on double occupancy
Meals and accommodations at the lodge
Transfers to/from lodge and Bogota
Two nights hotel in Bogota
Soft drinks and beer
Meals and expenses in Bogota
Flies and equipment
Meet Jon Covich
Jon Covich has spent the last 25 years immersed in the fly fishing industry and has been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most trusted and conscientious travel and tackle resources for the past 20 years. Jon has traveled to many of the world’s best fly fishing destinations, as both an angler and a professional photographer. Photos of his many adventures have appeared in Outside Magazine, Grey’s Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, and Catch Magazine.
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