Pacu is a common name used to refer to several species of omnivorous South American freshwater serrasalmid fish that are related to the piranha. Pacu and piranha do not have similar teeth, the main difference being jaw alignment; piranha have pointed, razor-sharp teeth in a pronounced underbite, whereas pacu have squarer, straighter teeth, which are uncannily similar to human teeth, and a less severe underbite. Based on their size, they are great fighters. These Pacus are native to tropical and subtropical South America. They inhabit rivers, lakes, floodplains and flooded forests in the Amazon, Orinoco, São Francisco, and Río de la Plata Basins, as well as rivers in the Guianas.
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Some of the peacock bass and dorado lodges we represent in South America have pacu as an alternate species to stalk.
8 to 10-weight fly rods are suggested with floating and fast sink tip lines.
Since they are primarily a fish that eats vegetation, flies that resemble plants and nuts work best.
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Specializes in Alaska and Canada fishing, and South America fishing and big game programs.
Specializes in South America fishing and shooting departments. Plus, fishing in Mongolia and Canada.