What To Bring: When it comes to a trip to the Amazon, the list of what to bring is vast. Not only is fishing gear important, but it's worth putting together a pretty hefty bag of non-fishing essentials. If you book a trip with Angler's Inn (which we highly recommend), their staff will walk you through what will be in your provided "Amazon Tough Bag." The list includes everything from multiple strengths of sun block, to powered drinks loaded with electrolytes, to medical fricition tape, to multiple flavors of bug dope. You don't think you'll need it all, but you will. As for tackle, these fish are no joke. You'll want conventional outfits you'd feel confident using for muskies, and you'll want the reels loaded with 50-pound braid. There's no need for leader with these fish; our guides recommended tying direct the entire time. Loud lures are key if you want surface explosions, with Wood Choppers, large poppers, and heavy-rattling Spooks being staples. However, diving plugs in the 5- to 8-inch range, long hair jigs, a sub-surface walking lures all score as well. If you're a fly angler, pack a 9-weight outfit. I took two reels, one spooled with floating line and the other an intermediate sink-tip line. Clousers and Deceivers heavy on white, chartreuse, orange, and black were most effective, while standard foam poppers scored plenty of fish on top.