Return from the Jungle

February 24, 2022
Matt Miles

I returned home just a few days ago from another amazing trip to Brazil. Its been since November 2019 since my last visit there. It was a long two years but once aboard the mothership for 7 days on the Rio Negro I felt like I never left. It was great to see all the familiar faces I've grown to know since my first trip in 2017. I say it every trip the fish bring you to the jungle but the guides and staff make you want to return! Nomadic Waters does it like no one else I have seen in all my years in the fly fishing world. The guides truly love what they do and want your experience the best possible. Nomadic Waters does a first class job on covering every detail to what to bring, pack, flies, and travel. I am excited, just in 8 months I will be returning again to fish Brazil with a great group of anglers. I hope to have dates set for 2023 in the next few weeks.

Water levels were perfect on the Rio Negro during our trip. Water levels are a big deal since the peacock bass get shallow in trees and tight to structure. Lower water helps pull the fish out to the banks and points. 7 anglers in 6 days landed 1268 fish, with the majority of them being peacock bass. We did catch some wolf, cuda, piranha, jacunda, and arowana. Most days we saw caimen, otters, parrots, macaws, and toucans. Streamer fishing was the most productive, with fly colors ranging from tan, olive, orange, and chartreuse. If you are tying your own flies bring strong hooks. My first day saw a double digit peacock bust the surface near some trees. Two cast later I hooked the fish and then lost it under a minute to find my 2/0 hook bent three different directions. Peacock bass should be on everyones list wether your a bass fanatic like me or not. Peacock bass hit so hard then pull incredibly hard for their size. If your interested in joining me on a trip to Brazil contact me and also you can check out

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