Who’s ready for an Amazon adventure with Nomadic Waters?

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Justin with a nice Peacock

We are extremely excited to announce our newest hosted trip with Nomadic Waters!

Join us October 18-27, 2024 as we travel to the Brazil interior to chase big Peacock Bass throughout some of the Amazon River’s fish-filled tributaries. The Peacock Bass of the Amazon are known as some of the most aggressive, and beautiful, fish on the planet. Found on most anglers’ bucket lists, they live within the watersheds of the largest, most biodiverse rainforest on our planet, making this a trip of a lifetime.  

Over the past several years, the Nomadic Waters crew has developed a fly fishing experience that offers amenities and hospitality unrivaled by other operations in the Amazon.

Through their dedicated work they have built strong relationships and gained support from the local Amazon communities, helping grow their program to become an increasingly popular fishing operation that welcomes many repeat guests, and hosts, yearly. Yes, the fishing in the Amazon is amazing, but it is the attention to the finest details, professionalism, and their hard-working staff that made us choose to travel and fish with Nomadic Waters.

Location: Rio da Lua, Brazil

Trip Dates: October 18-27, 2024

Price: $6500 – A 50% non-refundable deposit will hold your spot

Our trip will focus on the prime time of year to fish the waters of the Rio da Lua (September through October) when the water is low enough to bring the fish out of the deep cover of the jungle. Nomadic Waters is the only outfitter that has gained access to fish this area of the Rio da Lua, and this exclusivity means that you will be casting in water that has not seen any anglers since the previous year’s trips, literally 365 days prior. On top of that, this region is so large that the Nomadic Waters crew has only scratched the surface of these waters. Because of this, these fish aren’t accustomed to angling pressure, which only increases your chances of hooking up! 

Adding to the jungle experience, the amount and variety of wildlife in the Amazon is unrivaled. Because of such low human impact, on any given day our guests can encounter flocks of Scarlet Macaws and Parrots, Pink River Dolphins, and the occasional Jaguar appearance. The Rio da Lua is also home to many monkeys, caiman, and the rare Amazon Manatee. Take the time to look up from the water now and then! This isn’t just a fishing trip. It’s truly an experience!

Getting There

Just a five-hour flight from Miami, travel to Manaus, Brazil is much easier than what some anglers may have experienced traveling to destinations such as Alaska or Argentina. There are also other economical route options out of Miami by way of Panama City, Panama and Sao Paulo, Brazil. For folks traveling from the western U.S., connecting through Panama City has been the easiest, most economical route. Once we have all arrived in Manaus, we will be greeted by the Nomadic Waters team who will escort everyone on a short bus ride to the Wyndham Tryp Hotel and take in a good night’s rest. The next morning there will be time to check out the enormous breakfast buffet and maybe a short jaunt to one of the many local shops before departing on a short charter flight to the interior where we will meet up with the rest of the crew at the Rio da Lua camp. After six awesome days of fishing, we will fly back into Manaus and check back into the Tryp Hotel. That evening, we will gather for dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse before departing for the airport to catch our return flights home. Michael and Kristi have made this trip tons of times and have worked out many of the kinks that they first encountered when they were first working out the logistics of this trip years ago. We will make sure that your travel is the least of your worries. It’s up to you to make sure you packed deodorant though!

On a side note… Something that is very unique to this trip, and one of the many reasons why we chose Nomadic Waters, is that Michael (Nomadic’s Owner/Operator) will be present during the week, and may even fish with some of you during the trip. Michael takes a very active role in the day-to-day operations and that is something you will not find with every outfitter. Rest assured that they will make your trip a memorable one!


Our home for the week will be a floating camp comprised of well appointed and equipped double-occupancy cabins. This floating camp allows the Nomadic Waters crew to move to different areas of the region in order to put their anglers on the best water possible from week-to-week. 

These floating cabins are extremely comfortable and include individual air conditioning units, private baths with showers, and plenty of storage space for your gear and clothes. Nomadic’s private chef offers a delicious variety of Brazilian fare along with classic international dishes. Meals, and fish stories, are served up in the floating dining cabin that has solar-powered air conditioning. Daily laundry and room service is also part of the Nomadic Waters experience. Rest assured, you will not go home hungry and you will be well taken care of on this trip!

The Fishery

This remarkable private fishery is exclusive to Nomadic Waters. If you are looking for consistent shots at huge Timensis peacock bass, this is the location for you. The Rio da Lua offers the finest and most consistent fishing that we have ever experienced in the Amazon. This is a quality fishery, both for numbers and trophies. Here you can have non-stop action and head-hunt for that true trophy Timensis Peacock Bass at the same time. Guests lose count of how many peacock bass they land between 65 cm and 75 cm (10+ pounds) each trip! Characterized by small water, this river connects to countless lakes and lagoons that also hold large paca, three bar acu, butterfly, and popoca peacock bass. These are the largest butterfly peacock bass we have ever seen, with 10-pound butterfly peacocks landed each week… on poppers! 

Aside from the multitude of double-digit peacock bass, a variety of other species such as Arowana, Payara, large Piranha, and Jacunda inhabit these waters as well, adding a fun and welcomed variety to this angler’s dream trip.The Rio da Lua is perfect for families, father-son/mother-daughter combos, corporate groups, and fishing buddies who want to share this amazing jungle experience. If you are an explorer at heart, you will be blown away by this experience as we fish our way into new lagoons every week. 

Big Bonus!

Why not make an already amazing trip even better? On the first evening of the trip we will throw all of our guests’ names in a drawing for a brand spankin’ new Orvis Helios 9ft 9wt Fly Rod and Mirage IV Reel!

EACH ANGLER will also receive an Orvis fly line/tippet package to help get everyone rigged for success! 

I don’t think we need to tell you just how awesome that is and how excited we are to have Orvis be a part of this trip! Big thanks to Drew Nisbet and the rest of the awesome folks at Orvis for joining the fun on this awesome experience! 

What’s Included?

8 Nights in country, 6 full days of guided fishing. 

Double Occupancy accommodations

Nomadic Waters host/interpreter, all airport transfers, and single occupancy hotel accommodations in Manaus, Brazil.

Round Trip charter flights to the Nomadic Waters Camp.

All permits, licenses, insurance, and documents required for fishing.

Drawing for Orvis Fly Rod/Reel combo ($ Retail)

Orvis Anglers Package ($130 Retail)

Daily laundry and room service.

Domestic beer and chef-prepared Brazilian cuisine.

Both myself and Michael (Owner and operator of Nomadic Waters) will be on this trip and able to work personally with each guest to ensure everyone has what they need to enjoy their trip.

What’s NOT Included

Transportation to Manaus, Brazil (Nomadic Waters travel agent available to assist with booking flights)

Brazil Travel Visa

Meals and drinks while in Manaus

Gratuities for guides and crew (typically around 10% of trip cost)

Additional alcohol/liquor. This can be purchased in any duty-free shop and easily transported or purchased in Manaus.

Extras Services Available To You

Additional Nomadic Waters Excursions

Trip Insurance (recommended) 

Travel experts to assist you with your airfare and schedules. One call and everything is taken care of!

Access to satellite phone

Fly rod and reel rentals 

Questions? Ready To Book? Contact Us At Justin@GinkandGasoline.com

Justin Pickett

Gink & Gasoline



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