Zona Norte

The cloud wreathed summit of the Arenal Volcano surveys the vast countryside of Costa Rica’s northern zone, or Zona Norte. Countless numbers of birds migrate through this area, stopping to feed and rest on their long voyages. The lowland rainforests teem with life, from tiny colorful poison dart frogs to raucous howler monkeys to indomitable jaguar. Thick vegetation crowds the banks of jade rivers, where machaca and snook wait to ambush their next meal. But the true king of these rivers are the tarpon, the sabaló real. These saltwater giants travel hundreds of kilometers from Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, gorging themselves on the widely available baitfish. The experience of fly fishing for a saltwater behemoth in a tranquil jungle river is not one to be missed!

Zona Norte

Family & Eco-Travel Adventures

Family & Eco-Travel Adventures

Costa Rica is Not Just Your Typical Fly Fishing Holiday Now that you’ve decided to plan a trip to Costa Rica, there’s a lot more you should know and consider during your visit. Costa Rica offers some of the world’s finest opportunities for eco-tourism, family adventures, and much more. And while some destinations have a […]

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Tenkara Expeditions in Costa Rica

Tenkara Expeditions in Costa Rica

Art, Tradition, and Sport Combined The ancient Japanese art of tenkara is fly fishing in its very simplest form. A long flexible rod, line, and fly are all one needs to reach a zen-like bliss while gently presenting specially tied flies to selective fish. But modern tenkara has taken its roots from Japanese mountain stream fishing […]

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Jungle Tarpon Reserve, Costa Rica

Jungle Tarpon Reserve, Costa Rica

Experience Fly Fishing for Giant River Tarpon Like Never Before Many fascinating species of fish inhabit the world’s tropical freshwaters, and Costa Rica is no exception. For a fly fisherman seeking diverse new species or angling situations nothing is more exciting than floating down a new piece of water surrounded in unfamiliar vegetation and scenery, […]

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Costa Rica’s Tarpon Combo

Costa Rica’s Tarpon Combo

Experience Tarpon Fly Fishing Diversity Around Costa Rica Costa Rica has long been celebrated as a legendary tarpon destination. One such heralded trophy tarpon hunting ground is the Rio Colorado on the northern Caribbean coast. At key times of the year huge schools of adult tarpon congregate in various river mouths like the Colorado, where […]

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Rio Colorado Tarpon Club

Rio Colorado Tarpon Club

Best Ocean Tarpon Fishing in Costa Rica Many fly anglers dream of catching a large adult tarpon, and Costa Rica´s northern Caribbean coast is one of the best locations on the planet to tick this incredible fish off the bucket list. The coastline consists of sparsely settled rainforest and lagoon systems, where dark volcanic beaches […]

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Machaca, Costa Rica’s Fruit Eater

Machaca, Costa Rica’s Fruit Eater

Intense Topwater Fly Fishing in the Costa Rican Jungle A distant relative to the Amazon’s piranha, Brycon costaricensis or the machaca, is an interesting and highly enjoyable fish to pursue on fly. The fish inhabit lakes and fast moving rivers in lowland drainages of Costa Rica. At first glance, the row of ferocious teeth lining the machaca’s grin speaks of a savage predator of smaller fish, and yet […]

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Costa Rica’s Fly Fishing Grand Slam

Costa Rica’s Fly Fishing Grand Slam

An Expedition to Catch Costa Rica’s Most Iconic Gamefish Chasing Costa Rica’s “big three” is a coast-to-coast adventure of legendary proportions. While it can be done in a single day using a helicopter, we’ve expanded our Costa Rican Grand Slam expedition into a week in order to maximize opportunity for success as well as allow […]

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