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Fly Fishing Costa Rica

Diverse single and multi-day adventures around the country in both saltwater and freshwater

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Caribbean

A melting pot of cultures, the Caribbean coast is more than just an intense experience of spice-filled Afro-Caribbean music, cuisine, and a more laid-back vibe. The region also holds one of the world’s best tarpon fisheries. Thick lowland rainforest frame remote beaches, many of which host staggering annual sea turtle nesting events. Just beyond the breakers, one enters the realm of Megalops atlanticus, or the famous tarpon. The immense river mouths and deep reefs that dot the coast have been the fabled haunts of fly fishing legends reaching back more than half a century. If you dream to duke it out with these prehistoric heavyweights - many of which are bigger than you - then this is certainly a part of Costa Rica not to miss. But be sure to take your journey into fly fishing history one step further and throw in some exotic cichlid or machaca fish! It will soon become your favorite part of this diverse country, as it is ours.

Species Available

Machaca

Machaca

Permit

Permit

Snook

Snook

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Mojarra

Mojarra

Rainbow Bass

Rainbow Bass

Tripletail

Tripletail

Black Belt Cichlid

Black Belt Cichlid

Tarpon

Tarpon

Jack

Jack

Moga

Moga

Barracuda

Barracuda

Jaguar Guapote

Jaguar Guapote

Caribbean Trips
Central Pacific

Rugged coastlines. Dense rainforests. Hot sun, and pounding surf. The Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is all these things, and more. Curious monkeys scamper through the canopy, watched by inquisitive (and often lazy) sloths. Towering waterfalls feed rivers that empty onto the beaches, where breaching humpback whales can be seen in the distance. It’s no surprise that this stretch of Costa Rica is popular, and it holds plenty of fly fishing options! Target warmwater exotics in the rivers. Fish for snook, roosterfish, and snappers at the river mouths. Get offshore and chase sailfish and tuna on a sportfisher. The Central Pacific Coast has a little for everyone!

Species Available

Snook

Snook

Bigeye Trevally

Bigeye Trevally

Roosterfish

Roosterfish

Rainbow Runner

Rainbow Runner

Tuna

Tuna

Jack

Jack

Machaca

Machaca

Marlin

Marlin

Bluefin Trevally

Bluefin Trevally

Dorado

Dorado

Sailfish

Sailfish

Wahoo

Wahoo

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Snapper

Snapper

Amberjack

Amberjack

Central Pacific Trips
Guanacaste

Guanacaste is a region unlike any other in Costa Rica. The misty forests of Monteverde transform into rolling, windswept hills studded with meandering rivers. Some of the most exciting fly fishing in Costa Rica can be found here. The ripening of the wild cashew (espavel) signals the start of an all-out machaca frenzy, with unbelievable topwater action fished from a whitewater raft. Rainbow bass lie in wait near submerged structure, and tepemechín dart around in the swift currents. These rivers slowly wind their way to the idyllic beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula. The coastlines hold countless coves and bays, where ravenous packs of roosterfish and jacks corral schools of sardinas to be devoured. And if you venture offshore, it's an epic pelagic playground.

Species Available

Rainbow Bass

Rainbow Bass

Dorado

Dorado

Amberjack

Amberjack

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Snook

Snook

Marlin

Marlin

Rainbow Runner

Rainbow Runner

Jack

Jack

Snapper

Snapper

Roosterfish

Roosterfish

Wahoo

Wahoo

Sailfish

Sailfish

Bluefin Trevally

Bluefin Trevally

Machaca

Machaca

Tuna

Tuna

Guanacaste Trips
Osa

Touted to be ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’ by National Geographic, the Osa Peninsula (or Osa for short) represents spectacular adventure across its many pristine terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Jaguars and tapirs still haunt the jungle covered mountaintops, and screeching scarlet macaws and toucans are a common sight as they move through the forest canopy. Osa also offers some of the finest inshore and offshore fly fishing in the world, with inshore species including giant roosterfish, snappers, groupers, jacks, and rainbow runners, and offshore waters offering shots at some of the world’s largest Pacific sailfish, blue, striped, and black marlin, dorado or mahi-mahi, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna.

Species Available

Tuna

Tuna

Amberjack

Amberjack

Sailfish

Sailfish

Roosterfish

Roosterfish

Rainbow Runner

Rainbow Runner

Snook

Snook

Snapper

Snapper

Jack

Jack

Bluefin Trevally

Bluefin Trevally

Bigeye Trevally

Bigeye Trevally

Wahoo

Wahoo

Triggerfish

Triggerfish

Dorado

Dorado

Tarpon

Tarpon

Marlin

Marlin

Osa Trips
Talamanca

Towering over southwestern Costa Rica, the majestic Talamanca Mountains stretch from the Central Valley to the Panamanian border. Costa Rica’s tallest mountain, Cerro Chirripó, overlooks the region. This stretch of rainforest-dominated terrain is an important biological corridor, giving animals such as tapir and jaguars an unimpeded route through southern Central America. The high altitude rivers of the cloud forests are surrounded by lush tropical plants and exotic birds, and contain bewildering numbers of rainbow trout. As one moves down the drainages, warmer water species such as the tepemechín, machaca, and numerous cichlids fill the eddies and pools. A true paradise for the fly fisher who heeds the call of the river.

Species Available

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Machaca

Machaca

Mojarra

Mojarra

Moga

Moga

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Talamanca Trips
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!

Species Available

Machaca

Machaca

Rainbow Bass

Rainbow Bass

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Tepemechín (Mountain Mullet)

Moga

Moga

Jaguar Guapote

Jaguar Guapote

Snook

Snook

Tarpon

Tarpon

Mojarra

Mojarra

Zona Norte Trips
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The Fly Fishing Costa Rica Team

Our Core Values

Angler Experience

Our unique team of guides, captains, and service providers work together to specialize in the finest fly fishing adventures in Costa Rica. All our trips put an emphasis on positive local impact, diverse cultural exposure, and overall superb angler experience. We pride ourselves in showing our clients the best possible experience, and are honored that they keep coming back for more.

Conservation

We are blessed to operate in a country as diverse and environmentally-minded as Costa Rica, but we continually work to preserve the fragile ecosystems in which we operate to ensure they are protected for future generations. Over the years, we have collaborated with scientists, government, NGOs, the fly fishing industry, and local stewards to drive conservation, research, and educational projects large and small, always with an emphasis on fish habitat. By engaging as many people as possible, we hope to demonstrate the importance of protecting biodiversity. We only have one planet and must work together in its conservation.

Community

Our focus is to ensure maximum benefit to the local communities surrounding our fisheries. By supporting these local people both directly and indirectly through our programs, we not only ensure economic growth in the local community but also the development of environmental stewards and fish advocates for the future. We are only as strong as the people around us.

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Adventure Journal

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January 7, 2024

Fly Fishing Costa Rica’s Dry Season

Planning a fly fishing trip to Costa Rica to escape the winter chill? Thankfully, Costa Rica’s dry season overlaps perfectly. Costa Rica is home to over a thousand different species of fish, so deciding where to go and what to target can be a little overwhelming. Thankfully we’ve already done the work for you! Check […]

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December 20, 2023

Jungle Tarpon Reserve 2023 SEASON RECAP

As we close another season at the Jungle Tarpon Reserve, we reflect on what is always an awesome time of year. As usual, the river and its many tarpon have kept us on our toes. Some weeks have been incredibly productive, and some had the help of gourmet Costa Rican coffee and stories to keep […]

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July 1, 2023

Tropical Freshwater Diaries Episode 1 ‘Jungle Tarpon – Following the Migrant King’

We follow the journey of the migrant king, or jungle tarpon, deep into a river system surrounded in rainforest. Wildlife abounds, as do really massive tarpon brought here by huge concentrations of baitfish. Prepare yourself for a visual ride to this amazing freshwater tarpon fishery. About the film: Directed/Produced Tropical Fly Collective Camera Tom Enderlin […]

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