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, serenaded by eerie sounds drifting out of the forest, and casting unusual flies to fish one has never seen before. Caribbean Costa Rica is a land of lost waters and unique fly angling opportunities, and we are excited to offer you the chance to have an encounter with the exotic.
While large adult tarpon can be caught in many places around the world, the fish inhabiting the inland rivers of this northern region are quite extraordinary. Growing to epic proportions, it’s not unusual to see schools of hunting fish well into the triple digits. This is without a doubt one of the world’s finest fly-fishing trophy tarpon destinations, and one that has managed to stay just below the radar resulting in large and aggressive tarpon who aren´t afraid to charge and inhale a fly.
The Jungle Tarpon Reserve is a vast system of freshwater rivers, creeks, and flooded lagoons surrounded by verdant rainforest and swampland. The tarpon have journeyed many miles inland to reach the lagoons. At the time of the their arrival, seasonal rains flood the immense lagoons to create an inland sea surrounded by volcanoes and rife with other primeval creatures like tropical garfish, sawfish, and freshwater bull sharks. This collection of archaic predators explosively feed on the many species of baitfish flushed into the lagoons by the heavy annual deluge, much to the delight of adventurous anglers. From their time in the tannin-stained freshwater the tarpon have lost their silvery hue and are very dark in color. Battling these beasts confined by the river’s lush banks is at once an explosive and awe inspiring experience. If you need a breather from throwing large streamers on your 12-weight outfit, the surrounding forest brims with monkeys, wading birds, spectacled caiman, and other interesting rainforest creatures.
LODGING & FOOD
TACKLE & GEAR
OTHER ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO PACK
Rough Itinerary Breakdown
- DAY 1 Saturday – Arrival Costa Rica (SJO), Lodging San Jose Hotel or B&B
- DAY 2 Sunday – Depart San Jose, private transport to Jungle Tarpon Reserve, 1/2 day tarpon, Lodging at Riverside Camp
- DAYS 3-7 Monday-Friday – Fish full day tarpon, Lodging at Riverside Camp
- DAY 8 Saturday – Fish 1/2 day tarpon, private transport to San Jose, Lodging San Jose Hotel or B&B
- DAY 9 Sunday – Depart Costa Rica
Included – All lodging at Jungle Tarpon Reserve, all food except first/last nights dinners in San Jose and lunches on transport days, private transportation to/from Jungle Tarpon Reserve and all local transportation at Jungle Tarpon Reserve, guiding, boats, fishing license
Not included – Tackle (rental equipment available from Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods, Hatch fly reels, and Airflo & RIO lines), flies (custom hand-tied collections available for sale on-site), leaders (available for sale on-site), phone calls, off mealtime food (although we have plenty of snacks and coffee available at all times), beer and alcohol, additional tours/transport, gratuities, travel insurance, international flights