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 then floating down a new piece of water, surrounded by unfamiliar vegetation and scenery, serenaded by eerie sounds drifting out of the forest, and casting unusual flies to exotic fish one has never seen before. Northern 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 really big 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 fishery consists of a vast system of freshwater rivers, creeks, and flooded lagoons surrounded in verdant rainforest and swampland. The tarpon have journeyed from the Caribbean some 300+ inland miles to reach these hunting grounds. At the time of the tarpon’s 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 more 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 area brims with monkeys, wading birds, spectacled caiman, and other interesting rainforest creatures.