Other key items to pack include a good breathable rain jacket as we’ll most likely encounter rain. Shorts or pants with long sleeved shirts or micro fibers gives good protection against both sun and insects. Both can be harsh at certain times of day. Footwear onboard is whatever you are most comfortable with – most of us prefer bare feet so that fly lines wrapping around toes and shoes can be easily felt and dealt with, but bring whatever suites your needs best. We also highly recommend bug repellent, sun block, hats, sunglasses, cameras, headlights, pliers, and maybe a dry bag or box to keep everything safe onboard – especially for the electronics.
The electrical current used in Costa Rica is 110 volts, AC. The sockets are American-style, but many places often don’t have a place for a grounding prong, so bring an adapter need be.
Packing list – Essentials and recommendations
– Rods: 12 weight fly rods is the main weapon of choice
– Reels: High quality Saltwater fly reels with a smooth strong brake that can handle 250 yards of 50 lbs backing
– Lines: Floating line, floating line with interchangeable sink tips, full sinking lines.
– Leaders + shocker: Normal tapered Tarpon leader with a 60 – 100 lbs shocker. We recommend Rio ready to go Tarpon leaders if you want to keep it simple but bring some extra shock tippet material.
– Flies: giant andino’s deceivers. The every day go to is orange/white/black weighted with spun head on a 3/0, sparse flash (as shown in picture gallery below)
– Light rain jacket. Preferably breathable material
– Cap or sun hat
– Polarized sunglasses
– Shorts and/or breathable light fast drying pants
– Light and fast drying fishing shirt or micro fiber
– Waterproof bag for camera gear and such
– Gloves for sun protection
– Finger tape
– Mosquito and Bug repellent
– Boat shoes if preferred.
– Headlight or flashlight
Through a collaboration with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust all clients will be volunteers supporting conservation. Each landed tarpon will be measured and a scale-sample will be taken. This data will be sent to the BTT to be analyzed by their Tarpon Genetics Program, and valuable information will be collected to learn about Caño Negro’s tarpon. The goal is a further understand on how this tarpon population fits into the global tarpon map, and how to better implement protection of these majestic fish for anglers of the future.