Costa Rica Fly Fishing Charters

Costa Rica Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Costa Rica

Fly Fishing in Costa Rica

If you want to take your fly fishing game to the next level, you couldn’t pick a better place than Costa Rica. Fly fishing Costa Rica’s coastline will get you on huge Snook, brutish Roosterfish, and an army of Jacks. Head offshore, and you can try for many anglers’ life ambition – taking Marlin and Sailfish on the fly. And that’s just the Pacific Coast. Head inland or over to the Caribbean, and you will find incredible Tarpon fishing. The whole country is teeming with gamefish just waiting for a tasty-looking fly to float their way.

Fly Fishing Spots

Costa Rica is so blessed with sportfish that you can find great hookups pretty much anywhere. There are a few iconic areas you have to hit to really get the most out of the country. Here are some of our favorites.
 

River Mouths

All along the Pacific Coast, hundreds of streams and rivers dump nutrients into the sea. This is a perfect hunting ground for world-record Snook. We’re not exaggerating here, just ask the IGFA.
 
Search the sandy bottom nearby, and you can also find Costa Rica’s signature inshore species - Roosterfish. These punkish predators are every bit as aggressive as they look. Pound for pound, they’re as tough to bring in as any other fish in the country. 
 
You can fish any river mouth for these guys. Central and southern Costa Rica have produced the biggest fish in recent years. Jaco, Quepos, and Golfito are all great spots to start.
 

FADs

Fancy landing something a little bigger? Is bringing in Roosterfish just not hard enough? How about Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin? Head offshore. and that’s exactly what you’ll find. 
 
Fish Aggregating Devices (or FADs, for short) can be anything from buoys to broken branches. Small fish shelter near them, bringing Marlin and other apex predators right up to the surface. This, plus the famous aggression of Pacific Sailfish, makes Costa Rica one of the best places on the planet for taking Billfish on the fly.
 
You can fish anywhere from Playa Flamingo and Tamarindo in the North, to Golfito and Puerto Jiménez in the South. The biggest fleets are in Quepos and Jaco, though. You can find more big game fly fishing specialists here.
 

Lagoons

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is much less explored than the Pacific, but tales are told of monster Tarpon. They don’t just live along the coastline, but deep in the jungle in freshwater lagoons. Tarpon need no introduction among lovers of the fly game. Everyone wants the chance to bow to the Silver King, and where better than the palace of fly fishing that is Costa Rica?

Techniques and Tackle

When stalking the shallows, weight-forward floating line lets you place your flies from afar and avoid spooking the fish. Snook are suspicious by nature, and Roosterfish are erratic at best, changing direction on a dime. Keeping your distance is the key to calm fish. Most fly fishing guides use custom flies to suit the area, with 12-weight rod and matching reels. If you’re after Roosterfish, you’d better bring a lot of backing.
 
When fishing the FADs, the go-to tactic is bait-and-switch. This involves trolling unhooked teasers, then switching in your fly line just as the fish comes close. You can theoretically land Marlin on a 12-weight, but bulking up makes life a lot easier. Tube flies are a great choice. They’re hardier than most, and suit the triple-hook setups which work best for Billfish. Whatever you use, bring long, monofilament leaders and proper saltwater reels. This isn’t the time to economize on your gear!
 
We could talk all day about fly fishing in Costa Rica. The fish, the boats, the waters themselves – everything is set up for world-class fly action. You really have to live it to believe it. So next time you’re planning a vacation, cast an eye down to Central America. You won’t regret it. 
Costa Rica
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers
Costa Rica: 83 fishing charters available

Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(44 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $988

Chino's Sportfishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(79 reviews)
Herradura
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $720

Nauti Ventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(18 reviews)
Quepos
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,275

Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(31 reviews)
Jacó
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,650

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Costa Rica

Catch fish you want to eat then spend the rest of the time trolling for Roosterfish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Catch fish you want to eat then spend the rest of the time trolling for Roosterfish.
WILLIAM  T.
WILLIAM T. Lake Charles, LA
Carefully select the boat and captain. Most of te boats at Tamarindo do not have a toilet, an AC cabin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Carefully select the boat and captain. Most of te boats at Tamarindo do not have a toilet, an AC cabin
Douglas  M.
Douglas M. Pittsburgh, PA
If you've never been....this will be a trip you will never forget. It's a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you've never been....this will be a trip you will never forget. It's a must.
Clayton  S.
Clayton S. Tehachapi, CA
Seek out Capt. Randy and the Talking Fish boat. He is an expert in the Tamarindo waters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seek out Capt. Randy and the Talking Fish boat. He is an expert in the Tamarindo waters.
David  C.
David C. Cincinnati, OH
Its hot.... sun protection and cooling off in cold water is essential. Be prepared for the hours of trolling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its hot.... sun protection and cooling off in cold water is essential. Be prepared for the hours of trolling
Brad  M.
Brad M. Englewood, CO
Take the time to get to know the local captains. They know where the fish are!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the time to get to know the local captains. They know where the fish are!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Lusby, MD
Feb. is not the best fishing month. Never the less we caught 3 nice mahi mahi .But just as exciting for the women aboard were the hundreds of dolphins & jumping stingrays , with many turtles & flying fish. All in all it was a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Feb. is not the best fishing month. Never the less we caught 3 nice mahi mahi .But just as exciting for the women aboard were the hundreds of dolphins & jumping stingrays , with many turtles & flying fish. All in all it was a great time.
Bruce  Z.
Bruce Z. Osseo, MN
Great time for rooster , snapper and mahi although bill fish bite coming on a little early too. Blame that on al gore I guess.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time for rooster , snapper and mahi although bill fish bite coming on a little early too. Blame that on al gore I guess.
Eduardo  W.
Eduardo W. Jaco, Provincia De Puntarenas
Full day is best to get out as far as you need to fish for the big fish. Bathe yourself in sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Full day is best to get out as far as you need to fish for the big fish. Bathe yourself in sunscreen!
Tracey  S.
Tracey S. Le Mars, IA
These excursions are not for the hardcore fishermen types who want to do everything, i.e., bait the hooks, throw the lines out, etc.,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
These excursions are not for the hardcore fishermen types who want to do everything, i.e., bait the hooks, throw the lines out, etc.,
Vanessa  C.
Vanessa C. San José, SJ
Check the reviews on fishingbooker.com and book your trip from there. Allin Sportfishing out of Herradura was awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the reviews on fishingbooker.com and book your trip from there. Allin Sportfishing out of Herradura was awesome.
Robert  D.
Robert D. Loxahatchee Groves, Florida
Choose what you want to catch. Fishing is different for the species targeted.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Choose what you want to catch. Fishing is different for the species targeted.
Albert  A.
Albert A. Puntarenas, P
No frills, your out there to fish. Must take camera that takes videos or take a go pro.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
No frills, your out there to fish. Must take camera that takes videos or take a go pro.
Randall  F.
Randall F. Cartago, C
Bring a hard sided cooler so you can get your catch home. They fillet it right in the boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a hard sided cooler so you can get your catch home. They fillet it right in the boat.
Chera  G.
Chera G. Costa Rica
Live bait for rooster is definitely the best, especially if you're looking for a big one ! Once done, move to popping and jigging around the rocks... soooo good !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Live bait for rooster is definitely the best, especially if you're looking for a big one ! Once done, move to popping and jigging around the rocks... soooo good !!
Edouard  B.
Edouard B. Turrialba, Provincia De Cartago
Book with seastar all the guys are very professional and absolutely great friendly people who went above and beyond to please us with not just the fishing but catering and great conversation . I shall be booking with these guys next year as they made me want to visit Costa Rica again as soon as I can
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with seastar all the guys are very professional and absolutely great friendly people who went above and beyond to please us with not just the fishing but catering and great conversation . I shall be booking with these guys next year as they made me want to visit Costa Rica again as soon as I can
Richard  M.
Richard M. Wool, England
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.
Alex  B.
Alex B. Dover, NH
Call and book the guys on the Ravens out of Marina Pez Vela. You will be more than satisfied!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call and book the guys on the Ravens out of Marina Pez Vela. You will be more than satisfied!!!!
William  F.
William F. San Ramon, Provincia De Alajuela
February fishing is not one of the best fishing months of the year. However, we were in Playa Flamingo for 11 days and went on 3 fishing trips and had really great luck for all 3. February for us turned out great! We brought our own surf poles, but had no luck. I recommend fishing with a local guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
February fishing is not one of the best fishing months of the year. However, we were in Playa Flamingo for 11 days and went on 3 fishing trips and had really great luck for all 3. February for us turned out great! We brought our own surf poles, but had no luck. I recommend fishing with a local guide.
Benjamin  K.
Benjamin K. Hacienda Tamarindo, G
Do your research. Read and write honest reviews and keep a positive attitude! It is a beautiful experience!!
Very good
3.7 / 5
Do your research. Read and write honest reviews and keep a positive attitude! It is a beautiful experience!!
Lynne  G.
Lynne G. San José, SJ

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