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
4.5 / 5
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Costa Rica

Bring a cooler if you plan to take fish home. There is an ice vending machine just outside the launch beach.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a cooler if you plan to take fish home. There is an ice vending machine just outside the launch beach.
Snook Sportfishing
Snook Sportfishing
Slow bite, but captain and crew were great and worked hard to find us some fish!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Slow bite, but captain and crew were great and worked hard to find us some fish!
Fish Hunter – 28’
Fish Hunter – 28’
Take your catch right next door to the Beach House Bar and Restaurant and they will cook it for you. They also have an outdoor shower across from the entry for a quick rinse.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your catch right next door to the Beach House Bar and Restaurant and they will cook it for you. They also have an outdoor shower across from the entry for a quick rinse.
The Skipjack by Amberjack Tours
The Skipjack by Amberjack Tours
It seems to rain in the afternoon so the best time to book is morning. A half day trip should be enough to catch plenty depending on the time of year; I think mahi-mahi is best in October but check with your local guide For details.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It seems to rain in the afternoon so the best time to book is morning. A half day trip should be enough to catch plenty depending on the time of year; I think mahi-mahi is best in October but check with your local guide For details.
Isla Culebra Del Pacifico
Isla Culebra Del Pacifico
It’s a crap shoot in winter. Really look at tides and weather and book accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a crap shoot in winter. Really look at tides and weather and book accordingly.
Gitana Fishing
Gitana Fishing
Just be patient, the captain knows what he’s doing and where to go to find fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just be patient, the captain knows what he’s doing and where to go to find fish!
Costa Tamarindo Sport Fishing
Costa Tamarindo Sport Fishing
It was a gorgeous day on the water! So much fun! Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen & hats and you’ll be good!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a gorgeous day on the water! So much fun! Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen & hats and you’ll be good!!
Sea Star CR – 31' Big Eye
Sea Star CR – 31' Big Eye
I would recommend booking with Juan Carlos Mendez! He knows where the fish are and how to catch them!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would recommend booking with Juan Carlos Mendez! He knows where the fish are and how to catch them!
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Awesome for tuna! We hoped to get mahi too, but not really the season for it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Awesome for tuna! We hoped to get mahi too, but not really the season for it!
The Relaxer
The Relaxer
The fishing license seems hard to do but it’s really easy and quick at the marina. 630-730am only. No English spoken but other non Spanish speakers were able to navigate it easy peasy.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The fishing license seems hard to do but it’s really easy and quick at the marina. 630-730am only. No English spoken but other non Spanish speakers were able to navigate it easy peasy.
Soleil Sport Fishing
Soleil Sport Fishing
The 26' boat was a little too small and rocky for my 2 friends, they got a little sick. But! I didnt get sick at all and snagged a beautiful and delicious mahi
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The 26' boat was a little too small and rocky for my 2 friends, they got a little sick. But! I didnt get sick at all and snagged a beautiful and delicious mahi
Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I
Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I
Cover up...the sun is intense! This is the Pacific...the swells were 8 to 8.5 feet
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Cover up...the sun is intense! This is the Pacific...the swells were 8 to 8.5 feet
Nauti Ventures
Nauti Ventures
Absolutely, it’s a smaller boat but perfect for anglers , I rook my wife as well and she loved it
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely, it’s a smaller boat but perfect for anglers , I rook my wife as well and she loved it
Fishing Lake Arenal
Fishing Lake Arenal
Absolutely…such a great place to fish some species that are unique and the surrounding environment is like out of a post card. Would highly recommend this if you travel to Costa Rica
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely…such a great place to fish some species that are unique and the surrounding environment is like out of a post card. Would highly recommend this if you travel to Costa Rica
Fishing Lake Arenal
Fishing Lake Arenal
Wear a rain jacket, hat and something to cover your face. It can be sunny and hot and rainy all on the same trip. The waves were high, so the sea spray will get you which is part of the adventure! Be prepared for big fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear a rain jacket, hat and something to cover your face. It can be sunny and hot and rainy all on the same trip. The waves were high, so the sea spray will get you which is part of the adventure! Be prepared for big fish!
Snook Sportfishing
Snook Sportfishing
If you plan to bring your own terminal tackle, make sure that the captain and deckhand will allow you to use it. Also, ask about what type of fish is in season and what will you be going after during your trip such as if you would like to do a combo trip (both offshore and bottom fishing either on your way out or coming back in. ).
Very good
4.0 / 5
If you plan to bring your own terminal tackle, make sure that the captain and deckhand will allow you to use it. Also, ask about what type of fish is in season and what will you be going after during your trip such as if you would like to do a combo trip (both offshore and bottom fishing either on your way out or coming back in. ).
Allin Sportfishing - 28’ Mako
Allin Sportfishing - 28’ Mako
Yes would definitely recommend to anybody fishing for the first time in tamarindo! The guides were very helpful and knowledgeable!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes would definitely recommend to anybody fishing for the first time in tamarindo! The guides were very helpful and knowledgeable!
Maryola Tours
Maryola Tours
Wear more sunscreen then you think you need and drink water like your life depends on it.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Wear more sunscreen then you think you need and drink water like your life depends on it.
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Bring a long sleeve shirt that’s not tight and maybe a light rain jacket if it’s rainy season. We wore both on the way back because it was stormy and raining.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a long sleeve shirt that’s not tight and maybe a light rain jacket if it’s rainy season. We wore both on the way back because it was stormy and raining.
Bucket List Sportfishing
Bucket List Sportfishing
Prepare for a long boat ride to get to the tuna this time of year; I thought we'd be much closer to shore. Sporadic action but when it's on...it's on.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Prepare for a long boat ride to get to the tuna this time of year; I thought we'd be much closer to shore. Sporadic action but when it's on...it's on.
Hooked Up Sportfishing Costa Rica
Hooked Up Sportfishing Costa Rica

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