Panamá Fly Fishing Charters

Panamá Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Panamá

Fly Fishing in Panamá

Panama is quickly becoming one of Central America’s top tourist destinations and for good reason. Sandwiched between the Caribbean and the Pacific, golden beaches stretch for miles, giving you the perfect chance to unwind. It also means incredible fishing opportunities! Fly fishing in Panama gives you the chance to explore the rich waters, as well as landing a delicious treat. 

What to Expect

The best chance of landing a fish on the fly in Panama is by hitting up the inshore and nearshore waters. There’s plenty on offer in the way of mangroves, bays, reefs, and many more sweet fishing spots. Get ready to be wowed by the luscious greenery contrasting with the crystal clear water, full of dazzling fish, as you make the most of your holiday. 
 
Most fly fishing charters are operated by passionate, local guides, giving you a true taste of Panama culture. Many captains run traditional “panga” boats, and you can come aboard for anywhere between two and 12 hours to relax and get your fish on. 
 
While fly fishing is a specialized technique, there’s no reason why beginners can’t come aboard. Short trips with a professional captain can be tailored to first-timers. If you’re a keen fly angler, then there’s also plenty of action to keep you entertained all day long.

What fish can I catch?

Wherever you go fly fishing in Panama, you’re in for an eye-opening experience. Some of the world’s most prized inshore fish call these waters home. Target monsters such as Snook and Tarpon to land that trophy catch, writing your name into the angling hall of fame!
 
If you’re looking to land something tasty to take back to shore, then there’s no shortage of options, either. Go after Mutton and Mangrove Snapper, Jacks, Mackerel, and many more, before savoring the taste of success at the end of the day. 

Where to Go

With two long coastlines, choosing where to go for your Panama fly fishing adventure can be a bit of a struggle. But fear not, there’s no wrong answer. Whether you’re on the Caribbean or Pacific coast, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. 
 
From the capital city and Punta Chana, you can explore mangroves and the islands in the Gulf of Panama. While further up the Pacific coast, the city of David is another hotspot. Head north, and Bocas del Toro and Colon are your best bet of a fly fishing charter.
 
You can even head to some of the productive islands in the Pacific and take a charter straight from there. Coiba, for example, is a hotbed of fishing activity and fly fishing is just as good as anywhere else. 

How to Prepare

With a booming tourist industry in the country, it’s no surprise that your Panama fly fishing guide will have your interests at heart. Most charters will offer some drinks and snacks, with some even offering a full meal on longer trips. 
 
Most charters also offer conventional fishing trips, so they may not have fly fishing gear on board. Check with your captain before heading out, and see if you need to rent some gear to take with you.
 
And that’s it. You’re all set for your Panama fly fishing expedition. Get booking and discover some of the world’s best fishing grounds!

Top Fly Fishing Charters in Panamá

Reviews of Fishing in Fly Fishing in Panama

3 Dorados and a Spanish Mac.
Luciano A. fished with Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline on June 21, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't eat the salad in the restaurant if you get your catch cooked, the salad made me sick.
Three day tryp
Maurus L. fished with Gatún Sportfishing Lodge on January 12, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The sun is very hot!! Protect you properly!
Panama Canal Full Day Fishing
Rosalind C. fished with Gatún Sportfishing Lodge on January 8, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take means of protecting yourself from the sun.
Great Fishing Day with Capt. Daniel & Issac
FishingBooker Member fished with La Familia Fishing Charters – 26' on December 18, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Nice weather in December and very good catches...and Panama is a very nice city with a friendly people.
Full day trip with Captain Daniel & Mate Jack
Freddie C. fished with La Familia Fishing Charters – 26' on June 16, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared to go way offshore to get to deep water (300’). It took almost 2 hours to get back to the dock. The seas can be rough so prepare for the motion if you are prone. The variety of fish is amazing!
Full day
Douglas B. fished with Gatún Sportfishing Lodge on April 20, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Patience weather dictates everything but trust the excellent guide we had geraldo
Full Day Trip with Captain Issac Miller to Los Perlos
FishingBooker Member fished with La Familia Fishing Charters – 26' on January 21, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring your ID, sunscreen and a hat, The charter and captain provides everything else you would need for a wonderful days fishing!
Full Day to 20 Fathom Trench and Taboga Island
Gwen F. fished with Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline on December 20, 2017
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Plan on a great boat ride, then if you catch fish, it's a great fishing trip.

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Panamá