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Fly Fishing in San Juan
When you think of San Juan, fly fishing may not be the first thing you think of. Puerto Rico’s capital is famous for its big game offshore fishing scene, but fly fishing is slowly getting the attention it deserves. The incredible local food, beautiful scenery, and a year-round Tarpon season are just some of the reasons you should be excited about coming here.
Which Trip to Choose
The calm inshore waters of San Juan are perfect for fly fishing. In the nearby lagoons, you’ll find a large concentration of juvenile Tarpon, but, now and then, a 40–100 lb specimen will make an appearance. Believe it or not, tropical Tarpon love the rain, so a rainy day won’t spoil your day of fishing. In these brackish waters, you’ll also have the chance to target Snook, Jack, Permit, and Bonefish. Fishing guides usually recommend morning trips for more fish action and less wind.
Only a couple of miles from the coastline, the ocean floor drops significantly and you’ll be in the area where big game species roam. Offshore fly fishing is not for beginners. Catching Marlin is a difficult task on its own, but targeting it on a fly takes it to a whole new level! Another challenge you can seek is targeting super fast Tuna (which reach up to 40 mph) or Barracuda that leap 15 feet into the air like missiles. This trip takes dedication, so you’ll need to take a full day fishing trip and prepare for a powerful duel.
San Juan river fishing is less popular but still worth giving it a go. This isn’t the usual Puerto Rico scenery with long sandy beaches and palm trees. You’re most likely to target Tarpon and Peacock Bass. These trips are great if you want to stay in the calmest water possible or want to avoid the crowds.
Need to Know
- Ask your guide if fly fishing equipment is provided or if you’ll need to bring your own.
- The guest capacity for fly fishing trips is usually lower compared to trolling or casting trips. Confirm how many guests your fishing guide accommodates for fly fishing specifically.
- Having polarized sunglasses is a must-have on a fly fishing trip.
The San Juan fly fishing scene is building its reputation among international anglers. Come be among the first to enjoy this world-class fishing experience for yourself.
What People Are Saying About Fly Fishing in San Juan
"November fishing trip"
Austin Miklos fished with The Drop Fishing Charters on November 8, 2019
This was our first time in Puerto Rico, we’re originally from Virginia, and Carlos created an amazing experience for us. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional. His boat was beautiful and in impeccable condition. We normally fish bass, however Carlos was able to show us that fishing for tarpon was just as fun if not more. Will definitely book with him again, hopefully next time off shore!
"Half day morning trip"
Daniel Platt fished with Bayside Fishing Charters on October 29, 2019
Captain Luis went above and beyond to put us on fish and give us a great experience. We were fortunate and caught a lot of fish and a variety. I would definitely recommend fishing with captain Luis if you have small children and want them to have a great experience!
"Half day "
Nestor Muniz fished with Bayside Fishing Charters on October 19, 2019
Everything was great. At the end of the trío the captain was to agressive asking for the correct tip amount.
"Fishing with Alex"
Joe Beniche fished with Sea Born Fishing - Fishing Tales on October 14, 2019
10/13/19. The boat Fishing Tales is a nicely restored Hatteras. The fishing was a little slow for all the charter boats on that day but the crew more than made up for it with there service and expertise. They even had a great playlist of music. I will be booking this charter in the future.
"Get 6 hours trip"
Ivan Koren fished with Double Hook Charters on October 31, 2019
Make sure you book a 6-hour trip. Got a Blue Marlin and will be back again
Adam Stone fished with Double Hook Charters on October 8, 2019
Boat and crew were great. Fish bite was slow but just the way it goes. Thanks for the trip and I will book again.
Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in San Juan
- Size 25 to 80lbs
- Food Value None
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 15 to 25lbs
- Food Value Low
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats River, Inshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Flats, Backcountry, Wreck
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