Jungle Tarpon Reserve Costa Rica

Several remarkable species of fish populate the world’s tropical freshwaters, and Costa Rica is no exception. For a fly fisherman looking for varied brand-new types or angling situations absolutely nothing is extra exciting than drifting down a new piece of water bordered in strange plants and also scenery, serenaded by creepy noises wandering out of the woodland, as well as casting unusual flies to fish one has actually never seen before. Caribbean Costa Rica is a land of lost waters and distinct fly fishing opportunities, and also we are excited to offer you the possibility to have an experience with the exotic.

While huge grown-up tarpon can be caught in numerous locations worldwide, the fish populating the inland rivers of this northern region are fairly extraordinary. Growing to impressive proportions, it’s not uncommon to see schools of hunting fish well right into the triple digits. This lacks a doubt among the world’s finest fly-fishing prize tarpon destinations, as well as one that has handled to remain simply below the radar resulting in big and also aggressive tarpon that aren ´ t terrified to charge and breathe in a fly.

The Jungle Tarpon Reserve is a substantial system of freshwater rivers, creeks, and also swamped shallows surrounded by green jungle and also swampland. The tarpon have journeyed several miles inland to get to the lagoons. At the time of the their arrival, seasonal rains flooding the enormous lagoons to create an inland sea bordered by volcanoes and raging with various other prehistoric creatures like tropical garfish, sawfish, and freshwater bull sharks. This collection of antiquated killers explosively feed upon the numerous varieties of baitfish flushed into the lagoons by the heavy annual deluge, much to the pleasure of daring anglers. From their time in the tannin-stained freshwater the tarpon have lost their silvery shade and are extremely dark in shade. Fighting these beasts constrained by the river’s lavish banks is at as soon as an eruptive as well as awe inspiring experience. If you require a breather from throwing large streamers on your 12-weight outfit, the bordering forest borders with monkeys, wading birds, spectacled caiman, and also various other intriguing rain forest creatures.


ANGLING Fishermens can expect to fish from straightforward however effective river pangas, with 2 fishermens per watercraft taking turns on the bow. Considering that the atmosphere is fairly dynamic, angling situations are additionally varied, ranging from view spreading at tarpon hunting or waking in shallow lagoons and also creeks, waiting for tarpon to roll or damage bait externally before presenting a fly, and blind spreading in most likely locations. There are even times when tarpon gather at the mouth of one of the jungle’s many creeks and also align in feeding lanes like large trout in an eruptive feeding display screen one has to see to really think. As in most tarpon fishing worldwide, understanding of range spreading and also exact presentation is a significant possession, however due to the intimate jungle atmosphere anglers can often obtain much closer to their quarry than in other international tarpon fisheries, making this a special location to refine one’s abilities. On the whole, fishermens can anticipate shots throughout the week at fish ranging from 20 to the wonderful 200 extra pound mark. And considering that the tarpon here are active feeding fish with little direct exposure to fishing pressure, flies are usually grabbed without second thought. Must the tarpon fishing reduce various other types supply great sporting activity on lighter tackle like common and also fat snook, machaca (brycon sp.), exotic garfish, tilapia, as well as jaguar guapote. Or do as the residents do and try your luck at artisanal hand-lining.

Due to the nature of the forest river, problems change substantially weekly. Fishermens are encouraged to practice both distance and also precision casting before they come. Some sites likewise require close quarters loading and also fragile presentations with big 11 and also 12 weight outfits, so dealing with side-arm and also port casting can likewise significantly aid prepare fishermens for whatever nature chooses to throw their way. While some weeks are extremely efficient, this can likewise be a very moody and tough fishery sometimes, so being ready from the beginning will significantly boost the probability of maximizing chances as they come.


LodgE & FOOD Although this is a fishery in the midst of lavish forest, the lodging is extremely comfy. We stay in private family-owned cabinas situated in a fruit-tree covered yard that has a number of barbecue and socializing locations excellent for fly connecting as well as unwinding between angling sessions. The cabinas are basic yet all featured 2 single beds, exclusive water toilet and also warm water shower. The dock where we begin our angling days is located on the property as well as is just a 2 minute walk throughout the yard from your door.

The town is little yet a ranching settlement in the middle of the forest, yet there are several diverse eating choices to be experienced throughout the week, and also anglers will have no lack of interesting local meals and also chilly drinks to appreciate after their days tracking tarpon. There is likewise a regional supermarket equipping standard products such as snacks, beverages, beer and limited spirits, toiletries and also various other necessities.


TAckle and also Gear The tarpon are medium-large (20-200 lbs )as well as call for 12 weights to tire them swiftly prior to launch. Drifting lines work best in the majority of scenarios as we search the tarpon across the swamped delta, however sink suggestion lines can likewise be extremely beneficial if tarpon remain in several of the river’s deeper pools or as the day heats up. Having 2 poles with both a floating line and a sink pointer rigged onboard is chosen to make sure that each fishing situation can be successfully dealt with. If you want to bring a 3rd line we additionally frequently use intermediates when tarpon are feeding in the river. On some windless hot days, tarpon sunlight themselves on the surface of the glassy shallows. In these problems slightly lighter 10 weight drifting rods/lines can be a terrific device to have. Leaders are rather typical tapered with shock tippet to 80-100 pounds. We also ask anglers to include an item of 20-40 lb. class tippet right into their leader system so that if a tarpon runs through some branches or immersed logs we have the capacity to damage them off as well as not damage the fish.

Do not have the gear? Do not fret or make unnecessary and also pricey investments. We have established partnerships with several of the finest devices manufacturers around, and also with these partners use services to our guests composed of Thomas & Thomas fly rods, Hatch fly reels, and also Airflo fly linesand/or RIO fly lines. Not only does this permit you to save some cash and still fish with the absolute best equipment especially tweaked for our tarpon, it also offers you a possibility to test out the gear to see if you wish to make the acquisition later on.

In regards to flies, the tarpon feed mostly on various types of minnows and other small-medium baitfish, so 3-6 inch tricksters and also variants of tricksters are highly advised. The river is discolored a reddish orange from tannins in the water, so colors that create either match this pigmentation (orange, red, yellow) or stick out against it (black, white), preferably in combination (orange/black/white, red/black/white, yellow/chartreuse, etc). Standard black as well as black/purple flies are additionally very effective in both the river as well as shallows. Heavy flies are suggested to break the water surface swiftly, as well as spun deer hair heads helps flies press the optimum amount of water and also resonances to get tarpon delighted. An essential point to note is that starting in 2016 only carbon steel hooks will be allowed by regional authorities (no stainless). Keep in mind: Personalized hand-tied collections readily available for sale on-site.


VARIOUS OTHER THINGS TO PACK Other crucial things to pack include a great breathable rain coat as we’ll more than likely experience rain, in addition to light rapid drying long-sleeved garments to protect from the bugs and also sun. Both can be rough at specific times of day, however with correct prep work will not effect your angling or general convenience. As a result of it’s remoteness there is really little to do during the night in the location, so believe laid-back and comfortable when packing clothes. Footwear onboard is whatever you are most comfy with– we favor bare feet to make sure that fly lines wrapping around toes can be quickly really felt and dealt with, yet bring whatever collections your demands best. We additionally extremely advise insect repellent with DEET, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, cameras, headlights, pliers, and also maybe a completely dry bag or box to maintain everything safe onboard– especially for the electronics. The electric existing utilized in Costa Rica is 110 volts, Air Conditioning. The sockets are North American-style, yet numerous places typically do not belong for a basing prong, so bring an adapter need be.


We absolutely respect our tarpon, as well as in order to keep this destination sustainable both environmentally and also culturally we are regularly seeking ways to make a favorable effect in the region.

Beginning in 2015, through a collaboration with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Fund all Release Fly Traveling clients will be volunteers supporting preservation. Each landed tarpon will certainly be gauged and also a scale-sample will be taken. This data will certainly be sent to the BTT to be examined by their Tarpon Genetics Program, and also beneficial info will certainly be accumulated to find out about the area’s tarpon. The objective is an additionally recognize exactly how this tarpon population suits the international tarpon map, and also just how to better carry out defense of these marvelous fish for fishermens of the future.

We also run a little non-profit called Conservación Bosque del Sábalo. The goal of this job is to produce a globally recognized tarpon sanctuary along with the surrounding country neighborhoods in order to preserve an around the world unique freshwater tarpon environment in the Caribbean landmarks of Costa Rica by carrying out ecological stewardship, neighborhood recognition as well as education, enhanced clinical understanding, and the production of lasting economic opportunities. The project uses the huge marsh system of the Forest Tarpon Reserve as a task center and will ultimately scale up efforts to various other components of this special tarpon habitat/migration course.


CLIMATE Welcome to the jungle, and also Jungle Tarpon Book is absolutely that. A vast system of rivers, creeks, lagoons, and lowland exotic jungle, and this is one of the hottest and also most moist regions in Costa Rica. The tarpon move into these immense landlocked flooded lagoons throughout the area’s “damp season”, and although many early mornings start sunny and also attractive passing storm fronts as well as torrential downpour can come any time, particularly later in the day. While these periods of wet climate can be uneasy, they are usually brief as well as most of the times revitalizing. We always have large umbrellas onboard, and also the rains are a great break from spreading and a chance to have a drink or coffee. Insects can also be prevalent finally light, especially when fishing several of the tighter forested sections, so preparation is essential. To be ready for the jungle, fishermens are advised to bring defense from sunlight, rain, and blood seeking bugs (DEET).


  • DAY 1 Saturday– Arrival Costa Rica (SJO), Lodging San Jose Resort or B&B
  • DAY 2 Sunday– Depart San Jose, exclusive transportation to Forest Tarpon Reserve, 1/2 day tarpon, Lodging in local cabinas
  • DAYS 3-7 Monday-Friday– Fish complete day tarpon, Lodging in neighborhood cabinas
  • DAY 8 Saturday– Fish 1/2 day tarpon, personal transport to San Jose, Lodging San Jose Hotel or B&B
  • DAY 9 Sunday– Depart Costa Rica

Consisted of– All lodging at Jungle Tarpon Get, all food except first/last nights suppers in San Jose and also lunches on transport days, private transport to/from Forest Tarpon Reserve and all local transport at Jungle Tarpon Get, leading, watercrafts, fishing permit

Not included– Tackle (rental equipment readily available from Thomas & Thomas Fishing Pole, Hatch fly reels, and Airflo & RIO lines), flies (custom-made hand-tied collections readily available up for sale on-site), leaders (readily available to buy on-site), call, off nourishment food (although we have lots of snacks and coffee available in all times), beer and also alcohol, extra tours/transport, gratuities, travel insurance coverage, worldwide trips


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