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Jungle Tarpon Reserve – Costa Rica

Location: Northern inland jungle system of Costa Rica.

Fishery: At Jungle Tarpon Reserve you’re in for guerrilla style fishing for grown tarpon (50-130+ pounds). This involves dredging for fish as they roll and wake. The fish are plentiful and they’re in the system to eat so they’re bitey. The rainy season flushes baitfish into the inland river and creek-fed lagoons you’ll be fishing. That’s why the tarpon are there, and the tarpon are why you’re there.

Accomodations: Just about as comfortable as you can get considering the primal environment you’re in. You’ll stay in private family owned cabanas less than 100 yds from your launch point on the river. The cabanas have two single beds, ceiling fans and private baths with semi-warm water showers. Lunch and dinner are served at local restaurants, they consist of fried fish, chicken or pork and rice and beans.

Fishing Program:

  • 5:15 AM Breakfast served in the boat en route to the fishing grounds
  • 10:30 – 11:00 AM Break for lunch at a local restaurant and a siesta
  • 1:30 PM Resume fishing
  • 5:30 PM Depart fishing grounds for the lodge
  • 7:30 PM Dinner at a local restaurant

Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Arrive Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and overnight at your elected accommodations.
  • Day 2 Meet lodge representative at your hotel and transfer to Jungle Tarpon Lodge (Approximately 4-5 hours).
  • Day 3-7 Five full days of guided fishing.
  • Day 8 Depart lodge for San Jose and your elected accommodations.
  • Day 9 Depart Juan Santamaria International Airport

Per person based on double occupancy:
At time of writing, subject to change

6 night/6 day package: $4,490

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, round-trip transfer between San Jose and the lodge, guided fishing (two anglers per boat), park entrance fee, fishing license.

Not Included: International airfare to/from San Jose, transfers, hotel accommodations and meals in San Jose, meals and snacks during transfers to/from the lodge, alcohol, fishing tackle, flies and equipment, staff and guide gratuities, phone use, travel insurance and airport departure tax.

Season: August – December

Capacity: 4 anglers

All arrangements are handled by our trusty friends at Fly Water Travel.

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Tarpon Flies

  • Predator Pounder – 2/0 Orange/Black, 2/0 Chartreuse/Black, 2/0 Red/Black
  • Tarpon/Pike Snake – 3/0 Black
  • Polar Fiber Minnow – 2/0 White
  • EP Mullet – 3/0 Black/Purple
  • EP Peanut Butter – 2/0 Black/Purple, 3/0 Black/Purple
  • EP Dorado – 4/0 Black/Yellow
  • Tom’s Tantrum – 1/0 Black, 1/0 White
  • Tuscan Bunny – 3/0 Black/Purple, 3/0 Brown/Orange
  • Megalopsicle – 1/0 Chartreuse/Yellow, 1/0 Dirty/Olive, 1/0 Purple/Black
  • Bunny Tarpon Toad – 1/0 Chartreuse, 1/0 Purple/Black
  • Slater’s Poon Bug – 1/0 Rustic

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Fly Rods

  •   Features

    • Matte Midnight blank
    • Reel seat is type III anodized aluminum Midnight black w/Matte Midnight carbon insert
    • Blue accent wrap, black/black main wraps
    • REC recoil snake guides, SiC/titanium stripping guides
    • Reinforced blank increases loop strength and dampens vibration for straighter tracking and a truer cast
    • American made
  • Scott Sector Fly Rod Video & Review


    • Guides are PVD coated in a low reflective coating for even greater durability and stealth.
    • Scott’s all new Carbon Web technology improves torsional stability.
    • Reel seat milled from aircraft grade aluminum.
    • CeRecoil stripping guides with nickel titanium frames and super slick Zirconia inserts.
    • Unmatched reliability for easily duplicated performance on the water.
  • Fast-action 9′ 11 weight for lagoons
  • Fast-action 9′ 12 weight for the river

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  • Durable, quality 11 weight size reel with smooth powerful drag system and at least 200 yds of #30 backing
  • Durable, quality 12 weight size reel with smooth powerful drag system and at least 200 yds of #30 backing

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Fly Lines

  • Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper Intermediate – TT11I (on 11 weight for fishing the lagoons).
  • Scientific Anglers Sonar Titan Big Water Taper Max Sink – WF500S (on 12 weight for dredging the river).

Tarpon Leaders & Tippet

  • RIO Tarpon Pro Leaders – 30 lb class/80 lb shock
  • RIO Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 80 lb, 100 lb

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Fishing Apparel

  • Lightweight, quick-drying technical fishing apparel with built-in UPF protection is best. Bugstopper gear is a good idea as you will be in the jungle, and make sure to have a rain jacket.

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