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Tarpon Lodge | Costa Rica | Fly Fishing

Tour code: COS010
Category: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Single Angler Fishing

Many fascinating species of fish inhabit the world’s tropical freshwaters, and Costa Rica is no exception. While really big tarpon can be caught in many places around the world, the fish inhabiting the inland rivers of this northern region are quite extraordinary. Growing to epic proportions, it’s not unusual to see schools of hunting fish well into the triple digits.

This is without a doubt one of the world’s finest fly fishing trophy Tarpon destinations and one that has managed to stay just below the radar resulting in large and aggressive tarpon who are not afraid to charge and inhale a fly.

The fishery consists of a vast system of freshwater rivers, creeks, and flooded lagoons surrounded by rainforest and swampland. The Tarpon have journeyed from the Caribbean Ocean some 300+ inland miles to reach these hunting grounds for a very good reason. At the time of the Tarpon’s arrival, seasonal rains flood the immense lagoons to create an inland sea surrounded by volcanoes and rife with other primeval creatures like tropical Garfish, Sawfish, and freshwater Bull Sharks. This collection of archaic predators explosively feed on the many species of baitfish flushed into the lagoons by the heavy annual deluge, much to the delight of adventurous anglers.

You can expect to fish from simple but efficient river pangas, with 2 anglers per boat taking turns on the bow. Since the environment is quite dynamic, fishing situations are also varied, ranging from sight casting at Tarpon hunting or waiting in shallow lagoons and creeks, waiting for Tarpon to roll or break bait on the surface before presenting a fly, and blind casting in likely areas.

There are even times when Tarpon congregate at the mouth of one of the jungle’s many creeks and line up in feeding lanes like giant Trout in an explosive feeding display one has to see to truly believe. As in most Tarpon fishing worldwide, knowledge of distance casting and accurate presentation is a major asset, but due to the intimate jungle environment anglers can often get much closer to their quarry than in other global fisheries, making this a unique place to hone one’s skills.

Overall, anglers can expect many shots at fish ranging from 60 to well over 200 pounds each day as the Tarpon here are active feeding fish with very little exposure to fishing pressure.

Also to ensure we keep the fishing as fresh as possible and to ensure the future of the fishery we have set a maximum of 14 weeks where we have based the schedule on fishing every second week in order to give the area a really good rest in between every group. We have made some adjustments in consideration of the lunar cycles where we avoid full moon weeks and fish a little more around new moon.

If you have any questions on any of the Tarpon fishing holidays we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Tarpon Lodge

Even though this is a fishery in the midst of lush jungle, the lodging is very comfortable. We stay in private family owned cabinas located in a fruit tree covered lawn that has several barbeque and socializing areas, perfect for fly tying and socializing between shing sessions.

The cabanas are simple but all come with two single beds, private water toilet and warm water shower.

The dock where you start your fishing days is located on the property and is only a 2 minute walk across the lawn from your door.

The local town is a small ranching settlement located in the middle of a nature reserve, but there are several diverse eating options to be sampled over the course of the week, and anglers will have no shortage of interesting local dishes and cold beverages to enjoy after their days stalking tarpon.

There is a local supermarket stocking basic supplies such as snacks, drinks, toiletries and other necessities.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms
Power: 110 Volt
Meals: Included
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: $200 pr week
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Courtyard by Marriott San Jose

The Courtyard by Marriott hotels offer very modern rooms featuring all the most up to date media equipment, so you can keep up to date with your emails or sporting events. Located just 4 minutes from San Jose International airport, we think it is the best for quick overnight stays. Team this with all the amenities that you would expect from a large hotel and you will find a great hotel.

The courtyard hotel was designed with comfort and entertainment in mind and once you have stayed in their hotel, you will always look at other locations that they offer. You can even keep up your gym whilst staying here, as they offer a 24hr gym. As you can see, everything is taken care of at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in San Jose.

Board: Bed & breakfast
Rooms: Single & double available
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 Volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Restaurant
Alcohol: Chargeable
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: American Dollar
Species Information
Season: July 30 to December 12
Peak: August
Weight: 60LB to 200LB
Average Weight: 90LB
Suggested Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with free days at San Jose the itinerary below can be tailored to suit. The fishing is sold in set weeks.

DAY 1: (Saturday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Miami
Depart Miami
Arrive San Jose

On arrival take a taxi to your overnight hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport (Twin room) R/O

DAY 2: Fishing Day. (Sunday)

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel around 8am, then transferred by car or minibus to our lodge (Approx 4-5 hours)

Once you have checked in and unpacked its time to spend the first evening fishing

Overnight accommodation: Tarpon Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 3: Fishing Day. (Monday)

Each day after breakfast with your guide you will depart for a full morning fishing. You will return back to the lodge around lunchtime for a siesta.

After lunch and a nice rest you will again depart for a afternoon and evening session, making sure that you maximise the best fishing times.

Overnight accommodation: Tarpon Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 4: Fishing Day. (Tuesday)

The Tarpon are very large (100-200 lbs) and require 12 weights. Floating lines work best in most scenarios as we hunt the Tarpon across the flooded Delta, but interchangeable sink tips or fast sinking lines can also be very useful if Tarpon are in some of the river’s deeper pools or as the day heats up.

Overnight accommodation: Tarpon Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 5: Fishing Day. (Wednesday)

On some windless hot days, Tarpon sun themselves on the surface of the glassy lagoons. In these conditions canoes can be a great way to stalk the fish and delicately present a fly, and slightly lighter 10 weight floating rods/lines can be a great tool to have.

Overnight accommodation: Tarpon Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 6: Fishing Day. (Thursday)

The Tarpon feed mostly on various types of Minnows and other small-medium baitfish, so large 3-6 inch Deceivers and variants of Deceivers are highly recommended.

Overnight accommodation: Tarpon Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 7: Fishing Day. (Friday)

Each fishing session is based on 2 anglers pr guide.

Overnight accommodation: Tarpon Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 8: Fishing Day. (Saturday)

Spend the full morning fishing.

You will depart the lodge around 1pm and then be transferred back to San Jose to your overnight hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport (Twin room) R/O

DAY 9: (Sunday)

In the morning arrange a taxi with the hotel front desk to transfer you back to the International Airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Depart San Jose
Arrive Miami
Depart Miami

DAY 10: (Monday)

Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

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If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

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What's Included & Excluded
  • All international flights
  • 2 nights accommodation in the Courtyard by Marriott San Jose
  • Transfers to and from Tarpon Lodge
  • Accommodation at Tarpon Lodge Full Board
  • Professional fishing guides
  • 6 days fishing
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Personal items
  • Drinks
  • Telephone calls
  • Fly fishing tackle
  • Local tips

World Traveller Plus upgrades
Business Class upgrades
First Class upgrades
Fly Fishing Tackle Rental $200 pp per week

Tour Notes


A machine readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. No visa for UK citizens required.

Note: If you’re flights to Costa Rica involve travel through the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

Malaria and Typhoid

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is a $29 USD additional departure tax payable upon leaving Costa Rica however this can change regularly.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Miami (approx 9 hours)
Miami – San Jose (approx 3 hours)
San Jose – Tarpon Lodge (approx 4 to 5 hours)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

San Jose – Tarpon Lodge (approx 4 to 5hours)

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