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Jungle Tarpon Lodge | Fly Fishing | Costa Rica


Tour code: COS010

Costa Rica Tarpon Fly Fishing is a world class fishing holiday more and more anglers are looking to experience each year. Many fascinating species of fish inhabit the world’s tropical freshwaters, and the Tarpon Fishing Lodges in Costa Rica are 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.


Tarpon Lodge, Costa Rica is without a doubt one of the world’s finest Tarpon fly fishing lodges and is highly recommended to other anglers by its annual visitors. Tarpon Lodge 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 primaeval 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 for Tarpon from simple but efficient river pangas. With two 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 that are 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. Make sure to visit our YouTube Channel where you can see for yourself what makes Costa Rica and Tarpon fly fishing so exceptional.

There are even times when multiple 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.

Costa Rica Tarpon Fly Fishing

Overall, on one of  Costa Rica Tarpon fly fishing holidays, you can expect many shots at fish ranging from 60 to well over 200 pounds each day. The Tarpon here are actively feeding with very little exposure to fishing pressure. Another reason why fishing in Costa Rica is so renowned.

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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Costa Rica Tarpon fly fishing holidays we offer then contact us in the office. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Make sure to explore all our Tarpon fishing holidays and all our tour to Costa Rica. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.



Tarpon Lodge

Even though this is a fishery in the midst of a lush jungle, the lodging is truly world-class. Starting in 2020, anglers stay in a private luxury house located right on the river, complete with 4 private bedrooms & 3 full baths set across 2 floors.

The lodge has all the amenities like AC, WIFI, and even a swimming pool, the spacious house has 2 living room areas with TVs, couches, fly fishing coffee table books, etc making it a perfect place for fly tying and relaxing between fishing sessions.

The private dock, where you start and end our fishing days, is located on the property and is only a 2-minute walk down the floating ramp from your door.

The food at the Jungle Tarpon Reserve is a combination of on-site gourmet cuisine prepared by several cooks from the local community and relaxed home-cooked meals from several local families and small businesses located nearby.

There has always been a strong focus to involve as many people from the local community as possible in this community-based tourism project, so whether it’s sourcing local ingredients or visiting a family for a unique traditional meal in their garden, rest assured that the economics of travelling fly fishing benefits as many families as possible.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms
Power: 110 Volt
Meals: Included
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: $200 pr week
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Season: July 30 to December 12
Peak: August
Weight: 60lb to 200lb
Average Weight: 90lb


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:

Depart UK (alternative routes available), Arrive in Miami.

Depart Miami, Arrive San Jose.

On this day you will need to stay in an overnight hotel. Overnight accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport (Twin room) R/O

Day 2: (Sunday) Fishing Day

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel around 8 am, then transferred by car or minibus to our lodge (Approx 4-5 hours). You will then get the afternoon and evening to fish for Tarpon.

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

Days 3 TO 7 (Monday to Friday) Fishing Days

Over the next 5 days, after breakfast, 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 an afternoon and evening session, making sure that you maximise the best fishing times. The fishing is based on two rods to one guide

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

Day 8: (Saturday) Fishing Day

On this day you can if you wish to spend the morning fishing. Middle of the day you will then be transferred back to San Jose to spend the night in an 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 in Miami

Depart Miami

Day 10: (Monday)

Arrive UK


Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
09/10/2021 18/10/2021 10 9 6 £4,379 N/A Sold Out N/A
23/10/2021 01/11/2021 10 9 6 £4,379 N/A Sold Out N/A
30/10/2021 08/11/2021 10 9 6 £4,379 N/A Sold Out N/A
06/11/2021 15/11/2021 10 9 6 £4,379 N/A Sold Out N/A
20/11/2021 29/11/2021 10 9 6 £4,379 N/A Enquire Now N/A
27/11/2021 06/12/2021 10 9 6 £4,379 N/A Sold Out N/A
04/12/2021 13/12/2021 10 9 6 £4,379 N/A Sold Out N/A
30/07/2022 08/08/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Sold Out N/A
13/08/2022 22/08/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/10/2022 24/10/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Enquire Now N/A
22/10/2022 31/10/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Enquire Now N/A
29/10/2022 07/11/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Enquire Now N/A
12/11/2022 21/11/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Enquire Now N/A
19/11/2022 28/11/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Enquire Now N/A
26/11/2022 05/12/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/12/2022 12/12/2022 10 9 6 £4,494 N/A Sold Out N/A

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.

What's Included

  • 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

What's Excluded

  • 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

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

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

Financial Security

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.

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)



The first thing we saw as we drove into the Cano Negro Reserve was a man walking down the road with a machete in his hand. It was at this point that i knew it was going to be a slightly different tour to what we usually experienced in the Caribbean. This place is a full-on adventure with a bit of Tarpon fishing thrown in for good measure!

The accommodation and food is very good. The cabanas (glorified sheds) that we slept in were bug proof & dry with a good bed but NO air conditioning. We didn't see anywhere else with a/c either so it's not an improvement that's likely to happen in the near future. The shower though somewhat primitive in appearance is excellent despite being big enough to run around in!

The bar/restaurant is 40 metres away. The food is excellent as is the local beer. Pedro, the landlord came around each night with a pen and paper for us to write down what music we'd like to listen to. Luckily all of us loved Zeppelin, the Who, Stones, Hendrix etc so that was a box ticked to the extent on one particular night, one of our chaps was kept awake by the sound Kashmir blasting out of the bar at 11.00.

The fishing:

It's tough, very very tough. We were told on arrival that the average for 2018 is 2 fish per week between 4 anglers. Not great but hey ho, it could be worse. The averages were higher in previous years.

On our boat for the week, we had 9 bites, 4 of which were jumped, 2 of which were well hooked and played, 1 of which was gloved - approx 130lb. The 4 that were jumped were all well over 100lb.

On the 2nd boat, about 10 were jumped, 3 were gloved, 2 of about 100lb & one of about 40lb. Biggest lost estimated at 2 metres long! The 2nd boat contained 2 guys from Iceland who were back for their 2nd year and have booked to return in 2019. Only 56 people fish this place each year & most are return visits.

The fish are totally pre-occupied with tiny 1'' - 1.5'' baitfish. They are very very hard to catch. You will need 2 rods, both 11 or 12 weights. One with a full floating line &; one with a 400 or 500 grain sink-tip. If you have a third rod,an intermediate sink tip or full intermediate would be handy to have. Leaders, about 6' of 40lb mono butt to an 80lb Fluoro bite tippet of about 3'. You'll need a few leaders as you will lose some in the trees - casting to within a foot of the bank is usually the way to go when the fish are 'on'. Flies are small, nothing over a 1/0. Black/orange, black/purple, white/chart. Bunnies or Deceivers.

Fishing over a new moon is meaningless here according to Tom, it doesn't make a blind bit of difference, you're 250 km from the sea. The water is like coffee, you can't see more than 6'' below the surface so you'll need glasses for protection only.

This, is a very tough fishing trip. It's outweighed by the incredible wildlife, the vibe in the village/bar, the fantastic guides, Tom Enderlain the host, monkeys, Caimen, crocodiles, birdlife & many many other things to long to list here.

If you want a 100lb tarpon, you have a good chance here. I'll go back here in a couple of years for another go. It's a brilliant place to be, just don't expect too much!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


I was great catching up with you on the phone and talking about your trip. Sounds like you both enjoyed it very much. As you say it is a crazy place but this place is just more than the fishing, it is the Jungle experience with some great tarpon fishing thrown in.

Talk again soon and remember to post the pictures.

Thanks for your custom

Kind Regards Peter


Great trip thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


Great to catch up with you on the phone and glad the trip all went ok.

Looking forward to us fishing together for the Arapaima in Brazil. I am sure we will have an amazing time.


I would describe the fishing at this resort as "patchy". When conditions are favourable, I think the fishing could be excellent. However, at other times I would have to say the fishing is difficult.

This area of Costa Rica has a lot of rain (be prepared!) during the fishing season August - November and the rivers which are fed from the mountains can change very quickly with colour and flow increasing.

It is still possible to see fish in the lakes / lagoons, but these fish are not really feeding and the random nature of their rolling makes them very difficult to track and cast to.

I landed a fish estimated of 75 kg on the first session, when conditions were good. We then suffered poor conditions when 4 competent anglers all blanked over 4 days. Conditions improved over the last 2 days and two more fish were landed and another 2 fish were jumped.

Costa Rica is an amazing country and the fishing environment at Cano Negro was memorable. Accommodation was adequate (no Air Con), food and guides were good. The host, Tom, was excellent. The resorts website is poor and gives no up to date fishing reports.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Julian

Thank you so much for the customer feedback as it is all very important to us.

Sounds like you all had a great time even though the rain did effect river levels. Yes it is correct during the fishing season the river can raise and fall quickly, its not normally up for that many days in a row but thats fishing.

So glad that you got a fish over the 100lb mark on the very first day.

Hope to talk to you again soon


Great place if basic, but as a lone fisher, if I knew that you could book a boat & guide for a single person use, it would have made my holiday so much better.

The wild life & scenery was spectacular. The river & lagoon systems were not at their best, but we saw lots of fish & I caught tarpon to 75 lb.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi peter thanks for talking to me on the phone as its always great to catch up after a trip.

I am sorry if I did not make it clear that there was an option to have a boat as a single angler and not just a single room. However the supplement is quite high, but as you said at least you would not had to share the fishing with another guest who was a bit selfish on the sharing front.

The real nice thing to hear was that you would return anytime as that means overall the trip was a success but maybe with a little unfinished business to sort out on the return trip.

I look forward in seeing you in Argentina soon.

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