Fly Fishing For Trophy Jungle Tarpon
Silver King Lodge sits on the banks of the Rio Colorado, where rainforest-fed water dumps into the Caribbean Sea to create a fishery that should find its way onto any tarpon angler’s bucket list. There are absolutely massive tarpon that can be found rolling in the waters of the Rio Colorado, and if you a trip here should provide you with ample shots at 100+ pound silver kings! In addition to large tarpon, opportunities exist to explore upstream for rainbow bass or snook in the jungle or head offshore for wahoo, tuna, dorado, and sailfish. Guests stay in a clean and well-appointed wooden lodge that is riverside. With a pool, separate anglers bar, Jacuzzi and massage room, and all-inclusive Costa Rican cuisine and drinks, both anglers and non-anglers can unwind in comfort after a day of the pursuit of world-class fish.
The lodge is located on the banks of the Rio Colorado and situated within the second-largest rainforest preserve in Central America. Guests stay in stilted duplex cabins connected by walkways to the rest of the complex. Each air-conditioned room is 450 square feet with two or three queen-sized beds, rod racks, and walk-in closets. Rooms are walled with native wood and boast their own bathrooms, hot water heaters, satellite televisions, and free Wi-Fi. A step outside the cabin brings guests to a massage room, pool, Jacuzzi, and dining room with cozy hammocks spread throughout.
Food and Beverages
The Lodge offers three delicious Costa Rican meals each day. Meals are served buffet-style and are made with sustainable, locally grown fruits and vegetables along with local seafood, beef, and pork. The bar is open from lunch until the last guest goes to bed, and drinks included in all packages include Costa Rican beer, rum, and house wines. Call liquors are all $5 a drink, and anglers can request their favorite beers when they book their trip.
Typical Length of Stay
3 days or more
Non-angling Activities and Options
Although Silver King Lodge is fishing-oriented, non-anglers can stay busy exploring the Costa Rican rainforest or relaxing at the lodge. Costa Rica has earned a reputation as a top destination for ecotourism, and the Lodge sits in the heart of a 400,000 rainforest preserve. Guests can hop on the Lodge’s Jungle Cruise to spot Iguanas, Toucans, Caimans, and Spider and White-Faced Monkeys. If they’re lucky, jungle cruisers may catch a glimpse of the endangered ocelot, jaguar, or Indian manatee.
Internet / Communications
The lodge offers free Wi-Fi for all guests. Most international plans receive limited 3G service.
How to Get There
Fly to San Jose; Overnight and then transfer via private charter to Barra del Colorado. The Lodge’s host along with your personal fishing guide for the trip will meet you at Barra airstrip, where you will take a five-minute boat ride up the Rio Colorado to the Silver King Lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Time
Typical arrival times to Barra del Colorado involve an early morning charter from San Jose Municipal Airport to Barra del Colorado. Departure flights can be scheduled for the early morning as well.
Passport with six-month validity
All charters can be arranged beforehand through Yellow Dog and the Lodge including the charter to Barra del Colorado.
The Rio Colorado is one of the only dependable, year-round tarpon fisheries in the Caribbean. While most fisheries revolve around the tarpon migration in the spring and summer, the Rio Colorado delta holds resident and migratory fish ranging from 60 to 150+ pounds. This is not a clear water, flats fishing destinations. Expect to fish big, turbulent water where the river dumps into the Caribbean Sea and during the fall months when seas are calmer and summer rains raise the water levels in the river, tarpon can be found rolling in the main channel. Anglers must be prepared to fish a variety of sinking lines, 12-14 weight rods, and large bulky flies. During low light conditions, anglers hope for rolling and feeding tarpon that break the surface. When these large tarpon show themselves sight fishing is possible. Floating and intermediate lines with high riding flies may be used to get into the feeding fish. Most of the time drifting and dredging flies with heavy sinking lines is the most productive method.
The river is typically off-colored and varies in depth depending on precipitation. Tarpon can also be found upriver in an Amazon-like river setting. During times of higher water (late summer and fall), tarpon moves into the river and can be found rolling in the main channel or in deep pools. The river is 100% freshwater and not a tidal, brackish estuary.
During the dry season (late winter and spring) much of the bait move offshore, so the guides search for birds and use their electronics to locate offshore tarpon. These fish can also be seen rolling for baitfish. While tarpon do feed around the river delta any time of year, expect to spend more time fishing in the ocean during the dry months.
It is vital to have the ability to change your tackle to suit current conditions. Consider having second spools with sinking line available, or be prepared to change lines in order to get your fly down to the big fish. These huge tarpon will absolutely punish your fly tackle.
It is advisable to be open-minded to conventional tackle if conditions are challenging for fly tackle. The Lodge provides conventional tackle, but they have limited fly rods and flies, so anglers should plan on bringing their own fly tackle.
Anglers should plan to bring along a lightweight rod, too, such as a 7 or 8 weight if they want to fish the surrounding creeks and lagoons for snook, rainbow bass, and sunfish, a nice respite from the intensity of the tarpon fishery.
Boats and Equipment Required
The guides run 12 boats, each with a 23 foot, deep V fiberglass double hull powered by a Yamaha 150 horsepower motor. These boats are well-equipped to handle the turbulent Rio Colorado delta or fish offshore with safety and speed. Additionally, every boat sports a fish finder, 25-watt radio, and a pair of fighting chairs. For up-river fishing, the Lodge has canoes as well as four 15 foot aluminum skiffs with Bimini tops and Suzuki outboard motors.
3-day all-inclusive fishing package – double occupancy* $3085
Extra days – double occupancy $585
3-day all-inclusive fishing package – single occupancy $3960
Extra days – single occupancy $645
3-day all-inclusive non-fishing rate $1300
Extra days – non-fishing rate $200
* Double occupancy means two or more guests per room (max of 6). Single anglers willing to share may be booked at the double occupancy rate.
- Three ground transfers in the San Jose area
- Transportation to-and-from San Jose to Silver King Lodge
- Our fully air-conditioned accommodations
- Three buffet-style meals daily
- A highly experienced fishing guide
- A 23-foot double-hulled fiberglass fishing boat with radio and fish finder
- Conventional and spin tackle, a Sabiki for catching live bait, stocked tackle box, and limited availability loaner fly tackle
- WiFi (limited bandwidth)
- Daily free same-day laundry service
- Inclusive bar – Included beverages are locally available soft drinks, Costa Rican beer (Imperial, Imperial Light, Kaiser non-alcoholic beer), Costa Rican rum (Ron Rico and Cetenario Selecto anjeo) and the house red and white wines. Call liquors are still only $5 a drink and other locally available beers can be requested when you book your trip
- Other available amenities include our pool, the hot tub, and sauna
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare
- Hotel and meals in San Jose
- Gratuities to guides and staff
- Fishing license ($25.00 for a week or $30.00 for an annual license – subject to change)
- Top-shelf liquor
- Airport departure tax (approx. $29.00)
- Gasoline surcharge for offshore fishing (if applicable)