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Costa Rica

Jungle Tarpon Reserve

Northern Jungles
Accommodations
Comfortable Single Occupancy Lodge Rooms // Capacity - 4 Anglers
Season
August-December
Species
Tarpon, Gar, Snook & More
Ideal For
Friends & Solo Anglers
Jungle Fishing for Large Tarpon
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Part of one of the largest watersheds in Central America that includes Lake Nicaragua in neighboring Nicaragua, the Jungle Tarpon Reserve includes a vast inland system of freshwater rivers, creeks, and flooded lagoons prime for tarpon in late summer into fall. Tarpon migrate into these immense landlocked flooded lagoons during the region’s “wet season,” and although most mornings start sunny and beautiful, passing storm fronts and torrential downpours can come at any time, especially later in the day. While these periods of wet weather can be uncomfortable, they are usually brief and are why the tarpon are present. During the dry months of the year, these same flooded lagoons that support tarpon, are utilized as farmland for grazing cattle. With only 15 weeks during the fishing season and a maximum of 4 anglers max per week, this fishery offers limited pressure and shots at very large tarpon in the 60 to 150+ pound class. You can be prepared to put your accuracy skills to the test to target fish feeding on bait along eddy lines in the creeks and rivers, or you may have the opportunity to target rolling fish in lagoons. Tarpon can also be seen rolling in the main channels of the river and in small creeks where utilizing intermediate or sinking lines can produce massive fish. Gar are abundant, and snook and a variety of smaller cichlids are possible to catch at certain times throughout the season. But this place offers so much more than just fishing. On any of your fishing days you can expect to hear howler monkeys and see spider monkeys, as well as abundant and diverse birdlife. You may even get lucky and find yourself eye-to-eye with a jaguar!
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Lodging Details
Even though this is a fishery in the midst of a lush jungle, the lodging is truly world-class.

Anglers stay in a private luxury house located right on the river, complete with 4 private bedrooms & 3 full baths set across 2 floors, AC, WI-FI, and even a swimming pool. The spacious house also 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 anglers start and end each fishing days, is located on the property and is only a 2 minute walk down the floating ramp from your door.

Food and Beverages
Breakfast is typically brought aboard the boat each morning and is local food like empanadas, gallo pinto, and other traditional delicacies. Copious amounts of hot gourmet coffee, juice, and water are all available to enjoy while cruising to the targeted fishing areas each morning. There are also always various cut tropical fruits onboard. Hot lunch is usually enjoyed at one of any number of local fisherman’s houses to help support the local economy followed by a siesta during the heat of the day. Dinner is on-site at the camp, and is a mix of local and international cuisine prepared with love by a rotating staff from the local community.

Typical Length of Stay
The total time in Costa Rica is eight (8) nights / nine (9) days. The time at the Jungle Tarpon Reserve is six (6) nights / six (6) fishing days, with fishing consisting of five (5) full days and two (2) half days. Anglers overnight in San Jose upon arrival before the drive to the Jungle Tarpon Reserve and again afterwards before departing Costa Rica. Additional days in Costa Rica and transfers or extensions to this trip can be arranged. Combination trips with tarpon fishing on the Rio Colorado in northeastern Costa Rica, machaca float trips, and even a variety of saltwater species on the Pacific can also be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details or customized itinerary options.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
The Jungle Tarpon Reserve is in northern Costa Rica approximately 50 Km from the border with Nicaragua. The area is mostly farmland and lowland rainforest. The best time of year for fishing is the rainy or green season, when the river floods the surrounding delta. You can expect rain showers, strong at times, and if you are interested in non-fishing activities, horseback riding, birding, and wildlife excursions can be incorporated into the fishing program or a custom cultural itinerary can be created based on your needs.

Internet / Communications
Internet service is available at the Jungle Tarpon Reserve. Cell phones also work but you should check with your local provider about rates and coverage.

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