Costa Rica Tarpon

Tarpon, also known as the Silver King, must be on every saltwater fly angler’s wish list. They have a high burst speed, leap high and have exceptional stamina. Some say there are only two types of fish in the sea – tarpon and bait.

Costa Rica offers the best opportunity to catch trophy tarpon.

Since our first visit to Costa Rica in 2017, we have hooked hundreds of fish, boated countless fish over 150 lbs and set personal records with several fish over 250 pounds. Our world-class guides always find fish and position their boats to give you the best possible shot at hooking a fish. Drifting onto large pods of fish rolling in the estuary mouth is some of the most exhilarating fishing you will ever experience.

Mayhem is the only way to describe a tarpon’s initial run.

The Costa Rican tarpon hit the fly hard; you will not be left in any doubt as to whether a fish has eaten your fly or not. Once you have set the hook, the fish will accelerate like no other, they jump, surge and, porpoise, creating mayhem. Things happen quickly and anglers need to have their wits about them.

Tarpon will test the limits of your gear. Soon you will have backing streaming off your reel while the guide will be trying his level-best to keep you calm. “Bowing to the king” reduces the chances of the fly being thrown as the fish jumps. Keeping the line tight to the fish is all you can do as the fish tries to escape. We recommend 16-wt rods paired with reels with super strong drags. Once you tangle with one of these behemoths you will understand why tackle like this is required.

Pull hard and keep your wits about you.

Once you and the fish have settled into the fight, it is essential to keep the pressure on the fish throughout the fight. Pulling and reeling while the tarpon is trying to rest will reduce the fight time, which can be anywhere up to two hours in duration.
Tarpon have an auxiliary lung, and just when you think you have them beaten, they take a big gulp of air and head off to the horizon.

This will happen repeatedly during the fight until eventually you have the fish at the boat. We never pull any fish into the boat; all fish are photographed in the water next to the boat, before being released.

Trip Details

Dates: Trip 1 – 19 – 27 September 2024 (fishing dates 20 – 26 September)
Dates: Trip 2 – 20 – 28 October 2024 (fishing dates 21 – 27 Oct)

Price: US$4,650.00 per person (7 full day’s fishing)


  • All ground transfers.
  • 2 nights’ shared accommodation in San Jose (way in and way out)
  • 8 nights’ shared accommodation at the lodge, including meals.
  • 7 days fully guided fishing (2 anglers per boat)


  • International flights.
  • Camp and guide gratuities.
  • Beverages.




Richard Valentine posted on Facebook

“Just finished my trip to Costa Rica. Sitting at the airport with so many thoughts and memories running through my mind. It was mad, crazy, euphoric, spiritual and just plain happiness!!! Everything I dreamed of and more … I need some time to make sense of the last week and just give thanks to the moments and getting this opportunity. Thank you to Tom Lewin and Frontier Fly Fishing for the epic adventure and world class fishing experience.”

One of our happy clients wrote for a South African on-line publication on his Costa Rica tarpon experience.

It was published in the January 2020 edition of the Southern African Flyfishing Magazine, on pages 22 to 27.

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