Tackle-tearing tarpon, trophy snook, rainbow bass (guapote), mojarra, drum, alligator gar and a lot more! Costa Rica offers the best year-round fishing for more species than you are likely to find anywhere else in the world. But like anywhere else, you never know exactly where the fish are going to be concentrated at any given time.
Our fully outfitted 16-foot jon boats allow anglers to work the rivers and backwaters, while powerful 20 footers safely fish outside the river mouths for tarpon, tuna, jacks, sierra mackerel, dorado and maybe even a sailfish. Experienced guides know the waters and the fishing, and we can even provide tackle, although we do recommend guests bring their own.

#31638C Wing International can provide a wide variety of tour packages and travel options. Below you will find a small sample of itineraries and prices. We are able to arrange "special" tour packages and itineraries to meet your budget and needs. We can arrange visits to National parks, Volcanoes, Rain Forests, Fishing, Eco-tours, Photography tours and many others.

Fishing Tours Rain Goddess

5 Days, 3 Nights with 3 Days of Fishing

 DAY 1  Arrive in San José, transfer to a first class hotel.  
 DAY 2  Trip to the "Rain Goddess" via either overland travel by vans or bus through Barrillo Carrillo to Peurto Vieaux, or an early transfer to airport for 30 minute flight to Barra del Colorado, then by jungle bus boats to meet "Rain Goddess", full day of fishing.
 DAY 3  Full day of fishing.  
 DAY 4  Full day of fishing.  
 DAY 5  Flight back to International Airport to make the connection for trip home.

Cost: $1,750 per person, $850 non anglers **
Additional fishing days $350 per day/per person.
Additional days non-fishermen $110 per day/per person.


7 Days, 5 Nights with 5 Days of Fishing

 DAY 1  Arrive in San José, transfer to a first class hotel.  
 DAY 2  Early transfer to airport for 30 minute flight to Barra del Colorado to meet "Rain Goddess", full day of fishing.
 DAY 3  Full day of fishing.  
 DAY 4  Full day of fishing.  
 DAY 5  Full day of fishing.  
 DAY 6  Full day of fishing.  
 DAY 7  Flight back to International Airport to make the connection for trip home.

Cost: $2,250 per person, $1,070 non anglers **
Additional fishing days $350 per day/per person.
Additional days non-fishermen $110 per day/per person.

Nature Tours

3 Days, 2 Nights

 DAY 1  Early morning departure from San José for scenic drive across Braulio Carrillo National Park to Sarapiqui River to meet the San Juan River. Your Naturalist guide will show you the wild life and birds of the area during your 3 hour boat ride to the "Rain Goddess" at the mouth of the San Juan River. You will have lunch on board and then do a nature walk to the ruins of the old town and cemetery. San Juan del Norte was the starting point from where miners from Europe, Germany and U.S. crossed Central America to go to California and Alaska during the 1849 Gold Rush.
 DAY 2 Full day of nature tours to explore the Indian River and Si a Paz National Park. This is the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and the largest rain forest north of the Amazon. All meals are included, beer and soft drinks.
 DAY 3  Morning nature tours. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. and then we will return you to Puerto Viejo for the return to San José.

 Cost: $475 per person **

**Included in all Tours: Ground and Air Transportation as indicated, all meals
and open bar on "Rain Goddess". Tips to crew not included.

Included

*All ground transportation in Costa Rica.
*Air travel to Barra del Colorado or trip to Puerto Viejo and river tour to "Rain Goddess".
*All meals on "Rain Goddess". Open bar: rum, vodka and whiskey (local brands). Complimentary wine is served with dinners.

Not Included

*Transportation to and from Costa Rica. *Tips to guides and crew.
*Borrowed rods and tackle that are lost, damaged or accidentally broken.
*$5.00 visa into Nicaragua.
*Phone calls made from "Rain Goddess" and articles of personal nature.
*Outbound overnight hotel stay in San José.
*Licenses and Fishing permits in Nicaragua's National Park: $30.00 per person.

Payment Conditions

1. A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is required to confirm the reservation.

2. Reservations will be held for 15 days pending deposits.

3. Balance of trip payment is due 60 days prior to departure date.

4. If an angler cancels more than 60 days prior to departure, only the deposits submitted will be forfeited.

5. If cancellations are received less than 60 days prior to departure, but more than 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total price of the trip is forfeited unless a replacement angler can be found for the same dates.

6. If cancellation is received 30 days or less prior to departure, the complete balance is forfeited unless a replacement angler can be found for the same dates.

7. Exclusive use of the "Rain Goddess": A minimum of 8 people are required to have exclusive use of the "Rain Goddess", boats and crew. And it has to be requested at the time the reservations are made.

What to Bring

 NOTE: Moderate cargo space is available aboard our in-country charter aircraft and our water taxi, therefore please limit your personal belonging to 25 lbs./person, a maximum of two rod tubes and one tackle box. Extra baggage can be stored in San José.
*PASSPORT Although Costa Rica requires only a birth certificate, drivers license or other means of official identification; it is very wise to carry a valid Passport with you.
*CLOTHING  Lightweight trousers, shorts, long sleeve shirts for extra sun protection. Tennis shoes, hats, rain gear and sun screen.
*GRATUITIES Our staff is here to serve you and make your trip more interesting and pleasant. Recommended gratuities are: Guides $10 per day/per person, and $10 per day/per person to cover chef, captain, first mate. The above is a recommendation and Gratuities are left to your discretion and personal experience.

 

 


Fishing Tackle

*Tarpon tackle  6 to 7 foot heavy action rod with reel capable of holding 200 to 250 yards of 20 to 25 pounds test line. Extra terminal leader material (80 lb. minimum recommended).
*Lures  Coast hawks, 2 oz. multicolor. Buck tail jigs 1 1/2 to 2 oz. multicolor with jelly tails in red-yellow-orange-white. Rapalas #11 and #14, sinking and floating in red-white/#31638C and green mackerel. Mirror lures, M65 in Fire Tiger, #31638C, White, Silver combination, Red, Yellow and Gold combination.
*Fly fishing tackle for tarpon  9 foot #11 or #12 fly rods for 12 weight line. Sinking fly lines of
600 grain density compensated sinking and depth charge or straight lead core lines and shooting heads work well fishing at the mouth of the rivers or out in the deeper saltwater. In the rivers a medium or intermediate sinking fly line works best. There are times when a floating WF fly line may work better, especially if the fish are taking poppers or surface feeding. Fly Reels must have sturdy drags with direct or anti-reverse drivers, be saltwater resistant and have a backing capacity of more than 250 yds. Bring sufficient leader material for building your choice of leaders. The minimum recommendation is a 20 lb. tippet utilizing an 80 lb. shock.
*Fly fishing lures for tarpon  Whistler or Clouser tied streamers in colors White/Silver, Orange/Black, White/Yellow, #31638C/White or Cockroach patterns with buck tail/feather, buck tail/rabbit fur are good producers of positive strikes. Most streamer flies should be weighted. Flashabou is optional and utilize a 3/0 saltwater hook. Large poppers are good if the fish are feeding on the surface.
*Tackle for snook  Medium action rod and reel with capacity to hold 150 yards of 15 to 17 pounds test line.
*Lures for snook  Red and white in Mirror Lures. Rapalas and Rattle Traps in Fire Tiger, #31638C/Silver and Orange colors work well. Small to medium (3/4 to 1 ounce) buck tail jigs with jelly tails. Surface plugs such as Creek Chub Darters in red and white, Sosin Jumpin Minnow in red and yellow and Zara Spooks in #31638C and white are also good.
*Fly tackle for snook  9 foot #8 or #9 fly rods for 8 or 9 weight density compensated sinking or Hi-D line or when fishing from the beach it would be best to use Hi-D or Floating Shooting Heads. Reels capable of handling 150 yards of 20 lb. backing with 12 to 15 lb. tippet and 40 lb. shock rigged according to angler's desire.
*Guapote Bass Mojarra and Machaca  Light to ultra light bass tackle, 6 to 12 pound line.
*Lures  Poppers, small rapalas and cray fish, crank baits; spinner baits in multicolor. General Bass tackle works well.
*Fly fishing tackle  7 to 9 foot #4 to #8 fly rods for 4-8 weight WF floating fly lines. When using large popping bugs or on windy days, a bug taper is advised. Multicolored, natural cork and foam bodied poppers sized 4, 6, 8 with rubber legs are popular. Pencil, Slider and hair bodied poppers are sometimes very productive in color of Black/Yellow, Orange/Red, Yellow/Black and Chartreuse. Machaca fishing requires using a short piece of light wire shock leader because of its teeth. Poppers with long shank hooks are also preferred.
Wet flies are also used and are very productive when the mojarra and machaca fail to strike the poppers. Small streamers in yellow, red and tinsel color combinations are effective. Shrimp flies in beige, brown and gray produce when the fish are feeding deep. Yellow nymphs, small Clousers in size 8 hooks are also effective.
*NOTE  Rods and reels are available on a loan basis, but a replacement fee will be charged if damaged, lost or broken. All lost or severely damaged lures are charged at replacement cost.

These recommendations are made by your hosts and fly fishing experts based on our experience and it is intended to aid you in your tackle selection.
We welcome any additional inquiries in regards to tackle.


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