Saltwater Fly Rigging Information & Flies for Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, Roosterfish, Dorado and other Costa Rica Big Game Fish

Costa Rica Saltwater Flies Billfish, Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna,Roosterfish, Snapper, Snook & Osa Peninsula Fish Species

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Classic Billfish Popper (Old Skool)

Pink Billfish Popper Fly  for Costa Rica Marlin & Sailfish Fly Fishing

Correct technique would be to use a much smaller popper head.   Bright pink is traditional but it is advisable to also have a dorado (blue/green/yellow) combo rigged.  I have seen days when pink gets turned down.   Include some mylar flash to get extra use out of the fly as the feathers will break down quicky.   DO NOT use to much material because that can cause the hook rigs to be fowled in the fly and reduce your hook up ratio.   For pre-rigged "Mouse Trips"  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing.

Threadfin Herring Fly

Threadfin Herring Fly for Inshore Saltwater Fly Fishing Costa Rica

These bait fish are also known as Greenbacks.  Here in Cental America they are  called "Sardinas".   This is a very productive inshore pattern because these baitfish are common here in Costa Rica and get bit up real strong when live baiting as everything eats them.    It is very important to have some of the yellow to define that stripe on the body profile.  The baitfsh also has a red dot near the gill.  I tie the head red instead of creating the dot.

Clouser Minnow

Clauser Minnow Inshore Costa Rica Fly

Don't leave home without it.   This is just a very effective all around fly.   The word is the constant action of this fly on the retrieve is due to the dumb bell eyes mimic a fleeing baitfish.   I have used this fly for all inshore applications and it has proven successful.   Pictured here is pink... shrimpesque perhaps.   My preferred color is chartreuse but I always have brown and white in the selection also.

Abel Anchovie

Abel Anchovie Fly for Yellowfin Tuna Flyfishing Costa Rica

This is a very consistent Yellow Fin Tuna fly that is my first option when targeting tuna.   This color pictured is a producer but I recommend having a pure white option and a brown option also.  Tuna are a very finicky breed and at times just will not eat anything offered.   I would also have a crab fly, squid fly and a spotted snapper fly rigged and available.

Inshore Popper

Blue Popper Saltwater Fly Fishing Costa Rica Inshore Roosterfish

This basic popper is a classic that I use often.    My preferred color is a dark green or a brown and white.  I tend to trim the feathers back on the tail to avoid the short bites that happen often.

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