Costa Rica

Custom Adventures / Release Fly Travel

About the Destination

Costa Rica is home to an amazing range of fish species. Two oceans and a variety of rivers and lakes provide ideal conditions to target many different species all within a relatively small geographic space. Release Fly Travel (RFT) specializes in putting you in direct contact with this incredible angling diversity! Whether you seek heart-pounding tripledigit tarpon, powerful roosters and billfish, delicate dry fly fishing for rainbow trout, or connecting with an array of freshwater exotics, Costa Rica is an angling destination worth exploring. Focus your efforts on a single fishery or spread your trip across the whole range of available fish species by combining travel packages like modules. Plus, Release Fly Travel can arrange other non-angling or family activities, such as rafting, sea kayaking, surfing, wildlife watching, cultural exploration, or simply pure R&R. RFT knows Costa Rica inside and out and can help put together your perfect experience.

Year-round fishing

Recommended Travel
December - May (dry season)

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You get to choose! Release Fly Travel will create a package designed for your personal preferences and price range. This is unique and opens the adventure to a wide range of budgets. Whether it’s an inexpensive motel or a luxurious five-star hotel, RFT will meet your goals and provide you with the very best within your budget. Plus, as a local resident, owner Tom Ederlin knows all the hot spots for luxury dining or colorful street food in all the regions. So you’re always guaranteed a fantastic culinary experience.

Included in your package:

  • Expert local guides
  • Gear: fly rod and reel setup and tenkara rods and lines
  • Lodging and food TBD as per customer preference
  • Float trips available
  • Packages are custom designed for region, species and budget
  • Let us design a trip just for you

The Catch

  • Tico trout
  • Machaca
  • Guapote
  • Saltwater Surprise (jack crevalle, leather fish, milk fish, lady fish, tarpon, roosters, etc.)

Rod Recommendations

Zen Insights

Release Fly Travels is unique: they’re not a lodge but they’re much more than outfitters. RFT is a one-stop shop. They are not only undeniably the greatest fishing guides in Costa Rica, but they’re also expert vacation planners that’ll arrange the best accommodation for whatever experience you want within the price range you desire. Want the five-star treatment? They’ll book the very best. Want to dine at the best restaurant in the country? They know where it is. Want a rustic cabin? They know the exact place and will book it. Don’t care about the room because you’re never in it? They make reservations for you at a clean and comfortable motel that keeps costs to a minimum. Plus, they arrange all the transportation and gear (if you need it), and they’ll even arrange leisure days in between to tour coffee plantations, animal sanctuaries or other sites of interest. They simply make it simple. Tell them what you want and they make it happen, customized to your preferences and your budget. Now that’s pretty cool. And since they’re local, they know all the inside scoops and the very best fishing spots.

Ready For Adventure

Join us for a fly fishing experience like no other!

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