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Fly Fishing Machaca is Something Every Angler Needs to Try at Least Once

Since I have been in Costa Rica, fly fishing machaca has earned a special place in my heart.

Fly fishing machaca is something every angler needs to try at least once, and Costa Rica is a great place to give it a go. These fish love topwater popping bugs, jump like baby tarpon, and love to fight dirty. Oh, and I forgot to mention they almost always run in schools of multiple hungry fish.

If that sounds like the perfect species to target on the fly, that is because it is!

Check out the video below as a friend and I make it into some of our favorite machaca water to test out the Walton Rods Series One 4/5 and 6/7wt fly rods.

These fish range in many different sizes. The average fish is in 1-2 pound range in some places, but larger fish in the 3-5 pound range are oven caught in many places throughout the country. Even some 7-9 pound fish can be landed as well. Sadly, these larger fish typically stay deep and rarely make it to the surface before the smaller fish slam your popper.

If you would like more information on machaca fishing in Costa Rica or need custom flies for your trip, feel free to check out my website,, or shoot me an email at [email protected]

Keep your hearts right, and your lines tight!

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Fly Fishing Machaca is Something Every Angler Needs to Try at Least Once