WILD OSA – sailfish, roosterfish, and more on fly
Our base of fly fishing operations on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is the Osa Peninsula. Touted to be ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’ by National Geographic, the Osa Peninsula (or Osa for short) represents spectacular adventure across its many pristine terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Jaguars and tapirs still haunt the jungle covered mountaintops, and screeching scarlet macaws and toucans are a common sight as they move through the forest canopy. Osa also offers some of the finest inshore and offshore fly fishing in the world, with inshore species including giant roosterfish, snappers, groupers, jacks, and rainbow runners, and offshore waters offering shots at some of the world’s largest Pacific sailfish, blue, striped, and black marlin, dorado or mahi-mahi, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna.
Fly fishing is generally incredible year-round, but noteworthy spikes in pelagic migrations take place December-April. Coinciding with Costa Rica’s dry season (or high season), this time of year is marked with nearly perfect weather and is primetime for targeting Pacific sailfish on fly amongst other species. Roosters, cubera snapper, and other inshore heavyweights are available year round, and in contrast the wet season (or green season, May-November) offers slightly discounted rates as well as amazing fly fishing opportunities by global standards for blue marlin and yellowfin tuna.
Through an alliance with one of the most talented local captains we offer the region’s premier platform for fly angling pursuits. Our 36′ Luhrs Express is a fishing machine and takes anglers to the furtherest bluewater grounds in comfort and style, yet its still nimble enough to tuck into some of the nearshore rocks notorious for trophy sized roosters and other reef dwellers. Our captain was born and raised on the Osa Peninsula and has spent much of his life fishing these plentiful inshore and offshore waters. His deep-rooted local knowledge and experience with both conventional tackle and especially with fly is highly notable.
This area has an array of great accommodation options for anglers and non anglers alike, including private beach houses, luxury to standard lodges, and friendly B&Bs. We also ensure you know exactly where to grab an excellent meal and/or find a great watering hole for thirsty anglers and adventure seekers at the conclusion of each day.
Besides incredible fly fishing, Osa and the surrounding area offers some of the finest adventure and wildlife tours in the world. This makes Osa a wonderful place for couples and families as well as fishing-only groups. Whether you are interested in exploring renowned Corcovado National Park, horseback riding through the rainforest, testing your bird watching and identification skills on the countless species that flutter through the area, dolphin and whale watching, or just relaxing poolside or on a remote beach, Osa will not disappoint even the most adventurous spirit.