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The Rio Colorado is one of the only dependable, year-round tarpon fisheries in the Caribbean. While most fisheries revolve around the tarpon migration in the spring and summer, the Rio Colorado delta holds resident and migratory fish ranging from 60 to 150+ pounds. This is not a clear water, flats fishing destinations. Expect to fish big, turbulent water where the river dumps into the Caribbean Sea and during the fall months when seas are calmer and summer rains raise the water levels in the river, tarpon can be found rolling in the main channel. Anglers must be prepared to fish a variety of sinking lines, 12-14 weight rods, and large bulky flies. During low light conditions, anglers hope for rolling and feeding tarpon that break the surface. When these large tarpon show themselves sight fishing is possible. Floating and intermediate lines with high riding flies may be used to get into the feeding fish. Most of the time drifting and dredging flies with heavy sinking lines is the most productive method.
The river is typically off-colored and varies in depth depending on precipitation. Tarpon can also be found upriver in an Amazon-like river setting. During times of higher water (late summer and fall), tarpon moves into the river and can be found rolling in the main channel or in deep pools. The river is 100% freshwater and not a tidal, brackish estuary.
During the dry season (late winter and spring) much of the bait move offshore, so the guides search for birds and use their electronics to locate offshore tarpon. These fish can also be seen rolling for baitfish. While tarpon do feed around the river delta any time of year, expect to spend more time fishing in the ocean during the dry months.
It is vital to have the ability to change your tackle to suit current conditions. Consider having second spools with sinking line available, or be prepared to change lines in order to get your fly down to the big fish. These huge tarpon will absolutely punish your fly tackle. It is advisable to be open-minded to conventional tackle if conditions are challenging for fly tackle. Bringing along a lightweight rod such as a 7 or 8 weight to fish for snook and sunfish in some of the backwater lagoons, can be a nice respite.
Pirarucu: October 6-11, 2019
Pirarucu Lodge is located in the middle of the largest arapaima reserves in the world. Not only are these waters home to large numbers of arapaima – the largest freshwater species on the planet, but this area also hosts healthy numbers of arawana and tambaqui which are often sight fished with dry flies! Arapaima can grow to over 400 pounds and closely resemble a freshwater tarpon. When hooked, they explode in aerial displays, take off on long runs and surrender only after lengthy battles. Arapaima are often seen gulping air from the surface offering sight casting to singles, pairs or even schools of fish. Anglers will fish from comfortable and modern flat skiffs powered with 60 HP Yamaha outboards. These skiffs fish two anglers at the same time with two large casting platforms and the guides use a remote-control trolling motor to position the boat while fishing. The lodge is a floating lodge that is simple, comfortable and beautifully built from local woods. During the off season of fishing, guests travel from all over the world to visit this lodge solely for bird watching. The lodge offers bird safaris and jungle tracking with pro guides making this an ideal trip for bird enthusiasts and anglers alike.
In past years, Cosmoledo has become known as perhaps the finest giant trevally destination in the world: a legendary fishery that is perfect for anglers searching for the ultimate saltwater flats destination. This is one of the most remote, off-the-grid trips that we offer – an out-island, expeditionary adventure best-suited for anglers looking for an experience that is far from ordinary. The atoll is fished while basing off of Wizard Island at the new Cosmoledo Eco Lodge - a land-based operation that opened in November of 2018. This exicting new lodge program will accommodate 10 anglers per week during the 2019 season, evolving to 12 anglers per week beginning with the 2020 season. Since this is an incredibly remote location that involves a fair amount of travel to reach, it is worth stating that this is not a trip for everyone. That said, if you are looking to access one of the most incredibly pristine, untouched eco-systems in the world that is also home to some of the greatest GT fishing found anywhere - all in a comfortable, safe and reliable setting - there is no better option.
Cosmoledo is located on the same general area as the world heritage site of Aldabra and in many respects resembles the famous island that is often referred to as the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.” Within the Cosmoledo fishery, Menai and Wizard Islands occupy the east and west points of the atoll, named after the two ships that explored the atoll on the Moresby Expedition in 1822. The atoll’s south island stands near the main entrance to the inner lagoon, while the second smaller entrance is just south of Menai Island. The northern islands are interspersed with numerous islets and banks, all of which are home to good numbers of large fish. The sheer numbers and variety of fish species found within the Cosmoledo fishery has amazed the fly fishing world for years, with anglers from across the globe making the trip to sample the ultimate saltwater fly fishing playground. After a closure of six consectutive years (re-opened in 2015), the atoll has been rested and the fishing has rejuvenated itself exactly as you would expect an untouched ecosystem full of hungry giant trevally and other species would.
Bonefish are the main target species on Christmas Island and they are found all throughout the shallow flats of the coral atoll. As a result, this is an excellent destination for beginner saltwater anglers due to the sheer numbers of bonefish that are available. Each morning, anglers will be assigned their guides for each day of fishing. Typically there will be two anglers per one guide. The average bonefish throughout the ecosystem run two to three pounds in size. That said, the guides do have areas where larger fish may be targeted. Larger fish can range anywhere between three and seven pounds while some of the ocean reef flats hold even larger fish. In addition, fish in the six to ten-pound class are occasionally caught. Triggerfish are numerous and the atoll is home to three different and unique species of triggers. They are not easy to fool, and they feed in coral gardens and patches on flats, which means landing them can be a challenge. They are one of the most rewarding and certainly most beautiful fish you can catch on the fly. The waters of the atoll are also home to three species of trevally: Bluefin, golden and giant. The presence and availability of trevally for the flats angler definitely makes this destination unique. Trevally can be found feeding on the flats at any tide, but incoming tides and periods of high tide are the most productive times to focus on these hard fighting gamefish. Guides know where to locate them and anglers must be ready to make quick presentations to these aggressive, fast-moving fish. There are small milkfish on the flats, but the larger milkfish can be found in channels and deeper water around the island. These large schools are fished from the boat as they surf the swells. Milkfish feed on small clumps of algae and are very tough to fool on a fly, but if you are lucky enough to come tight on one while fishing an algae fly, they are one of the hardest fighting fish in the ocean and opportunities to give Milkfish a shot abound on Christmas Island! The offshore or Bluewater fishing that surrounds Christmas Island is worth exploring as well. You may easily do this for a few hours in the morning before hitting the flats. There are typically abundant tuna and large barracuda, and giant trevally, wahoo, Mahi Mahi, sharks, and occasional marlin that also inhabit these waters. This is a year round fishery as a result of being so close to the equator.
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