Triggerfish on the Fly: Ups and downs

Being on the same reef as a triggerfish is one of the most exciting things I have witnessed since my fly fishing addiction began. With crystal clear water and a beautiful shallow reef, the setting alone is enough to make me smile.

I had tied up some flies the night before and had a great feeling about the small micro crab pattern on the end of my line. All I needed to do was to make the cast.

Costa Rican Triggerfish

With a soft loop I landed the fly just inches away from the fish. Immediately the fish swam right over the fly and pinned it to the bottom. Fish on! I couldn’t believe it! First fish I had casted to in this area and I was already hooked up on a quality size Triggerfish.

This was without a doubt the highlight of the trip. Especially since we got robbed later that day, loosing all our backpacking gear, fly rods, reels, and clothing. Needless to say the trip got cut short just after this fish was landed.

In life you have to learn how to take the good with the bad. Lord knows where I am at, and I know he has my back!

Keep your hearts right, and your lines tight!

Capt. Jesse Males

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of as well as our online fly shop, The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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