Fly Fishing Machaca In Costa Rica

Fly fishing machaca is something every fly angler needs to try!

If you don’t know what a Machaca is, it is kinda like a shad on steroids, mixed with a piranha, but holding the appetite of a largemouth bass. Living here in Costa Rica has given me the opportunity to pursue these fish and really put the Walton Rods 4/5 and 6/7 to the test. The video below shows just that!


As you can see in the video above these fish vary in size. They typically range from just a few inches to over 7lbs!

fly fishing machacaThese fish are a heck of a fight on 4-7wt fly rods and love to crush topwater poppers or gurgler patterns. If you have big hoppers in your trout box them bring some of those as well…as long as they have beefy hooks on them. If not, don’t bring them. These fish aren’t wimps!

fly fishing machaca

If you would like more information on machaca fishing in Costa Rica feel free to shoot me an email at

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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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