Buena Suerte is a short film I put together recently and it is all about chasing things that seem out of reach.
One of the things that fascinated me about Costa Rica was the fact that it was possible to fish for tarpon, tuna, and roosterfish, but then be casting dry flies to jungle trout or poppers to machaca and rainbow bass the very next day. This blew me away. Since then I have been wanting to find out just where these jungle trout live. However, since virtually no information exists online, I was on my own.
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Not too long ago a stroke of luck and some tips from a friend revealed a high mountain stream teaming with 6-12 inch wild rainbows. Once I learned of their location I have been wanting to return and shoot some video of the amazing water they call their home.
These fish were brought into the country decades ago and have taken a liking to the wild streams that inhabit the jungly mountaintops in Costa Rica’s central valley.
These small stream fish don’t grow much more than a foot in length, but love sipping dry flies and are perfect for the Walton Rods N-7 Series fly rod. This rod performs perfectly in this scenario where vines and fallen timber can create a very complicated, tight casting scenario for the fishermen. Casting is mostly done from your knees in order to gain precious inches from the jungle canopy above.
If you have ever fished small water especially in the Carolinas then you know how tricky things can get. Well, this place is pretty much rock climbing with a fly rod. Multiple waterfalls and big boulders make this and extremely difficult piece of water to fish. However, as you can see, it is well worth it!
Oh, and as you saw in the video, I had the pleasure of running into my first Tapir in the jungle while hiking back from he river. What an amazing animal!
Keep your hearts right, and your lines tight!