machaca fishing costa rica

“RIO MACHACA is a new video I put together with my good friend Micah Baly showcasing the epicness of fly fishing for machaca via SUP boards as well as the effort it took learning a new species!” Jesse Males

Machaca fishing in Costa Rica is something that every fly angler needs to experience. It is action packed and puts your angling skills to the test. While most machaca fishing is done via raft, we chose the boat inflatables because they are portable and allow us to access places other anglers can’t. 

As a rule, the machaca eats just about everything that falls into the water; however, where we fish they focus mainly on a fruit called a chilamate. We knew that doing everything we could to match the hatch would be our best bet at landing a true trophy machaca!


Being the first guys to actively target machaca on a SUP board is something that I find super rad. Fly fishing for a new species in such a unique way has made me appreciate the fish so much more.

With the average machaca in the 1-3 pound range it was my goal to land a true 6+ pound fish via paddle board. Thankfully I was blessed with a very nice fish that came at the perfect time while filming for the video.


Somehow the Machaca has flown very much under the radar of the international fly fishing community and we are hoping that through videos like this and other media that people begin to understand just how great of a game fish the machaca really is.

Machaca Fishing Costa Rica

If you are interested in learning more about machaca fishing or coming down to Costa Rica and giving it a try please learn more about my guided trips via

We offer machaca float trips, jungle trout fishing, ocean kayak fishing, and overnight remote beach camping/fishing trips. Custom trip options are available as well.

fly fishing machaca costa rica
Fly Fishing Machaca Costa Rica

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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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