machaca fishing costa rica

“SUP fishing for machaca here in Costa Rica is something that is quickly becoming an addiction of mine.” – Jesse Males

Fly fishing for machaca is as action packed as fishing can get. Adrenaline filled topwater eats, hard runs and high jumps makes this fish the ideal sport fish for the traveling fly angler.

View this short video featuring some highlights of machaca fishing via sup boards here in Costa Rica.

As you can tell these fish don’t play around. Serious teeth make handling these fish a challenge and pliers are definitely something that you will want to have handy.

While these fish eat mainly fruits and flowers they do eat sardines and any insects that they may find on the waters surface. 8wt rods and floating line helps ensure a strong hook set and allows enough backbone to control most fish. A big machaca has been known to snap a 8wt so fishing anything less makes loosing a trophy fish a real possibility.

Learn more about machaca fishing at my guiding website, and be sure to shoot me and email with any questions.

Tight lines!

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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