Fly Fishing Machaca In Costa Rica: BACKWATER VLOG #29

fly fishing machaca in Costa Rica

“Fly fishing for machaca in Costa Rica is one of my favorite things to do! In this episode of the Backwater VLOG we go deep into the jungle exploring a new river for these toothy fish!” – Jesse Males

When fly fishing for machaca in Costa Rica you typically have to be ready to make 2000 casts per day. Cruising down the rivers slamming your fly on the water makes these fish go crazy and they often come flying out of the water trying to beat each other to the fly. This trip went extremely well and we landed tons of fish. While the rain was on and off we still managed to do a little filming and catch a few of these gnarly dudes on film! Check it out!


Costa Rica offers many different fly fishing opportunities but nothing compares to the machaca. They fight hard, only eat topwater, jump, run like crazy, and are pound for pound one of the strongest fish we have here. They typically live in remote stretches of water that are full of exotic birds, monkeys, and iguanas. Needless to say, this is a fish that every fly angler needs to experience.

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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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