First Sailfish On The Fly – Costa Rica Fly Fishing

Facebook Twitter Shares First Sailfish on the “Fly” by Todd Staley Photo above by Pat Ford Published for The Tico Times The angler stood on the veranda of Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica and looked at the vast sport fishing fleet in awe. A Colorado native and avid fly fisherman, he had never been on the ocean before. He was quite adept on his home waters, walking the bank or wading in streams, casting a dry fly to trout. He had seen fishing shows on television and read many an article about anglers casting to and challenging big pointy nose fishes with a flimsy fly rod on a deep blue ocean. It became a dream of his. Then an obsession. It moved to the top of his bucket list. Finally, the day had come. He walked down the stairs at the marina to the boats and stepped aboard the Big Eye II. Captain Franklin Araya shook his hand and confirmed the angler’s mission was to catch a sailfish on the fly. “There are plenty of fish out there, but they are muy mañosa,” Araya said, explaining that the fish are lazy and finicky. El Niño is the culprit — the weather phenomenon that makes every blue water fisherman in the Eastern Tropical Pacific cringe. The water temperature goes up, the fish don’t follow their normal patterns, and they become lethargic. Captain Franklin Araya. Photo via Todd Staley. The Big Eye II idles out of the marina and Araya … Continue reading First Sailfish On The Fly – Costa Rica Fly Fishing