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This is a little story about how a women learned to love to fish. The Tenorio River is where it started in the beautiful province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


The Tenorio River in Costa Rica rises near the Tenorio Volcano. It becomes a fast moving river, with some areas of rapids popular for white-water rafting. White water rafting is what the Tenorio River is most famous for with tourists (like myself). However, there are incredible soft sections with small rapids perfect for casting a line. You can expect to catch serious amounts of Machaca, Snook and Rainbow Bass.


Randall and I often make trips around Costa Rica to check out new tours, fishing boats and marinas. We are blessed with the ability to travel often in search of  unique experiences we can offer our clients visiting Costa Rica.

When I first started visiting Costa Rica I have to admit fishing was not high on my list of things to do. After meeting Randall my entire perspective changed, fishing is now a way of life, and not often does one day pass where we are not casting a line somewhere.

My life has gone from blue collar business to searching the best underwater cameras and keeping myself updated on the best colour of fishing line.

Randall has owned and managed a fleet of fishing boats  for almost 18 years now, I was heavily involved in business in Canada. The Costa Rican way of life was almost surreal to me. I could hardly believe how different life was in Costa Rica, how relaxed, and how much nature, the ocean and animals were incorporated into their daily life. In the States and Canada we are in such a hurry we forget – fishing was once something our ancestors did on a daily basis out of necessity. We have lost this, in the rush of our daily life. However in Costa Rica “Pura Vida” is a national saying that defines this feeling of peace with nature.

Fly Fishing Costa Rica Guanacaste
Our great friend and guide with a great catch



Fishing in the fresh water rapids on the Tenorio is not entirely new to Costa Rica, however it is just now gaining intense popularity as a fishing trip. Our friends on the Tenorio have even started their own fishing competition, a weekend full of great fun and some intense friendly competition.

We departed bright and early as we made the 90 minute drive from Jaco to the Tenorio River to meet one of Randall’s long time friends. His name is Chuta, and has been fishing on the Tenorio since he was a young boy. I on the other hand had no idea what to expect – all I was told was to dress for some nice rough water. Very confused by “rough” I packed not so great with my Sperry Dock Shoes. As it turns out rough means white water, fishing from  a raft and no – dock shoes were not appropriate!

Still no idea what I was getting into, Randall stayed at the base of the river filming with the drone as we made our way downstream. We would be fly fishing and I have never fly fished. As I headed up river on a typical Costa Rican back road, I watched as the crew in the back of a Toyota truck older than me, tied flies and got our poles ready. I was nervous because I was inexperienced, and this picture below is exactly what I pictured happening to me – only with rods and not paddles.


Fly Fishing Costa Rica Mangroves Guancaste
Tenorio River – this is what comes to mind


The crew put the rafts in the water and the beauty of the untouched riverbanks blew my mind. Macaws, monkeys and tons of wildlife all around us. You could see how rich the water was full of jumping Machaca. As I hopped in the raft the guys taught me how to cast and off we went. They assured me that they have tons of 5 year olds that love this trip and catch fish. I blushed and tried to copy the pro the best I could, praying to the fishing Gods for just one bite.

Fly Fishing Costa Rica Mangroves Guanacaste
This was the smoothest part of the river – perfect for casting.

To begin my casts were too fast and I was not waiting long enough before re-casting. The crew quickly had my casts perfected and after that it was unreal the amount of fish we were lifting. By the third trip down river I was relaxed with my casting and constantly lifting fish. The crew was one of the most interesting teams I have ever fished with. They knew where the fish were, they were locals and this river was their home.


Since this trip Randall and I have never found a fishing excursion we both enjoy more. The perfect mix of wildlife, adventure, adrenaline and tons of good catch. Turns out fishing on the Tenorio  is now one of our most loved fishing trips by our clients – and every chance we get this is where we head for some downtime. There is nothing better than catching fighters like Machaca, while floating down a river with rapids. The species we hunt for on the Tenorio River fishing excursion are Guapote (Rainbow Bass), Robalo (Snook), and Machaca.

Pricing starts at $350 all inclusive. For more information

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Pura Vida, Sarah

Check out our video here from my fishing adventure down the Tenorio River, and yes, that is really me! :

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