San José Province, Copey District
Good People - Good Water - Good Fish
My wife is the best! We had planned to Costa Rica in one month as we needed to getaway. As always, when we travel is see if there is trout in the country. So I was surprised when I found trout in Costa Rica. There was not much information at the time, but enough to warrant a cloud forest trip.
We had flight issues I won't get into. We landed in San Jose at midnight and had lost a car reservation. Somehow we found a car and drove three hours in pitch black, caffeine-free, and cloud forest conditions. By a miracle, we found our cabin on a dirt road. The sun rose, and we hiked down to the river!
Trout ponds were lining the wild Rio Savegre River with colossal rainbows. We walked back to our cabin for breakfast before heading out with our fly gear.
We cheated first by catching a trout in one of the ponds to get our confidence. Then we headed to the river before the afternoon thunderstorms. The river is a small stream with large boulders and waterfalls all the way up. It didn't take long to land a Tico Trout, a hybrid of Mexico and California Rainbow. I think I used my standard caddis dry and green copper john nymph. I caught trout on both flies.
The one nice thing about this valley is that every little cafe serves fresh trout, but differently.
Costa Rica Done!