Rio Colorado Lodge in Costa Rica

Welcome to the world's best tarpon
and snook fishing

Archie Field's Rio Colorado Lodge

IN FRIENDLY, PEACEFUL COSTA RICA

P.O. Box 5094, 1000 San Jose, Costa Rica
Telephone 011 (506) 2232-4063 or 2232-8610
FAX: 011 (506) 2231-5987
Office in the Lobby of the Hotel Tryp Corobici
For Reservations & Information Call
In the USA or Canada 1-800-243-9777
FAX (813) 909-4467
EMAIL: tarpon4u@mindspring.com

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For tarpon, snook and multitude of light tackle game fish, there is no place in the world that compares to Archie Fields' Rio Colorado Lodge, nestled in Costa Rica's tropical jungle where the Colorado River flows into the Caribbean Sea. If you would like a VHS video about Rio Colorado Lodge, please contact us and we'll send one to you COD for $7.50 - refundable upon booking reservation.


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Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

SEASONS

Both tarpon and snook can be taken any month of the year, and the Rio Colorado Lodge is the only fishing resort in the area that remains open year around. But like fishing anywhere, there are never any guarantees, and at certain times of the year chances of scoring big are greater than others. The dry season, from January through May, is considered the peak season in the quiet river and lagoons for tarpon as the aerial acrobats swarm in by the thousands to spawn. We have also had some outstanding sport as late as July and early August on the inside, but in the fall the sea is calm and the fish move to the ocean, providing prime action along the coast. In other words, the fishing is good year around.

The snook are also present year around in the waters of the Rio Colorado Lodge, and are taken casting, trolling, surf fishing and even on flies. Small snook, called "calba" move into the rivers in November-December and provide furious action for two to three months, with 20 to 80 fish per rod not an unusual day's catch. They average about five pounds, so light tackle is in order. But beware! There are always a few up to 30 pounds mixed in with the smaller calba. The best surf fishing and trolling in the waters near the river mouths is in the late fall, and that's when the monsters from 25 pounds on up are usually caught. You're also likely to tie into a big jack crevalle, bonita dorado or mackerel while fishing in the sea.

Light tackle gamesters including guapote, mojarra, machaca, and drum are taken in the rivers, creeks and estuaries 12 months of the year, so don't forget a light bait casting or spinning outfit.

Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

TARPON

These are the king of all game fish, and there is no thrill in fishing to compare with hooking a tarpon. Set the hook hard when they strike, then watch the water erupt as they head for the stratosphere, leaping and twisting clear of the water eight or twelve times! Average size of the tarpon taken at the Rio Colorado Lodge is around 80 pounds and fish to 207 pounds have been brought to gaff. You can expect to jump eight or ten fish a day, and when things are really hot, anglers often jump 25 or more tarpon in a day's fishing. Only artificial lures are used, and all of the fish are lip-gaffed so they can be released after the photos have been taken.

Most of the action will be in the calm waters of the jungle rivers and lagoons, with monkeys and brilliantly hued birds to be seen in the vines and branches of the verdant, orchid draped trees that line the shore. When the fish are on the outside, your guide will often put you in the middle of a school of literally hundreds of leaping fish spreading over an acre or more of calm sea.




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SNOOK

You will troll along the banks of the quiet jungle river or drift silently into a likely lagoon, plugging toward the brush. When the snook hits, you'll know you have a real fish on the line as these sluggers know all the tricks, one moment bulldozing toward cover, then often reversing their field to break water as they try to shake barbs. Except during the calba runs, the average snook of close to 20 pounds. Thirty-pounders are not uncommon, and fish in the 50 pound bracket have been taken locally.

Hooking a snook in the surf as you stand waist deep in the warm waters of the Caribbean is an experience you won't soon forget, especially since the fish in the surf tend to run much larger. They will circle and jump frantically, using the surge of the tide and waves to their advantage and testing the angler's skill to the limit.

Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

SMALL GAME FISH

If you should tire of wrestling lunker tarpon and snook all day you may elect to spend an hour or two in the late afternoon finessing guapote, mojarra or machaca along the shoreline near the lodge. The guapote fights for all the world like a black bass, and may run to 12 pounds, although the average size is probably closer to three pounds. The mojarra looks much like a huge bluegill, except the colors are more brilliant and they frequently run one to two pounds or more, and will hit voraciously on small trout spinners or flies. Machaca have been called "miniature tarpon" because of their propensity for aerial acrobatics. They will average four pounds, and nine-pounders have been weighed in at the Lodge. Try working a surface lure or popper close to the bank, then watch the water explode! Drum feed in the estuaries and lagoons near the river mouths and will take small spinners, bucktails or plastic-tailed lures bumped along the bottom. In the evening, you can catch big catfish right from the boat dock. All but the machaca provide excellent table fare.

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TACKLE

For both tarpon and snook, we recommend a six to seven foot rod, stiff enough to set a hook in the tarpon's bony mouth, and a quality conventional or spinning reel spooled with 150 to 200 yards of 12 to 25 pound test line. A lighter bass outfit or spinning rod spooled with 6 to 12 pound line is suggested for small snook and light tackle gamesters, and a little longer rod is more suitable for fishing in the surf. The Lodge maintains quality loaner equipment if a visitor should be caught short.

Favored lures for tarpon fishing inside the river are Rapala Magnum 11 Series 14 in orange, red/white or silver and green mackerel colors. Two ounce Coasthawk lures are used in the deeper holes and 65M-11 Mirrolures are used when the fish are in the lagoons.

In the Caribbean tarpon will readily take a variety of lures with jigs being the most popular. Jigs should be one to two ounces with a strong short-shank hook. Popular jigs are Bomber 1 to 1 1/2 ounce in white, green or yellow and 12 Fathom Shad Tail Jigs. Coasthawk and 65M-11 Mirrolures also work well. CD9 or CD11 Diving Rapalas can be slow trolled in the ocean for tarpon jack crevalle, or an occasional king mackerel or barracuda.

Snook prefer jigs in the surf and lures inside the river. Bucktail or shad tail 3/4 ounce jigs work best when casting. Bomber 600HD series in fluorescent orange or green and Magnum 11 series Rapalas are trolled inside the rivermouths for snook. During the calba run 1/2 to 3/4 ounce black/red bucktail jigs are the most productive. For casting in the lagoons, 7M model floating Mirrolures or similar lures are the best bet. Chartreuse or black/silver are productive colors.

A selection of "small" bass plugs and spinners including surface poppers and medium runners are effective for guapote, mojarra, machaca, drum and other light tackle gamester. Rooster tails, Rebel Teeny Crawfish and small floater/diver Rapalas are the favored lures. Hooks for all types of fishing should be very sharp, so take a file to the barbs ahead of time.

All these lures are available at our tackle shop but due to import duties they may be slightly higher than you can find them in your local tackle store or through one of the many mail order tackle companies.

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BOATS AND GUIDES

During the 1992 season, the Lodge continued to upgrade plant and equipment. We now provide you with the comfort of 23 ft. fiberglass boats, powered by NEW 90 HP, 4 stroke motors. Each boat has a center console, and two very comfortable fighting chairs with rod holders and U.S.C.G. approved safety equipment. Our entire fleet has fish finders, compasses and radios for maintaining contact with the Lodge and the other boats. Unquestionably, we have the finest, safest fleet of the best equipped boats on the Caribbean coast. Your boat will be stocked with a cooler and cold beverages, and you will be charged for the beverages consumed at a reasonable price.

Our English speaking guides were born and raised in the area of the Lodge and are expert fishermen. They know every hole and riffle in the area. As you spend time with your guide, you'll believe he "thinks like a fish."




Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

THE LODGE

The Rio Colorado Lodge is built on the banks of the Colorado River, right at its mouth where it empties into the sea and where fishing is frequently the best. The whole complex is built on stilts, elevating it from the ground and is under cover, shielding it from the rain. Rooms are double roofed, providing a cooling, insulating effect for your comfort. Even the walkways and dock are roofed for your convenience. 18 comfortable rooms NOW AIR-CONDITIONED (the only East Coast lodge with air-conditioned rooms). All have private baths, hot showers, electric fans and daily maid service (we can also take care of your laundry). Meals are served family style, all you care to eat, and the cuisine at the Rio Colorado Lodge has earned high praise from ardent fishermen from around the world. There is a comfortable recreation room with game tables, and you'll find a new video room with satellite TV, telefax equipment, a very well stocked tackle shop and ample outdoor lounging areas, and a very interesting zoo. We have a fully stocked bar with drinks at reasonable prices. Our daily Happy Hour is from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., when all rum drinks and soft drinks are "on the house."

Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

CLIMATE

Although located in one of the world's most beautiful and primitive tropical rain forests, the weather is seldom oppressive and mosquitoes and other insects are never a problem. Temperature averages about 80 degrees year around, seldom going above the mid 80's. Showers may occur any time of the year, with the heavy rains from late May through December.

Don't forget to bring plenty of film for your camera, a sun hat, tennis shoes, warm weather clothing, a poncho or other rain gear for the frequent showers, sun screen and a long sleeved shirt and light trousers if you're sensitive to the sun.

Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

PACKAGES AND PRICES

CALL NOW FOR RESERVATIONS 1-800-243-9777

Prices subject to change. Please NOTE we now offer all inclusive packages as well as our original packages.

Package Cost and Duration Full Fishing Days Per Person Double Occupancy Single Angler Solo Double Occupancy Deluxe Single Angler Deluxe
6 Days / 5 Nights 3 $2248* $2500** $2541* $2852**
7 Days / 6 Nights 4 $2813* $3104** $3161* $3511**
8 Days / 7 Nights 5 $3378* $3708** $3806* $4211**

*For single room in San Jose add $180.00 per person.
**Single room in San Jose included.
ONLY DELUXE accommodations include Fishing License, Fishing Lures and Beverages.
GRATUITIES are NOT included in any prices.
For safety reasons, the domestic carriers require travelers whose individual weight exceeds 249 lbs. to purchase an additional ticket on the flight. Please advise us if this applies to individuals in your party so arrangements can be at the time of booking.

*** Prices do not include new sales tax proposed by the government of 13% on portions of package,  If this law becomes effective before your fishing date you will be charged the additional tax on your arrival at the Lodge,  We will notify you when if the taxes are required.,  We regret this situation but it is beyond our control. We hope the courts of Costa Rica defeat this attempted tax.

Individual cost. These apply when the complete services of a package are not desired.

Standard Daily Rate, Per Person, Double Occupancy $575.00 Includes: Lodging, meals, 8 hours fishing & happy hour.
Standard Daily Rate, Per Person, Single Occupancy $630.00 Includes: Lodging, meals, 8 hours fishing & happy hour.
Deluxe One Day Fishing
First Day, PP, DBL
Additional Days/Each
$735.00

$625.00
Includes: Lodging, meals, 8 hours fishing, license, tackle/lures, & open bar.
Deluxe Single Angler Day 1

Additional Days/Each
$790.00

$680.00
Includes: Lodging, meals, 8 hours fishing, license, tackle/lures, & open bar.
Fishing Licenses $68.00 - $78.00 Depends on number of days fishing.
Round Trip Flight Costs Vary  
Ground Transfers $20.00
$35.00
Per person-Double
Single
NON Fishing Daily Rate, PP $195.00 Includes: Lodging & meals
Deluxe NON Fishing Daily Rate, PP $245.00 Includes: Lodging, meals, & full open bar
Charter Flights Call For Rate Depends Upon Number of Travelers
Jungle Adventure Tour,
Two days, one night, PP
Call For Rate Depends Upon Number of Travelers

Call for details -- In the USA or Canada 1-800-243-9777

If full payment of your package is received less than 30 days prior to arrival, we cannot guarantee confirmed seats on Sansa or Travel Air, the local domestic airlines, although we will do our best. If your seat is not confirmed, you will be charged the additional cost for a private charter airplane for transportation to and/or from the Lodge, or if you prefer, you may make your own travel arrangements to the Lodge and we will deduct from your package price, the amount allowed for round-trip airfare to the Lodge and refund it to you.

The above prices include boat service to all the popular fishing grounds, the canals, rivers, lagoons, etc. and the Caribbean too. If your party wants to venture forth to more remote areas such as Nicaragua and you notify the Lodge manager a day in advance, for a fee of $50.00 extra per boat, we will be happy to provide you with a full day of uninterrupted fishing from 6:00 A.m. until 3:00 P.M. with a box lunch furnished.

Charter air craft are available at extra cost for travel at times when commercial nights are not available.

Non-fishing guests are welcomed at the Lodge at a rate of $175.00 per day.

Space and weight is limited to 25 LBS including luggage and tackle on the flight between San Jose and the Lodge, so please keep your baggage to a minimum. Baggage in excess of 25 LBS may be allowed at your expense and subject to space and weight restrictions as determined by the air carrier. Your hotel in San Jose will check your extra luggage until your return.




Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

A VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED. - Expiration date must exceed 6 months.

WHAT TO WEAR IN SAN JOSE

Ladies: A summer-weight skirt, dress or slacks, and a light sweater or jacket. Nights are cool. Men: Slacks and sports shirt. Sports coat optional for very fancy restaurants.

WHAT TO WEAR AT THE LODGE

Fishing shoes and extra pair. Sunscreen, insect repellent, rain gear, camera and plenty of film, shorts, T-shirts, fishing hat, light weight, long sleeve shirt and pants for sun protection. Medicines, personal items, and a flashlight.

OPTIONAL TOURS

For family and anglers a canal or River Tour in or out of the Lodge 7 hours. Jungle walk, local Butterfly Farm, night turtle watching (July-September), private boat bird watching or touring. Tortuguero canals or park.

Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

HOW TO BOOK YOUR TRIP

Once you have decided on a date, in the USA and Canada call 1-800-243-9777 for reservations or outside USA 506-232-4063 or 232-8610 to confirm availability. We encourage selecting your reservation date as early as possible as some dates are full many months in advance.

A deposit of $1,000.00 is required within 14 days of your reservation request, and the balance is due 90 days in advance of your arrival date at the Lodge.

Should a cancellation become necessary, if you notify us at least 60 days in advance, your deposit will be returned minus a small service charge of $75.00 per person. On cancellations between 60 and 30 days prior to scheduled arrival, your deposit will be forfeited. On cancellations less than 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival, and including "no shows", all monies paid by you are forfeited.

$50.00 charge per person for schedule changes after booking.

Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica

Welcome to the world's best tarpon
and snook fishing!

RIO COLORADO LODGE and as affiliates and agents assume no liability for the service of any transport conveyance which may be used in providing services to the guests. Neither will we be responsible for adverse weather conditions or any act, error, omission, injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may occur for any reason, including neglect or default of any individual or company engaged in providing services to guests. If advisable or necessary, for any reason, Rio Colorado Lodge or its agents may alter the itinerary or arrangements of guests. Additional expenses or refunds will be for the account of guests. the right is also reserved for Rio Colorado to withdraw trips as appropriate.

Archie Field's Rio Colorado Lodge

IN FRIENDLY, PEACEFUL COSTA RICA

P.O. Box 5094, 1000 San Jose, Costa Rica
Telephone 011 (506) 2232-4063 or 2232-8610
FAX: 011 (506) 2231-5987
Office in the Lobby of the Hotel Tryp Corobici
For Reservations & Information Call
In the USA or Canada 1-800-243-9777
FAX (813) 909-4467
EMAIL: tarpon4u@mindspring.com

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Recent Photos | Fishing Reports | Links ]

Rio Colorado Lodge in Friendly Costa Rica