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Quepos Roosterfish Flies

kbkeyskbkeys Posts: 691 Officer
Need recs please. Will probably tease with live bait.


  • sa1280sa1280 Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Anything that looks like a sardinia- do a google search for them. I used the fly below in 2003 to catch my firs rooster on fly in Quepos, first fish I showed it to ate it! I know it looks a little beat up, but this is the actual fly I used as it still resides in the mouth of the mount of the fish!
  • Carl BlackledgeCarl Blackledge Posts: 674 Officer
    kbkeys wrote: »
    Need recs please. Will probably tease with live bait.

    I know you don't like my posts and I am OK with that. However from one fisherman to another here goes anyway.

    I have done a lot of Rooster fishing in my life time and at times under the right conditions the Roosters will eat almost anything, however for the best high percentages flies I think the Tan Air Head or an Air Head look-a-like fly is the best. Sardine flies like my Tan Sardine, or my Tan articulated Crease flies are the flies I would use if I was making that trip, Try and avoid flies that suck up a lot of water, they turn in to just a wet sock or a birds nest after a few casts. I would also recommend the Out bound RIO short tropical floater or the same line in Intermediate. Lots of times you will get several cast at the same fish and the floater will allow you to repeat your casts with less effort, short leader maybe 6 foot long for easy casting, Roosters have a very soft mouth and are very easy to bury the hook in their mouth.......Hope some of this helps.

    PS- they don't make the TAN air head anymore however if you get on the phone and use their 800 numbers you can find them at different fly shops. The bottom picture are some home made air heads with good hooks

    Good luck

    Carl Blackledge
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