Tapam is a remote jungle fishery that focuses on fishing for tarpon in the 50 to 200-pound class. The fishing grounds include a large brackish bay, channels, and more distant inland lagoons which are the winter home and feeding ground to a great number of massive tarpon. Although a good portion of the day is spent blind casting for these beasts in 10 to 30 feet of water, guests can at times witness large tarpon slashing and crashing bait with reckless abandon in plain sight. In addition to tarpon, many guests get shots at snook up to 20 pounds. With a new rustic lodge featuring single rooms, custom fly fishing boats, and new management, Fly Water Travel is back in the game of sending guests to this unique and challenging trophy tarpon destination.
Tapam Lodge is located on the southern side of the village of Kara in eastern Nicaragua.
At Tapam Lodge, anglers fish split-days, leaving the lodge very early and fishing until midday before returning to the lodge for lunch and a siesta. The evening session begins around 2:30 and goes until around 6:00.
Anglers fish out of locally-built pangas, designed with fly fishing in mind. They have multiple casting decks so two anglers can fish at the same time. Guides use electric trolling motors to control the drift of the boat and for approaching active fish with little disturbance.
Most of the fishing spots are within a 30 to 45 minute boat ride from the lodge, and include rivers, lagoons and deltas. Most spots are from three to ten meters (10-30 feet) deep and fish are usually targeted by blind casting or casting to rolling fish. When the tarpon are actively hunting, they will take flies a few feet below the surface.
Most of the time, we recommend a sinking line for tarpon but on some occasions, we find fish in only five to six feet of water. Under those circumstances, it’s an advantage being able to change for an intermediate line. Having multiple rods rigged with various densities of lines or fly patterns is advantageous.
Accommodations and Meals:
The Tapam Lodge is located on the southern side of the village of Kara, Nicaragua. It is rustic and simple but has everything you need for a hardcore jungle fishing trip. All guests stay in small single rooms with a fan and a bed covered with mosquito net. Nights aren’t typically that hot, and bugs are not a big issue, but it is nice to have both just in case. There are toilets with running water and warm showers for a quick rinse.
Day 1: Evening arrival in Managua, Nicaragua, overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Early flight to Bluefields, Nicaragua, followed by a boat transfer to the Tapam Lodge.
Day 3-8: Six full days of fishing; first light until lunch and then again early afternoon until dark.
Day 9: Fish first light until lunch, pack up and leave for Bluefields. Arrival before dark, overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Early morning transfer to the airport for flight back to Managua and onwards to your final destination.
2020 Rate: $4950 per person, based on single occupancy and shared guide.
Included: Single occupancy rooms at lodge and in Bluefields, accommodations and meals, limited beer and rum.
Not Included: Airfare, hotel in Managua, gratuities, additional alcohol.
Species: Tarpon, Jacks, Snook
Season: February - June
Capacity: 6 anglers