Marlin Trip Slow on Final Day

by | Aug 15, 2018 | fly fishing for marlin

My blog has given my readers the silent treatment and I apologize for this.  I picked up a nasty tropical flu-like illness that put me down the last day of the Costa Rica marlin trip.  I recovered enough on the way home to think all was good but first few days home it hit me even harder.  Scary bad crud and I’m just now getting back on the wagon.


Our last day of blue marlin fishing was a bust.  Although my marlin experience is minimal, I’ll compare their personalities to that of brown trout.  When they’re on they’re on and when they’re not – forget about them.


First thing on the final morning we raised two fish at once.  I was sick but not awake enough to know how badly.  I made the cast and one of the marlin ate the fly but came unbuttoned.  Then Sammy had couple chances but they wouldn’t eat.   All this happened before 7 am then we never raised another all day.  All I can say is thank goodness for the epic marlin raising day yesterday.  It only takes one day to make a trip amazing and we had it.


A special thanks goes out to our friend Tom Enderlin for setting Sammy and I up to catch our first ever blue marlin on the fly.  And we very much appreciate Tom joining us on the boat even though it’s not part of the deal.


I’m still recovering but feeling much better.  I’m planning to hit the South Fork of the Snake here soon.  Stay tuned for a month of local fishing blogs from Idaho!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!