Napo City is perfectly suited for any type or method of sport fishing. You can hunt with a fly rod in your hand, covering flats and reef sections, or target monster GTs along the outer reefs with big poppers, stick baits or jigs. Our recommendation is to try it all!
Fly fishing is primarily on foot, wading along reef edges, sand dunes, and shallow flats. Depending on the tide and conditions, we will use different tactics to locate hunting fish. On an incoming tide, we target fish pushing onto the flats using the channels onto the reef, the so called GT highways. On outgoing tides, we’ve been successful finding and hooking fish moving out using deeper channels from deep within the flats areas.
We consistently see plenty of fish in the waves just outside of the reef. Spotting GTs sitting high up in the wave faces, patrolling for prey being pushed out over the reef with the outgoing tide will get your adrenaline pumping. Time your cast well and land a fly behind a breaking wave face and you could be in for a real surprise. Make sure you have your drag set tight before casting.
We will also cover sand and stone bottom flats looking for tailing Triggerfish, Indo Pacific Permit, and more. For the ambitious angler, there are huge schools of Giant Parrotfish cruising along the reef edges. Trick one into biting and you better hope you have your gear properly rigged.
Species likely to encounter on the flats or shallow reef sections
Based on our previous expeditions to this place we know there are GTs, Bluefin Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse and Triggers entering the flats and shallow reef sections in search of easy prey. We’ve also caught job fish, various species of snappers, and been told that Indo Pacific Permit frequently visit the flats. Giant Parrotfish are always present along the reef presenting a real challenge for the ambitious angler.
Spin fishing for GT, Napoleon Wrasse, Dog tooth Tuna, and more will mainly be done casting poppers and stick baits covering reef edges and drop offs. Fishing will be done from so called long boats, 35’ outboard vessels powered by 40 hp engines. Since we will arrive during the eastern trade winds we expect an ocean boiling with fish so blue water fishing and jigging will be possible for anyone who wants to give it a try.
Species likely to encounter in deeper water and along the outer reef
GT, Bluefin Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, Dogtooth Tuna, Snapper, Grouper, Blacktip sharks, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito and more. In deeper water we expect to see Marlin and Sailfish as well.