Fishing is like sex — even when it’s bad it’s good.
And when you’re lazily casting a line while floating down a gorgeous tropical river in a 12-foot inflatable rowboat, it’s great.
Guiselle and I went on a 7-mile float down the Tenorio River, helmed by José Reyes and Fabian Zúñiga of Tenorio Adventures in Cañas, a partner of Desafio Adventures in Arenal.
The day started with an early-morning, on-time pickup in an immaculate SUV by our friendly driver, Isaac. I could get used to this, I thought, after all the hard driving I’ve done in this country in my dusty junker (and all the times I’ve gotten lost).
It turns out Tenorio Adventures is very easy to find — you take Highway 1 south from Liberia to Cañas, and it’s right after the bridge over the Corobicí River. We met our guides and were off to our put-in on the Tenorio River.
The Tenorio has some excellent fishing, they told us, because it’s a natural river, undammed. It originates between the Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes and eventually joins other rivers and spills into the Gulf of Nicoya.
The fish caught here most, José said, are snook, rainbow bass, machaca, tilapia and catfish.