• NICARAGUA

    RETURN TO TAPAM

Return to Tapam

After several years of uncertainty and waiting—perhaps in vain?—Thomas Søbirk finally reunited with Tapam in May 2024. This magical place in the Nicaraguan jungle, known for its enormous tarpon. A place that had given him and many other fly fishermen both defeats and victories, along with completely unforgettable memories.

2020 Season

We opened Tapam in 2016, and in the years that followed, it earned a reputation as the go-to place for giant jungle tarpon. Our 2020 season was the first at our new lodge, and we were gearing up for another busy period.

During the winter months, I tied flies—some trusted patterns that had already proven their worth, and some new creations I wanted to try out. I prepared leaders and rigged my reels with new fly lines. I was ready for another Rumble in the Jungle, and March 16, the date of my departure for Nicaragua, couldn’t come fast enough.

If you’re good with dates, you’ve probably guessed that I didn’t see our new lodge that year. COVID-19 hit, and a few days before my planned departure, the world started to shut down. Tapam shut down with it.

2021-2023

Running an operation in the Nicaraguan jungle isn’t easy to begin with, and it soon became clear that keeping things afloat during a pandemic was impossible. Even in 2022, when restrictions had lifted and the state of the world had improved, we were still far from getting back on track. In 2023, things started to look brighter. More airlines reopened routes to Nicaragua, and by the end of that year, we had a potential new local partner and a clear plan for getting Tapam up and running again.

The first part of that plan—and a crucial one for a Tapam 2.0—was to sign a new contract with the local community about the exclusive sport fishing rights in the area. Things take time, and even more so in the jungle. However, by the spring of 2024, it looked promising enough that it was time for me to return to the jungle, to be part of the final negotiations with the village leaders, and—obviously—to see if the big tarpon were still around!

May 2024

For the longest time, I didn’t know if I would ever have a reason to make it back to the jungle. Now I was here, together with my friends Aurélien Perez and Mark B. Hatter, at the dock of the small village. We were welcomed with a warm smile from Brunhilda, our trusty chef who had also been looking after the lodge in our absence—the lodge that I had financed building years earlier but never seen.

At first, it felt a little surreal. But when we had settled in and I was rigging up my tarpon rods, it also felt fantastic: Finally, I was back! With good friends and six days of fishing ahead of us.

Welcome Back Action

INDSÆT NY TEKST HER!!

For the longest time, I didn’t know if I would ever have a reason to make it back to the jungle. Now I was here, together with my friends Aurélien Perez and Mark B. Hatter, at the dock of the small village. We were welcomed with a warm smile from Brunhilda, our trusty chef who had also been looking after the lodge in our absence—the lodge that I had financed building years earlier but never seen.

At first, it felt a little surreal. But when we had settled in and I was rigging up my tarpon rods, it also felt fantastic: Finally, I was back! With good friends and six days of fishing ahead of us.

The River Monster

INDSÆT NY TEKST HER!!

For the longest time, I didn’t know if I would ever have a reason to make it back to the jungle. Now I was here, together with my friends Aurélien Perez and Mark B. Hatter, at the dock of the small village. We were welcomed with a warm smile from Brunhilda, our trusty chef who had also been looking after the lodge in our absence—the lodge that I had financed building years earlier but never seen.

At first, it felt a little surreal. But when we had settled in and I was rigging up my tarpon rods, it also felt fantastic: Finally, I was back! With good friends and six days of fishing ahead of us.

Baby Bonanza

INDSÆT NY TEKST HER!!

For the longest time, I didn’t know if I would ever have a reason to make it back to the jungle. Now I was here, together with my friends Aurélien Perez and Mark B. Hatter, at the dock of the small village. We were welcomed with a warm smile from Brunhilda, our trusty chef who had also been looking after the lodge in our absence—the lodge that I had financed building years earlier but never seen.

At first, it felt a little surreal. But when we had settled in and I was rigging up my tarpon rods, it also felt fantastic: Finally, I was back! With good friends and six days of fishing ahead of us.

Channel on Fire – Again

INDSÆT NY TEKST HER!!

For the longest time, I didn’t know if I would ever have a reason to make it back to the jungle. Now I was here, together with my friends Aurélien Perez and Mark B. Hatter, at the dock of the small village. We were welcomed with a warm smile from Brunhilda, our trusty chef who had also been looking after the lodge in our absence—the lodge that I had financed building years earlier but never seen.

At first, it felt a little surreal. But when we had settled in and I was rigging up my tarpon rods, it also felt fantastic: Finally, I was back! With good friends and six days of fishing ahead of us.

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