Salt Water fly fishing is the fastest growing outdoor sport and for good reason, and we have said for years now that the Sea of Cortez offers the largest variety of fish species to be found anywhere. Contact us for more information about the exciting fly fishing packages we offer.
Fly Equipment, Recommended Fly Fishing Gear
Rods: A nine weight is the minimum recommended sized rod and is adequate for smaller fish when casting small flies on clam days. The ten through twelve-weight rods are better suited to fishing off shore considering the strong possibility of larger fish mixed in with feeding schools.
Reels: A good quality salt-water reel that holds 300 yards of 30 lb backing is recommended. Large arbor reels have a decided advantage in the rate of retrieve of the line as well as maintaining consistent drag pressure. As a note for all species, we normally set the drag between four and six pounds of pull, then palm the rim during the fight to vary the pressure on the fish.
Fly Lines: A full-length intermediate line is a good all purpose line. Shooting heads or full length integrated sink tip lines in Class IV to Class VI sink rates are and ideal for all species off shore. These lines offer maximum capacity for backing, with minimal belly forming in the line while playing fish. The high density sinking lines are a must for most tuna fishing situations.
Leaders: Keep it simple. A six to eight -foot leader built from two pieces of mono looped together is all that is often needed.
Flies: The key to fly selection is matching size and color of the fly to the natural food being eaten. In most cases that means imitating the sardine. This small baitfish is usually two to four inches in length and whit under olive, or white under tan in color. The tan or olive backs will often have a grayish cast to them. In recent years the Mosca Magic has become a dominate pattern creating a whole family of variations, including the Clouser Magic, Crease Magic, Rasta Magic and Billfish Magic. Other patterns that are effective include variation on the Sardine, such as Sea Habits, Bucktail Deceivers and various poppers.