Baja Fly Fishing Report – May 2017

This is a very brief report on a fishing trip I just made with friends Gui and Jim. We fished with Gary Bulla and lodged at Baja Joe’s. Gary is a great host; the panga captains are knowledgable guides and boatmen; our accommodations and meals were very pleasant; and our fishing companions were a wonderful group of enthusiastic, experienced adventurers.

Baja.

Yes, me going out of state to fish. Unlikely, unexpected, and last minute decision. Anyway, there I was south of the border with fly rod in hand, hunting warm water species that broke the surface as they crashed baitfish and got my adrenaline levels through the roof.

The fishing was challenging, as fishing can always be. My casting left a little to be desired, as I plowed though several lines to find the rod-line matches that worked the best for me. I faced down many fish working the surface well within my casting range, and more often than not, delivered lackluster presentations. Some of my craftsmanship, however, met the high standards of the fish and I managed to connect often enough to conclude each day on the water with a smile.

One of several species we encountered is not generally considered as one of the glamor targets in the region, but dang, I really enjoyed catching skipjack.

I’ll be following this post with others that feature tackle selection (fly rods, fly lines, leaders) that are suitable for the conditions I experienced in the warm climate of Baja.

Meanwhile, here are a few photo images from our trip.

Game on!

Game on!

Clearing the line deck.

Clearing the line deck.

The first run.

The first run.

Baja Skipjack photographed by Gary Bulla.

Baja Skipjack photographed by Gary Bulla.

This rooster evaded my best efforts but chomped onto Chuck's fly.

This rooster evaded my best efforts but chomped onto Chuck’s fly.

The ballyhoo fly reigned supreme.

The ballyhoo fly reigned supreme.

Dorado!

Dorado!

Gui rocked the dorado.

Gui rocked the dorado.

I prepared for the sun each day.

I prepared for the sun each day.

Putting the load on an ECHO EPR rod.

Protecting a tippet late in the game – on an ECHO EPR rod.

Some fly rods are meant for hard times - like encounters with lines wrapped around props.

Some fly rods are meant for hard times – like encounters with lines wrapped around props.

Dawn on day 7 - time to head home to Corvallis.

Dawn on day 7 – time to head home to Corvallis.

I hope you enjoyed this brief tour. I had a great time and plan on returning as soon as I can. Trip details may be found at garybulla.com.

Jay Nicholas – 2017

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