Video: Fly Fishing for Roosterfish and Dorado in the Sea of Cortez from Smith

GREAT DAYS 9: Fishing below the border from smith optics on Vimeo.

Smith Optics has posted Great Days #9, featuring fly fishing for roosterfish in the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico.

From Smith:

Idaho boys travel south of the border to the sea of Cortez in pursuit of the prized rooster fish.  While the roosters remained elusive the boys manage to find the dorado and have an epic fly fishing adventure.  Great days, good friends, good taco’s and muchas cervezas!”

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More on this fly fishing destination:

Baja California is a Mexican state of great interest to fly anglers. The westernmost region of Mexico, Baja faces the Pacific Ocean on the west and welcomes the Sea of Cortez on the east-side of the peninsula.

Many anglers regard Baja as an extension of California, as its geographical features mirror neighboring Southern California. Some also state that Baja is what California must have been like over one hundred years ago. Also like California, Baja has world-class surfing and fly fishing, and for fly anglers, Baja is saltwater fly fishing paradise.

Without having to travel far off the sand, many of the most exotic bluewater species, from tuna to dorado, can be found in these warm waters, and the Sea of Cortez has gained fame in recent years for the pursuit of roosterfish from area beaches.

For a saltwater trip, Baja is relatively inexpensive. Flights, food, and lodging is generally cheaper than many other destinations, and guide fees are often cheaper than other international saltwater spots. Many regard late spring and summer to be the best times to fly fish this area. While it’s warmer this time of year, fishing is just as hot, and the winds of earlier months have died down.

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  1. If you guys want to get the Roosters from the beach come with me next year. This was a hard year for the ‘cocks but our trip landed 6 roosters, 3 jacks and countless fish from the boat. Next year I have two weeks to fill which means twice as many grandes if your interested.

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