Loreto, Mexico Fly Fishing Equipment List

Loreto, Mexico Fly Fishing Equipment List for a week's fishing

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Some things to think about when planning your blue-water dream trip.         
Much of your comfort and fishing success will be determined by your advance planning.  You must be prepared for each step of your trip and all likely circumstances.   Getting to and from your destination in a hassle-free efficient fashion is the most enjoyable way to travel.  That takes a travel plan.  Having the right gear in the right amounts also takes planning.  You want to have enough gear for maximum enjoyment of your destination's fishery, but you don't want to pack more than you need.  Your Pre-travel check list is your equipment list and much more.  It is part of your preparation plan.  Getting detailed information about your destination will greatly aid you in making all your decisions.  
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Tropical Fly Fishing Pre-Travel Check List

Clothing (for 5-14 day trip)
Avoid cotton fabric except in blends.  100% cotton fabrics are hard to dry in the tropics.  Synthetic clothing is much more comfortable and doesn't require ironing.  Underwear is optional.  Wading pants & shorts with mesh briefs are most comfortable.
(  ) 3pr. Lightweight wading pants
(  ) 3     Long sleeve, ventilated casting shirts
(  ) 1     Fabric Wading Belt (unless your pants have built in belts)
(  ) 1     Fishing Hat,  best to have dark under side of bill
(  ) 4     White Hankies in zip-lock bags (for wiping glasses, etc)
(  ) 1     Wading Shorts or Swim Suite 
(  ) 1pr. Flats or Deck Shoes
(  ) 1pr. Casual Shoes
Toilet Items
(  ) comb
(  ) soap
(  ) tooth brush
(  ) tooth paste
(  ) shampoo
(  ) conditioner
(  ) nail clipper
(  ) nail file
(  ) razor 
(  ) shaving cream
(  ) deodorant

(  ) 1     Water Proof Wind Breaker
(  ) 1     Water Proof Rain Pants

Sun Glasses

(  )  2pr. Sun Glasses (in case you loose one pair)
(  )  Glasses Cleaning Fluid and Wipe Cloth in zip lock bag

Survival Items
(  ) 35 SPF Sun Block
(  ) 15 SPF Sun Block
(  ) Insect Repellent
(  ) Sewing Kit
(  ) Flash Light
Extras
(  ) First aid medications 
(  ) Prescription medications
(  ) Fly Tying Equipment
(  ) Snorkeling Gear
(  )  Wading Shoes For Beach Fishing.  These need to be firm soled shoes designed for flats wading and impermeable to small, sharp pieces of coral.  

Entertainment Items

(  ) Film Camera (  ) Film (  ) Batteries  
(  ) Digital Camera (  ) Memory Cards (  ) Batteries (  ) Charger/Cables
(  ) Video Camera (  ) Tape (  ) Batteries (  ) Charger/Cables
(  ) Lap Top Computer   (  ) Batteries (  ) Charger/Cables
(  ) Magazines/Books
(  ) Binoculars
(  ) Munchies

Tackle
Your selection of gear will depend on whether you are jungle fishing, flats fishing or blue water fishing.  The following rod/reel combinations are offered as a check list:

(  ) 8 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
(  ) 9 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
(  ) 10 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
(  ) 11 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
(  ) 12 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
(  ) 14 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
Fishing Accessories
(  ) Hook File
(  ) Nail Knot Tier
(  ) Leader Clipper
(  ) Stainless Steel Wire Cutter
(  ) Hook Remover
(  ) Pliers
Reel / Line Maintenance Kit
(  ) Fly Line Cleaner & Pads
(  ) Spray Lube
(  ) Reel Oil
(  ) Reel Grease
(  ) Cork Disc Lube
(  ) Reel Tool / Repair Kit
Leader & Tippet (The quantity of leaders will vary with the length of your trip and your fishing success.  This is what we carry for a 6-10 day trip. It's better to bring some home, than to run out away from home.) Dorado leaders can be straight 40 lb. test.
 
(  )   4   9' 20 lb. test leaders 
(  )   4   billfish  leaders with shock tippets attached
(  ) extra 80-100 lb. test shock tippet
(  ) extra wire bite tippet

Tippet Material
(  ) 12 lb. tippet
(  ) 16 lb. tippet
(  ) 20 lb. tippet
(  ) 30 lb. mono
(  ) 40 lb. mono
(  ) 50 lb. mono

Flies Basic Assortment:      
This fly selection is for use in the late spring, summer and fall months and is designed ti catch dorado, roosterfish and billfish.     
 

      (  )   3 Deep Eyed Minnow, Olive & White #4
      (  ) 12 Mark's Sardina #2/0   
      (  )   2 Flashy Fish Saltwater Popper, Pink #2/0
      (  )   3 Baja Baitfish, Olive Back #2/0
      (  )   2 Painted Saltwater Popper, Bright #2/0

      (  )   2 FPF Green Mackerel
     
(  )   4 Epoxy Head Bait Fish, Anchovy #2/0
      (  )   4 Epoxy Head Bait Fish, Gray Back Minnow #2/0
     
(  )   2 FPF Blue Back 12"  
     
(  )   2 Trey Combs tandem hook set 7/0-7/0


  Recommended Beach Fishing Tackle

      Rod:   8 Wt

      Reel:  Saltwater reel holding at least 150 yds. of 20 lb. backing

      Fly Line: WF floating or intermediate tip

      Leader:  9' - 10 lb.

           

      Recommended Small Dorado Tackle

      Rod: 9 - 10 Wt.

      Reel: Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 250 yds. of 30 lb. backing

      Fly Line: WF Floating  (for poppers)
                    Rio DeepSea 300 grain fast sinking line (for wet flies)

      Leader:  6 - 9 feet

      Tippet:  12 lb - 20 lb with #50 pound bite tippet attached

      Flies:  # 4 to #2/0

        

      Big Dorado,  Rooster Fish, Wahoo, Tuna, Small Billfish

      Rod: 12 Wt.

      Two Outfits: One with WF12F/I Rio OutBound Line (510-grain #21839),
                        One with
Rio Leviathan 500 fast sinking

      Reel: Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 400 yds. of 50 lb. TUF-Line backing

      Leader:  leaders vary with species

                  

     Billfish Tackle

      Rod: 14 Wt.

      Reel: Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 500 yds. of 50 lb. TUFLine backing

      Fly Line: 600 gr. DeepSea

      Leader: 20 pound with 100 pound shock tippet


Leader Preparation
Having your gear prepared and organized for your trip will allow you to be more efficient when you are on the water. Be sure to have a leader making/repair kit with you in the boat. This way you can re-rig for any conditions you might encounter. Since leader repair can take valuable when you are on the water, you will want to do the major part of your leader construction and organization before you go fishing.
Most blue water and shoreline fishing in the Se of Cortez is done with various densities of sinking lines. We have found that a leader of about seven feet helps dampen the turn-over of these kinds of lines and still allows authoritative presentation of single-hook flies up to 9-inches long.
Suggested Leaders for sinking tropical lines are 7-feet long.
Attach a 24" section of #52 to the end of your fly line with a nail knot.
This butt section should already have a 3" long perfection loop.
This loop should be large enough to be able to pass your largest flies through. 
Double the end of your fly line before you tie your nail knot.
This will keep the knot from pulling the coating from the tip of your fly line when you fight a heavy fish. 
Penetrating this nail knot with Zap-a-Gap is further insurance.
To this butt section you will attach 5' pre-tied leaders and thus have leaders that are 7' long.
Butt attached to fly line
Butt of leader: 24" #44
Class: 24" #22lb. 10kg
Bite: 12" - #35
Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet has proven to be very reliable and is IGFA rated.

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