Clouser Minnow, Barra De Navidad

Clouser Minnow, Barra De Navidad, Catching Dreams, Sage Xi2


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January 25, 2004, Sunday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Fly Tier's Round Table
"
Learn how to tie Clouser Minnows"
Clouser Minnow

The Clouser Minnow may be one of the 
most versatile flies ever invented.  It will 
catch just about every specie of game fish 
that eats smaller fish. What's more, it is easy to 
tie, easy to cast and easy to fish.

The program and instructions are free.  
So are the coffee and snacks.
Bring snacks to share if you want to.
Bring your own tools, and materials and tie along.  Beginners are welcome.
Group Leader: Mark Bachmann

Catching Dreams at Barra De Navidad
Mark at Bara The beer commercial implies that an easy way to change your attitude is to change your latitude.  There is no doubt that soft tropical temperatures and a fist full of cold cerveza can be an instant cure for the winter blahs.  A fist full of bucking fly rod is just the icing on the cake.  From the third story balcony outside our room at Hotel Cabo Blanco the view is of many brightly colored tile roofs of Barra De Navidad, Mexico.  This is the evening of our second day; New Year's Eve 2003.  To my back is the canal that leads into the center of Cabo Blanco's dock where my son 
Troy's 25' blue water fly fishing boat the "Dream Catcher" is moored.  It is the research vessel for his company  FLYh2O; one of the world's great producers of saltwater flies.   Unlike most traditional Mexican panga type fishing boats, "Dream Catcher" sports a full array of electronics and a 250 horse power engine. It can get you to the fishing grounds and back in a hurry.    Early winter is a great time to be fishing out of Bara  The Dream Catcher
Troling into the sunrise. DeNavidad which is located about twenty miles north of Manzanillo on Mexico's south Pacific coast.  This is about 19-degrees north of the equator.  For us Troy's boat has been a dream-catcher for sure.  Our first day we stuck three sailfish and landed two. Our tradition is to let the new guy go first.  On this trip it happened to be Mike Senatra, who lost his first sail, but landed his second and third.  Not a bad start.  The first fish was about 60 pounds and wasn't a great performer.  It came to the boat after an 

un-spectacular 15 minute fight.  The second fish was totally different. It slammed the fly, jumped ten times and tore of into the backing.  After half an hour Mike began to complain about various sore spots in his anatomy.  These efforts, were of course met with a chorus of unsympathetic   

Sailfish.
Mike's second sailfish. comments from his team mates.  This fish weighed about 75 pounds.  For the next week the  winds came from the south and brought 82-degree blue water to within about five miles of the beach.  Our days were like fishing anywhere.  Some produced more strikes than others.  Our main quarries were Sailfish and Dorado, but we filled in the slow times with Bonito and several species of jacks.  We caught some very colorful Snappers by   
casting Clouser Minnows up against the rocky shoreline.  Mexican Sailfish average 50-100 pounds.  Our largest this trip was about 75-pounds.  We hit one school of Wahoo that brought a double hook-up of 20-pounders for Patty and I.  These striped beauties have mouths full of razor sharp teeth and mine chewed through the leader right at the boat.  Hers was landed and released.  Dorado come in all sizes from 5-60 pounds.  Our smallest was about 20-pounds, and our largest was  Patty's Wahoo.
Troy & Mike with Dorado. about 40-pounds.  The Dorado pictured at left is about 20-25 pounds.  It was stationed up by the rock in the back ground and took a popper on the surface.  For me the most fun fish of the trip was a Dorado which was a little larger than this one.  It was early in the morning and I was casting off the bow in front of a little town north of Bara.  The bay was full of sardines and jacks of all sizes which were devouring them. I was casting blind in the low light and had had the fly retrieved half 
way back to the boat when there was a tremendous yank and the line went slashing through the water and with 200 yards of backing out the beautiful green and gold fish turned double summersaults against the orange and red of the tropical sunrise.

Barra De Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico
Established in 1564, this lovely little Mexican beach front town is situated on a sandbar between  
Bronze sculpture at Bara.

the Pacific Ocean and a brackish lagoon. A long curving beach extends the full length of the town. On the other side of the sandbar is the Laguna de Navidad and canals have been built to service the Hotel Cabo Blanco and the surrounding upper class sub-division. In Barra De Navidadthe streets are paved with cobblestones and bricks and many are sectioned off for  

pedestrian only or reducedtraffic use. The town is very compact and walking is easy and very safe.  There are numerous hotels from very basic to ultra ritzy. The menus are widely varied in the beach front restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Barra's markets and many small shops are a shoppers dream come true.  Here you can find carvings, paintings, bead work, pottery, textiles, jewelry, etc. If you are looking for bargains, you can find them if you are willing to 

Hotel Cabo Blanco.
Warm water at Bara.

haggle.  While we were at Barra De Navidadthe Ocean temperature ranged from 79 to 83 degrees; a swimmer's dream.  Fishing is close by.  As a matter of fact, we cast flies right off the swimmers beach and caught some pretty respectable fish.  Doubtful if the local residents had seen people fly fishing off their beach before.  Inshore fly fishing around the rocks was very productive and offshore for sailfish, marlin, 

dorado and several other kinds of big game is close and very productive during the winter.


Sage Xi2 Generation-5 Technology; is there substance to the hype?
Jack Crevelle and Sage Xi2 rods. As true non-believers, we were pretty amazed when Sage closed out their very popular RPLXi Series in favor of some new top-secret "super-rod".  It was under such heavy security that we couldn't even get a prototype for field testing until production was in full swing. A 1090-4 Xi2 and an 890-4 Xi2 accompanied us on a recent trip to Mexico.  We caught lots of standard size fish with each of them and we caught some very 
large fish too.  The performance of both rods were outstanding.  We have fished three generations of Sage's saltwater series; RPLX, RPLXi and now Xi2.  The newest generation rods are lighter in weight and smoother to cast than comparable models of the rods that they replaced.  The lightness is nice for reducing casting fatigue.  No doubt about it.  However, the incredible smoothness becomes the most endearing facet of this new series personality, both when casting and when playing heavy fish.  Where you really notice the smoothness in the casting stroke is when you are throwing over-size flies.  We had situations where we were casting 3/0 epoxy head sardine flies that measured a full 4" long with the 890-4Xi2.  Sounds like hard work?  Actually it was fairly easily to ranges of about 60'.  The same pattern to 3" long tied on 1/0 hooks were real easy.  Can't wait until we get to test the new 12-weight and 14-weight in this series.  Unfortunately that probably won't happen until next summer.
Very Handy:  You will notice that none of the Sage Xi2 Series rods have a wire loop hook-keeper on the rod blank in front of the handle.  If you are fortunate enough to play a heavy fish for a long period you won't miss that hook-keeper bighting into you hand as it wanders to the rod blank for extra leverage.  
To solve this problem Sage cut two nifty pockets into the reel seat hood to accommodate the point of your hook while in storage.  The sharp hook point is
Xi2 hook keeper.
completely protected and so are you.  It's little tricks like this that keeps Sage  in the forefront of saltwater fly rod design.

Abel Lube System 
and Free Service of Abel Reels at The Fly Fishing Shop
Abel Lube Kit and Abel Reel parts. Abel Reels are known for their toughness and reliability under the roughest fishing conditions.  The strength of the Abel cork disc drag system is legendary.  Simplicity of design for low maintenance is a priority at Abel.  In our opinion the Abel Big Game and Super Series are the best reels when it comes to saltwater fishing or any fly fishing were the game is extra challenging.  However, all mechanical things do collect dirt and salt residue.  Abel reels will perform for years with no maintenance, but
they will give you even better service if they are cleaned and re-lubed routinely.  Steve Abel realized that if anglers had an organized kit to it would be much easier for them to maintain their reels, so he designed the Abel Lube System.  It contains all of the items necessary to maintain all Abel Reels and most other brands of fly reels as well.  It has grease for pawls, oil for spindles and bushing, and neatsfoot oil for cork discs.  These lubes come in handy leak-proof color coded cylinders that have special daubers to dispense just the right amount of that kind each lube.  This setup folds into a Cordura pack that measures 3 1/4"X4"X3/4" when ready to travel.  An Abel Lube System Pack is a standard piece of equipment in all of our gear bags.  We like to dismantle, clean and re-lube our reels after every saltwater trip or twice a season for reels that are only used in fresh water.  We highly recommend that an Abel Lube System become an addition to each of your gear bags.  
Item Description Price
ABELLUBE Abel Lube System Kit $29.95
Special Service Offer:  Bring your Abel Reel to The Fly Fishing Shop and we will be glad to clean and re-lube your reel free of charge.  Please make an appointment and we promise to take care of your Abel Reel(s) while you wait.  No one beats our service.

Get Tuned Up For Winter Steelhead !!!
"Elementary Spey Casting School"
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Covered will be Single & Double Spey, Snake Roll & Snap-T casts with both floating and sinking tip lines. 4-hours = $65   More Info

"
One-Day Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School"    Friday January 30, 2004
Float down the Sandy River with and expert guide. Save yourself 5-years of experimenting on your own. 8-hours = $175  More Info

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