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Loreto Report
Saltwater Tackle
Redington Shirts
Knuckle Heads
Inshore/Offshore Leaders


Loreto, MX Summer 2010 Dorado Quest

Sardinas are the fuel for the giant biological engine in the Sea of Cortez. This year there are no adult Sardinas along the Baja coast. It is like one whole age group of these important baitfish are gone...to be found nowhere. We learned this too late to cancel our annual dorado trip...and got lucky...in many ways. Real adventure only happens when things are beyond your control. Though conditions force one to adapt and to learn quickly. These circumstances often weeds-out the competition, and the interference of other anglers. Sometimes there are diamonds hid in plain sight.

 Our weather was perfect with almost no wind and the beaches were nearly deserted of other people. Before our trip was over several anglers had twenty dorado days. Andy was high man with a 22 dorado day. Bruce got the biggest roosterfish, nearly 30-pounds. Brian & Pete got yellowtails over 40. they also tangled with a couple of marlin. Bob got beat up by a giant jack.  Everyone caught fish. We kept enough fish to have three family style meals prepared by the hotel chef. They were the outstanding meals of the trip and will become more of a focus during future trips. Given the fishing conditions this crew turned a sows ear into a silk purse. It was fun.

 The late season and cooler than average water meant there were more large roosterfish than expected during the first part of our trip, but they took off for depths as the shoreline water warmed.

 Some of our crew caught giant Yellowtails. Chonto helps Brian & Pete unload the boat.

 Schools of dorado were hidden in plain sight. Fidel helps Bruce land an average size fish.

 There were some honkin' big jacks available, maybe even a world record. Bob holds a jack that took him over an hour to land.

 Not all dorado were small, but big ones were scattered due to the lack of normal size bait fish schools. This nice bull held by Bob & Terry would be average size for some years, but was possibly the largest landed by our group this year.

The best fishing was for five to fifteen pound dorado, less than two miles off the beach, right in front of our hotel. Smooth water made sight casting for cruising dorado possible and productive.
Some anglers had 20+ fish days sight-casting to cruising fish. We didn't need chum.

 Shoreline fishing was good while the water was cool, but disappeared as the water warmed.

 Food doesn't get any fresher than this...or any better prepared...or in better company.
The 2010 Crew was the best ever. Thank you very much for joining us.
We are booking now for our November 4-11, 2010 Expedition.  Hope you can join us!

Saltwater Tackle: A New Line, Vanquish, Abel Supers, Xi3, B2X & CC


If you want to know if a fly line will endure the "Tropics", let it bake on the 100+ degree deck all afternoon. Rio's new proto-type ignored the heat!

Fear not. The perfect "Inshore/Offshore" saltwater line is coming, and we are helping Rio develop it. By the time it is available, it will be perfect. When you are catching lots of fish, it gives you a chance to form an opinion about what works best. Loreto, Mexico with its prolific fishery is one of our tackle testing laboratories. The gear that passed the tests on this trip were Redington Gasparilla Shirts, Vanquish Reels, Abel Super Reels, Rio Outbound Lines, Tuf Line XP backing, Frog Hair Fluorocarbon, Sage Xi3 Rods, G. Loomis CrossCurrent Rods, Winston B2X Rods, and Mangrove Outfitters Knuckle Heads.


Double hook-ups for the Winston/Abel & Sage/Vanquish combos...again.
Nothing teaches you more about fly fishing than catching fish. Nothing teaches you more about fly fishing tackle either. Ill conceived and shoddily constructed tackle can break down quickly enough to ruin your vacation. It's our duty to test the stuff we sell, and know that it will serve you well. You won't read negative talk about the items that didn't make the cut. You simply won't see them here at all.

Redington Gasparilla Shirts
Skyrocket Blue                    Rust                    Horizon Blue
A classic long sleeve fishing shirt made with quick-drying 100% nylon Dri-Block soft textured dobby. The Gasparilla shirt offers UPF 30+ sun protection to keep the sun's rays at bay. Front Velcro closed fly box pockets w/tippet dispensers. Fully vented back for comfort.
Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Skyrocket Blue, 432

The quick-drying 100% nylon Dri-Block soft textured dobby fabric sheds moisture & grim is soft against your bare skin and doesn't pull hairs, bind, restrict your movements or other annoying things. Gasparilla shirts are low maintaince. Hand wash them during your after-fishing shower, hang them on a hanger, and they dry very quickly for the next day's fishing, nearly wrinkle-free.

Redington Gasparilla Shirt are very good looking, practical, durable and easy to live with.
Item Description Size Price To Top
5-SM01443202 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Skyrocket Blue, 432 Medium $44.95

5-SM01443203 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Skyrocket Blue, 432 Large $44.95

5-SM01443204 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Skyrocket Blue, 432 X-Large $44.95

5-SM01443205 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Skyrocket Blue, 432 XX-Large $44.95

Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Rust, 850

Item Description Size Price To Top
5-SM01485002 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Rust, 850 Medium $44.95

5-SM01485003 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Rust, 850 Large $44.95

5-SM01485004 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Rust, 850 X-Large $44.95

5-SM01485005 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Rust, 850 XX-Large $44.95

Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Horizon Blue, 410

Redington Gasparilla Shirts are not only worn by fat-cat bimbos that get to travel the world in search of exotic game fish, but are also worn by their hard working guides, who might not only fillet your fish for dinner, but also do stomach-autopsies to determine what your next fly choice might be. These shirts are made to be worn on the as well as the shore lunch and night spot.
Redington Gasparilla Shirts feature UPF 30+ sun protection and Velcro closed fly box pockets w/tippet dispensers
Item Description Size Price To Top
5-SM01441002 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Horizon Blue, 410 Medium $44.95

5-SM01441003 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Horizon Blue, 410 Large $44.95

5-SM01441004 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Horizon Blue, 410 X-Large $44.95

5-SM01441005 Redington Gasparilla Shirt, Horizon Blue, 410 XX-Large $44.95


Mangrove Outfitters "Knuckle Heads" Reel Handle Cushion
A direct drive fly fishing reel gives you the most direct contact with your fish. If the fish you have hooked is large and athletic, it can pull many yards of line from your reel in a short period of time. If your fingers come in contact with a reel handle that is turning at high speed the impact can be very painful. The Knuckle Head Reel Handle Cushion softens the blow of reel handle impact. We found them very comfortable in every respect. It was also noted that the larger diameter of these cushions eliminated hand cramping for anglers who suffer with arthritic finger joints.


Knuckle Head Reel Handle Cushions simply slip over your stock reel handle and stay put. Because they are machined from lightweight polymer foam, Knuckle Heads don't effect reel spool balance. The bright color enables easy rod/reel identification.
Item Description Size Price To Top
094621 Mangrove Outfitters Knuckle Heads Reel Handle Cushions Small 2 for $4.95
094638 Mangrove Outfitters, Knuckle Heads, Reel Handle Cushions Large 2 for $4.95

Inshore/Offshore Saltwater 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 time 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/intermediate tropical lines are 7-feet long.
These leaders also work well for throwing poppers with a floating fly line.
Attach a 24" section of .019" - .026" 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.
Permanent butt section diameter varies with fly line size:
12/13-weight use: 026"
11/10-weight use .024"
8/9-weight use .019"
To this butt section you will attach 5' pre-tied leaders and thus assemble leaders that are 7' long. Sections of this leader are assembled with two turn surgeon knots. The butt of this leader has a 1" perfection loop so that it can be easily attached/changed to the permanent butt section attached to the fly line.
Butt section attached to fly line: 24" of .024" - .026" including a 3" perfection loop.
Butt of leader: 24" of .019" - .024" including a 1" perfection loop.
Class tippet: 24" to 17" of  6kg - 10kg.
Bite tippet: 12" - .019" - .26", length includes knots. Leave extra to tie on your fly.
Bite tippet diameter sugestions:
Average dorado, tuna, etc: .019" - .024"
Big dorado, roosterfish: .024" - .026"
Billfish: .026" - .034"
Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet has proven to be very reliable and is IGFA rated.
Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet Leader Building Material
Gamma's proprietary process of bombarding the material with Gamma Rays make FC Fluorocarbon stronger and more shock resistant. Landed with Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon leader...
Gamma's proprietary process of bombarding the material with Gamma Rays breaks down the long strand structure in the monofilament and creates millions of intermolecular bonds to cross link structure, creating a stronger, tougher, more flexible tenacity material. For this reason Frog Hair offers up to 50% more shock resistance to other materials of the same diameter. After two full seasons of testing, Mark & Patty use Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon  exclusively for their saltwater leader material.
It is IGFA Class rated.

Tested by Professional Fishing Guides at The Fly Fishing Shop.

Landed with Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon leader...
Frog Hair FC is truly your competitive new advantage in both fresh and salt water.
Frog Hair FC is the latest advancement in fluorocarbon. Unlike other fluorocarbons, which behave `wiry` and stiff, Frog Hair FC is processed with GAMMA`s exclusive technology, resulting in the most supple and elastic fluorocarbon on the market. Now add in the superior refractive qualities of fluorocarbon and imagine the results! Frog Hair FC is truly your competitive new advantage in both fresh and salt water.

Frog Hair FC is an ultra high molecular weight PVDF fluorocarbon made using GAMMA`s exclusive processing technology. Unlike other fluorocarbon monofilaments that are very rigid and stiff, Frog Hair FC is processed to increase the flexibility of the material and provide up to two times the suppleness of other typical fluorocarbon monofilaments. The added suppleness compliments the refractive qualities of fluorocarbon to deliver the most stealthy, natural presentation possible and increase your catch rate.

In addition, GAMMA`s process increases the Shock Resistance of the material to help prevent untimely break-offs resulting from aggressive strikes. The built-in Shock Resistance also provides greater fighting capability and enable you to land more and bigger, world class fish than you could with other leading fluorocarbon materials.

Gamma Technologies` ability to build a better product is accomplished by the willingness to differentiate, and our philosophy to engineer products from the ground up. This results in superior performance and added value for the user.

The new GAMMA series of high performance fishing lines have been engineered and built to offer the angler the most preferred attributes of:
  • Higher Strength to Diameter
  • Higher Knot Strength to Diameter
  • Higher `Shock Resistance` to Diameter
  • Higher Abrasion Resistance
  • Higher Suppleness
Item Description Size Price To Top
FFCT1-10 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 7X 0.004"
2.2 lb test
1 kg
$13.95
FFCT1-11 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 6X 0.005"
3.3 lb test
1.5 kg
$13.95
FFCT1-12 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 5X 0.006"
4.4 lb test
2 kg
$13.95
FFCT1-13 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 4X 0.007"
6.6 lb test
3 kg
$13.95
FFCT1-14 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 3X 0.008"
8.8 lb test
4 kg
$13.95
FFCT1-15 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 2X 0.009"
10 lb test
4.5 kg
$13.95
FFCT1-16 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 1X 0.010"
11.5 lb test
5.2 kg
$13.95
FFCT1-17 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 0X 0.011"
13.2 lb test
6 kg
$13.95
FFCT2-10 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 27.3 Yards 0.013"
17.6 lb test
8 kg
$18.95
FFCT2-11 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 21.9 Yards 0.015"
22 lb test
10 kg
$18.95
FFCT3-10 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 21.9 Yards 0.019"
35 lb test
16 kg
$24.95
FFCT3-11 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 21.9 Yards 0.024"
44 lb test
20 kg
$24.95
FFCT4-10 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 21.9 Yards 0.026"
52.8 lb test
24 kg
$26.95
FFCT4-11 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 16.4 Yards 0.029"
61.6 lb test
28 kg
$26.95
FFCT5-11 Frog Hair FC Fluorocarbon Tippet, 16.4 Yards 0.034"
81.4 lb test
37 kg
$28.95

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