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G. Loomis Pro4X Spey Rod Sneak Peek
G. Loomis is adding five new models of Spey rods to their Pro4X Series. These high tech rods incorporate several different types of graphite in the construction, including Nano-technology NRX material in the tip section. I got to test drive the 13'-7/8 and 13'-8/9 rods the other day and landed a Spring Chinook with the 7/8-weight. Both rods were prototypes, and will be tweaked a little before they go into production. They were already as good as a lot of the rods that are already on the market by other manufacturers. But we agreed with slight adjustments, they can become even better.
G. Loomis does a lot of on-the-water testing and tweaking to smooth-out every rod design. The aim in the Pro4X Series is to build rod actions that accept a wide range of fly lines, and casting styles. I tried several different Skagit heads in both floating and intermediate, as well as a range of differing weights. Performance was good with all the lines. These rods will be made in the G. Loomis Woodland, Washington factory, and be available to the public sometime in July 2013. Expected retail cost will be around $550. We will be the first shop to have them, when they are available.
Check out the affordable G. Loomis Pro4X Single-Handers


Because the remaining space in the August 2-4 school over-booked multiple times before we could remove it from the server, we decided to repeat that school August 16-18. Spaces are limited in Mark's entry level Deschutes River Summer Steelhead School.
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Loreto, MX Up-date
South winds are bringing warm water into the Sea of Cortez, and with it are coming Dorado and Billfish. This portends well for the fly fishing around Loreto, Mexico where mats of floating Sargasso weeds are already prevalent. Large schools of baitfish including Sardina have been reported. This will be an up-year for fly fishing both blue water and shoreline areas around Loreto.
The following is a report from our friend Pam Boles at Baja Big Fish Company:
Offshore there is a LOT of Sargasso floating around. We have been catching dorado from 5 12 miles east of Punta Lobos. Sailfish have been caught both off shore and close to shore since early April. Some marlin have been reported caught and seen jumping both off shore and near the shore. Yesterday, I saw sailfish come right to the shore at Coronado island to feed on the barracuda that are thickly schooled up there.
Mackerel, bigeye and jurelito are easily caught 0-2 miles off the marina. The jurelito are attracting pelicans, seagulls, Roosterfish and Jack Crevalle to the marina. So far there are nono to few sardinas inside the marina to net. Sardinas are schooling off the beaches at Nopolo, at 7 miles south of the marina and are also further south at Ensenada Blanca and north off San Bruno. There are other sardinas schooling off between La Cholla and Coronado that are moving toward the main shoreline of the peninsula off Loreto. They can be located by the thousands of birds feeding on them from above the water and the dolphins that attacking them from below. But that water is too deep to collect them. Fin whales have been seen along the shorelines and are likely feeding on the sardinas. There are plenty of sardinas in the area but so far they are not inside the marina. When they do come in they will also have a brand new natural bay at the mouth of the arroyo to go into for protection that was created by Hurricane Paul last October.
Spaces are available in our next hosted trip to Loreto, MX
Umpqua Big Fly Boat Boxes

Pictured above is the Umpqua Ultimate Boat Box we used o our recent Mexican trip. The picture was taken after a couple of day's use. The flies we used are from 3" to 6" long. A leader clipper, hook sharpener and a couple of spools of tippet were added for convenience.

A handy feature is the external slotted foam piece so that used, and unused flies aren't mixed so that saltwater doesn't contaminate unused flies.

These boxes will undoubtedly find favor with any anglers using larger flies, while fishing from a boat. These boxes are convenient to use, lightweight, extremely durable, and cost effective. The perfect solution for big fly storage. Each box features slotted foam internally on the top and bottom lid, and unlike other boxes on the market, one external slotted foam sheet for easy drying, organizing or quick access while behind the oars. The thick durable foam features fly placement guides to easily identify where the slots are located.
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30865 Umpqua Magnum Boat Box, 16 1/2" x 12" x 4 1/2" $64.95 Sale Ended
30861 Umpqua Ultimate Boat Box, 13 3/4" x 10" x 3 1/2" $44.95 Sale Ended
30860 Umpqua Baby Boat Box, 10" x 8" x 3" $39.95 Sale Ended

Dorado Flies
for fish called Dorado, Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish, Coryphaena hippurus 

This large dorado was hooked on a Mark's Sardina.
Dorado are one of the finest fly rod game fish species in the world. They are beautiful to look at, aggressive toward well presented flies and are extremely athletic when hooked. Below are listed the top six fly patterns for the Sea of Cortez, which offers very strong dorado fishing from June through October. The single most productive fly pattern during our nine trips to Loreto, Mexico has been the 2/0 Mark's Sardina. This fly is usually used in combination with a slow sinking line and is presented to fish, which have been chummed with live sardinas. The next most productive fly is a size two olive and white Deep Eyed Minnow. This fly has an erratic, wounded minnow action, and is a good bet when fish are working smaller baitfish. Poppers are great fun when dorado are feeding right at the surface. The Witchcraft Popper has also been effective when presented with a fast sinking line below the surface of the water. Fast strips impart a swimming action.
Mark's Sardina
Mark's Sardina

Bubble Head Popper
Deep Eyed Minnow
Deep Eyed Minnow
Bright Painted Popper
Bright Painted Popper
Crease Fly
Crease Fly
Master Jack Popper
Master Jack Popper
Dorado means gold in Spanish.  It's a reasonable name for a fish that can turn bright gold along the sides, but they are usually bright greenish blue along the back and have liberal amounts of blue spots and the pectoral fins are very bright electric blue.  Dorado are one of the most successful fishes and are found in tropical waters, world wide.  In Australia and most of the Atlantic Ocean the specie is call Dolphin (not to be confused with a family of sea mammals of the same name). In Hawaii they are called Mahi Mahi. 
Patty Barnes landed this large dorado on a Mark's Sardina
Dorados are prime fly rod sport fish for a number of reasons.  They are very strong and acrobatic.  They spend a lot of time around the surface of the water where they are comparatively easy to reach while fly fishing.  Dorado grow incredibly fast.  At one year old, most Dorado exceed 6 pounds and may be over twenty pounds at age two.  Three year old Dorado usually exceed thirty pounds.  Few Dorado live beyond the forth year.   The world record is 87 pounds.  Once the fish reach maturity they spawn every six weeks and broadcast about 400,000 eggs.  The eggs which are about the size of the head of a pin hatch in about 60 hours.  The little fish start growing immediately.  This fast growth rate keeps them eating constantly and they are very aggressive biters most of the time.  They feed on bait fish 
This Dorado ate a Crease Fly
of many sizes and are fond of sardines, flying fish, mackerel and  squid.  On a recent trip to the sea of Cortez several fish were vomiting up squid as they were being played.  This attracted more Dorado which quickly consumed the free meal.  Some of the squid were more than a foot long.  When hooked a Dorado runs hard and often jumps spectacularly, then slugs it out all the way to the boat.  They can exceed 50 miles per hour for short bursts. Ordinarily they save a bit of energy to thrash about madly as the angler tries to either release, or land the fish.

Dorado have multiple groups of wicked little teeth that can chew your leader and flies.  Patty Barnes photo.

Dorado have multiple groups of wicked little teeth that can chew your leader and flies.  It is advised that when large fish are expected that a shock tippet of 50-60 pound test is used.  A simple leader formula is as follows: 12" or less #50 shock tippet, 16'" or more of #16 or #20 class tippet, 3' of #50 butt section.  Sections of leader can be assembled with surgeon's knots. Smaller fish can be landed on straight twenty pound test tippets.  Our favorite rods for Dorado are #10 to #12 weight. 

Or favorite line for most fishing conditions is Rio's Outbound Short Head with a slow sinking intermediate tip. Fast sinking shooting head fly lines such as Rio's DeepSea lines are a good bet for fishing bait fish and squid patterns when weather/water conditions keep dorado from feeding right at the surface.  Intermediate or floating lines with intermediate tips, are best for fishing poppers. Dorados like to hang around anything that is floating on the water.  Floating weed mats, debris, rays or turtles will often have Dorados under them.  I once hooked a 20 pound Dorado from under a single floating Styrofoam cup.  Many Dorados that are caught with flies, have been chummed up to the boat with live or cut bait. Most Dorado caught from the sea of Cortez are chummed with live Sardinas, which are stored in well aerated live-wells.
Mark Bachmann with a Mexican dorado
Another way to attract Dorado to the boat is to simply troll a fly and when a Dorado is hooked the commotion will attract others that can be cast to. This method is hard on fly lines, as trolled flies often revolve and twist the line. Using conventional gear to troll with is easier on your fly gear.
Dorados can be picky.  Often they will be keyed on one type of food.  It pays to have a range of sizes and kinds of flies that imitate the range of food organism that dorado eat.  On several trips to the Pacific Coast of Mexico, very large flies that saved our trip.  We found that trolling 12" Marlin flies was the easiest way to pull deep feeding Dorado to the surface where we could get at them.  Once a school was around the boat, we could chum them with Sardinas and then get them to eat flies that looked and behaved like the bait, but is was the big flies that got the game started.  Ordinarily the bigger fish like to feed on larger flies.

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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