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Loreto, Mexico
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Fly Fishing Opportunities
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Welches, Oregon is positioned to give the best-centralized access to a region offering world-class fly fishing opportunities. June is a great month if you are a fly fisher.

Our shop is located half way between the North Pole and the equator.  Our community has the perfect climate for trout, salmon and steelhead fly fishing every month of the year. Here is incredible diversity. Within a 100-mile radius, the landscape is divided by the Cascade Mountains.  The west half is rain forest.  The east half is desert.  Elevations reach from sea level to above the tree line.  There are lakes, rivers and streams in all these divergent climate zones. And all are playgrounds for fly fishers. The mighty Columbia River is to our north. Its waters abound with salmon, steelhead and the largest shad run in the world. Columbia River edge-water offers opportunities for a variety of warm water fishes such as carp and smallmouth bass.

 The world famous Deschutes River is an easy drive to the east. Lesser-known rivers such as the Clackamas, Hood, Klickitat, Wind and our own home water the Sandy River offer solitude and prolific runs of salmon and steelhead.  Within our village itself, are nearly 100 miles of small mountain streams that offer wild trout fishing to fly fishers of all experience levels. Many of our streams lie within areas of true ancient rain forests. Most are in pristine ecological condition, and have good populations of both rainbow and cutthroat trout.  These wild fish are protected by

catch and release regulations. An easy drive from our store are the trophy trout lakes at Rocky Ridge Ranch, where for a nominal fee you can catch and release some real monster rainbows. There are also many public lakes and reservoirs in our region that are regularly stocked with hatchery trout from 8” to 12-pounds that you can keep. The big draw for fly fishers in our area is steelhead fishing.  We are in the lower Columbia River basin.  No other region in the world offers the diversity of steelhead runs that ours does. Welches, Oregon contains the amenities that make fishing this region comfortable: great shops, professional fishing guides, unique dining, quiet rooms and a myriad of camping opportunities. And if you are willing to travel, please join one of our Sea of Cortez expeditions where exotic hard pulling fish species are sure to exceed your expectations.

Loreto, Mexico Bluewater Fly Fishing 2010 - Still time to book!

June 24 - July 1, Timing is for prime Dorado fishing! Pargo Video for Windows Pargo Video for Mac Pargo Video

November 4 - November 11, Timing is for Roosterfish & Yellowtail fishing!

Review the June trip report:   2009   2008   2007  Billfish Video for Windows Billfish Video for Mac Billfish Video
Book Now !   No Price Increase for 2010 !!!                 Dorado Video for Windows Dorado Video for Mac Dorado Video
 Mark Bachmann with a dorado, caught July 4, 2008...
Dorado average 15-30 pounds, but 40 pound dorado are common. 
Join Mark Bachmann and Patty Barnes for an adventure in bluewater fly fishing.  Loreto, Mexico has long been regarded as one of the best Dorado ports in the world. Striped Marlin and Pacific Sailfish compliment your fly fishing menu along with Pacific Bonito and highly prized Rooster Fish.  The scenery is spectacular, featuring a starkly rugged desert contrasting with dark blue water.  The weather will be hot and and your clothing will be skimpy.  Fishing periods start at daylight and end in the early afternoon, allowing for lots of leisure time around the pool or walks into town.  There is also plenty of time for what may be the best of all Mexican traditions, the siesta.  As with any trip of this nature, the "destination operation" has a great deal of influence on your enjoyment. 

Patty Barnes with a Roosterfish, caught June 26, 2009...
Roosterfish average 5-30 pound, but 50 pound roosters are available at times.

We have chosen the most practical accommodations and the most experienced fly fishing guides in the area.  You will be provided with a spacious air conditioned beach front "Villa Class" room at Hotel La Pinta.  Guides, boats and fishing logistics are provided by Baja Big Fish Company.  In this trip all of the bases have been covered and all of the tricky details are dealt with.  
Mark & Patty with skipjack tuna, June 28, 2009
Skipjack tuna average 5-15 pounds, but pull very hard for their size.
Items such as Mexican Fishing License, bait for chum, lunches, water in the boat, are covered in the package price.  You show up at the Loreto Airport with your fishing gear and luggage and a nice lady will be waiting with a couple of very large vans and and a crew to transport you to your hotel and your room.  Mark and Patty will be there to help you get settled in and show you around. That evening there will be a group meeting to orient you for the fishing that will occur the next morning.     Loreto Weather Report.

2009 group having dinner at La Pinta Desert Inn...
The 2009 group having a family style dinner out of doors at Hotel Pa Pinta Desert Inn.
As is our tradition, each member kept a fish for the chef to prepare.

To give you as much individual freedom as possible, ground based meals are not provided in the packages.  Hotel La Pinta has an excellent restaurant and bar on the property.  There is also a wide variety of other restaurants within easy walking distance.  Cab service is secure and inexpensive.  Shopping, sight seeing  and diving is available for the non-fisher.

Bruce & Laura Hampton with their guide Fidell landing a dorado, June 30, 2009...
Big, roomy 26' Super Panga boats with Bimini tops are provided.

What can you realistically expect for fishing?  Many of the fish in the Sea of Cortez are very large and can be challenging. If you bring only one outfit make it a #12 weight with 300 yards of backing.  Take the time to learn how to cast it with flies that range from 3" to 9" long.  If you haven't fished bluewater before, expect that there may be a learning curve.  Also expect that your guide will be coaching you during your entire trip.  Your guide shouldn't have to teach you how to cast.  He should spend his time teaching you how to make practical presentations.  The rewards can be incredibly large.  This is a big boy/big girl arena.  Hope you can join us.  This group is limited to 12 anglers. 

Trip report 2003.

Trip report 2004.

Trip report 2005

Trip Report 2006

Loreto Equipment List Up-to-date Fishing Report
La Pinta Desert Inn at Loreto, MX on the Sea Of Cortez...
Hotel La Pinta Desert Inn as seen from the Sea of Cortez offers large rooms and convenient access to the ocean. It is only a 50-yard walk to your boat each morning.
Dorado/Billfish/Rooster Fish Trip: June 24 - July 1, 2010
7-nights, 6-days fishing

Arrive: Thursday, June 24
Fish: June 25, 26, 27 ,28, 29, 30, July 1 = (6) days
Depart:  Thursday, July 1, 2010
Stay At: Hotel La Pinta Deluxe Rooms, 6 days 7 nights 
Includes: all ground transfers, bait for chum, licenses, lunches with beers and water in each boat.
Not included in the price are: on-shore meals, tips to guides, airfare, or items of a personal nature.
Fishing: days are 8-hours on the water.   Usual 6:30am - 2:30pm
Boats are large, modern 26' Super Pangas rigged for fly fishing.

Check your connection time in LAX. 
You will want a layover of at least 2-hours to clear customs and make connecting flights.

We have three spaces open for the June trip!

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Loreto, Mexico - Hosted Trip - June 24 - July 1, 2010 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $1850 per person (double occupancy). $1,850 SALE ENDED
Loreto, Mexico - Hosted Trip - June 24 - July 1, 2010 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $2,995 per person (single occupancy). $2,995 SALE ENDED
Roosterfish/Yellowtail Trip: November 4 - November 11, 2010
7-nights, 6-days fishing

Arrive: Thursday, November 4
Fish: November 5, 6, 7 ,8, 9, 10 = (6) days
Depart:  Thursday, November 11, 2010
Stay At: Hotel La Pinta Deluxe Rooms, 6 days 7 nights 
Includes: all ground transfers, bait for chum, licenses, lunches with beers and water in each boat.
Not included in the price are: on-shore meals, tips to guides, airfare, or items of a personal nature.
Fishing: days are 8-hours on the water.   Usual 6:30am - 2:30pm
Boats are large, modern 26' Super Pangas rigged for fly fishing.

Check your connection time in LAX. 
You will want a layover of at least 2-hours to clear customs and make connecting flights.
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Loreto, Mexico - Hosted Trip - November 4 - November 11, 2010 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $1850 per person (double occupancy), a deposit payment of $850 holds your dates, an additional final payment of $1000 is required by October 1, 2010. Deposits are not refundable after October 1, 2010. Deposit!
Loreto, Mexico - Hosted Trip - November 4 - November 11, 2010 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $2995 per person (single occupancy), a deposit payment of $1000 holds your dates, an additional final payment of $1995 is required by October 1, 2010. Deposits are not refundable after October 1, 2010. Deposit!

Rocky Ridge Ranch...great fishing through the warm water months!!!
Don't miss the great hatches that happen on the lakes at Rocky Ridge Ranch throughout the summer. Whereas many farm ponds get too warm in the summer and fishing is shut down so as not to over-stress the trout, a year around stream flows through all of the lakes at Rocky Ridge Ranch keeping them cool. Be sure to stock up on adult damsel fly patterns for some of the best dry fly fishing to be experienced anywhere. Last year we experienced damsels hatching by the gazillions. Nymph migration started very early in the morning, and there were often trout rising in the dark before sunrise. Fishing a Damsel Fly nymph with a floating line and long leader with a slow twitchy retrieve would get a strike nearly every cast until the sun got high. During the afternoons, the trout were actively pursuing adult Damsel Flies. We enjoyed great dry fly fishing. The water was warm enough, we didn't need waders in the afternoon. The fish were fat and healthy and appeared to recover quickly when released. They averaged 15" to 20". 
Price: $135 per angler per day.  Phone for open dates: 1-800-266-3971
Pine Cabin is a great place to stay at the lakes.
Got up early and had an incredible sunrise over the lake in front of the cabin.
Sunrise on Wild Rose Lake
Birthday trout... one of many.
Damsel nymphs were migrating and the trout were suckin' 'em up.
They took Damsel Nymphs all morning.
Trout with Damsel Nymph
They took Damsel Dries all afternoon.
Trout with Damsel Dry
Patty and Mark caught lots of trout.
Patty hooked up again...
Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Olive

As damsel fly nymphs mature, they turn darker and this is the average color lakes. The long, sparse marabou tail gives this fly a swimming action.

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9230-10 Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Olive 10 3 for $5.25 SALE ENDED
9230-12 Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Olive 12 3 for $5.25 SALE ENDED
King Damsel, Olive

This pattern comes from the vise of well known fly tier Mat King. It incorporates :Thin Skin, a very life-like synthetic material that gives his damsels a very attractive translucent look. This may be the single best damsel fly nymph pattern available.

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01136-10 King Damsel, Olive 10 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
01136-12 King Damsel, Olive 12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
01136-14 King Damsel, Olive 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
Foam Body Paradamsel Fly
This fly is designed to float.  The body is made from soft pliable sealed cell foam polymer.  As such it is lighter than water. The large parachute hackle simulates wings and adds to the fly's floatation.  Fish this fly along weed beds and shore lines when game fish are targeting damsels on the surface.
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06293-12 Foam Body Paradamsel Fly  12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Silvey's Bead Head Caddis Pupas
Beadhead Pupa, Black Beadhead Pupa, Olive Beadhead Pupa, Tan

Following the Salmonfly Hatch will be a myriad of hatches of smaller stoneflies, mayflies and caddis. In late spring, summer and fall caddis will become the staple diet for trout in rivers and streams in the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountain States. Although caddis hatches provide for some great dry fly fishing, much of the diet of most trout is consumed below the surface of the water, and much of that is deep along the bottom. When hatching, many caddis drift along the bottom of a river for a long distance close to the bottom before rising to the surface. During this stage of the hatch a weighted pupa can be the answer. In his great book Caddisflies, Gary Lafontaine explained that caddis pupas accumulate gas bubbles between their layers of skin before rising to the surface. These bubble are very reflective in nature, and become one of the keys that trout target. Silvey's Bead Caddis Pupas are constructed using Pearl Core Braid to form  perfectly reflective bodies.
Brian Silvey is a popular local fly fishing guide. Here is what Brian says about these caddis pupas:
Anglers fishing in the Rockies may not be as in tune with caddis because they have more options of food sources that trout focus on.  That gives these anglers the luxury of fishing attractor patterns, terrestrial patterns, mayfly patterns and stone fly patterns.  On the Deschutes the primary food source day in and day out for reside trout are caddis.  As a guide on this river it means I must have effective patterns that can imitate every stage of the caddis life cycle that fish will focus on to insure my clients are successful.
My Edible Emerger and Primetime Pupa are designed to target emerging caddis close to the surface or right in the surface film.  The above mentioned patterns can be fished deep for effective results but were not specifically designed to do so.
I wanted to have a caddis emerger pattern specifically designed to be fished deeper and to get deep fast.  The result of this need is the Silvey’s Beadhead Pupa.  For weight I used a bead.  I chose pearl core braid as a quick sinking material for the body.  The pearl core braid is the same size as the bead and allows me to create a seamless taper from bead to end of body closely mimicking the tapered look of the natural.  The result is a pattern that has weight to get it down quick, materials that don’t float (and are not bulky) aiding in sinking the fly. These materials do not lose their caddis shape.  And like my other pupas the use of marabou created natural movement as the pattern is fished.
Note:  Natural caddis are very quick swimmers.  Do not be afraid to increase the speed of any of your presentations.  In particular as the line tightens up and the presentation is imitating the natural swimming towards shore.  One method to increase the speed of the fly is to put a down-stream mend in your line as the flies get below you.  Another method is to use the rod tip to lead the fly to shore almost dragging / leading them into shore.  To control the speed use the rod tip as an accelerator.  The faster the rod tip is moved to shore the faster the flies will move through the water and vice versa.

Silvey's Beadhead Pupa, Black
The Beadhead Pupa can be fished in the following ways. Try fishing your
Beadhead Pupa as a dropper off of a dry caddis such as a Twilight Elk Hair Caddis.  Make sure you let the fly swing tight against your line so the pupa riding below the point fly comes tight and begins to rise.  Trout key on this pattern as it starts to rise and you will most likely find the majority of the eats come during this part of the drift.


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SIG0232 Silvey's Beadhead Pupa, Black 16 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
Silvey's Beadhead Pupa, Olive
When fishing any color of Bead Head Pupa, use a 2 nymph system keeping the pupa higher in the water column.  My preferred method is to tie the pupa to the tag end of a blood knot with a larger heavier fly like a cased caddis or stone fly nymph, which is tied to the end of a 9-foot 4X.  Be sure to let the line tighten up at the end of the drift and let the fly swing to shore.  Trout key on this rise and swing similar to the natural caddis swimming aggressively towards shore.


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SIG0234 Silvey's Beadhead Pupa, Olive 16 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
Silvey's Beadhead Pupa, Tan
Try fishing any color of Bead Head Pupa on the swing.  Carry a shock loop to absorb the shock of a strike. In this case you can run a 2 fly rig with the bead pupa at the bottom and any of the following flies; Submerger Caddis, Diving Caddis, Edible Emerger & Primetime Pupa placed as point flies.  Cast the fly directly toward the center of the stream to give the patterns some time to sink.   Mend the line and then let it tighten up and swing towards shore.  Hang on, strikes fishing this method can be heart stopping.


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SIG0236 Silvey's Beadhead Pupa, Tan 16 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Pearl Core Braid
A thin pearl braid with a dyed core giving a dual color depth that will add that little extra to any fresh water or saltwater pattern. This material is adaptable to bonefish flies, bass flies, steelhead flies and trout flies. It is the material used in the Silvey's Bead Head Caddis (shown above). To form the caddis body melt the end of the Pearl Core Braid with a lighter, and then press the melted ends together. Be sure to wet your fingers before touching the melted material. Cinch the formed body to the hook with tying thread, then add a touch of Zap-A-Gap super glue to keep the body from rolling around the hook. This body is the perfect replica of a caddis body surrounded by the separating pupal shuck filled with air bubbles. 3-yards.

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PCB11 Pearl Core Braid, Black   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB54 Pearl Core Braid, Chartreuse   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB263 Pearl Core Braid, Olive   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB271 Pearl Core Braid, Orange   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB284 Pearl Core Braid, White   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB289 Pearl Core Braid, Pink   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB298 Pearl Core Braid, Purple   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB310 Pearl Core Braid, Red   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB320 Pearl Core Braid, Root Beer   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB369 Pearl Core Braid, Tan   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB383 Pearl Core Braid, Yellow   $1.95 SALE ENDED
PCB-SET Pearl Core Braid, Complete Selection,

Fly Fishing For Shad

The largest anadromous fish run in the Columbia River is the shad run.  At 3-5 million fish annually,  it is the largest shad run in the world.  There are many species of shad world wide. They are members of Herring family.  There are many species that never leave fresh water and rarely exceed 4-inches in length and species that are major food fish that migrate into the tributaries of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and China. The Columbia River Shad (American Shad) Alosa sapidissima are native to the east coast of the United States and were originally planted in the Sacramento River delta in 1871.  From there they spread north into the larger rivers along the west coast of the U.S.  They are  plankton feeders but will strike small bright colored flies, wobblers and jigs. American Shad spawn in fresh water, but migrate to saltwater to feed and grow. They spend approximately 8 months in fresh water 

before they migrate to the Ocean. Baby shad are a major food source for many predatory Columbia River game fish especially small mouth bass.  Male Shad reach sexual maturity at about 3 years of age when they are about 2-3 pounds. Most female shad are sexually mature at  4-years old and weight about 3-6 pounds.  The all-tackle world record is over eleven pounds. The fly rod record is over seven pounds.  Sexually mature shad begin migration up the Columbia River to spawn when the water temperature is between 50 and 60 degrees. This last week the temperature of the lower Columbia was 56-57 degrees. Shad are broadcast spawners, which means they release their eggs into the current as opposed to digging redd in the gravel to lay their 
eggs. Spawning usually takes place during the low-light evening and nighttime hours. Many shad don't die after spawning and may survive to spawn multiple times.  Usually the largest specimens are females that have spawned several times.  While migrating upstream, shad usually follow the shoreline at depths from 3-15 feet.   Many fish can be found in moderate flows of moderate depth. A fish-finder and a power boat are two of the best pieces of equipment for finding shad. An easy approach is to anchor the boat and let the fish come to you.  Shad are superb fly rod game fish.  Tackle from 4-weight to 8-weight is appropriate.  We like 6-weight the best.  For our favorite shad water a Cortland 175 
Shad Foundation
Columbia Shad History
Another Shad Article
Columbia Fish Counts
grain Quick Decent line or a Jim Teeny T-130 or T-200 line give good control at depths that most shad travel at.  Shad seem to take flies best when the fly is exactly at their level in the water.  The level that shad travel at changes with the flow and the time of day.  Generally the brighter the day, the deeper they will travel or hold.  
During low light conditions shad may be near the surface.  Keep an eye on your fish finder and vary your sink rate to present the fly at the level where your screen displays the most fish. The most popular shad flies are size #4 or #6 fluorescent red, orange or chartreuse with liberal amounts of silver or gold flash although non-reflective patterns such as Teeny Nymphs in fluorescent pink, orange and green are popular with some anglers.  Other anglers report doing well on dark flies such as insect green and even black Teeny Nymphs.  Bonefish flies such as the Puff and and Crazy Charley series are also know shad producers.  Shad seem to take best when the fly is presented with a down and across swing.  Many takes are experienced when the fly is on the hang-down.  Shad strike with a definite grab.  Feeding a shock loop as in steelhead fishing seems to result in more solid hook-ups.

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Mark & Patty