Loreto, Mexico, G. Loomis NRX, CrossCurrent, Umpqua Ultimate Boat Box

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Loreto, MX 2011
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Loreto, Mexico Report 2011
Of all of the destinations we have visited, Loreto is our favorite.
Tim, Eric & their guide Victor heading into the sun, the first morning in search of dorado...
June 30: We arrived without incident to Loreto, approximately 3:00pm. Had dinner at La Palapa.
July 1:  Everyone had caught so many dorado by 11:30am, that all our boats were back at Loreto by noon. Patty & Phil each caught fish in the 30-pound range. Most other fish landed were under 20-pounds. Wind picked up in the afternoon, but died by evening.
July 2: Calm in the morning. Everyone caught lots of dorado. Patty and I each caught a dozen dorado by 11:00am. Mark's largest was a bull of 35-pounds, Patty's a cow of 32-pounds. The wind started picking up and we were in port by 11:45 totally satisfied.
July 3: The south east wind was howling at mid-night. I figured we would be blown out in the morning. As the sun came up it was obvious that we were not going to embark from the beach in front of the hotel. We walked to the marina to join our boats. After we left the marina, the sea was beginning to calm in the lee of Isla Del Carmen. Several small patches of sargasso were spotted not more than four miles from port. They were loaded with dorado from ten to twenty five pounds. Patty and I caught over thirty fish apiece before we ran out of bait for chum. We were back at the hotel by 11:00am. Bruce and Laura went to an underwater sea mount, also in the lee of Carmen Island and caught some very large trigger fish, snappers and cabrilla. Eric and Tim went way south along the shore line and found a bay loaded with rooster fish and jack crevelles.
July 4: The morning was very calm. We went south and encountered the same school of fish as yesterday, but had to share it with three other boat, including Bruce & Laura. we all caught lots of dorado. Then Patty and I went north of Coronado Island and caught a few more. In all we caught a few more than a dozen and a half apiece. The largest was about 25-pounds.
July 5: Today everyone loaded up on dorado. The whole fleet encountered huge sargasso patches north east of Coronado Island. Patty and I each landed in excess of thirty dorado apiece. We were exhausted by 11:00am., and back at the hotel before noon.
July 6: Our guide's wife had a medical emergency, and was replaced by another guide. Unfortunately at the same time the dorado change locations and the new man couldn't find many fish. We located many patches of sargasso, but only landed a coupe of dorado apiece. After driving around for a while we finished the day fishing the shore of Coronado Island for pargo & cabrilla. This proved to be a good move and several really good fish were landed and a couple broke our 10 kg tippet. Most of our crew found dorado. Bruce & Laura did best with over a dozen apiece for the day.
Everyone agreed it was a great trip and are already making plans to join up again next year.

Amigos awaiting boats during sunrise. Expectations run high.

There is no diapointment. The dorado are there in big numbers.

Patty's biggest dorado was estimated at 32-pounds. Several fish over #30 were landed.

Mark's biggest fish of the trip was this bull, which was estimated at 35-pounds.

Mark's Sardina fly rules in the Sea of Cortez.

Crease flies offer appeal to dorados that have seen to many Sardina flies.

A real performer is the bubble head popper. Dorados find it hard to resist.

G. Loomis NRX vs GLX CrossCurrent 12-Weights
Coming back from Mexico, through LAX, July 10, 2011 the lines through customs were exceptionally crowded, and tensions were high.
Un expectedly, a calm, friendly voice asked, "Sir, did you catch any fish? (The question warmed my mood, forcing me to recount that my trip to this point had been beyond perfect. The speaker was a young oriental man whom I had never encountered before.
Mystified, I replied, "Yes, my trip was very successful!  How did you know I was returning from a fishing trip?"
He smiled deeply and said, " Because of your shirt."
It was then that I remembered that my shirt had the famous "Skeleton Fish" G. Loomis emblem embroidered on it. This grizzly caricature is one of the most recognizable logos for any American product. The shirt also carried the words, "Skeleton Crew" emblazoned across  one short sleeve. (An automatic gift when you invest mega-bucks in G. Loomis graphite.) No wonder the young gentleman figured I'd been fishing.
G. Loomis is big in the saltwater fly fishing game. They have been leaders for years with guys like Jose Wejebe (The Spanish Fly) providing constant TV exposure, and 16-time World Champion, Steve Rajeff selecting the perfect materials and engineering to build high performance, practical designs. CrossCurrent GLX rods made huge market penetration over the last several years to the point that nearly all top Florida tarpon guides are using them. For a period of time, demand badly outstripped supply. Delivery problems vanished when the organizational skills of parent company Shimano took control a couple of years ago.
Then to our astonishment, during mid-season of 2011, G. Loomis raised the bar again with a new line of rods labeled NRX. They claimed NRX to be both lighter, stronger and more user friendly than their latest generation of GLX rods. Instead of being broke down into specie-specific series, NRX was simplified #2 through #12-weight.
They sent us a demo twelve weight to add to out stable. We decided to take both GLX and NRX to Loreto, Mexico for our annual dorado hunt.
There are many facets to the Loreto fishery. Most of it involves feisty blue-water fish that average 15-40 pounds, which doesn't sound like an arena for twelve weight gear, but it is and heavy fly rods get broken there on a regular basis. One of our experienced clients on this year's trip broke both of his rods (a #10 & a #12, neither one a G. Loomis) his first day. Deep water and athletic fish provide some real challenges for tackle.
Another tough arena is Loreto's ample shore-line fishery, which involves fast sinking shooting heads and fish that like to take your fly and then hide in caves when they are hooked. We normally use 40-pound tippet. If you don't break your fish to lead in the first two seconds your fly is often lost. It is kind of like large mouth bass fishing in heavy cover, but these Mexican saltwater fish that are much stronger than any freshwater bass. Here you need brute force lifting power to be most effective. It is also an advantage if you can chuck the fly long distances to get the fly to depth and keep it there for long periods. Rods for this game not only have to lift heavy weights, they also have to cast.
Both of the 12-weight G. Loomis rods were designed with giant tarpon in mind. That is a punishing fishery on tackle. Both G. Loomis rods were designed to resist breakage under the most extreme conditions.
NRX 10812-4 FLY Length: 9' Line: #12 Pieces: 4

NRX is very light in over all weight. At first it feels kind of soft in the tip. Many casters will find NRX rods easier to load than previous GLX models. Some experienced power-house casters might feel that this kind of design would rob long bomb line speed. We didn't find this to be so. NRX will cast prodigious distances. We used 500-525 grain lines in several configurations on both NRX and GLX models. Both rods would cast the length of the shooting lines from the elevated deck of a super panga if required. This kind of casting requires a fairly strong arm. There is little doubt that NRX is easier on your wrist than previous GLX models. Lifting power has not been sacrificed in the new NRX rods. I broke off several fish using 22-pound test tippet, just to see what would happen. NRX proved to beincreadibly durable. The new type of high density cork used in the handle has proven to be an advantage in both comfort and durability. The NRX is a truly is a great rod.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
11923-01 NRX 12 Fast $855 SALE ENDED
FR10812-4CCGLX CrossCurrent

Length: 9' Line: #12 Pieces: 4

CrossCurrent is a powerful rod for powerful casters, or anglers who want to learn to become powerful casters. There is nothing subtle about this stick. It is all about brute force, but that is its charm. It does deliver both line speed and lifting power, just the kind of design one might expect from the world's best fly caster, Steve Rajeff. It will chuck a 500-grain shooting head unbelievable distances, but you might want to toughen up your arm to get it done. It is easier on your arm with standard 12-weight tarpon lines, but that is what it was designed for in the first place. You can't go wrong with this rod in any big fish saltwater arena.
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11292 Cross Current GLX 12 Stiff Fast 130 $770.00 SALE ENDED

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.
Item Description Price To Top
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

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