Imagine driving along a sandy beach looking for baitfish busting the surface. Then, one or two quick casts and, bingo, you’re on to a fight better than any trout can put up. Later, with a cerveza frîa (cold beer), you can relate your stories of landing sea trout and pompano. From the Phoenix area, a 4.5 hour drive, about an hour of which is south of the border, will get you into fly fishing in the Sea of Cortez. Expect warm blue-green seawater, inviting beaches, sand dunes, and enough fish ranging from two to ten lbs. to keep most of us happy. Fishing ranges from incredible to so-so. It can be windy during spring and winter.
In early summer and fall, when temperatures are 65–70F, conditions are ideal. Types of Fish: Corvina, (sea trout), pompano (leatherback jack), sierra, cabrilla (rock bass), and triggerfish. There may be others, as you never know what you might catch in saltwater. I have caught several bonefish and flounder. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.
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