Cabo fly choice
I'm headed to Cabo San Lucas during the first week of June for a family vacation. I've looked at some of the websites of guides down there, and it looks like many of them do not provide flies free of charge. I imagine this can get sort of expensive, since offshore flies can cost upwards of $10 each. What are some good patterns to carry down there? I'm hoping to catch some dolphin and maybe sailfish. Also, I want to bring a rod for fishing the beaches on the Cape. What is a good size rod and matching line for surf fishing down there?
Sardine imitations -- Black and white bucktail deceivers and clousers, size 2 to 3/0. Little to no flash. That will cover your shore species. Also, poppers and crease flies for up on top. Whatching a rooster chase topwater is postiviely heart aresting.
Brian Horsely's web site has some good info outerbanlsflyfishing.com, plus more details and pics from a trip I did last summer a little north of Cabo in the Baja.
Tip for roosters: "keep that fly moving... I mean fast... if it stops they will lose interest.
Looks at the flies on this site: Gary Bulla's Salt Water Fly Fishing Adventures: Baja, Kayak, & Surf
The Tuna Tux in black/white or Olive/white is good for dorado too. In buctktail or Unique hair.
Best bet is to tie your own before your trip.
Not sardines, but sardina (sometimes called sardinia) are the bait/fly of choice in Baja. Google "sardina flies" for a couple of ideas, but a simple olive over white clouser (with peacock herl topping and a silver flash tail), tied kinda bulky and about 5" long, will get it done. Lots of patterns available out there. Blanton's Sar-mul-mac or a Whistler are also good choices.
Here are several Sardina patterns & a tuna fly that have worked for me, and for fellows I have supplied.
For the tuna fly, I like a fairly heavy wire circle hook. Use a steady strip and when you get bit, don't worry about the set, the tuna will do that for you.