Saltwater Fly Fishing
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Saltwater Fly Fishing - Catalina and Ensenada
My wife booked us a cruise to Ensenada with Carnival through AAA and her work. Having never been on a cruise before, and not knowing what to expect, I was reluctantly enthusiastic.
When she told me that we get off the ship and get to roam Catalina and Ensenada on our own schedule if we want – then, and only then – did I get excited. I can smell an opportunity to fish like Hank (my Golden Retriever) can smell the cookie jar being opened.
The Internet is an ok place to get some saltwater fly-fishing advice, but it’s pretty sketchy. I guess one of the problems is that the Pacific shoreline is a tad bit more expansive than your average river or lake. Finding information about the exact area I would be in, and how to fish it, was fruitless.
So, I tied about 6 Deceivers and 8 Clouser Minnows in all different colors, packed my 7-weight rod, my biggest reel and heaviest line then set out to experiment.
My wife and I arrived in Avalon at around 8am. I quickly found my spot to fish from the shore, but know this: there isn’t much shore fishing right around the town. I tied on a Deceiver, and played around casting under the pier. My biggest issue was that I didn’t add weight to them, didn’t bring weight putty or split-shots and left the sinking line. I could see them – and I imagine they could see me – but they were much deeper than my fly, and they weren’t tempted enough to rise for it.
I switched to a Clouser Minnow that I had tied, out of habit, to look more like a baby brownie than anything else. The water was clear enough to watch them chase, but they would pull up at the last moment.
Changing out again, I tied on my Clouser/Deciever hybrid. It is tied like a Clouser and dressed like a Deceiver – with one difference – I used half a Peacock eye for the wing to give a dark and naturally reflective shimmer. This fly yielded my first saltwater catch.
I’m told it was a Calico Bass, but it also looks like some Rockfish pictures I have seen. Dunno… don’t really care. It was fun.