Fly Fishing Baja
Tackle and Equipment Checklist

The Reel Baja suggests the following items when planning a trip to fly fish with us at the East Cape of Baja Sur Mexico. These items are simply suggestions of equipment and clothing we have found very useful and effective over the years.

If you do not have the rods, reels and lines in your arsenal-No Worries! We can provide you with professional quality equipment during your stay with us at no charge, simply contact us ahead of time and let us know so that we may reserve the right equipment for your stay.

Fly Rods

All rods should be 9β€² and designed for saltwater

6 weight For very small Beach and inshore species and is not used often
8 or 9 weight Beach, inshore and boat casting for medium sized species to twenty pounds
10 weight Inshore and offshore casting to larger dorado, jack crevalle, bonita, for football size tuna
12 weight Offshore casting and troll/teasing larger bull dorado and billfish species

Fly Reels

Fly reels should be matched to rods in weight and line capacity. Reels need to be saltwater quality with high performance drag features. All reels should have a minimum of 250 yards of 20 or 30 pound backing.

Fly Lines

Shooting head lines are utilized a majority of the time in our fly fishing pursuits. Integrated shooting head lines seamlessly mated to neutrally buoyant running lines cast and fish the best. Consult your local fly pro shop in matching shooting head lines to your rods for the best result. One reel or spool with a floating line is a good thing to bring as well. When the dorado bite is really hot it is spine tingling to cast a popper on a floating line to boiling dorado.


Choosing flies for any trip is half the fun of the journey. Baja, Mexico saltwater fish are not extremely different from similar species around the globe. The standard tried and true baitfish fly patterns work well such as: large clousers, deceivers, ALFs and others. There are East Cape patterns and variations that have been developed for fly fishing the area. Flies should range from size 4 for beach fishing up to 4/0 for offshore fishing. Call or contact us by email prior to the trip and we will provide a recent update of successful patterns, colors and sizes.

Fly Fishing Accessories

  • Stripping basket
  • Waist or chest pack for beach fishing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hook sharpener
  • Fishing pliers
  • Leader Material
  • Extra Fly Lines-Two of the most common sizes
  • Leader material-12 lb, 16 lb, 20 lb, 30 lb, 40 lb and 100 lb.
  • Smaller sizes in Fluorocarbon
  • Sunscreen-30 or 45 SPF
  • Camera-extra batteries, film or digital storage cards
  • Stretch wrap medical tape for fingers

Fly Fishing Clothing

  • Technical fishing shirts - long sleeve and breathable
  • Shorts-comfortable with pockets and fast drying
  • Windbreaker or waterproof shell
  • Pullover sweatshirt or Fleece shell
  • Rain pants or fleece pants-early boat rides on cool mornings

Personal Items

  • Aspirin/Advil/Tylenol
  • Dramamine or Scopalamine patch
  • Personal medications
  • Rolaids/Tums