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Baja’in Round Dos

     It is impossible to describe fly fishing for Roosters from the beach to someone who hasn’t done it before.  You can say what you want about the success rate and thrill factor associated with it but until you actually experience it, many of my words will not be fully understood.  Last year I was lucky to be able to spend 4 days chasing Roosters. And from the moment I left, all I could think about was a return trip.  This is the only species in the world where you can have a great day of fishing and still get skunked.  I have talked to people who have fished and guided all over the world and they agree, chasing Roosters from the beach is the hardest thing you can do with a fly rod.  I am not saying you show up expecting to get skunked, but you must accept the fact that in Baja, the house always wins.  Fishing for Roosterfish is similar to gambling in the fact that many things are out of your control and you know that more than likely, you will be defeated.  We however continue to play the game because we know that jackpots do happen.  Admittedly, the analogy kind of dies there.
In order to successfully fly fish for Roosters, one must do all the little things right and still rely on some luck.  The beauty here is truly in the details.  From first sighting the fish to running it down on the beach, a certain amount of athleticism is involved that most would not associate with fishing.  After the mad dash on the beach to get in front of the fish, a cast must be made but more than likely, you’ll find yourself with your line wrapped around ankles or the fish changing his direction.  If you do get in front of the Rooster, you must then fight the wind to cast your fly the size of a tube sock out so that it lands in the fish’s path.  Once the Rooster approaches your fly, you begin to strip your line with increasing speed to mimic a fleeing baitfish.  As you strip, footwork begins to become an issue. If somehow all of this comes together and you get a little luck from the fish gods, the Rooster may turn and follow your fly.  That right there is something to be proud of, as it is no small feat and by no means common.  The following step is the most exciting.  If the Rooster is an eater, she will come in hot on your fly, comb raised up out of the water like a shark crashing in on his next meal.  Words cannot simply describe this site as one of the ocean’s most magnificent predators lights up on your fly.  While all this is going on, you must somehow remain calm and continue to strip, causing your fly to look natural.  The majority of the time the fish chases the fly so far in that it almost beaches itself before turning last minute back to the open ocean.  Everything will happen fast but with dedication and patience, comes proper presentation, add that with a little luck and the fly line might come tight.
There is no other type of fly fishing that compares to chasing Roosters.  An adrenaline rush like this is something I find cannot be matched unless I am roaming the beaches of Baja with a 10 weight in hand.  If you are up to the challenge and want to try and pursue this fish of a lifetime, contact Josh Martz and Justin Crump from Pursuit Anglers.  These guys are true pioneers of the sport.  Fly fishing for Roosterfish is still relatively undeveloped and these two are at the forefront of the game.  I cannot say enough good things about the operation they run and the experience they offer.  I will be seeing combed up Roosters in my dreams for months and have already started counting down the days (less than 365) until Round 3.