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SAT 05-27-2018 06:26 PM

Puerto Vallarta
Hello all. Have any of you had any fly fishing experience in Puerto Vallarta? My wife and I will be spending a few days there at a resort at the beginning of July and I was hoping to do a little fly fishing from the shore if it is a possibility.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

MeLikeFlyFish-FlyFishGood 05-28-2018 12:11 PM

Yes, I have fished from shore on several trips and have caught fish on most occasions. I had a cheap eight weight and threw mostly clousers/bait fish patterns as well as some pink shrimp. I also seem to recall fooling with a crab pattern. Mostly needlefish, jacks and pompano for me.

SAT 05-28-2018 12:20 PM

Sounds good to me! I would be happy catching even dinks the entire time. I have a 7wt that I would bring with floating line and a sink tip line. Do you think the sink tip is necessary? And do you know if pretty much all of the beaches are open to shore fishing? I do believe that a license is not necessary to shore fish in Mexico.

Thanks for your input 👍🏻

MeLikeFlyFish-FlyFishGood 05-28-2018 07:30 PM

The 7 should be fine... until it isn't! But what a story you'd have!! I like having the sinking tip. When the waves are cracking it's good to be able to get down.

I have never purchased a fishing license for Mexico and believe you don't need one. I don't know about all the beaches and their tolerance but the bigger issue is the people gawking... they tend do it RIGHT behind you. Duh. Amazing, they can clearly see line flying around but the idea that you are fishing with a hook at the end of that line is lost on them? I usually get out first thing in the AM so I've had my fill prior to the crowds.

MeLikeFlyFish-FlyFishGood 05-28-2018 07:31 PM

This would be a pretty good fly for there... can't beat the price!

lostdutchman 05-29-2018 04:09 PM

I’m not sure if it differs from state to state, but I know that in Quintana Roo, all of the beaches are public. Like me like flyfishing said, your biggest problem will be not booking beach goers, and the resorts will sometimes kick you out. Just walk up the beach and get away from people if you can.

You are correct in that you don’t need a license if you’re just beach fishing. If you get in a boat, you will need a license.

You will be targeting jacks, pompano, and probably some trigger fish ( rocky areas) with an annoying needlefish bycatch. ( they will eat ANYTHING )

As for flies.. jacks eat baitfish, so clousers, ep baitfish, deceivers etc. sz 2/0-2 chartreuse over white and red over white are always good bets. Also, Poppers!!! ( they will miss a lot, but nothing is better than seeing one explode on top!)

Pompano eat crabs and shrimp, pink/white clousers, crazy Charlie ( like posted above) gotcha, xmas island specials sz 4-6 would be my bet

Triggers also eat crabs and shrimp, but remember they have teeth that can bite through hooks, they are also leader shy which is what makes them so fun. Same flies as above for pompano with a few more small crab patterns thrown in as well.. stout hooks if you can find em/ tie your own..

If you are fishing weighted flies ( you should be) you don’t need a sink tip... justs heavier flies for deeper/ rougher water.. the rule of thumb while flats fishing ( is a little different for fishing surf/ baitfish patterns) is that you want your fly to reach the bottom in 3 seconds..a tropical line will be your friend if you can get one.. cold water lines tend to get soft and guey in warm water.. rio flat pro is a rocket!

Your 7 weight will be fine unless it’s really windy, or you catch a real big jack ( which is very possible)

Look at the tide tables.. low tides that correspond with sunrise/ sunset are great for jack Fishing.. Fish the low, through slack and the first part of the incoming tide.. ( think that the low tide makes it easier to get out and is flushing food towards the ocean/ incoming tide pushes the fish/ food towards you... )

Hope this helps and you find a few fish!

Let us know how you do

aztightlines 05-29-2018 09:21 PM

I realize this may be a bit off topic...but the possibility of panga fishing with flies in the bay around Puerto Vallarta sounds really tempting.

A bit of research to find real guides, hip to the fly game might take a bit of work, and the risk of a costly fishless boat ride may be real, but the prospects of a great fishing day could make it worthwhile.

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