rooster fly with eye

A hollow-head saltwater streamer with dark spot suggesting an eye. More realistic (hard) glued on eyes take a beating when angling on a beach with abrasive sand and stones, and often come off. A soft eye impression is a more durable/permanent trigger point…

hollow-head roosterfish fly

A streamer pattern. I only tie them when I’m planning a saltwater trip and such trips are infrequent/rare, and therefore I’m not very good at it. Most of my limited saltwater experience has been spent sight-fishing the Sea of Cortez for Roosterfish on foot. I made four trips several years ago. Each trip of two weeks duration. That adds up to about two months experience pursuing Roosters which are the most challenging species I have ever cast a fly to and the most physically demanding and thrilling angling that I have ever done. Although I learned a lot about the Sea of Cortez and Roosterfish while walking the sand dunes and surf line of Baja, my time there in the grand scheme of things was brief. If North American Borders stay open I’d like to return, pick-up where I left-off, learn more and hopefully get the opportunity to entice a large roosterfish to take a fly that I tied. I’ve been practicing tying streamers on 3/0 and 4/0 hooks. Here’s one tied during the Winter Solstice that I’m pleased with…

flies for roosterfish

Beach fishing for Roosterfish. Sea of Cortez. Baitfish flies. Simple impressionistic patterns. Six inches or longer; a 4/0 hook. These are light grey over dirty white. I tie some tan over off-white and light olive over dirty white. Some with flash. Most dull/flat. Deer hair is tied inside the head to create a puff/bulk. The puff pushes/moves water. I tie more streamlined heads for high wind days. And in the Springtime along the Cortez many days are windy, especially in the afternoon. My first few Roosterfish trips I cursed the wind. Then I learned that the wind and waves push plankton and baitfish up against the beach and that’s helpful when you are on foot. Baitfish like Mullet eat plankton and big Roosters like concentrations of Mullet. A roiled surf also seems to make Roosters, a very challenging discerning gamefish, less wary of fly patterns.