Baja Flyfishing Company is located on Baja's East Cape. The Sea of Cortez along Baja's East Cape offers a wide variety of different fishing scenarios for a huge diversity of fish species, including rooster fish, dorado, jacks, pompano, ladyfish, sierra, marlin, sailfish, yellowfin and more. Custom itineraries of any length can be accommodated, from single day trips to week-long, all inclusive packages. Anglers looking for a multi-day trip package have several different lodging options available in the Los Barriles area, including Hotel Palmas De Cortez, Hotel Punta Colorada, and Playa del Sol.

Typical Length of Stay

Packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated. Please contact Yellow Dog Flyfishing for more details and specific rates.

Accommodations and Lodging

Baja Flyfishing Company AccommodationAnglers booking through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and the Baja Flyfishing Company have a choice of several different lodging options on the East Cape. All lodging and fishing packages can include any of the three options listed below.

Hotel Palmas de Cortez
Legend has it that the Conquistadors buried barrels of gold and gems in the mountains over looking Bahia de las Palmas, and the modern day fishing village of Los Barriles. Hotel Palmas de Cortez is the gem of Baja’s East Cape, spanning the beach front of the town of los Barriles. Situated literally just a few steps from the Sea of Cortez, this first class resort offers full amenities for anglers and families alike. A magnificent infinity pool, swim up bar, nine hole par three golf course, spa, and gym are available to hotel guests. All rooms are air conditioned with televisions and phones. Recently renovated, the hotel rooms are modern, clean, and comfortable. First class dining is included with these packages.

Hotel Punta Colorada - Reopening in 2013
Hotel Punta Colorada is know as the roosterfish capital of the world and is the closest of the three hotels to the best fishing the East Cape offers. Situated on a remote beach over looking the Sea of Cortez, Hotel Punta Colorada offers solitude and old Mexico atmosphere while providing modern accommodation in classic Baja style. This hotel was built on the best fishing grounds of the East Cape and appeals to both the true fishermen as well as guests seeking peace, solitude and beauty of the real Baja. Excellent beach fishing for giant roosterfish is right at your door step. Recently remodeled, air conditioned rooms offer vistas of unpopulated beaches that stretch for miles. Hotel Punta Colorada is the headquarters and home of the Baja Flyfishing Co.

Playa del Sol -
Hotel Playa del Sol is situated on the picturesque Bay of Palms in the Town of Los Barriles, just a short walk down the Beach from Hotel Palmas de Cortez. Hotel Playa del Sol combines an intimate Baja atmosphere ideal for fishermen and families, while offering all the amenities of Palmas de Cortez, an easy five minute walk away. Recently renovated, air conditioned rooms overlook a tropical garden court yard, a swimming pool, and the Sea of Cortez. The second floor dining area offers spectacular views. As with all three hotels, the tap water, drawn from mountain springs, is certified for purity and is 100% safe to drink.

Food and Beverages

The meals are mostly American style cuisine, with a great array of Mexican choices available. Breakfast is typically American, featuring eggs, bacon, fresh tropical fruits & juices, cereals, toast, pancakes, etc. Traditional Mexican items are also available, including homemade tortillas, frijoles, Mexican-style eggs, machaca and chorizo. For those guests out fishing or on other adventures, the resort will prepare box lunches [generally either sandwiches or burritos, your choice] for the trip. Dinners are mostly American style, including entrees such as grilled breast of chicken, steaks, and pasta. Fresh fish is also offered daily [subject to availability]. For those guests with special dietary preferences, including vegetarian,the staff will do their best to accommodate you.

Fishing Information

Baja Rooster FishThe Seas of Cortez offers a wide variety of game fish along the East Cape. Included here are some our experiences with several of the more prominent species available to the fly fisherman, the flies, tackle and the techniques that have proven successful.

The Dorado is a very popular fish in the Sea of Cortez. In other waters it is known as the Dolphin fish or Mahi Mahi. Dorado is an aggressive feeder, taking flies and poppers readily when in the mood to eat. They are strong fighters on fly tackle, usually displaying numerous jumps followed by strong runs. Typical school sized fish run 8 to 12 pounds and may number into the hundreds of fish. The Bulls (mature males) run large in the East Cape, often weighing over 70 lbs. Fish over 50 lbs have been caught by fly fishermen.

For sheer pulling power the tuna is probably tougher than any other fish commonly caught on a fly rod in the Sea of Cortez. The fight starts with an amazingly fast first run that goes well into the backing. Following the first run tuna tend to go deep and circle under the boat.

Nothing quite represents the East Cape better than chasing roosterfish with a fly rod. With out a doubt the roosterfish is one of the greatest prizes in fly fishing. The juveniles are relatively easy to catch, but become very fickle as they mature. They are often compared to the permit as a tough adversary to fool.

Boats and Equipment

Baja Flyfishing Company offers fishing excursions on 25 foot super pangas, 28 foot Cruisers as well as beach trips on four wheelers and kayak fishing. All fly fishing and spin gear tackle is provided, including flies and lures.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Mexican CuisineFor non-anglers or those looking to take a day off from fishing there are a number of activities and attractions that are available when visiting the Baja Peninsula. While Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo offer some extraordinary beaches, shopping, and night life there are also a myriad of outdoor activities that you can take advantage of. The East Cape is home to some of the best windsurfing and kite surfing on the planet, and the Sea of Cortez offers world-class snorkeling. Since the entire area is sparsely populated, cruising the beaches and relaxing in the sun and sand is a great way to spend the day. There are miles of open, undeveloped beaches perfect for exploring. Zip lines, scuba and snorkel trips to Cabo Pulmo, horse back riding, four wheeler rentals, ecotouring, whale watching, full day spa facilities, tennis, a nine hole golf course and sea kayaking can also be arranged. .If you are interested in organizing a side trip to nearby villages or towns, sightseeing in Can San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, or participating in any other non-angling activities during your visit, please let us know prior to your departure. We will be happy to make recommendations and take care of any necessary arrangements.

How To Get There

You will access your Baja fishing destination via San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. International flights to San Jose Del Cabo depart from a number major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Houston, and Denver.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Trips and itineraries of any length can be arranged, and you can arrive or depart on any day of the week. We do recommend that you try to arrive during daylight hours in order to avoid making the drive over to the East Cape in the dark. (It is safe, but there are often-times cattle and other animals in the road!)

2012 Package Rates

The following are samples of package pricing that is available based on a six day, five night stay with three guided fishing days. Pricing below is per person, based on double occupancy with two anglers to a boat. Please contact Yellow Dog for additional rates and package options.

Playa del Sol ------------------------------------------------------------------------ $1,585
Palmas de Cortez ------------------------------------------------------------------ $1,885

Playa del Sol ------------------------------------------------------------------------ $1,810
Palmas de Cortez ------------------------------------------------------------------ $2,110

Guided shore fishing on four-wheelers is an exciting way to pursue roosterfish along the East Cape beaches.
Punta Colorada --------------------------------------------------------------------- Call YD

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • The number days fishing specified in your package
  • Accommodations at one of the three hotels listed above
  • Meet-and-greet service at the airport
  • Round trip ground transfer between the airport and your hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day at your hotel
  • Full orientation to saltwater fishing, fly casting, spin fishing and fly fishing techniques
  • Guided fishing each day by an American Guide
  • All equipment provided - including fly and spin tackle, flies, lures and live chum
  • Applicable Mexican VAT taxes

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Baja (San Jose Del Cabo)
  • Fishing license
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Alcohol and bar tab
  • Additional tours and activities

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Your Baja Flyfishing Co. hosts are veteran fly fishing guides with over 30 years of experience fly fishing Baja. They truly enjoy sharing their years of experiences with guests, both on and off the water.

Mike Rieser (Founder and Guide)
Mike founded the Baja Flyfishing Co. in 1998 out of a deep love for Baja and the Sea of Cortez. His first fishing experience in the Sea of Cortez dates back to 1974 in the days of fiberglass rods and Phlueger Medalist reels. He has kayaked and camped extensively along the Baja’s remote coast line, always with an eye for new fishing adventures. Mike has appeared in numerous television shows and is currently writing a book on fly fishing the Sea of Cortez. Mike is a teacher at heart and greatly enjoys sharing his experience with all visitors to the Sea of Cortez. Mike has recently finished his first book - Fly Fishing the Baja and Beyond and is writing a series of magazine article for Viva Baja.

Bob Dettmann (Partner and Guide)
Bob is married with two children and is a lifelong angler. He’s is a retired forester/wildland firefighter of 35 years with the US Forest Service. He and his wife Chris split their time between their home on the Animas River south of Durango, Colorado, their beach house at Pescadero, Baja Sur, and the East Cape of the Sea of Cortez. Bob, a long time friend of Mike, started hosting fishing groups with Baja Flyfishing Co, LLC in 1998. After six years of hosting trips, Bob become a partner in 2005.

Merry Waugh (Fishing Guide)
Merry began guiding in the early nineties, rowing drift boats on the North Platte of Wyoming. Guiding lead Merry to Colorado and eventually the road ran south to Baja. Merry enjoys introducing beginners to the sport, is a skilled casting instructor, demonstration fly tyer, and has a passion for teaching.

Adam Grahm (Guide and owner of the El Gallo)
Adam joined the Baja Flyfishing Co. in 2008 and brought a panga with him. Adam hails from Colorado when not on the Baja, where he has fished for trout since he was a smolt. Adam is an enthusiastic guide with excellent teaching skills.

Lorenzo Garcia aka “Tetico” ( Captain of the Mosca Magic)
Tetico has worked his entire life upon the Sea of Cortez. As a young man Tetico worked the shrimp boats and helped his father fish for snapper and shark. Most of his thirty some years at sea has been on sport fishing boats and is currently the Captain of the Mosca Magic. Tetico likes fly fishing trips above all others and enjoys watching clients catch fish on the wimpy rod.

Luther Garcia (Captain of the El Gallo)
Luther joined the Company in 2009 and is the son of Tetico. As the son of a son of a fisherman, the sea is the only life he has known. Luther started as a deck hand on sport fishing boats working the waters of the East Cape, moving to a private Tournament Yacht out of Cabo San Lucas. He is now back in home waters, creating a father son team on the two primary boats used by the Baja Flyfishing Co. LLC.

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