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Dorado Flies
for fish called Dorado, Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish, Coryphaena hippurus


Dorado are one of the finest fly rod game fish species in the world. They are beautiful to look at, aggressive toward well presented flies and are extremely athletic when hooked. Below are listed the top six fly patterns for the Sea of Cortez, which offers very strong dorado fishing from June through October. The single most productive fly pattern during our nine trips to Loreto, Mexico have been flies that simulate sardinas, which currently is the Dabloon fly made from yak hair. This fly is usually used in combination with a slow sinking line and is presented to fish, which have been chummed with live sardinas. The next most productive fly is a size two olive and white Deep Eyed Minnow. This fly has an erratic, wounded minnow action, and is a good bet when fish are working smaller bait fish. Poppers are great fun when dorado are feeding right at the surface. Poppers and Crease flies have also been effective when presented with a fast sinking line below the surface of the water. Fast strips impart a swimming action.

Dorado means gold in Spanish. It's a reasonable name for a fish that can turn bright gold along the sides, but they are usually bright greenish blue along the back and have liberal amounts of blue spots and the pectoral fins are very bright electric blue. Dorado are one of the most successful fishes and are found in tropical waters, world wide. In Australia and most of the Atlantic Ocean the specie is call Dolphin (not to be confused with a family of sea mammals of the same name). In Hawaii they are called Mahi Mahi. Dorados are prime fly rod sport fish for a number of reasons. They are very strong and acrobatic. They spend a lot of time around the surface of the water where they are comparatively easy to reach while fly fishing. Dorado grow incredibly fast. At one year old, most Dorado exceed 6 pounds and may be over twenty pounds at age two. Three year old Dorado usually exceed thirty pounds. Few Dorado live beyond the forth year. The world record is 87 pounds. Once the fish reach maturity they spawn every six weeks and broadcast about 400,000 eggs. The eggs which are about the size of the head of a pin hatch in about 60 hours. The little fish start growing immediately. This fast growth rate keeps them eating constantly and they are very aggressive biters most of the time. They feed on bait fish of many sizes and are fond of sardines, flying fish, mackerel and squid. On a recent trip to the sea of Cortez several fish were vomiting up squid as they were being played. This attracted more Dorado which quickly consumed the free meal. Some of the squid were more than a foot long. When hooked a Dorado runs hard and often jumps spectacularly, then slugs it out all the way to the boat. They can exceed 50 miles per hour for short bursts. Ordinarily they save a bit of energy to thrash about madly as the angler tries to either release, or land the fish.

Dorado have multiple groups of wicked little teeth that can chew your leader and flies. It is advised that when large fish are expected that a shock tippet of 50-60 pound test is used. A simple leader formula is as follows: 12" or less #50 shock tippet, 16'" or more of #16 or #20 class tippet, 3' of #50 butt section. Sections of leader can be assembled with surgeon's knots. Smaller fish can be landed on straight twenty pound test tippets. Our favorite rods for Dorado are #10 to #12 weight.

Or favorite line for most fishing conditions is RIO's Tropical Outbound Short with a slow sinking clear intermediate tip. Fast sinking shooting head fly lines made from 26' of T-20 are a good bet for fishing bait fish and squid patterns when weather/water conditions keep dorado from feeding right at the surface. Intermediate or floating lines with intermediate tips, are best for fishing poppers. Dorados like to hang around anything that is floating on the water. Floating weed mats, debris, rays or turtles will often have Dorados under them. I once hooked a 20 pound Dorado from under a single floating Styrofoam cup. Many Dorados that are caught with flies have been chummed up to the boat with live or cut bait. Most Dorado caught from the sea of Cortez are chummed with live Sardinas, which are stored in well aerated live-wells.


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Bubble Head Popper Bubble Head Popper
Price: $4.95
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In June, 2008, Gene and Patty Gramzow aboard the boat Siria were fifty yards from Patty Barnes and I aboard the boat La Nonconforma. All of us were were catching lots of dorado. The fish averaged 18-25 pounds and were ferocious. Gene was using a popper and seemed to be catching a few more fish than the rest of us. I yelled over and asked what he was using. He said, "A Bubble Head, it has a hole in the face and spurts water out of the top of the head. Come on over and I'll give you one!" During...

Crease Fly Black Back Crease Fly Black Back
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Many bait fish are dark on the back and light on the belly. Black is a very effective color in all light conditions.

Crease Fly Blue Back Crease Fly Blue Back
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This is an effective fly when predator fish are feeding on anchovies.

Crease Fly Olive Back Crease Fly Olive Back
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This is an effective fly when predator fish are feeding on sardines.

Crease Fly Silver Back Crease Fly Silver Back
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Many small bait fish are highly reflective and may lose most of their color, especially when they are over a light colored bottom.

Dabloon saltwater fly, picture
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Dabloon Saltwater FlyThis is a rugged adult Sardina pattern tied from natural fiber, a proven Dorado & Roosterfish getter. Fishes best with a sinking line, fast erratic retreive.

Olive and White Deep Eyed Minnow, pictured.
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Minnows have a few key features. Most species have very prominent eyes. Small baitfish are often very active, darting and flashing here and there in search of food. Action and flash are features that can awaken the predatory instincts that make many species of game fish bite. On these fly patterns, the painted lead eyes are very realistic. The weight provided by these eyes give this type of fly a distinct darting minnow action when retrieved. The long, sparse buck tail and flashabou wing gives...

EZ-Mack Ez-Mack
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Mackerels are are important bait fish in the Sea of Cortez. Sardinas and Anchovies might be more important, but the largest dorado are usually caught on mackerels.

G/S Roosta G/S Roosta
Price: $10.75
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Item #: 1977 -

Big trevally from Christmas Island. Designed primarily for roosterfish in the Sea of Cortez, the Roosta Series has accounted for many other sportfish as well. Roostas are best presented with fly lines that get them to the strike-zone quickly. For that reason sinking shooting heads lines are best. Sight fishing is an advantage. Target your fish so that it has little time to analyze your offering. Cast a straight, tight line. Be ready to strip as soon as the fly hits the water. Olive/WhiteMany...

Gurgler Gurgler
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Gurgler, Red & WhiteThe Gurgler type of fly became popular with Florida guides fishing baby tarpon & snook in the Glades. The snook pictured above ate this red and white Gurgler after it was cast into a little hole in the mangrove shoreline at the mouth of the Belize River on the outskirts of Belize City, which is a fairly high traffic area. Snook, like black bass are often attracted to flies that make a commotion when retrieved across the surface of the water. The Dorado in the Sea of Cortez...