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I'm headed to Los Barriles for a week at the end of the month. We are staying at Hotel Palmas. I know they have guides that I can book through them, but I was wondering if anyone here knows of a really good English speaking guide that you have used in the past. I feel like if I book with the hotel it would just be a crap shoot on who I get. I'm going with my wife this time so I'm looking for a guide that will accommodate gear and fly if possible.

We are going to rent an ATV for the week so I will have plenty of time to explore the beaches. This will be a first for me as well. To be honest im just as excited to cruse the beaches looking for fish as I am hiring a guide on a boat.

Any info would be appreciated.
 

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There is a fly shop at Punta Colorado, just south of Los Barriles. Site casting to roosters pushing bait balls against the beach. It's been a number of years. I think it's operated by the same people as de la Palmas
 

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Little early for the roosters, prime time is May & June, especially for the Grandes. You will find some along with sierra & lady fish. Might look into Hotel Leonaro or Hotel Buena vista as will for guides. I used H/B in the past and captains speak enough English to get by. Tie you up some sardine patterns and Rasta's
As you mentioned having ATVs, ride towards Ribera and if you want all the way to Punta Colorado hotel. If its open great place to have a bite to eat & a beer before heading back.
There is was a great little taco stand in town, not sure if it still there been about 7 years since I was last there
 

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Unless they've quietly reopened under a shroud of secrecy, Punta Colorada has unfortunately been closed down for a number of years now. It was supposed to be only for one season while they installed a new water system, but it seemed to drag on and now it's not even listed on the Van Wormer website under their portfolio of hotels anymore.
That's a shame, fun place.
 

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Little early for the roosters, prime time is May & June, especially for the Grandes.
I would agree. In my own, limited, experience and that of some buddies, the water doesn't turn blue (warm) until mid-June some years. I'm guessing this could definitely be one of those years. That means not too many roosters on the beach when the water is still green. A good guide could probably get you onto other fish that are biting though. I've always thought the ATV thing would be awesome. Have fun!
 

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I would love to get a rooster, but to honest anything that I don't normally catch would be cool. I think i'm just going to wing it this time and find a guide once I get there. Unless someone has a sure thing with a great guide.
 

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I'm headed to Los Barriles for a week at the end of the month. We are staying at Hotel Palmas. I know they have guides that I can book through them, but I was wondering if anyone here knows of a really good English speaking guide that you have used in the past. I feel like if I book with the hotel it would just be a crap shoot on who I get. I'm going with my wife this time so I'm looking for a guide that will accommodate gear and fly if possible.

We are going to rent an ATV for the week so I will have plenty of time to explore the beaches. This will be a first for me as well. To be honest im just as excited to cruse the beaches looking for fish as I am hiring a guide on a boat.

Any info would be appreciated.
We stayed at the Palmas in 2014. I fished with Mike Rieser of Baja Fly Fishing Co. If you go offshore there's an excellent pangero named Trino (jr) that works with Mike. Trino speaks functional english and is a knowledgeable fly fisherman. All the beach fishing I did was DIY, although Mike is pretty good about checking in with clients at the resort and gave me plenty of advice. Some while I was on the beach. Had a lot of fun catching ladyfish right in front of the resort and did have one good sized (guessing mid 20# range) rooster follow. It wouldn't eat and just gave me a heart attack instead. Oh yeah, watch out if Hector is bar-tending. I had 3 of the best margaritas I've ever tasted. Didn't taste strong at all but I had serious trouble walking back the condo. I found out later from Mike that's known as getting "Hectorized".
 

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We stayed at the Palmas in 2014. I fished with Mike Rieser of Baja Fly Fishing Co. If you go offshore there's an excellent pangero named Trino (jr) that works with Mike. Trino speaks functional english and is a knowledgeable fly fisherman. All the beach fishing I did was DIY, although Mike is pretty good about checking in with clients at the resort and gave me plenty of advice. Some while I was on the beach. Had a lot of fun catching ladyfish right in front of the resort and did have one good sized (guessing mid 20# range) rooster follow. I wouldn't eat and just gave me a heart attack instead. Oh yeah, watch out if Hector is bar-tending. I had 3 of the best margaritas I've ever tasted. Didn't taste strong at all but I had serious trouble walking back the condo. I found out later from Mike that's known as getting "Hectorized".
lol Thanks for the heads up...
 

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Please do report back on your experience Tyler, excited to hear how it goes as I'm very interested myself in doing a similar trip one of these days. Good luck and have fun!
If you can find a buddy on a budget of about $400 a day p/person you could staying at Rancho Leonero & fishing from a panga. Depending on time of year, anything from roosters, Mahi, striped marlin & tuna Decide to take a day off from the pangas, you can rent kayaks or ATVs
 

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Don't forget to take some light wire leader material to add to your tippet. Sierra mackerel will be roaming the beaches at the first light of dawn, busting bait on the shoreline. They don't hit wire nearly as well as mono/fluoro but they can bite off a lot of flies. If I know the sierra are there, I throw wire first. If they don't hit the wire, I switch to 30lb fluoro and take my chances.

I'll be at Rancho Leonero in a couple of weeks for a short 4 day trip. I'll be bringing conventional gear as well as fly gear. The wind can blow hard at this time of year and shut down the fly fishing.
 

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Don't forget to take some light wire leader material to add to your tippet. Sierra mackerel will be roaming the beaches at the first light of dawn, busting bait on the shoreline. They don't hit wire nearly as well as mono/fluoro but they can bite off a lot of flies. If I know the sierra are there, I throw wire first. If they don't hit the wire, I switch to 30lb fluoro and take my chances.

I'll be at Rancho Leonero in a couple of weeks for a short 4 day trip. I'll be bringing conventional gear as well as fly gear. The wind can blow hard at this time of year and shut down the fly fishing.
What days are you going to be down there? Im going from the 25th - 30th
 
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