Guide to Fly Fishing Magdalena Bay

By any measure, Gary Graham is the world's most knowledgeable expert on southern Baja's fly-fishing opportunities. If you plan on going to Magdalena Bay, don't go without this book.

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Review by Peter Van Gytenbeek

No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks
6171 Tollgate
Sisters, OR 97759
softcover; $24.95

By any measure, Gary Graham is the world's most knowledgeable expert on southern Baja's fly-fishing opportunities. For more than 30 years, he and his wife, Yvonne, have held forth in the East Cape region exploring and pioneering opportunities from the beach to blue water. During this same period, Graham quietly explored the mysteries of Magdalena Bay, a 100-mile series of bays and estuaries on the forgotten Pacific side of the Peninsula.

Rumors circulated through angling circles for years about the area's potential, but hard information as difficult to come by. Were there really big snook in the mangroves? Was the story of marlin ''thick as fleas on a hound's back'' at Thetis Bank credible?

Now you can get answers to these and all your other questions from Graham's new guidebook. You won't find anything fancy here - just good, solid where, when and how information. The book contains the ubiquitous list of fly-fishing knots, flies and fish descriptions, as well as 14 chapters (with basic maps) that delve quite specifically into the various regions within Mag Bay.

If you plan on going to Magdalena Bay, don't go without this book.