The Sierra Mackerel is described as a mini Wahoo for its shape, its fast swimming behavior and those signature teeth. This is the one fish that requires a wire leader as their choppers will slice through mono-filament like a hot knife through butter. The Sierra swims and feeds over cobbly structure from a few feet to several hundred yards off the coastline. They will hit bait, trolled Rapala type lures and flies with enthusiasm. Flies cast long and allowed to sink to just above the surface of the rocks will get the attention of the Sierra. Their take is forceful and their run, strong and fast. Their teeth are designed to slice through leader and coupled with their speed they have a good chance of escaping. Their impressive runs and their size make them a perfect fish for light tackle and fly angling. When they’re swimming thickly, dozens can be caught and landed in a few hours. They hit best in the early morning hours.
Sierra mackerel are available in cool water temperature months, November through March.