Great Albacore Flies will be put to the test on July 21st!

A selection of my best Albacore flies to fish offshore Oregon.

A selection of my best Albacore flies to fish offshore Oregon.

But not by me.

My friends will be charging out into the ocean offshore Pacific City at about 0445 hours this morning. I will have wished them all well, anxiously awaiting the return of the tuna fleet late in the afternoon.

This is a very quick post to show the type of flies that we have proved effective, and to show the general color themes and relative size of the flies my friends will be fishing.

Color themes: most have a blue back, but we have had success fishing flies with a purple and bronze too.

Size: these flies are as small as 3″ and as long as 7″Size: these flies are as small as 3″ and as long as 7″

Weighted vs unweighted: all are weighted except for the second and third flies from the left.

Troll vs cast flies: the two flies on the right are our trolling flies, the rest are our casting flies.

Reports indicate that the albacore are (at present) 25-35 miles offshore of Pacific City as I type, based on satellite imaging that reveals surface sea temperatures and chlorophyll densities. The tuna guys look at the images and set their course to the coordinates they think are most likely to be hospitable to the tuna.

Several dorys fishing out of Pacific City caught albacore recently, and ocean conditions look even better for the 21st.

Best wishes to you all — I hope to venture forth in pursuit of albacore very soon.

Jay Nicholas – July 20, 2017

 

 

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