Pacific Sharks on the fly: I think we’re going to need a bigger rod

There are days on the Oregon Coast that surprise and surpass all expectations. Where the seas actually behave and you have a chance to experience new and exciting fisheries as if you were not in one of the most dangerous fishing environments on the planet.

Stripping baitfish flies for Coho in the open ocean, my friend Cody and I hooked multiple fish and were busy experimenting with flies and retrieval rates. Conditions were perfect, and before long we were 10 miles offshore with an itch to explore further. After a call to the Coast Guard for a forecast, we decided to run out a few more miles.


The water was still a cool 57 degrees, but the graph was full of fish and we knew we had to put out our gear and see what these marks might be. Soon after setting the gear, I noticed a big dorsal fin off the bow. Having a 12-weight BIIX ready to rock, we tossed out a monster bug in the path of the unsuspecting blue shark. He mauled the fly, but missed the hook completely!

Captn Nate's Offshore Adventures

Standing on the bow and searching the deep blue water we saw more fins. A lot more. And these were not blues, but salmon sharks. A mess of them! If you’ve never seen one, just imagine a small great white, around 200 pounds. These fish were tailing the surface while corralling schools of baitfish and we would intercept them and tossing red flies which were made to target pike in Canada. The sharks would pounce on the flies and proceed to abuse the line, leaders, and rods to an extent unmatched in my fishing experience.


I think I need a bigger rod…

Check out the Ocean Sunfish, Mola mola.

Captn Nate's Offshore Adventures


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1 Response to Pacific Sharks on the fly: I think we’re going to need a bigger rod

  1. Chick Parsons says:

    I have a Whaler Montauk 17′ I want to start flyfishing Charleston area for any thing that swims. Also would like to pick off sharks. I have all the ocean gear I need (6, 7, 8, 9, 10-11 and 15 weights). Is there a guide that can take me out on my own boat, help me to understand the GPS/Sonar and VHF as well as show me the ropes as far as where I can and can’t go? Please email or call 541-778-0147

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