Pacific City Saltwater Fly Fishing Report May 2023

Pacific City has been on my radar for a quite sometime. Pacific City has one of the most unique reef systems in the world. The waters offer an opportunity to chase rockfish, lingcod, salmon, and tuna all on the fly. Rockfish and Ling cod are especially difficult to find in a depth where fly fishing is doable, and Pacific City one of the few places you can do so.

My good buddy Kolter makes a annual Oregon visit and we decided to embark on a fishing adventure from a Pacific City Dory. We met Captain Marty Wiseheart at 6am at the Pelican Pub, signed waivers, and went over dory procedures.

We launched the boat from the beach and headed toward the monolith called Haystack Rock. Immediately we see rockfish surfacing for crab spawn emerging from the depths. Poppers should not have been left at home that day. With that being said, we set out to absolutely hammer the rockfish on clouser style patterns and a fly I call the shuttle cock. It was 4 hours of rockfish mayhem. 10wt rods were bent! At times the 10wt was very appropriate for the larger rockfish and ling cod.

This was one of the most unforgettable fishing experiences I have had in my entire life and would love to share this experience with anyone who loves fly fishing and eating delicious rockfish. 

Contact the Caddis Fly Shop to get the information, flies, rods, reels, lines, and clothing. The Pacific City season has just begun and runs until mid September so get out there sometime this summer and you will have a blast!!
Cheers everybody 
Alex Swartz

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1 Response to Pacific City Saltwater Fly Fishing Report May 2023

  1. Mike OBrien says:

    Any one at the shop know of dories/guides for fly fishing for tuna out and around
    Pacific City,$, when the season ?

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