Thanks Nick! I was looking at Echo Bravo reel as well. Like Ryan I was checking out the TFO Atoll but it's been discontinued.I'm sure that reel would be just fine, though I personally have no experience with TGO reels.
The one fairly inexpensive reel I've used a ton, and highly, highly recommend, is the Echo Bravo. I think it costs a touch more but I have several of them, have caught a ton of albacore, and they take a serious beating on the ocean every summer and just take it and smile.
The chance of hooking an exotic aside, albacore aren't generally gonna run THAT far. Ive had a few particularly hot fish take me maybe 100 yards into backing but that's probably the max I've seen. They will generally take a handful of runs up to that far, but I've never really had one go further than that. A drag that can handle a bunch of semi short, fast runs with good drag pressure is really all that is needed.
Yes. Gami SL12's, Umpqua U401, Owner Aki have all worked well for me. Just started tying (and catching) with Ahrex Bluewater hooks last year and I'd have to say they are now my favorite.I'm sure that it's been covered ad nauseum, but which hooks do folks prefer for their tuna flies? For my musky stuff I'm pretty picky and only like certain Ahrex and certain Gamakatsu hooks. I'm guessing SL12S (Gami) and Ahrex SA270 would do the trick?
I like 2/0 in most of the short shank, wide gap hooks. I dont like long shank hooks for albacore if I can avoid it, but for some patterns it's necessary
Why is that, because they are easier to work loose? I've thought about tying something up on a 4/0 B10S, but have wondered about that longer shank (not that B10S hooks have THAT long of a shank, but certainly longer than most of the tuna flies you see).
Do you guys think there's any advantage to have a hook set further back in the fly (ala tube or shank in front of the hook)?