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Fly Fishing Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) are torpedo-shaped with a silver belly, inky metallic blue backs, and yellow sides. Both their dorsal fins and finlets are bright yellow.

Yellowfin tuna lives in the (sub) tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Fly fishing for yellowfin tuna is hectic as they are prize fighters!


  • Age 12-14 Years
  • Max Weight 180 KG
  • Diet Carnivore
  • Max Speed 50 KM/H
  • Average Length 1.2 Meters


Spotting a Yellowfin can be sometimes difficult as they don’t like to play with their food. There will most probably be a boil on the teaser or a splash and your guide will usher you to drop your fly in an elevated tone. But do not lose hope, there are also times when you will see the obvious feeding frenzy with birds dipping into the water to pick up bait, a sight like this may also produce breaching fish and that’s where you will want to make your shot.



Here are 2 flies that will always be in our guides box when on the hunt for a Yellowfin Tuna.

  • Not Your Average Popper

    This popper is tied on an 8/0 Gamakatsu hook and resembles most baitfish, but most important makes some noise when stripped through the water. Hook quality has a lot to do with the fly chosen for this job, tuna are very quick to bend out or break poor quality designs.

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  • Tandem Tube Fly

    A Tandem Tube Fly not bigger than 20 cm in length with lots of flash will work great. These flies work well because like most others, they appeal to the carnal instinct in a fish causing it not to think twice and eat. Flies that have a lot of flash seem to work well with enticing these fish.

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Fly fishing is an art form that not everyone can master. It takes skill, patience, determination and knowledge. The right rod will take you a lot closer to landing the catch. Now when going up against Yellowfin, you will want to have as much rod bend as possible as they love to swim deep when hooked. A 12 weight rod is perfect for this task as it has enough bending capacity to not break your rod and ensure you have enough fun, at the same time having enough stiffness to keep that fish in close proximity and away from any luring predators. That being said if you were to commit to just fishing yellowfin on fly, stepping up to the larger sizes like your 14-16 weight range, one could turn this fish around a bit quicker.


The best tides for targeting these beautiful fish would be on a spring pushing tide and an hour before the drop on a neap tide fishing right into the high tide. The main reasons for this is because the areas where we fish for the Tuna are more than likely affected by dirty water leaving the flats of nearby atolls which in turn affects visibility for these fish to feed.

Catching a Yellowfin Tuna

Now if the Yellowfin that you are trying to catch has come up on a teaser and your fly is in the water, then give it a couple of strips to try and create some disturbance. More often than not these fish travel in schools and there will be more fish around. The other scenario is if you’ve spotted your fish in a feeding frenzy, in which case your guide will position you in the spot where even if you think your casting in the wrong direction, those fish will circle back around to where your fly is. In both cases, constant contact with your line is a must. Popping your fly to create the most disturbance and strip setting once the fish has grabbed the fly. Absolutely no rod setting as this will pull the fly away from the fish.

Yellowfin Tuna Gallery

Some of the big ones that did not get away.
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"Not just is this is a iconic fish to catch, its also going to be one of the best meals of your life! " - P Florence

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We choose destinations that meet our anglers’ needs and desires. You can focus on one atoll or combine several for a richer and more varied experience.
  • Alphonse Atoll


    Alphonse Atoll

    A dream destination for any fly fisherman, Alphonse Atoll in Seychelles is renowned for its expansive sea flats, which provide easy wading and world class fishing.  The atolls are regarded as some of the most pristine, untouched islands in the world yet Alphonse Atoll is just a 60-minute flight from Mahé.

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  • Cosmoledo Atoll


    Cosmoledo Atoll

    Cosmoledo Atoll is just a stone’s throw away from the world heritage site of Aldabra, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Its ecosystem is pristine with saltwater flats and a huge variety of fish species, attracting fly fishermen from around the world. It is home to a newly built eco-camp, dedicated to the atoll’s conservation.

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  • Astove Atoll


    Astove Atoll

    The home of the biggest giant trevallies in the Indian Ocean, this island in the Seychelles offers superb fly fishing in a shallow lagoon surrounded by sheer drop-offs. Just over a thousand kilometres from Mahe, this atoll forms part of the remote Aldabra group of atolls. Uninhabited since 1969, this atoll has seen very little human presence which makes for a wild and unique experience.

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  • Poivre Island


    Poivre Island

    Poivre Atoll offers the best of both worlds with stunning flats and arguably one of the best jigging and popping spots that the Amirantes Atolls have to offer. Known for record breaking Dogtooth Tuna and some of the best Indo-Pacific Permit fishing in the Seychelles, Poivre offers the ultimate challenge for any game fisherman worth his salt.

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Turn your fly into a fish’s ultimate temptation. The Seychelles, with its 115 islands and deserted atolls, ideal weather and warm Indian Ocean waters, is renowned for being home to some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. You don’t even have to venture too far to break fishing records!

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  • Home of the worlds best fly fishing
  • Unique, bespoke trips to suite your needs
  • Located in the pristine remote outer islands of the Seychelles
  • Luxury accommodation and exquisite food
  • Unrivaled professional guides
  • Some of the richest fishing grounds in the world
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