Interesting thoughts and ideas here. I don't know much about albies eigther. But I can remember times years ago watching bait fishermen fishing pogies for blue fish and seeing their frustration of having the blue fish take the end of the pogie that didn't have the hook in it. If they put a hook in the tail and head the fish would bite the middle out of it leaving the guy with just head and tail. This would happen sometimes even when there was a feeding frenzy going on. Yet maybe the next frenzy the blues didn't care or for some reason not see the hooks and consume the entire pogie. If a fish is hook shy maybe it has to do with how the light is on the water at certain times in the day. Maybe the flies we fish look entirely different to a fish at different times of the day.