Shad Fishing

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by cb3fish, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. cb3fish Banned or Parked

    Posts: 293
    Santa Rosa , Calif
    Ratings: +8 / 0
    Hey guys,

    Anybody here Shad fish?

    Tie Shad flies?

    Carl
  2. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,245
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +350 / 0
    No, but I was wondering the same thing myself.
  3. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Posts: 2,976
    Moses Lake, WA
    Ratings: +889 / 1
    I've fished for shad but used tiny little jigs below the John Day dam.
  4. Blake Harmon Active Member

    Posts: 1,003
    Spokane, Washington
    Ratings: +123 / 0
    Tie small with chartreuse or hot orange bead-head and a little flash
  5. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,245
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +350 / 0
    I was recently discussing this very subject with a friend on the East Coast.
    Apparently the Shad is very popular there, and one species is as endangered as our steelhead.

    That said, I have heard little about fishing for them here in Washington,
    although they do have a following. All that I know about them could be fit into a small hat. But apparently they run in the wider rivers, like strong current and are know to be in the Columbia. Other than that, I am in the dark. They run to some size and look like they could tear up some gear if you go undergunned.

    I would appreciate any information that you wish to share. Thanks
  6. Blake Harmon Active Member

    Posts: 1,003
    Spokane, Washington
    Ratings: +123 / 0
    Watch the counts over the dams and be there at the right time, you shouldn't have any trouble catching them. like I was saying tie small and use chartreuse or hot orange bead heads and wrap some weight, little bit of flash.
    We made a detour from the klick last year and fished for them for the first time. They are a blast. Make sure your up real early tho because they are morning biters, and turn off pretty good midday. My wife cant wait to get back!
    [IMG]
  7. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,245
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +350 / 0
    Thanks you Blake. So this is a boat operation fishing below the dam?
    Looks like killer fish. I would guess a full sinking line would be in order.
  8. Blake Harmon Active Member

    Posts: 1,003
    Spokane, Washington
    Ratings: +123 / 0
    This was from the beach on the WA side below John Day dam. We snotted them, I dont think a boat is necessary, but im sure if you knew the fishery, a boat could help with productiveness.
    I fished a switch with 8ft of t-8 on an ambush line, Full sinking line couldn't hurt.
  9. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,245
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +350 / 0
    Thank you. I will do a bit of searching for strategy and such.
  10. cb3fish Banned or Parked

    Posts: 293
    Santa Rosa , Calif
    Ratings: +8 / 0
    I fish for Shad here in California. Here is what's popular here for Shad flies. I tie these by the 1000s for the local shops. Good luck

    Carl

    Attached Files:

  11. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Posts: 2,976
    Moses Lake, WA
    Ratings: +889 / 1
    I may have to tie some of those for this year's trip.
  12. cb3fish Banned or Parked

    Posts: 293
    Santa Rosa , Calif
    Ratings: +8 / 0
    The shad flies should be heavy, and dressed like a cheap streetwalker, very bright and shinny
    Jim Ficklin likes this.
  13. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,245
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +350 / 0
    What size and type of hook?
  14. cb3fish Banned or Parked

    Posts: 293
    Santa Rosa , Calif
    Ratings: +8 / 0
    Mr bugger,

    It all depends on the water clarity.

    If its low and clear I would use a chrome plated size #8...if its high and cardboard color, go with a #4. Just use any chrome hook with a large gap. I used to use Mustad #3908c. I think "the fly shop " in Redding still sells them, Maybe Targus sells them under there name.
    If you have trouble, just message me.

    Carl
  15. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,245
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +350 / 0
    Thanks Carl. Not sure when I will get down that way, but I will let you know if I need help. Thanks again.
  16. Slipstream Member

    Posts: 356
    Goldendale, WA
    Ratings: +10 / 0
    I fish and I also tie and sells shad flies and jigs. I usually have them at Pat's Ranch Mart on Hwy 97 just south of Goldendale and in Goldendale at The McCredy Company on Main St. Tom
  17. cb3fish Banned or Parked

    Posts: 293
    Santa Rosa , Calif
    Ratings: +8 / 0
    Slipstream,

    That's really cool.

    Are you a legal licensed tier, registered with the Government? I'm a pro and pay taxes on my sales.

    Just curious.......Carl
  18. jwg Active Member

    Posts: 483
    West Richland, WA
    Ratings: +81 / 0
    Below McNary dam its a boat fishing scenario, with Dick nite spoons, smallest size, red and silver is best, on a leader behind a diver of some sort. You have to get them to the bottom, 10-20 feet of water

    Or you can use little flashy jigs behind the diver. The diver may be a plug with the hoods removed.

    Hooked into a salmon once, chased it for 45 minutes before breaking it off on the 8 lb leader and light rod.

    Note that columbia shad runs crashed the last two years. don't know why

    jwg
  19. Slipstream Member

    Posts: 356
    Goldendale, WA
    Ratings: +10 / 0
    Carl, Yes I am registered with Washington State Department of Revenue. Tom
  20. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Posts: 6,287
    Duvall, wa
    Ratings: +1,492 / 2
    To answer your question, yes.

    [IMG]