Shad Fishing

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

  1. Flyborg Active Member

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    Kalama, WA
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    Gods that shot gives me a boner.

    I usually try to maximize my by-catch when shad fishing (assuming by-catch is open, that is). I've had the most success on small pink or chartreuse flies, my favorite is the Sharp Steelie. It wiggles in the current and sinks well without added weight.
  2. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Western Washington, Puget Sound area
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    Back East we used to go Shad fishing in the Delaware and the Hudson river. Shad were known as "poor man's salmon". All we used were very small gold hook shad darts on light line. Largest shad I ever caught was a 12 pound buck. Love shad roe cooked up in bacon fat. The rest of the fish we either smoked on oak planks or pickled. For whatever its worth. Jackd
    Photo of some typical "Back East" shad darts.

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  3. Joebe New Member

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    Millville, MA
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    We catch them on Sabaki Rigs in the surf here in New England. So anything flashy will work. We live line them for Stripers.
  4. NewTyer1 Banned or Parked

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    Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
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    Now that's funny right there. I don't care who you are.
  5. Jim Darden Active Member

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    Bellingham, Wa.
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    Carl...I'm unfamiliar with "cheap streetwalkers" can you clarify the dressing for those of us that are less experienced? ;)
  6. Slipstream Member

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    Goldendale, WA
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    There goes the neighborhood. tom