A lot of shad over Bonneville

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  1. zen leecher aka bill w

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

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    Freestyle shadding!! Nothing better.
     
  2. Jason Hoffman

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    where can I find the slipstream shad slayer shown above?
     
  3. Evan Burck

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    The Slipstream guy is on the board here (under the name Slipstream). Or you can call Rolf at the Klickitat Trader.
     
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    I've been using glass beads and yarn. Its not pretty but it works. And its cheap.
     
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    What's the best presentation on any of the options listed above? Are you guys swinging those jigs or drifting under a float/bobber?
     
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    I swing 'em at the end of a short shooting head. Most takes come at the end of the swing/stripping it in. Sometimes I vary retrieve during the swing and it seems to work better with a fast retrieve, other times not so much.
     
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    aplTyler Inept Steelheader

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    I participated in the debauchery today... ended up fishing in the international crowd below Bonneville with a spinning rod and chartreuse shad darts... chuck it as far out as possible and a slow retrieve seemed to work.

    Let's just say we have a plethora of crab bait and even more shad then that were returned to the river. A nasty head wind had me thinking twice about bringing the fly rod down from the car so I just fished the spinning rod.

    Tons of fun though.
     
  8. zen leecher aka bill w

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

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    It appears 2 million shad have gone over the dam in the past 10 days. This is a big run.

    (probably all on the Oregon side as they don't have sales tax)
     
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    WOW. I really should go do this one day. Tough leaving phenomenal fishing right now for shad though. Gonna have to suck it up one day and just do it.
     
  10. zen leecher aka bill w

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

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    If you do go you better do it while 200K per day is coming over, otherwise you'll have to chase the fish and they will be somewhere upriver.
     
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    I AM LOOKING FOR SOME SHAD DARTS WITHOUT ANYTHING ON THEM SO I CAN PUT THE MYLAT ON THEM. ANY ONE KNOW WHERE THEY CAN BE BOUGHT? THANKS, MIKE W
     
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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    A regular ball head jig works for this. It can either have the barb or be barbless. If you don't want the lead barb trim it off with a knife.
     
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    evan, it looks like you are on the washington side. which dam? looks like a blast on a fly rod. gonna try it next thurs or friday. mike w
     
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    evan, figured out where you were with some help. how do you like your allen reel? mike w