Shad Fishing

#5
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
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!
 
#7
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
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.
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.
 
#14
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