Shad Fishing

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  1. cb3fish

    cb3fish Banned or Parked

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    Hey guys,

    Anybody here Shad fish?

    Tie Shad flies?

    Carl
     
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    No, but I was wondering the same thing myself.
     
  3. zen leecher aka bill w

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

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    I've fished for shad but used tiny little jigs below the John Day dam.
     
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    Tie small with chartreuse or hot orange bead-head and a little flash
     
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    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
     
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    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!
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Thank you. I will do a bit of searching for strategy and such.
     
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    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
     

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    I may have to tie some of those for this year's trip.
     
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    The shad flies should be heavy, and dressed like a cheap streetwalker, very bright and shinny
     
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    What size and type of hook?
     
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    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
     
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    Thanks Carl. Not sure when I will get down that way, but I will let you know if I need help. Thanks again.