Hey, Nick... Just wanted to make sure everyone noted my emoticons in my poking a little fun at the use of gear and scent, as I sure don't look down on gear fishermen. It just struck me as kind of funny to have a gear guy posting on a fly fishing forum; but I don't have any problems with that at all. I often say that a good gear fisherman will outfish a good fly fisherman 10 to 1 on average (but not always), whether we're talking about shad, trout, bass, walleye, salmon or steelhead, as gear in the right hands is so much more effective, especially when used with bait or scent. Apologies to @veilside180sx if you were offended by my comments.
When in Rome...I typically leave bug sticks at home if I’m fishing with just gear guys on the boat.
Scent...like it or not you’ll get some on your fly...whether intentional or otherwise. Only way to avoid it...is to just not catch anything...especially with stinky shad.