The Shad are in.
Well it's been a month or so since my first Shad of the season. It sure was nice to get out and get into the thick of them tonight. They were on the chartuese and punk slut fly. I also had the great pleasure of taking s new fly fisherman out in the water tonight. These things are just damn fun.
G. Loomis Pro Tim O'neill and I went out Shad fishing at an undisclosed location. He was dialing a ndew G. Loois Roaring RIver GLX 11ft 7wt switch rod. He was rigged with a 425 gr Rio Skagit Flight. I used my 12 ft 6 in 400 gr 5/6 G. Loomis Versispey rigged with 350 Rio Scandi. He used an itermidiate Versileadrer and I used a medium sinking Versileader.
We caught a bunch of fish that morning and also eneded up taking some cool photos. There is something fun about watching the city wake up with the river roaring around us.
I learned from steelheading that fish will often hold in the secondary areas adjacent to the deeper more traditonal holding spots. Whether it is people activity or birds the fish will move to the least disturbed areas. In this case I believe that the tree cover and lack of good ambush rocks protected these fish from osprey and heron despite the lack of depth.
We caught a bunch of hickories after moving around and finding a slug of fish that we hard to get to. Over the next series of days I came back and hit the fish. Below you can see the S. flies we used to catch the Hickories. Our secret color combo is not shown below.
The Americans like a little bit larger fly. I tied these earlier in the year
When you are fishing in the hood you find scary stuff. Be safe out there kids!
I've been playing around with some pro tubes. I didn't get any Chrome this winter on them so I shifted over to tying some shad streamers. I have tried some kip tail patterns but have figured out that the normal S. flies translate well onto the tubes. This is a skinny little buck pictured here.
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