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Storm WildEye Swim Shad 03 (Shad, Size- 3)

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Shad is a type of fish, much valued as a sport fish

The wet fly swing is the most effective way to fish for Shad. Throw your heavy sink tip upstream at about a 45-degree angle and let the fly continue to sink without drag until it is hanging down below you. Once the fly is below you, wait 20-30 seconds before recasting as Shad will often take the fly on the dangle. Shad strike the fly with a vengeance and it is easy to over-react and set the hook so hard that the fly rips through the thin membrane around the mouth. Due to the ferocity of the strike, Shad automatically hook themselves. You'll know when a fish is on and from that point on, just reel them in. Applying too much pressure will result in lost fish.

Fly fishing for shad isn't on the top of the list for a lot of fly fishers, but if you're on a river during a run it's definitely worth giving these often overlooked fish a shot.

When fly fishing for shad, a small steelhead rod with a shooting head will allow you to handle some of the bigger fish in the school.

This site main focus is on shad fishing

  • In the Western US, the Colombia and Sacramento rivers are the best places to fish shad.[2]
  • In the Eastern US, the best place to find shad is in the Connecticut river. However, shad can be found in rivers as far south as Florida.

How to Catch Shad: 13 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow

The wet fly swing is the most effective way to fish for Shad. Throw your heavy sink tip upstream at about a 45-degree angle and let the fly continue to sink without drag until it is hanging down below you. Once the fly is below you, wait 20-30 seconds before recasting as Shad will often take the fly on the dangle. Shad strike the fly with a vengeance and it is easy to over-react and set the hook so hard that the fly rips through the thin membrane around the mouth. Due to the ferocity of the strike, Shad automatically hook themselves. You'll know when a fish is on and from that point on, just reel them in. Applying too much pressure will result in lost fish.

After a fun day on Saturday, I dedicated much of Sunday to fishing for shad (great crab bait) on the Willamette River with a couple of friends. We took my boat, launching from Meldrum Bar around 6:30 AM. The weather was calm with mostly cloudy skies and a temperature in the low 50's F. The river was extremely high, making launching the boat more challenging than usual. The upper part of the ramp was covered in water, making the dock inaccessible. After waiting for a couple boats ahead of us, we managed to launch my boat by driving it off the trailer while the truck was in about 18 inches of water. One positive of the high water is we were able to run the boat over the bar, which was covered by eight feet of water. The water was fairly warm at about 57°F.