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Re: Shad fishing

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Got bored and broke out the bright stuff tonight...definitely wanna give these fish a shot this year.

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Posted on: 2013/3/28 23:53


Re: Shad fishing
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You need Smith Optics sunglasses to even look at those for more than a few seconds. Nice job!

Posted on: 2013/3/29 8:25


Re: Shad fishing

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I've caught a few Gizzard Shad out of the Susky on the fly but no American Shad. Caught a ton of them down the Delaware Water Gap on spin gear as a kid.

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Posted on: 2013/3/29 10:50


Re: Shad fishing

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In about a week and they should be stacking up in the Delaware.

nice flies jay they should work good. one thing I've noticed about shad is I catch more Americans on a chartreuse then white and more hickory's on white. I prefer American just a bigger and stronger fish overall. The Delaware generally has more Americans in it.

Posted on: 2013/3/29 13:32


Re: Shad fishing

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Would anyone like to meet up for some shad fishing ?

Posted on: 2013/3/31 0:44
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Frederick - I live in the area and would like to give it a shot. Working alot so it would be a weekend option. Let me know.

Posted on: 2013/3/31 17:04


Re: Shad fishing

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I think tying shad flys and darts brings out the kid in all of us. The bright colors and easy to tie patterns are fun after tying dark and dreary colored trout flys it is like the Easter bunny came to our fly tying bench.

Posted on: 2013/3/31 20:14
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Re: Shad fishing

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tried to shad today in the Schuylkill no luck yet. everything looked good just not there. did foul hook like four or five suckers. I guess they are spawning or something. maybe another week or so.

Posted on: 2013/4/1 23:19


Re: Shad fishing

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shad can be taken on drys after the spawn when they go back to feeding. the upper "D" and lower beaverkill you can get them on wets and drys. Only bad thing then is they don't fight like the fresh run. Kinda tired from doing the thing with the oppisite sex...lol

Posted on: 2013/4/4 8:17
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Re: Shad fishing

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American shad are already in the Delaware at least from Easton down, but probably as far upstream by now as the Delaware Water Gap. The first electrofishing run at Raubsville produced a very low 3 per hour late last week, but the survey did indicate that the fish are there. Likewise, they should now be in the Schuylkill. With the cold water temps it just means that they are unlikely to hit.

Posted on: 2013/4/5 7:37


Re: Shad fishing

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I agree with you mike went out today just to pick up some gear for the shad and threw a few darts. Earlier in the day the water was 48 degrees went up to 50 . I think they need water temps at 50 for them to start spawning. I saw a few schools of fish but they wouldn't hit so I assume they are not spawning yet. Once this warm weather kicks in and the fish start spawning it will be tight lines for everyone.

Posted on: 2013/4/5 16:16


Re: Shad fishing

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I kept hearing spoon flies work well for shad, so I had to give one a shot last night. I swore they were going to be a huge pain to make, but it actually wasn't so bad. Hoping to give it a test swim tomorrow.

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Posted on: 2013/4/6 9:22


Re: Shad fishing

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Good luck jay. It's got to be anyone of These days when they turn on. The thing I know about shad is their is no real set lures for them. They hit out of aggression. Someone told me that they do it because they think you fly or lure is going after their row. I've seen them hit really small lures to those rubber storm shad which was like 3 inches.

Bright colors and a lot of motion gets them. Also fast movement.

Posted on: 2013/4/6 11:05


Re: Shad fishing

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Nice looking spoon fly jay. Hopefully it wobbles and flutters well. my experience has been that it's hard to get spoons to run right, but when you do they're great flies. I'd suggest trying to incorporate some glitter so it flashes more.

Water temps on the lower sus q are rapidly approaching the magic 50 degree mark and guys are starting to report catching a few. any day now... http://buoybay.noaa.gov/locations/susquehanna.html

Posted on: 2013/4/6 12:03


Re: Shad fishing

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I'm probably just going to use spoons intended for spin fishing. Your could probably pull off darts if they are light enough, I need to pick up some smaller salt hooks so I can tie something up.

Posted on: 2013/4/6 12:44



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