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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.


Yeah I'm thinking the action could be hit or miss. Next one I may try and make a little bit wider. I guess I'll see how this one moves first though.

And you read my mind w/ the glitter. Probably won't get to a craft store anytime soon so I may just cut up some krystal flash or angel hair and mix it into the next one.

Posted on: 2013/4/6 13:09


Re: Shad fishing

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Nice looking fly Jay . I know a guy that once he ties a fly with the desired action he wants he uses silly putty and makes a mold of the spoon of the fly so he always gets close to the same action of the fly plus its speeds up tying the fly . I would also use some glitter and I also know some guys use some sort of weighted keel to get more action out of the fly. Terry Peach from Marblehead fly fisher in Del. ties these flies all the time and fishes for shad like its his job i'm sure he would give you a few pointers.
http://www.amarbleheadflyfisher.com/index.html

Posted on: 2013/4/6 17:20
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Re: Shad fishing

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Delaware at Trenton hit 49.5 degrees today. Maybe tomorrow it wil get into the 50's...

Posted on: 2013/4/6 20:41


Re: Shad fishing

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Thanks Fred. Most of the videos I saw used the putty too. It actually makes perfect sense for getting a consistent shape. I didn't have any so I went with the mono skeleton/frame route.

Not actually shad fishing tomorrow, but yeah I've got a good feeling this week will bring good things w/ the warm temps.

Posted on: 2013/4/6 23:54


Re: Shad fishing

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I do alot of shad fishing down at conowingo and deer creek this time of year. Nothing like migratory fish on the fly!! I typically get them on the swing at Deer Creek. Almost like swinging flies for steelhead except the flies and the fish are smaller.

I fish a mix of bright flies and drab flies. One of my favorites is a small brown speyish type fly with orange mallard flank fibers for the wing.

Hoping to head down tomorrow morning or afternoon. Already caught a few in the susky, but not in big numbers. This warm weather should help to break things wide open.

Frank

Posted on: 2013/4/8 14:29


Re: Shad fishing

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Shad update. Went down to the river today cause temps have been up. Got my first shad of the season. Not on a fly but that will come soon. A nice American about 18 inches. It should be tight lines for now. A few other guys there but I didn't see them get anything. Only fished for about 45minutes cause I got there late and the tide was moving up fast.

Marc

Posted on: 2013/4/9 14:45


Re: Shad fishing

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Fished below conowingo at the mill tonight. The trip got off to an inauspicious start when I realized I forgot my paddle, luckily I had an emergency paddle stowed in the kayak. It was really crowded and without a decent paddle I didn't have the cajones or time to get away from the crowds. I ended up landing 1 hickory shad, which as you can see from the picture was quickly released, missed a few shad, and landed the biggest channel cat of my life. It just about took me into the backing on the initial run, I worked it back up river, and it swam right into my anchor line. After hand lining it out of the anchor line I got it beside the kayak and struggled to land it. I couldn't get it in the net on my first try, then I thought about trying to lip lock it, but thought better and used the net more tactfully. It was hard to get an accurate measurement with it flopping around in the kayak, but I got it at 31 inches and estimate it was 8lbs+.

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Re: Shad fishing

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Nice cattie . It seems like evertime I hit the lower susky I always get a big cattie on my line but I never caught one as big as yours . Sounds like he gave you a good fight also .

Posted on: 2013/4/11 14:07
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Re: Shad fishing

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Gonna try tomorrow with the fly if I can. Not sure who packed it will be.

Marc

Posted on: 2013/4/14 15:09


Re: Shad fishing

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Fished Conowingo tonight. Started at the mill in my kayak. The water was high, about 80,000 cfs. Only had 1-2 bumps in the kayak. There was a couple other guys in boats out. They weren't getting anything either, but the guys on shore were getting a steady pick. After striking out and battling the raging current for 3 hours I swallowed my pride, loaded up my kayak, drove up to fisherman's park, and fished from shore.

I immediately got into a steady pick of fish. It got progressively better while I was there and by the end of the night it was nearly every cast. I probably ended with a little shy of 50, all hicks, before I got hungry and tired of catching them. I landed a double on my last cast and figured that was a good note to call it day.

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Re: Shad fishing

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I spent the weekend in Williamsburg Va. and fished the Chick at Rock a Hock. The herring run was very thick there and I did well with some nice crappie. There is a no kill on the hearing so very few fishermen but one guy dropped a 6 hook hearing rig down and pow he pulled 4 and had a 5 th one fall off. Not my cup of tea but very impressive. Thanks for the good report icy,I hope to get down there this weekend.

Posted on: 2013/4/15 15:54
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Re: Shad fishing

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Nothing to great in the city of brotherly love. I got 1 big quilback and my friend got one hickory.

Posted on: 2013/4/15 17:26


Re: Shad fishing

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NICE Striper bait you got there.

Posted on: 2013/4/15 17:43
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Re: Shad fishing

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They may be striper bait, but they still fight harder than a trout. I like to think of them as little Susquehanna tarpon.

I'd like to get a good look at the striper that would take a big hickory shad. I hear there are a few of those stripers around this time of year on the flats .

Posted on: 2013/4/15 20:23


Re: Shad fishing

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I've heard of guys putting a big 6/0 j hook right near a dart and when they hookup they just let the shad fight in the water till a bass comes along. It illegal but it's kinda cool to think of. Much like livelining bunker to striper.

Posted on: 2013/4/15 23:01



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