Originally Posted by winxp_man
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I would love to fish for some shad in the north coast never been and so adding such a trip to the books cant be back for a person such as myself
If you can send me more info that would be great! As in time frames when its best to go up and maybe some places you know of that hold some decent fish
Timing of the shad runs on the Russian is just a dusty memory bin so a call to a local fly shop would be the best bet. Save for someone in the area piping up.
That said, the real issue with the Russian is the 'sand dam' that gets built up every summer at the mouth of the river. Currents will completly plug the mouth of the river to the point 'nothing' gets past the thing. Actually a heck of a big lake will build up behind that. So one of two things has to happen: One hell of a rain storm that really raises the river and punches out the sand dam ..... or someone goes down there with a back hoe .... at night. This really is illegal but it happened with some frequency.
One way or the other the Shad will just flood into the river. As for 'gear' a 5 or 6 weight rod is all you'll need but the "Key" is to use a clear slow sink 'slime line.' Leader wise, with the slime line, 5 to 7 foot is enough.
Fly wise the most success was a size 6 or 8 hook, silver bead head AND the body was made from red or flo-green Amnesia fly line backing. Lots of alternatives to that now but do put a tight wrap of silver tinsel first/wrap over that. Fly will 'glow in the dark!
As to the best place to spend your time is find pools where the river necks in and digs out a hole in the river bottom. This is where the fish will stack up as they move up the river. Rest of the river will be slow moving and fish will just travel through so finding them can be a real 'hit and miss.'
As to river access (back then) the easy places were public swimming areas and at bridge points. If you do a float I hope you like 'nude sun bathing,' you'll see a lot of that.