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Old 04-02-2010, 11:34 PM
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Here in Northern California, American Shad are going to come up the valley rivers to spawn. They can weigh as light as two pounds (males) and as heavy as six pounds (females). These fish are fun on light tackle. I mostly use a six weight for shad.

Here is a fly called Bernie's Bleeder. It gets its name from the fluroescent pink marabou bleeding through the white thread. Last year I tied some up for the shop. It became the hot fly. This season, I will be tying lots of them. At least they only take about 1.5 minutes to tie.

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HookTargus 3908T- 6, 8
ThreadDanville Flat Waxed Nylon - white
EyesBeadchain -medium, gold or silver
TailMarabou - fluorescent pink
Special notesCoat the entire body with head cement for durability. Beadchain eye can be replaced with a dumbbell eye for weight.

If you have a shad pattern, feel free to share.

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Nice MP the body is well tied
its cool how the thread is coloured by the marabou

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I have always liked the simplicity of the patterns I have seen for Shad. Never fished them, I would love to one day but alas it is unlikely. I understand they can be pretty closed mouthed unless you have just the right colour?
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Simple fly indeed....but the most simple are sometimes the best
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MP: That is a great looking fly! Like Kerry I have never fished for shad, maybe one day I will get the opportunity.

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Looks like something good for crappie
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I understand they can be pretty closed mouthed unless you have just the right colour?
For the rivers that I fish, I narrowed down the colors into the reds (red, pink, orange, and everything in between). There have been times that I changed flies three or four times until I got the color right. After that, it was one fish after the next.

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Nice looking fly, and Flyfisher for Men, I was thinking the same thing about Crappie--- and maybe bonefish too.
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Default Re: American Shad Flies

Our Hickory shad are running here in MD right now. The Americans will be rigth behind them. This is my first year fishing for them with the fly rod. Any chance I can get a few of those in Pink. If so send me a PM
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