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    Thought I would share a Fly that I have been having very good success fishing for Shad in the Potomac River this year. Found a pic of it on the web and copied it. Pretty simple and quick to tie. I have done them in both Flo Green and Flo Pink.

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    Dang. I bet a caveman could tie that!

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    Now you know why I took on the challange of tying that fly!!!

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    Lived near the Russian River in Nor-Kal for years and they had a heck of a run of Shad in the late summer. Best fly I found was an under wrap of silver tinsel and tightly rapped red Amnesia fly line backing. (#10 hook)

    I'd do a few variations on the theme (bit of Chartreuse or a silver bead head), but just the 'red' done with white thread was the over all 'winner.' Thing was even effective for winter run Steelhead.

    The other key was to use a clear slow sink 'slime line' into the heads of pools where they fish would stack up (in the Summer there's not a heck of a lot of water coming down that river). Odd part was a sinking tip or full floater meant lots of non-productive casts ... the addition of the 'slime line?'

    Bliss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredaevans View Post
    Lived near the Russian River in Nor-Kal for years

    Where?

    I lived right next to the Hacienda bridge for several years.

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    You LUCKY DEVIL!!


    Subdivision was right next to the Golf Course. Called "The Greens" if memory serves. 4th or 5th home in the Subdivision. Well ****, that may have been the street name; honestly can't remember at the moment. But interesting to look back at photos and you have his huge 2-story home in what looked like a big sand lot ... which is what most of the subdivision was at that time.

    At one point, pre-development, the area was a vineyard of some sort that they turned under/ripped up. Being in Mtg Banking (head of underwriting) one of my E-money requirements was a full on 'termite blasting' around the foundation - inside and out. Cost the builder a ton of money as the home was 95% complete at the time. Glad I did, 5 years later all my neighbors were doing a OH SWEET JESUS!!
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    Yup, I loved it (Other than the year we flooded, and the threats of floods every year). I lived right behind that Berry's Market On Forest Hills in a little Duplex from 1996 till about Nov 2001 when my landlord decided to do some upgrades and then ask $400/month more for the place which took me from $800 to $1200. I had moved there with my soon to be ex-wife and could barely afford the $800 by myself, $1200 was out of the question.

    Everything there was too expensive so I moved back to AZ.

    I wasn't a Fly Fisherman at the time though. Still, There was lots to fish for between all the bays, lakes, rivers, coast line, etc and I was always fishing for something.

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    That should be a good Shad Fly. I tie a similar one but tie it more like a Crazy Charlie in Chartruese. One little trick to keep them from spitting it out so quick is to use the same Chartruese material you use for the body for a little loop of tail. They suck it in and the loop helps keep it there for a second or two.
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