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    Stopped by the warm water discharge creek at a nearby powerplant today to have a look at fishing possibilities. Where the creek empties into the (Ohio) river there was a lot of surface activity. The surface temp was 57F at that point so I hiked back to the truck and grabbed my 3wt rod (always in the truck ).

    Tied a foam ant - nothing.
    Tried an orange nymph - snagged one. (yes, actually snagged in the back)
    Tried several pattens I had in my fly box and could not get a hit at all.

    The shad were coming to the surface, but didn't seem interested in taking a fly?

    Any suggestions?

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    I've found b!tch creek nymphs work well for them, both weighted and unweighted. An unweighted example short-stripped right through the middle of them should produce some hits. I weave the bellies in orange, yellow, or chartreuse. Where on the Ohio are you fishing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostdncr View Post
    I've found b!tch creek nymphs work well for them, both weighted and unweighted. An unweighted example short-stripped right through the middle of them should produce some hits. I weave the bellies in orange, yellow, or chartreuse. Where on the Ohio are you fishing?
    I was at the powerplant (JM Stewart plant) just upriver from Aberdeen Ohio. At the mouth of Three Mile Creek.
    Have to work in that area again tomorrow, looks like I need to do some tying tonight! Just hope the predicted rain isn't too bad.

    I may throw the 6wt rod in the truck and see if I can tempt a white bass while I'm there.

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    You're not all that far from Louisville, so what works here should be a fairly reasonable option for you. Where you find shad, stripers and wipers are likely to be nearby. I like intruders and clousers in baitfish colors for them.
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    Default Re: what fly for shad????

    small gold hook sz. 6 with either silver or gold mylar body. wing of matched duck quills, bright colors works for them.
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    I put a fly in the Fly Patterns section called Bernie's Bleeder.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MoscaPescador View Post
    I put a fly in the Fly Patterns section called Bernie's Bleeder.
    Now that's a traditional shad fly, MP! I suppose you could tie that pattern in about any bright color and do well. Aren't there big runs of shad that folks actually target? I seem to recall the Sacramento River has a big run every year. Never tried eating one, but have been told they smoke pretty well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostdncr View Post
    Now that's a traditional shad fly, MP! I suppose you could tie that pattern in about any bright color and do well. Aren't there big runs of shad that folks actually target? I seem to recall the Sacramento River has a big run every year. Never tried eating one, but have been told they smoke pretty well.
    The Sacramento River and its tributaries have huge runs of American Shad. I usually fish the Sacramento River just upstream of Sacramento in late April. I will fish the lower stretches of the American River through Sacramento County in May. Late May into June, I fish the Lower Yuba east of Marysville.

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    EP minnows are good. get some congo hair from Fly tyers dungeon or just the regular EP material and you can tie up a bunch of color combos in all sizes

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    I can vouch or the Bernie Bleeder. MP hooked me up last year and it was hot on the Potomac for both Hickories and Americans. I have to think those are gizzard shad you are seeing this time of year.

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