Yowzer Alfa, that's a nice one!
That's even more impressive I thought for sure those Shad could only be caught on a Sage Ingniter, Radian or Asquith with a perfectly paired fly line. Similar to matching a Scarecrow wine and a multi course dinner at the French Laundry....i was using a 9 foot 6 weight maxcatch rod.. 6 wight wf/f/sink tip brass come head shad flys..going back out this evening... youtube..... randell shad
depends of water cfs.. over 3500 cfs 7 weight sink tip works..1000 to 3000 cfs 6 weight sink tip , depends on how deep the water is.... under 1000 cfs a 5 weight sink tip will work ok, but the fish can get big.. and a 5 weight might be a long hard fight.. i stay with 6 weight.. light enough to have fun.. but strong enough to bring to net.. i have seen the river at 6500-8000 cfs in spring after big wet winters... you stay at home.. that water will kill you,, and they will find you body in the delta..45 miles awayYowzer Alfa, that's a nice one!
I had to chance to try out that fishery when my GF was running a race up there.
I went out three evenings. The first evening was a total bust because I had the wrong setup.
The next two were great and lots of fun.
I started out with a 7wt and a sink tip which was recommended I but kept snagging the bottom.
I dropped all the way down to my 4wt and full floater and started catching.
It's great happy hour fishing.
I would love to go back and hit it with the Trout Spey rod.
That for me would be the perfect rod for that fishery.