Shad on Tenkara

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Shad on Tenkara

Postby Dilianaivo_1 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:40 am

Every year around late May shad begin entering the Sacramento River system to spawn. These silver torpedoes are strong, plentiful, non-endangered and eager to strike a fly. They were introduced to San Francisco Bay in the 1880s and quickly formed large summer runs (May to August). Fly patterns for shad are very simple. Red, green and white are the most common colors.

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The standard set up is floating line with 12-15ft sink tip and 6-5 ft of tippet 10-15 lb test. After allowing the fly to sink start striping the line in one foot increments while allowing half of the stripped line to be pulled back by the current. This will make the fly to first shoot up and then sink. Strikes are aggressive and frequently come during the sink phase. I was able to convert this technique to tenkara by allowing the fly to sink and then using rapid up and down movement with the wrist to animate it. The distance you can cover is obviously shorter but it worked. I was able to land several shad and the Amago tenkara rod handled these strong fish very well.

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Re: Shad on Tenkara

Postby TJ @ Tenkara USA » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:09 am

Thanks for sharing. One of the members here, Trevor Segelke, fishes for Shad... He mentions it every now and then. Thanks for sharing your catches. TJ
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Re: Shad on Tenkara

Postby Dilianaivo_1 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:03 pm

Glad that you liked it. This is just below the Daguerre Point Dam on the Yuba River near Browns Valley. On a good day you can see hundreds of shad carpeting the riverbed.
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