Monday, May 13, 2013

It's Shad Time on the American River

Morgan Thalken with a shad caught on the Lower American River

As summer approaches and the weather gets warmer, schools of shad start making their way into the Sacramento River system.  When is that time you ask?  RIGHT NOW!  The Lower American River is kicking out good numbers of these feisty silver bullets.

We spent the weekend targeting shad in the lower portion of the river with good success. 

How Badass?  Chirstopher Walken maybe Charles Bronson....

All sorts of flies are working, Bloody Maria's, Mini Wet Pinkies, Bernie's Bangers and anything pink and sparkly Size 8-12.

It's also a good time to get out with your Spey or Switch rod and practice your casting and swinging techniques. Sink Tips Type 3, or 6 or various MOW tips depending on the spot and depth you're at.

All in all it's a great time to get out and wet a line.

- George