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 Shad Fishing Notes, Directions and a Great Fly
Jake Tannehill


Fishing for Shad at Deer Creek
Directions to Deer Creek
Take 95 North through Baltimore
Take Havre de Grace exit off of 95 onto
Make a Left at Stop sign after the exit onto
 155 Level Road
Make a Right at the first Stop Sign onto
 Darlington Road
Make a Right onto Price Road (90 degree turn almost hidden,
look for it after crossing river).

Make a Right at Stop Sign onto Stafford Road.
Continue until you hit bridge: Park on the right

Additional parking to the left inside park on Right for $2

Get dressed and walk down the road till you hit
the sign for the park, make an immediate left into
a path down to the water.

Deer Creek Special

Shad Fly for Shad Fishing 

Submitted by Jim Hester
Fly Type: Attactor
Target Species: Shad
Region Fished: Northeast

Materials Used
Hook: 1X or 2X long wet fly, size 4 or 6
Thread: Danville Fire Orange Depth Ray Nylon
Eyes: Nickel plated bar bell lead, 1/50 or 1/36 oz.
Tail: Chartreuse Arctic Fox fur, with a few strands of holographic silver flash
Butt: Danville Fire Orange Depth Ray Nylon
Body: Danville Fl. Green Nylon Wool
Underwing: Two short lengths of Pearl mylar tubing, tied top & bottom, then picked out.
Collar: Fl. Pink saddle or neck hackle
Head: Danville Fire Orange Depth Ray Nylon, and epoxy coated.

Tying Instructions: 

This fly was originally designed for Shad in Hartford Co. MD a tributary of the Susquehanna River. It works well just about anywhere. It's also an excellent fly for Crappies, and White and Yellow Perch.

It's easily tied and the material are listed in the order in which they are tied. The original version used calf tail as tail material but I switched to Fox tail for better action.

Presentation Tips

The fly should be fished near the bottom for Shad, either with an upstream and across presentation, or straight downstream allowing it to hang in the current. I like to add short twitches especially when Crappies or Perch might be present.



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