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Old 01-23-14, 08:45 PM   #11
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Still very few shad on the Hiwassee. When we do see them they are large 5" 7" shad, but like I said......very few.

We've definitely had the cold but I'm guessing the shad just aren't there in large numbers this year. Last year was epic with millions of small (2" shad) washing through the turbines. The shad kill seems to run a cycle of it's own. Some years are good, some are great and some just never materialize. This seams to be one of those years where they just don't happen all that well.

Now for the good news. The fish have seen some shad and they will react to shad patterns. In fact, it might be easier to fish a shad now as your fly doesn't have a lot of better tasting competition to deal with. My clients have been catching some very nice fish and we're fishing shad patterns.

But, I don't want anyone to be mislead that a huge shad kill is happening because it's not. I suppose it could still happen and I'll keep you all informed if it does.
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Old 01-23-14, 09:53 PM   #12
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A friend and myself are heading up to the Hi in a few weeks and cabin fever has me tying up all sorts of wonky shad patterns (amongst other wonky patterns) .. but 5-7"?! Dang. Going to have to tie up a 6".

Thanks for the update!
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Old 01-23-14, 10:04 PM   #13
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Those look nice for sure.
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Old 01-23-14, 11:01 PM   #14
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The Game Changer pattern could be just the ticket up there.
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Old 01-23-14, 11:53 PM   #15
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I'd use a white zonked.
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Old 01-24-14, 08:09 AM   #16
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Shad Kill eFly.



Rocky, PM me your address and I'll send you a couple to try if you are interested.

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Old 01-24-14, 09:46 PM   #17
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Thanks FM.....PM sent.

I've ran a few game changers over them and have had some action. However, don't overlook small streamers. Our best action has come on flies between 1.5" and 2.5" inches. ;-)



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Old 01-25-14, 09:23 AM   #18
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Rocky,

Have you tried Henry C's "Something Else". The stripers like it when they're on small threadfin.
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Old 01-26-14, 10:53 AM   #19
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I've not tried them Stinkbait. I've got a few patterns that I've used for years and they always work well. I will however give them a shot as you never can have to many options.

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Since we were talking about shad kills on other rivers I figured I would revive this thread and see if there have been any signs of a shad kill this year.
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