Jump to content

gizzard shad

Recommended Posts

Here are a couple of pics of the flies that have been effective for me of late. I have noticed gizzard shad schools in the river. In addition, I had a few smallies cough up fresh shad upon being caught. The pictures of the flies are kinda crappy. The flies look much better in person or in the water. The following are two flies that represent the same thing, but use slightly different materials.






The above flies utilize the following:


1. bucktail and flash out the back

2. Ice fur in front of the tail to provide a transition and bulk to support the head material

3. Head created by palmering XLarge Cactus Hackle.

4. 1/4 eyes lightly covered in CCG


Below are pics of another gizzard shad imitator. Basically the same as the one above, but uses different material to create the head. The different head material does give this fly a slightly different shape and is a little more 3-d.








The biggest change in the above flies is the use of Baitfish Emulator Flash palmered to make the head. After palmering, you can easily take scissors and shape the fly as you wish. Baitfish Emulator Flash is really neat material.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

By the way, forgot to include that the blue and yellow you see in the flies are created with markers. The head is covered with Clear Cure Goo. One layer of CCG brushable and then a light coat of CCG Hydro to take away the tackiness. The fly is unweighted, but the small amount of CCG on the head provides just enough weight for the fly to work down about a foot below the surface.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There were once swarms of them in my neck of the woods . They have all but disappeared, along with the emerald shiners that were once so common.



do you think that could be attributed to the influx of the Asian carp? I know on the lower Vermilion, you see far less than you used to and hence less gar that would feed on them. Some feel it's because they and the Asian carp feed on similar plankton / algae and hence they have been moved off. I do not know this to be fact.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Good looking fly Jonn. How long are the flies?


My CF Muddlers are about 2.5"-3.5" long for smallmouth. I also use some Baitfish Emulators on some of the flies, but only the tail portions. I like the way it simmers in the water.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest rich mc

using markers sure saves on buying so many more colors of materials. jonn's looks like the sexy shad colored cranks .just don't use sharpies as they tend to bleed the colors when wet. rich mc

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...