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I have fly fished for Shad in the past and the best fly years ago was a mickey finn.
Hope this helps catch a few, good luck!
Not sure about the best fly but Mickey Finn should be good for sure. btw... The kennebacassis river (near sussex) have some shads 1-2 weeks ago
 

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Not sure about the best fly but Mickey Finn should be good for sure. btw... The kennebacassis river (near sussex) have some shads 1-2 weeks ago
Ya, I ran into a school of them on the Kennebacassis, only thing I didn't toss at them was a mickey finn, next time I guess.
 

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hey Youngcheif got a couple nice brookies on that foam bug you tied for the swap a while back
shad--#6 down eye hook--gold krystal flash tail--gold mylar body and gold barbell eyes--thats it--fish it like a jig
 

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Besides Mickey Finn what other flies work well for shad. Found a big school of em In apohaque and want to try and get some.
Pictures would be much appreciated too
 

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I have always found colour didn't make much difference as long as it is in front of them for the majority of the time. These fish eat shrimp and the like while in the ocean so they are familar.. it would go with that they are most familiar with the pinks and reds but other colours like Chartreuse work well. I have used both spinning and fly gear for these fish and they are awesome on both. Where I am from in NS they come up the Annapolis River and it is pretty much the entire month of May you can dedicate to fishing shad if you wished. Since I have moved up to Moncton I have heard that there are shad in the area but not knowing it I need a little better description to find my way around.
 
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