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    There's been a few caught here in wilson at wiggins mill. So the early ones are here!
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    Fished for about an hour and a half today and not one bite. I tried for both shad and rock. I guess the cold and dropping water has them tight lipped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catfish_hunter View Post
    Fished for about an hour and a half today and not one bite. I tried for both shad and rock. I guess the cold and dropping water has them tight lipped.
    Thanks for the report

    Darrell
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    Hey Scott do you weight these nail flies or fish them on a sinking line
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    Fianlly caught a few today. Missed more than I caught but I finally got the hang of it... fiesty little fish for sure. I threw my arm off to catch these 3 though. I'm gonna vacume seal and freeze them for cutbait.

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    Eddie I use a tandem rig, a regular shad fly above the nail fly. That gives me the chance to catch 2 at a time...

    Only thing for casting 2 different sizes of flys together is to watch the "yaw" rate. One fly lighter than the other creates a wobbling action and the cast may not be straight, may hit you in the back. So wear a hat and sunglasses for sure.
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    Thanks Scott I tied up a few last night, was thinking of the tandem rig also. Thought of trying the heavier fly on the bottom might cast a little better. Will try them both ways and see how it goes.
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    Caught a few today. The bite was slow and it was only a fish here and there.

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    Can someone tell me the advantage of using a fly rod with a sinking fly instead of just using a spinning combo? I can totally understand on a floating fly. Sorry for the dumb question just know really nothing about fly fishing and was wondering about this. Is it because the fly is too light to cast with regular line so you use weighted fly line? At least I understand most on here use a sinking fly for shad fishing..
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    Quote Originally Posted by roostertail24 View Post
    Can someone tell me the advantage of using a fly rod with a sinking fly instead of just using a spinning combo? I can totally understand on a floating fly. Sorry for the dumb question just know really nothing about fly fishing and was wondering about this. Is it because the fly is too light to cast with regular line so you use weighted fly line? At least I understand most on here use a sinking fly for shad fishing..
    Part of it is the fun factor. Playing a fish on a 6' ultralight rod is cool. Playing the same fish on a 8.5' fly rod is really cool.

    Sinking flies can still be pretty light and casting can be tough with spinning gear. Floating line can also act a bit like a bobber and keep your fly closer to the surface as is drifts but without the big splash of a bobber.

    That's my theory. $0.02 I still haven't rigged my old fly rod after 30 years of storage. Then I get to relearn what to do with it. Soon... :-)


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    Most shad flies are weighted, the weight is tied in, check out the eyes in my flies. They will sink even using a floating fly line. They will only sink so deep depending on how long of a leader you are using. Sinking fly lines get the fly even deeper into the water column.
    Typical shad setup for the flyrod, shad fly (weighted in eyes) and nail fly
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    do shad bite when the water is really high and super muddy like it will be tomorrow?
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    I caught them last week in the rain and high water. river was like chocolate milk... Find a creek that spills into it and fish there.
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    Some'areas didn,t get a lot of rain, so if you have time, hit the water.
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    the real question is how my kayak will handle the fast-flowing neuse tomorrow.. we shall see
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