Shad Kill Kit – Deluxe
Kit Includes the Following
1 Wiggle Minnow – (Size 6)
1 Zoo Cougar – (Size 6)
1 Davy Wotton Shad – (Size 2)
3 Blow Fly – (Size 6)
3 Arkansas Beadhead – (Size 8)
1 Articulated T&A Bunker – (Size 4)
1 Meat Whistle – (Size 4)
2 Super Jig – Size 10 & 12)
1 Conehead Bunny Leech – (Size 6)
1 Zonker – (Size 6)
2 Beadhead Wooly w/ Sili Legs – (Size 6)
1 Beadhead Wooly Bugger – (Size 6)
Kit also includes the fly box
So…….. just some food for thought when fishing a shad kill. The predictable shad kills are usually sometime in late February, going through the end of March if they are generating big water which is usually the case because of the colder temperatures. The other month that I have found to be pretty reliable is September. In this kit you will have everything you need to get the job done whether it’s fishing on top, middle of the water column or fishing deep. I will go over a few ways to fish and rig these patterns for a successful day on the water.
I’m not getting into rods, lengths etc, basically you need a stiffer rod to throw heavy split shot so I’m typically running 5 or 6wt rods. Let’s talk about the top, the patterns I have in this kit for the top are Zoo Cougars, Davy Wotton Shad and the Wiggle Minnow. The rest of what is in the kit are all dead drifting patterns either with split shot or no split shot and just dead drifting them like a dropper under the top fly. The Arkansas Beadhead is one of my go-to patterns either dropped off the Wiggle Minnow or fished under an indicator using split shot. The Wiggle Minnow will let you down due to the hook being wrong. This fly was intended to be used more for warmwater species, but if the trout have a bigger mouth, you will be able to have good hook ups. I have found that using Zoo Cougars with nothing below work the best because the hook shank is straight, so you don’t miss fish, but if I do use a dropper, I never use a beadhead patterns because the top fly isn’t foam so it doesn’t support anything with weight. Instead, I use blow flies and don’t really care if they sink. I just like them being close together like you created a shad kill.
Pretty much everything else on the right side is used for dead drifting with an indicator, there is one articulated streamer called the T&A Bunker that I use with a sinking line, but the rest only need a floating line. And depending on the current and depth will determine how deep you fish them. The coneheads have more weight to them so they get down fast. If you have never dead drifted streamers, you should start considering it. I think you will be pleased with the results. I know I’m getting more into dead drifting bigger flies instead of always stripping them.
Leader & Tippet Selections – coming soon