The Completed Pfeiffer Collection of Shad Flies

The Complete Collection of Pfeiffer Shad Flies

I have completed my journey in to the past and finished tying all 41 shad flies found in C. Boyd Pfeiffer’s book entitled Shad Fishing which was¬†published in 1975. I have to say, the completed¬†collection of shad flies looks pretty great in the beautiful wooden display box that my wife gave to me on our five year anniversary! I will display the entire collection with pride. ūüôā

While I had tied some of these shad fly patterns before, there were quite a few that I had never attempted. I learned a lot by taking on this effort, and really enjoyed the process start to finish. There are definitely shad flies in this collection that I plan to use while fly fishing for shad on the St. Johns River this year. More importantly, I learned some new styles and techniques that I can use and adapt to make new shad flies that work well on my own water.

Here are the names of each fly in picture above:

(First Row Left:) Connecticut River Shad Fly #1, Connecticut River Shad Fly #2, Connecticut River Shad Fly #3, Connecticut River Shad Fly #4, Enfield Dam Shad Fly
(Second Row Left:) Cole Wilde’s Shad Fly, Cole Wilde’s Shad Fly #2, Massachusetts Shad Fly, Tom Loving’s Shad Fly, Burt Dillon’s Shad Fly
(Third Row Left:) Joobie, Maryland Shad Fly #1, Maryland Shad Fly #2, Maryland Shad Fly #3, Janet’s¬†Fancy
(Fourth Row Left:) Joe Zimmer’s¬†Shad Fly #1, Joe Zimmer’s Shad Fly #2, Irv Swope’s¬†Shad Fly, The Silver Shad, The Royal Shad

(First Row Right:) Hayden Shad Fly, Shad Fly, Green Dart, Silver Yank, Russian River Shad Fly
(Second Row Right:) McCredie Special, Red Jasper Shad Fly, California Shad Fly #1,California Shad Fly #2, California Shad Fly #3, California Shad Fly #4
(Third Row Right:) California Shad Fly #5, California Shad Fly #6, California Shad Fly #7, California Shad Fly #8, California Shad Fly #9
(Fourth Row Right:) California Shad Fly #10, California Shad Fly #11, Shad Queen, Shad Fly-Dart, The Simple One

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