Captain Al Montello’s RV Shad fly was designed to imitate a variety of small shrimp and krill that are known to be an important part of the American Shad’s diet. This is a simple pattern to tie and I like the fact that it utilizes a common gold Aberdeen hook. In addition to being tied with a chartreuse puff of yarn, red yarn is also a good option. This fly pattern was originally found on http://www.northcoastangler.com and looks to be a regional favorite shad fly pattern in Massachusetts.
Al’s RV Shad Fly Pattern:
Hook: Size 2 Aberdeen Light Wire-Gold (the gold color is essential)
Thread: Red Danville’s Flat Waxed Nylon
Wing: White Kip Tail
Throat: Red Hackle Barbs
False Head: Chartreuse Yarn