We Have a Winner -2019/2020

We have a winner! Congratulations to Steele Doxtater!!!! I think this is a record for the First Shad of the Season Contest with the first fish being caught, photographed and posted just a hint over 24 hours after the contest started! Steele caught this beauty near Marina Isle not too far from Cameron Wight. Last year’s winner Cas Summers was aboard, so let it be known that these big guns have no problem fishing bigger water in Shad Alley to get that early win! Way to go Steele, congratulations and I will send you a message in Facebook Messenger for your prize!

First Shad of the Season Contest- 2019/2020

Here we go! Let’s get the 2019/ 2020 shad fishing season started, with this season’s First Shad of the Season Contest! The winner will receive their choice of a $50 gift certificate to Orlando Outfitters, or a box of shad flies tied by yours truly!

First Shad of the Season Contest 2019/2020 Rules:

  1. The contest begins December 7, 2019 and ends once I have confirmed a winner
  2. This is a catch, photograph and release contest
  3. To be eligible you must:
    • Be a member of the Shad on the Fly Facebook Group. Membership is free, but the Facebook group is a closed group so you must request to be added as a member
    • Download the Shad on the Fly 2019/ 2020 Official Token image above and print it out in color. You may trim it down to size. 
      Alternatively, you can save it to your cell phone and use your phone to display the token as long as it is CLEARLY visible (just don’t drop it in the water!)
  4. To win you must:
    • Catch a shad using a fly rod and fly
    • Be the first person to upload a picture of the fish, fly reel, and fly with the Official Token clearly visible in the image to the Shad on the Fly Facebook Group
    • Must share the general location you caught the fish (e.g. downstream of Mullet Lake, Upstream of Lake Harney, C.S. Lee near the Econ, etc.)
  5. I will message the winner in Facebook to get their address and mail the prize, or setup a meetup on the water if possible. Whatever works best for the winner

 Official Facebook Stuff:

The Shad on the Fly- First Shad of the Season Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. Participants understand that they are providing their information to the owner of the Shad on the Fly Facebook Group, and not to Facebook.           

We Have a Winner- 2018/2019

Cas Summers with the first shad on the fly of 2018/ 2019

We have a winner for this year’s First Shad of the Season Contest! Congratulations to Cas Summers! Not only did he land a December shad, he did it on the 16th of the month at that! Way to go Cas!

I will contact you directly via PM to coordinate how best to get that $50 gift card to Orlando Outfitters over to you.

First Shad of the Season Contest – 2018/ 2019

It’s that time of year again! Let’s get the 2018/ 2019 shad fishing season started, with this season’s First Shad of the Season Contest! The winner will receive a $50 Gift Card to Orlando Outfitters!

First Shad of the Season Contest 2018/2019 Rules:

  1. The contest begins December 6, 2018 and ends once I have confirmed a winner
  2. This is a catch, photograph and release contest
  3. To be eligible you must:
    • Be a member of the Shad on the Fly Facebook Group. Membership is free, but the Facebook group is a closed group so you must request to be added as a member
    • Download the Shad on the Fly 2018/ 2019 Official Token image above and print it out. You may trim it down to size. 
      Alternatively, you can save it to your cell phone and use your phone to display the token as long as it is CLEARLY visible (just don’t drop it in the water!)
  4. To win you must:
    • Catch a shad using a fly rod and fly
    • Be the first person to upload a picture of the fish, fly reel, and fly with the Official Token clearly visible in the image to the Shad on the Fly Facebook Group
  5. I will message the winner in Facebook to get their address and mail the prize, or setup a meetup on the water if possible. Whatever works best for the winner

 Official Facebook Stuff:

The Shad on the Fly- First Shad of the Season Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. Participants understand that they are providing their information to the owner of the Shad on the Fly Facebook Group, and not to Facebook.           

We have a Winner!


We have a Winner of the First Shad of the Season Contest! Congratulations to Suede Langston for catching and posting the first picture of a shad caught on the fly of the 2017/2018 season! This beauty was caught near the Econ on December 28, 2017. As you can see, the photo clearly shows the fly, fly reel, and official contest token in the picture. Not only is Suede the clear winner, he did so by landing a coveted December shad! Great Job Suede!

The prize below was mailed to you today. I hope the flies help you catch dozens more this shad run!

Fist Shad of the Season Prize