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. 🙂

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

The Simple One

This shad fly is part of The Pfeiffer Collection.

The Simple One is a shad fly that Pfeiffer himself created and is the final fly in the original collection.

The Simple One Shad Fly

The Simple One Fly Pattern:

Hook: Size 6, 2X Long (American Shad) or Size 8, 2X Long (Hickory Shad)
Thread: Red Danville’s Flat Waxed Nylon
Body: Silver Mylar Tubing
Wing: White Kip Tail tied in to allow the hair to spin around the hook shank
Head: Red

Shad Fly-Dart

This shad fly is part of The Pfeiffer Collection.

The Shad Fly-Dart is an easy fly to tie and can be tied in many color combinations by changing the color of the kip tail and floss.

Shad Fly-Dart

The Shad Fly-Dart Pattern:

Hook: Size 8
Thread: White 6/0 Uni-Thread
Tail: Yellow Kip Tail
Body: White Uni-Floss
Head: Red Flat Waxed Nylon

Shad Queen

This shad fly is part of The Pfeiffer Collection.

The Shad Queen is a very simple shad fly to tie up and can be tied in a multitude of color combinations. I would most likely omit the black eye when tying these in bulk, but I am also lazy. 🙂

Shad Queen Fly Pattern

Shad Queen Fly Pattern:

Hook: Size 8, 2x long
Thread: White 6/0 Uni-thread
Body: White Uni-Floss
Ribbing: Silver Tinsel
Wing: Hot Pink Kip Tail
Eye: Black Dot painted on top of head

California Shad Fly #11

This shad fly is part of The Pfeiffer Collection.

This is the eleventh, and final California shad fly in the collection originally found in the booklet How to Catch, Bone and Cook a Shad produced by the California Department of Fish and Game. This fly resembles the California Shad Fly #10, but is tied on a standard length hook, and the hackle is long and webby, or schlappen like. This creates a larger profile with a lot of action but, the length of the hackle also makes it more prone to fouling the hook in my experience. Be sure to check the fly after every few casts to make sure the barbs have not fouled the hook.

California Shad Fly #11

California Shad Fly #11 Pattern:

Hook: Size 4
Thread: Red Danville’s Flat Waxed Nylon
Tail: White Saddle Hackle Fibers
Body: Silver Oval Tinsel
Hackle: Palmered Webby Saddle Hackle
Eyes: Bead Chain