This shad fly is part of The Pfeiffer Collection.
The McCredie Special Shad Fly is an interesting fly with a black bear wing. The original calls for a polar bear throat, and since polar bear is not available in the United States any longer, I opted to use kip tail. The throat is obviously shorter than what it would be with polar bear, but when I tied this fly with craft fur or buck tail for the throat, I just felt it was not as nice looking of a fly.
McCredie Special Shad Fly Pattern:
Hook: Size 2
Thread: Black Danville’s Flat Waxed Nylon
Body: Red Floss
Ribbing: Silver Tinsel
Wing: Black Bear (tied high, long, and sparse)
Throat: Polar Bear (I opted for kip tail instead of typical polar bear substitutes like craft fur or buck tail)
Eyes: Painted white with a black pupil