This shad fly is part of The Pfeiffer Collection.
This is the tenth of eleven California shad flies 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. While this fly resembles other palmered hackle, oval tinsel body styled flies like the California Shad Fly #5, Russian River Shad Fly, the Shad Fly, and Hayden Shad Fly, the fact that it omits the chenille or yarn makes it an easier fly to tie and a winner in my book. I omit the use of embossed tinsel and rather wrap the body using common silver embroidery thread that can be found at fabric stores which makes it even easier to tie. Replace the bead chain eye with an hour glass eye, and tie it in either orange and white, or pink and white and you have a St. Johns River Favorite shad fly as well.
California Shad Fly #10 Pattern:
Hook: Size 4, 3x long
Thread: Red Danville’s Flat Waxed Nylon
Tail: Red Hackle Fibers
Body: Silver Embossed Tinsel (I chose silver embroidery thread)
Hackle: Palmered White Saddle Hackle
Eyes: Bead chain