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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 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

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