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Al’s RV Shad Fly

Captain Al Montello’s RV Shad fly was designed to imitate a variety of small shrimp and krill that are known to be an important part of the American Shad’s diet. This is a simple pattern to tie and I like the fact that it utilizes a common gold Aberdeen hook. In addition to being tied with a chartreuse puff of yarn, red yarn is also a good option. This fly pattern was originally found on and looks to be a regional favorite shad fly pattern in Massachusetts.

Al’s RV Shad Fly Pattern:

Hook: Size 2 Aberdeen Light Wire-Gold (the gold color is essential)
Thread: Red Danville’s Flat Waxed Nylon
Wing: White Kip Tail
Throat: Red Hackle Barbs
False Head: Chartreuse Yarn

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