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Saturday SHAD CLINIC - walk and wade

  • June 05, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • American or Yuba Rivers - tba depending on fish
  • 1


  • Cash/check payment must be received within 14 days of registration
  • Includes credit card fee

Event Description: 

At our June meeting Bill Scharninghausen will be speaking about Shad Fishing Northern California.  This clinic is for Saturday June 5th and if enough interest, a second session on Sunday, June 6th. Bill will be doing a walk and wade clinic on either the American or Yuba (depending on where the fish are). Each day will be limited to 6 anglers.

I strongly encourage Novices to try this.  If we are lucky enough to get into shad, it can be a whole bunch of fun!  

Shad fishing is very social because we need to be fishing as close to one another as possible (but spaced apart enough to still swing your line through the current) in order to fit everyone into the run where we hope shad will be holding. We will be rotating spots through the run on my command to give everyone equal opportunity to hook fish. 

As you may have heard, shad are often referred to as the "poor-man's tarpon" since they can put up quite a battle for their small size -- esp. on a light fly rod.  I will be walking up and down the line-up to provide coaching, but you'll be expected to land your own fish (typically without a net, unless you prefer to use one).  For handling shad I suggest that you may want to have a pair of sungloves or similar half-fingered gloves -- which is something that you will want to be sure to wash when you get home.  

And in addition to your waders and boots, warm socks, one or two under-layers (you'll be standing in the river for long periods), windbreaker or fleece (just in case it cools off), polarized glasses, hat, small fly box, nippers, and forceps, I do want you to bring a wading staff just in case we get into some faster current or rocky bottom. 


Cash price: You may pay by check or cash directly to the Club Treasurer within two weeks of registration and not pay the credit card surcharge of 3.0% if you desire. If you do pay cash you will be put into "Pending Registration" until your payment is received within the two weeks. Late payments will require you to register once again if there is space still available. The cost for this trip is $75 for TVFF members.

Credit Card price: Price of $78 includes the payment by credit card with surcharge. 

Fishmeister:  Martin Plotkin (925)209-7153

Accommodations and Food:  

Each individual is responsible for their own food,

Gear and Tackle Recommendations:

Recommended a 6-8wt single-hand rod and a shooting head set-up with a Type 3 or Type 4 sinking shooting head (ie., 3-4 or 4-5 ips sink rate) on a floating mono (or floating, coated-fly line-type) running line OR an integrated sinking line with a roughly 180-275 gr. sinking head.  Depending on how fast the river is still flowing, a Type 6 shooting head (or maybe a 10' sink-tip of T8 or T11) may work also.  You can also bring a two-handed rod of 5-7wt, with a Skagit or Scandi floating head on a floating running line with a 10' sink tip having a sink rate in the 3-6 ips range (i.e.., T6 or T8 or just a fast sink or extra fast sink polyleader).

We’ll use 4 feet of straight 10 to 15 # straight fluorocarbon as leader.  For those that tie see below for pictures of Bill's Shad Dart Boxes:

TVFF Cancellation Policy:

To sign-up for a TVFF Event  that is currently open for registration and chargeable (as set by the Fishmeister), you must both register and pay online, or via check or cash, within two weeks of registering (sent to the TVFF Treasurer) whatever fee is described for that particular Event (trip) at the time of registration. There may be multiple payments required before the trip is actually taken (usually in the case of expensive trips), but it is necessary that you do make payment in the above timely fashion for the initial amount to secure your position on the trip.  However, please note that you are still responsible for the entire amount of the trip if you should need to cancel. 

Once you are registered, there are no refunds for chargeable Events and trips.  In the situation that a member is, for any reason unable to attend, they may resell their registration slot to another TVFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  New participants must come first from the waitlist in the order they signed up.  The member cancelling is fully and solely responsible for contacting potential members to replace them and notifying the appropriate Fishmeister.

If an event/trip is fully registered and closed to registration, you may still sign up on the Wait List to be notified if there are any cancellations.  In such a case of registering provisionally on the Wait List, you do not have to pay until such time that you clear the Wait List and are confirmed for participation.

Tri Valley Fly Fishers

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Protocol

TVFF Outings Policy as of September 20, 2020

As a club, the Tri Valley Fly Fishers have developed and agreed to a set of required guidelines, protocols and rules in order to help direct our members on ways to stay safe day, multi-day outings, or individual “Tag-Alongs”.

These protocols were developed by the TVFF Board of Directors as well as input from other local clubs which included a member virologist, various safety committees, and member experts. We feel that these protocols and guidelines are consistent with public health information and experts. These protocols are assured, observed, and enforced by outing leaders as well as members themselves. Extra masks, spray disinfectant and sanitizer are available from the outing leaders.

Please note that the Tri Valley Fly Fishers accepts no liability for inadequate protection or the transmission of Covid-19 among members or guests.  Therefore, each member should review the following protocols that the Club subscribes to and make an individual decision of whether to participate in an activity or not, based upon their individual circumstances and personal safety.

TVFF Outings protocols are as follows:

·         If you are sick with cold/flu symptoms then we ask you to please stay home

·         All attendees should drive up and back alone unless you are in mutually agreed social bubble where both parties have been tested negative and agreed to the risk (such as family members)

·         On all outings the Club will have available and use an Infrared Thermometer temperature checks

·         We believe in social distancing and require that all members keep a full fly rod distance of at least 6’ distance between parties

·         We ask that all parties wear masks if within 6’; even if only briefly.  Note that the CDC has not recommended the use of buffs or gaiters as the material is not thick enough for adequate protection.

·         Everyone will be responsible for making, bringing, and consuming their own separate food and drinks

·         When camping all members and guests are required to use separate camping tents or rooms, when hotels are arranged

·         Please handle your own gear (and your own fish!) only.  No sharing for doctored fish pictures.

·         In the event that there are common surfaces (i.e. car surfaces, door handles, etc.) please wipe them down with sanitizer or hand wipes

·         All attendees should wash and sanitize their hands frequently

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