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Shad fishing 2022

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32 mins ago, stifftip said:

Please explain what you mean about a dowel, I missed it’s meaning? Are they home solders with hooks of your choice or are they complete with hook ?

I was talking about bending the spoon slightly for a flutter.

I soldered my hooks on.

My stuff is different from the shad ones.

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I made a jig for mine and can solder around 50 an hour. 
Painting takes some time but I enjoy it. 
Consistently out catching everyone in sight with my homemade spoons is just a bonus. :rav:

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Just now, TBYRD said:

I made a jig for mine and can solder around 50 an hour. 
Painting takes some time but I enjoy it. 
Consistently out catching everyone in sight with my homemade spoons is just a bonus. :rav:

I'm in!

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I fished the CT and Chicopee rivers this morning. 
Didn’t see any shad caught. 
Although the levels were perfect, it’s still too early to expect them to be here in catchable numbers. 

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Thank for the Shad report. Any day now ,maybe? You say the river conditions are perfect? Did you get up to the dam for a look . And was there any one else fishing . It’s still kinda early !

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The HGED hydroelectric power plant “viewing access”  has been closed to the public since Covid hit and will remain that way for the foreseeable future…. :(

The S.Hadley boat launch is still gated closed. 
Add “The Wall” in Chicopee to fishing spots that are no longer accessible to us all :banghd:

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On 4/3/2022 at 2:52 PM, TBYRD said:

It’s that time of year again. 
The water is warming and clearing up everyday. 
Made a small batch of new spoons and now just waiting for the end of April for those first scouts to show up :rav:

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:th::th:

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I was just checking out the dam yesterday. We are somewhere around a 30,000 cfs flow (which is perfect). Some guys soaking worms off the bridge for stripers and a few people shad fishing. No fish caught

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On 4/11/2022 at 3:18 PM, pogie_boy said:

What's the rules on shad in MA now?  Is it that you can only keep them from certain bodies of water?  Or can you not target them at all except for the Conn and the Mack?

American Shad are Catch-and-Release ONLY on all waters except the Connecticut and Merrimack rivers, including their tributaries.

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Very nice ok. Can you tell me how far down stream ur from the Holyoke dam  thank you. I see the steel rr bridge it’s a great spot,water looks good! 

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4 hours ago, stifftip said:

Very nice ok. Can you tell me how far down stream ur from the Holyoke dam  thank you. I see the steel rr bridge it’s a great spot,water looks good! 

Next town down stream bud.. 

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