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Shad Candy

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It's hard for me to say, as I long ago lost count ... of just how many Hickory Shad I've caught on a small Surf Candy (#4 hook) ... but it has been in the hundreds (over a quarter century). And of course Stripers, White Perch, Herring, Bass, etc. as well. It is quite the productive "fly" to fish ... and casts easily to boot. The one below is a prime time example.

 

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Hard to beat the versatility of a surf candy. Is that the new Sage in the stripping basket, how you liking the rod....

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1 min ago, surfrat59 said:

Hard to beat the versatility of a surf candy. Is that the new Sage in the stripping basket, how you liking the rod....

I am REALLY liking this rod. I'm using it in a single hand fashion and it casts 6/7 wt standard fly line very well. It has a deep progressive bend when a fish is on ... plenty of "power" to land a sizable fish ... great sport with large Hickory Shad. The thick cork handle is pleasing ... and the larger guides are great for shooting line.

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Add to that ... my brand new Danielsson F3W 4seven reel is awesome in design & light weight. Pretty much a perfect match to the rod.

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Still haven't gotten a Striper on it this year ... but any day now ... any early morning as I've been fishing it hard.

 

 

As a side note ...Global warming is a thing. This April in Virginia is like May with 80°F air temps ... and water temps jumping from 55°F to 64°F ... This screws up spawning / rutting patterns. So my window of opportunity will be shorten I expect by about a month.

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I've been using that same "fat" handle shape and taper for the last 20 years on all my rods.The hand moves to the upper grip for fighting as you hold your rod differently than when casting (more like holding an oar vs a hammer handle like when casting)

I hate small handles w/ a passion,cramps the hands.

Spring here is verrrry late in coming;things that should've already happened are concurrent w/ later occurrences.

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1 hour ago, baldwin said:

I've caught crazy numbers of hickory shad on these. 

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A simple pattern, easy to tie, easy to cast, covers a wide variety of bases...nice. We tend to unnecessarily over complicate patterns at times when it's just not needed. I love to tie, but less time tying means more time fishing.

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Yes, it does! The fish usually  just want something that looks edible, doesn’t have to be fancy.

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1 hour ago, baldwin said:

Yes, it does! The fish usually  just want something that looks edible, doesn’t have to be fancy.

True statement ... I caught a lot of Hickory Shad on this simpleton below:

 

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16 mins ago, KironaFly said:

True statement ... I caught a lot of Hickory Shad on this simpleton below:

 

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Simple yes...as good as any yes again

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