Fly fishing the St. Johns River upper headwaters during the Shad run is just another great fishery that our area has to offer! Did you know that these Shad happen to be relatives of the mighty Tarpon? The Shad are close members of the Herring family. This could only mean one thing! You can plan on getting an acrobatic aerial show when there hooked and experience a pretty hard pull for there size on a 5 weight fly rod! The Shad spend most of their lives mingling with deep sea creatures in the salty ocean. They happen to be a schooling and highly migratory species that come as far as the Bay of Fundy, Canada and amazingly return to spawn in the headwaters of the St. Johns River freshwater environment every winter where they can be caught standing on the edge of central Florida cow pastures.
January 26, 2014