This shad pattern is very effective when fishing bodies of water that are inhabited by any species of shad, peanut bunkers , menhaden or poggy. The fly combines the flash, shape and even texture of the prey species. The main ingredient in this pattern is Sili skin. It is a product made primarily for fly tying. Unlike a lot of our tying materials which tend to be by products from other industries, Sili skin was made for tiers. Since it has hit the market with the Gummy minnow it has had a love or hate following among tiers. It takes a bit of technique and a bit of patience to work with this material, but the results, when done right , are worth the effort.
This pattern is highly adaptable and can be altered by size as well as color.
Try to match the size of the forage fish in your waters.
Hook: size 2 thru 4/0
Thread: white 6/0 thru 3/0
Lead wire: .025
Monofilament: 40 lb test
Sili skin: clear, pink, holo silver
Holographic 3D eyes: silver
Black marker pen
With the hook in the vise tie on the thread and then wrap in a piece of 40 lb mono twice as long as the hook shank
Cut out two triangle pieces of clear sili skin and remove the protective backing and sandwich the tip of the mono between the two clear pieces. Cut a triangle out of the tail to make it a fork tail common in most shad species. Wrap your thread down to the clear sili skin securing it to the mono and then back to the center of the hook shank.
In order for this fly to ride hook up we will have to add lead wire to the opposite side of the hook. I suggest three to five strands of .025 lead wire.
After the lead is secured you can whip finish and remove the bobbin for now. The sili skin added to form the internal bulk can be made with any color material as it will be covered in the final steps. I normally use scrap for these. In this case it is pink from another project. Chose a piece that is not quite as long as the shank. Remove the backing and press the sides together sandwiching the hook as shown. Trim the excess in a semi-circle.
This pattern will test your patience but it is worth the effort. Moistening your fingertips before handling this product may help