Warmwater Fly of the month: July, 2002 - The "Typical Shad Dart"

Tying the "Typical Shad Dart"


During the months of May and June, Gene Trump develops shad fever. The fantastic shad fishing on Oregon's Umpqua River is just to irresistible. This is the period when the shad make their run up the river to spawn. A friend Rocky Baker showed this pattern to Gene about 15 years ago. Gene modified the pattern by bring it up to date with the current "flashy material code". The pattern is essentially the same as the original. The best combination for fooling shad is the white/red combination. (I have used this pattern in a size 10 for bluegill and has caught me a number of nice sized gill's) Gene has used other combinations White/chartreuse, white/yellow and white/pink.

Gene Trump is best know for his cartoon humor which has tickled the fly angler's funny-bone. His cartoons have added a chuckle to the pages of Field & Stream, American Angler, Fly Fisherman and many more. Gene is a member of the Santiam Fly Casters of Salem, Oregon and reside in Cortvallis, Oregon. He has also been a contributing columnists for a number of fly fishing magazines.




Hook: Sizes: 4-8 Tiemco 3769 or simular wet/nymph, DE, 2X Heavy bronze or gold
Thread: White
Tail: White Marabou
Rear 2/3 Body: Mylar tinsel, pearl (I have also used a product called Glimmer)
Front 1/3 Body: Red wool, Small Chenille or Vernill
Eyes: Bead chain Small or Medium or dumbbell style

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Step 1: Attached the thread just behind the eye of the hook. Then, wrap a small thread base behind the eye of the hook.

Step 2:Tie the bead chain eyes on the top of the hook shank right behind the eye of the hook. Tie the eyes on the hook with crisscross winding.

Step 3: Wrap the thread back along the shank to right before the bend of the hook.

Step 4: The tail is a clump of marabou about the length of the shank of the hook. Tie the tail on the shank of the hook just above the barb. When trimming the excess marabou, leave enough to cover about of the shank of the hook.

Step 5: Work your thread forward to go over the marabou that you left in Step 3. about 2/3 of the hook shank. Move you thread back to where you tried in the marabou and the forawrd again. This will give you a base for when you wrap the pearl mylar tinsel.

Step 6: Tie in a piece on pearl mylar on top of the hook.

Step 7: Wrap the mylar to the rear of the hook and then forward stopping at the 2/3 spot.

Step 8: Make couple of wrap with the thread to secure the mylar. Trim of any excess mylar

Step 9: Tie the tip of the chenille on the hook shank at the 2/3 spot.

Step 10: Wrap the chenille foward to right before the bead chain eyes. Wrap the thread to sercure the chenille and trim off any excess.

Step 11: Whip finish right behind the eyes and finish up by whip finishing in front of the eye.e hackle forward to right before the eyes. Use a drop of Zap-A-Gap CA+ glue to more securely adhere the beaded eyes to the hook.

Step 12: Now, go out and catch some fish.