I watched a whole group of people fishing from the bank. We were anchored in the river. We were fishing with small sinking flies (little barbells, jigheads) and flyline on a light baitcaster rod and reel. Since we were in a boat, we didn't need to cast, we just let the line out in the river and worked the fly. Just more fun and easier to play them that way. The folks on the bank were raking 'em in. They were all using spinning rods with some weight to sling it out there. Those guys were casting 40-50 yards and just letting it work downriver, but I think they were getting their fish right when it hit the water. They had to have a some weight to be slinging it like they were. You need a small fly, smalll jig, with a small plastic grub (green seems to be the goto color), on a light leader. Maybe a sliding sinker on the line to get it out there. Good luck.hey, i bank fish along the columbia all over from the i-205 bridge to fairview. do any of you guys know any spots i could get some shad? also, any tips on rigs to use from the shore? i've fished for them at cascade locks with my dad, and i know they fight like the devil! any tips would be great, thanks.
Coming from someone who has targeted shad in the Willamette at Oregon City, I wouldn't change your method from what you did at the locks. Back bounce down and let it sit.so, if i put on a small jighead with a few split shot and cast into the current, and let the current take it I will catch some? when we fished for them at the locks, we put on a cannonball on the bottom with two dropper hooks with neon yarn and simply dropped it down, let it go a few feet and repeated. do you think I should tip the jig with anything? thanks
Definately a tap but a fish-on will bend any rod. They tend to use thier broad bodies with the current, planer like, so it feels like a larger fish. My 8 to 12lb steelhead rod even groans a little with a good size shad.i was also wondering, what does the bite feel like? is it a tap, or a slam? thanks