Peninsula Fly Fishers

Shad Fishout #1 (American River)

  • June 12, 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
  • Sacramento, CA


  • All-day guided trip with Kiene's Fly Shop.
    Includes all gear, rigging, flies, and lunch.
    Does not include guide tip; please tip your guides appropriately after the fishout.

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Guided Boat Trip for American Shad on the Lower American River, Sacramento, CA



The Lower American River below Nimbus Dam in Sacramento hosts an outstanding annual late spring / early summer run of shad.  A 2 hour drive from the Peninsula makes it one of the closest shad fisheries for PFF members.  This is a very doable day trip.

PFF members who attend this fishout may also optionally attend the second shad fishout on Saturday June 13 on the Lower Sacramento River.  These are completely separate fishouts and it is not required to attend both.  Some PFF members may stay in Sacramento Friday night after fishing and then drive up I-5 Saturday morning to participate in the second shad fishout.  

Cost: $250 per person, two members per boat.  The fee includes lunch, gear and flies but does not include guide tip.  Please tip your guide accordingly after the fishout.  Also please inform the fishmaster if you have any dietary restrictions for lunch.

Fishing the Shad Run:

American Shad, like the striped bass, is an East Coast import to California from the 1870s.  It is an anadromous fish and anglers eagerly pursue it during its annual spawning runs into the state's rivers.  Shad, like tarpon, is a member of the herring family and is often called "poor man's tarpon".  Its willingness to hit flies and its amazing strength and fighting capabilities make it an extremely popular target of California anglers. 

Please view or download the American River Shad Fishout document for details on what to wear and bring and where to meet.  Some attendees may opt to bring their own fly fishing gear and flies, and the document covers that also.

Fishmaster: Bill Uyeki

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