America’s founding fish!


These are not bait fish, American Shad are a customer favorite. The hard fighting 1 to 5 lb. mini Tarpon come into the Umpqua by the hundreds of thousands and are easy to catch with Fly or Spin and make a great combo trip with Smallmouth Bass. ┬áNot great to eat, but great crab bait. If you would like to keep Shad bring a cooler and we’ll fill it up.

All gear is provided except fly rods.

  • Where — Umpqua River near Elkton
  • When — Mothers Day to Fathers Day is peak
  • Gear — light spin, 6 wt. fly intermediate sink