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    Posted: 01 March 2017 at 5:36pm
I saw Chuck, Jan and (I assume) Doc, tearing them up today on the long rods. I did not have anything hit my flies, but tore them up on the spinning rod. 
I did see Shad busting all over the place. 
The fish come from the upper 1/4 of the water column.
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No.  I was in a kayak.  I spoke with someone who told me (after my posted question) that the action was much higher up the river at a confluence of a large tributary.
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were you in an area where folks were catching shad?
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look for a seam or current break. gold spoon on pink/white curlytail for spinning. 150 or 200 grain sinking line and fly about 1.5 in
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I'm still fairly new to North Carolina and yesterday I tried my first effort at Shad fishing in the Neuse river.   I didn't have any luck as you might expect on my first time out.  I was wondering if the experienced folks on this board could share basic tactics for shad fishing during the spawning run. I prefer a fly rod, but will use a spinning rod or whatever will catch the fish.  I understand the basics of the shad biology and migration.  What I really need is to understand where the fish prefer to hold, what flies (especially size and color) are good go-tos, and any other basics that someone would care to share with a newbie.

Yesterday I tried a variety of streamers in different sizes and colors.  Mostly fished near the bank.

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