Santiam Flycasters

American Shad-The Little Tarpon of the Columbia River
with Nick Wheeler

Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m.

In person or on Zoom. Your choice.

Nick Wheeler

This silver-sided finned friend is one of the most underrated game fish of the Pacific Northwest. With returns in the millions each year coming back to the Columbia drainage and a fish eager to eat a swung fly what’s not to like? This presentation will include a brief history of this fish, explain how it got to the west coast, and go through recommended tackle, techniques, and potential spots to catch these fish.

Nick Wheeler has been fly fishing for Shad for over 15 years and working in the fishing industry just as long. Now living in Woodland Washington and working at The Portland Fly Shop, he spends his time targeting as many species as possible (trout, salmon, steelhead and even carp), but every year he still devotes the entire month of June to chasing American Shad.

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