A day of Shad fishing on the Sacramento River that's limited to 12 anglers with single hand rods only (11' and shorter switch rods are permissible if cast overhead only). This is a day trip, as most people are likely to drive home afterward (roughly a 2 hour drive time).
We will meet in Hamilton City at the Irving Finch boat launch (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=463). Pay the day parking fee at the entrance to this state rec area (self-pay required if not attended -- bring small bills and a pen to fill out pay envelope). Jet boats will take us to a sandbar (where we will wade out to fish) and do not return us to the parking area until dark. Boats may leave a little early if they fill up and the last boat departs the boat ramp at 12:00 noon -- so don't be late!
This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.
Required fishing gear: The single hand rods should be 6-8wt and stiff enough to throw 30 ft shooting heads. Carry Type 2 through Type 6 shooting heads, or equivalent tungsten sink tips. Leaders are relatively short, no more than 6-7 ft in length. The shad are not leader shy so you can go with 10-12# tippet. In May there is a good chance the shad will be holding higher in the water column in the evening, so a Type 2 or 3 head will work better then than a Type 4 or 6. If you bring just one shooting head, make it a Type 4. The guides will have some shad flies (called "shad darts") if you need them.
Bring waders, boots, hats, polarized sun glasses, sunscreen, headlamp, layered clothing, and rain gear. (Note: Either too hot temperatures or too high water could cancel or change the date of this Rondy.)
Dinner and water will be provided by the guides (http://orlandoutfitters.com). Most of us will buy a sandwich in Orland to eat before the boats arrive.
You need the ability to cast a 30 ft shooting head. Anglers will be expected to rotate positions when wading so that everyone can catch fish.
The cost for this Rondy is $175, which includes a $25 non-refundable Rondy fee. Not included are the guide gratuities, lunch, parking fee, or any travel or lodging expense.
Leader contact: Jeff Hutchinson 415-509-6746 firstname.lastname@example.org