Flyfishing for Oregon Shad is an fly anglers dream come true! We have a blast each year in June with American shad ranging from 1-5 pounds. Using fly rods in the #5-6 weight range these members of the herring family fight like crazy! Not 20 minutes from downtown Portland we find schools of the fish often referred to as the “Poor Man’s Tarpon” willingly taking the fly. This generally productive fishing is the effect of a huge run of fish often numbering 3-5 million fish over Bonneville dam on the Columbia system.