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Thread: Eugene Graham found this fantastic old film about Shad on the American.

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    Default Eugene Graham found this fantastic old film about Shad on the American.

    I knew Bob Reedy well....he had an outdoors map book business.

    https://www.amazon.com/Books-Bob-Ree...27%3ABob+Reedy



    Jimmy Green came to Sacramento for decades to fly fish for Shad with our Walt Bennett.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu3C...ature=youtu.be
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    I love it! Anyone have a copy of the map?

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    What a great old movie.

    When I was 14 I tried to do the same trip in our old 12' plywood skiff. We put in at the black railroad bridge and started to motor on up till we got to Paradise Beach and hit our first rock. Drifted back down a ways and put our spare motor on. Motored on up again and hit the same rock. That ended our trip to Nimbus dam.

    The American sure brings back a lot of old memories for me when I was growing up.
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    We have a wonderful older customer who would talk about fishing the Klamath river many years ago in a big wooden boat and they

    had two old outboards that they would swap after hitting some rocks. So cool......



    I started fishing the lower American river about 60 years ago.

    I think the Arden Pond was a private gravel pit business.

    Goethe Park was a place to ride dirt bikes.

    Right under and slightly upstream of the Watt Avenue Bridge was a small "low water" all concrete bridge that we could walk over to get to the other side of the river on foot.

    There was no Howe Avenue Bridge but we could take a gravel road down stream on the south side from Watt access to Howe area.

    50 boats would be down by Sacramento State College in the Fall trolling for salmon above the H street bridge.

    I saw a giant jet boat on the river once that was like those on the lower rogue river.

    Walt Bennet always talked about fishing near PCA on the lower American river for Shad way back when....


    In the 1970s the most popular Shad run was at upper Goethe Park and this was before the bridge was built.

    On weekends in the Spring as many as 50 anglers would line up, mostly fly fishers.

    Back then a good day was 100 shad......
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    Those giant jet boats were like those mail boats on the Rogue River. If your were wading deep when they came by you really had to have good footing or their wake would knock you over as they didn't slow down.

    Later they stopped those boats because of the erosion they caused and soon planted lots of willow trees along the south side below Paradise Beach.
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    In this film you will see Jimmy Green jigging his line throw the drift.

    We learned this from Joe Shirshac for Shad and Half-pounder Steelhead.

    Back during this film era they use 9' #9 line two piece fiberglass fly rods for Shad, Stripers, Steelhead and Salmon.
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