With the unseasonably warm weather we've been having here in the Northeast, American shad are already running up the Delaware River. They're about 3 weeks early, but all the same, I decided over the weekend it was time to tie up some new shad flies (below). I absolutely love tying these bugs for several reasons. One, they're incredibly easy. If it takes more than 5 minutes to whip-finish one, you're doing it wrong. And two, there is really no rhyme or reason to the patterns. All you're trying to do is make something obnoxious that will tick off a shad, and that makes creativity limitless. There are no rules in shad fly tying.