Most species I guide and fish for make you work for it. That is why they call it fishing and not catching right? Well going hickory shad fishing is more like going catching, unless they are not there. I made my annual trip down to Weldon, NC for the shad run last week. I always enjoy going down for a day to get my fix of catching. The shad are thick and it was not every cast but close. After a 100 landed on the fly between two of us, it did in fact get kind of boring. Shad fishing is the exact opposite of musky fishing for sure.