What is shad roe- shad eggs? Why does it look so, well, gross? How do you cook it? I don't think I even know what sort of fish a shad is, but I've heard it's got lots of tiny bones, and it can taste muddy. Unfortunately, I have to eat this meal come spring, and I thought I'd plan ahead. Is this dish a spring-only thing, or can I order it in a restaurant? What does the prepared roe taste like? Should I get my "friend" back and double-dog-dare-them to avoid this punishment?! I'm usually up for a culinary challenge, but I'm hesitant to take the plunge here. And who knew there was a "main" river in CT called the Thames? I thought it was in England, so now I am forced to eat shad. And review my CT facts.