Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
Mcjames on Feb 8, 2010February 8th, 2010, 7:44 am EST
at risk of offending the purists... can anybody help me with timing the shad run on Delaware and/or tribs? I will want to wade so has to be upper reaches I guess. I am told lower Neversink has a healthy shad run? and while I am asking, does the striper spawn more or less coincide? is there a time of year when one is likely to catch shad/stripers/trout all on a fly? I have caught smallmouth/juvenile stripers/trout in same stream/same day once before (Croton River); but I am told there is no longer a viable shad run there, as several years ago they cut off all flow from the dam upstream.
JOHNW on Feb 8, 2010February 8th, 2010, 8:47 am EST
I can't speak for the Upper Delaware System. However I know the shad run hits the confluence with the Lehigh in Mid April right around the time of what was the PA trout opener.
There are areas on the midlle/lower river where wading is possible dpending on flow levels.
As for stripers guys catch them through the summer in the lower river around Easton PA although I believe that is primarily a plug and live bait affair (and usually the live bait is 4-6" trout).
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
CaseyP on Feb 8, 2010February 8th, 2010, 9:35 am EST
folks who know around here (Potomac River, D.C.) say that the redbuds or dogwoods will tell you: when they bloom, hit the stream. it's a very iffy thing, and a good rain can ruin it by flooding the river and making it dangerous, but then there are the good years...
and i have caught shad and striper on the same day, not large, but definitely memorable. the striper season starts as the shad ends.