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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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This discussion is about the Delaware River.

Several anglers fish the tail of a famous pool, loomed over by a Catskill mountain.

From the Delaware River, Junction Pool in New York
The Delaware River, Junction Pool in New York
Late-summer wildflowers bloom along a large trout river.

From the Delaware River, Junction Pool in New York
The Delaware River, Junction Pool in New York
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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.
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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).
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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.
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Sandfly on Jan 19, 2015January 19th, 2015, 6:50 am EST
lower Delaware from early april on. I have caught some bucks immature in march too. I did an article on fly fishing shad in the lower river, check out my website its in there on the tying page
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