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McjamesFebruary 8th, 2010, 12:44 pm
Cortland Manor, NY

Posts: 139
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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JOHNWFebruary 8th, 2010, 1:47 pm
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
Mcjames,
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).
JW
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
CaseyPFebruary 8th, 2010, 2:35 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
Mcjames,
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.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
SandflyJanuary 19th, 2015, 11:50 am
tioga co. pa.

Posts: 33
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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