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: Delaware shad fly

02-17-2003, 01:13 PM
Could someone give me the recipe for the Shad fly that hatches on_the Delaware. Is it simply a cinnamon caddis fly? Thanks FishHawk

02-25-2003, 11:34 PM

I remember this hatch well from when I lived in Northeast Pennsylvania. It is common all over that part of the country. It is really what the oldtimers used to call the Grannom caddis. The fly really is a very dark brown-olive in coloration with with dark grey to brown wings. A brown-olive elk hair caddis tied with either brown or olive dyed grizzly hackle is excellent for imitating this hatch. The old Grannom and the Hennryville Special also imitate this fly well.

02-26-2003, 07:34 AM
Hook: Dry fly, 12 to 18
Thread: Black
Egg sack: Medium olive hackle, wrapped and trimmed
Body: Dark blue dun hackle, wrapped and trimmed
Wing: Partridge body feather, tied flat on top
Hackle: Medium blue dun and brown

Don't remember where I got the recipe - one of my tying books - but it works.

This fly is a good imitation of the female Brachycentrus, or the "shadfly" of the Delaware. It is called that because it appears about the same time as the shad runs up the river.

I make sure I have some with me when I go out at that time, but the Hendricksons and Quill Gordons are the usual mayflies also hatching then.

That reminds me - I better tie some up soon - after I make up more steelie patterns.