We just experienced the best weekend of the year so far – with temperatures finally reaching well into the 70s, plenty of sunshine and not too much wind. There was a terrific hatch of Hendricksons on Saturday on the Beaverkill, so heavy that the windshield was plastered with the flies and their distinguishing yellow egg sacs. It’s interesting to make note of nature signs that coincide with each other – generally when the forsythia is blooming, we can count on the Hendricksons to hatch. In addition to forsythia, we look for violets and trout lilies to make their appearance; sure enough there were plenty of both this weekend.
Following the Hendricksons was an even heavier hatch of Shad Flies on Sunday and Monday. The “Shad Fly” is actually a caddis fly, with a notable green egg sac. It is named for the timing of its prolific hatch – it usually makes its appearance at about the time that the Shad run up the Delaware, usually during the first week of June. The Shadbush (also called June Berry or Service Berry) blooms at this same time, and is now in full bloom with its delicate brown and white blossoms. While the Hendricksons seemed a bit late this year, the Shad Fly hatch is early – we generally look for them around Memorial Day and early June.
There are still Hendricksons about, as evidenced by the yellow egg sacs on the windshield on Wednesday afternoon; use of that fly as well as the Adams during this hatch along with an Elk Hair Caddis during the Shad Fly hatch should be productive.