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Some other items for your list:

1) get into emergers. Those Delaware fish, and most trout everywhere feed mostly under the surface. Even when they look like they're rising they may be skimming an emerging mayfly an inch below.
2) be afraid of dragging your fly only if you're dry-fly fishing to trout that are actually feeding on the surface. BUT, do not be afraid of swinging or dragging your fly when fishing nymphs, emergers, the dropper-technique you mentioned, or dry-fly fishing Caddis. One of the favorite techniques on the Henry's Fork is to cast downstream with an elk hair caddis and let it skate across the surface.
3) Don't forget the wooly buggers and other creatures and streamers
4) Read "Aquatic Entomology"....or other like books that get into the life cycle of stream insects...will make you an expert in getting to any stream and figuring out what the food of the day is, which is often the most important part of figuring out the puzzle. So when you see caddis flying all over the place but you pick up a rock and see some tan mayflies with dark thoraxes (wings forming), you may be the only guy on the river throwing on an emerger pattern to match the mayflies, and may be the only guy catching fish.
5) Don't fish too light of tippet...most often this is not the problem with false rises. And light tippets lose big fish.
6) stomach pumps and seines - cheating? That's up for argument. But they help tell you what's for dinner. When using a seine don't shuffle your feet upstream of it like so many do...that only loosens the same insects you could find by picking up moss and rocks. Try to stand in the faster rapids and pick up the free flowing travelers.
7) Stoneflies in fast water....big ones

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