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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 29, 2018

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Yesterday was a bit like the previous day.  Most people seemed to be throwing streamers and some people were able to find a few dry fly targets.  It was a beautiful day out there, especially when the sun was shining.  The people doing well on streamers seem to be covering a lot of water and finding the aggressive fish.  Fly color has also been a topic of discussion.  Darker streamers seem to be favored right now.   Today will be a cooler with a slight chance of rain.  The clouds will be here all day.  Winds will be coming from the north around 10 mph.  Dress appropriately.  The weather really improves beginning Tuesday and we’ll have days in the 70’s and nights in the 50’s.

 

Brad with a nice brown.  Photo by Steve Shen

Brad with a nice brown. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,980 cfs 41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,510 cfs 41°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,270 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,800 cfs 46°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,910 cfs 46°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,270 cfs 47°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 476 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 43°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,340 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 28, 2018

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There was actually some dry fly action yesterday!  Caddis, blue quills, and olives were out.  There have been a few hendricksons spotted but nothing crazy.  One here and one there.  You had to work and have a little luck to find the risers but they were there.  Most people are still throwing streamers in the high water.  Today looks a little better with a forecast of 63 degrees and some sunshine.  We should have some clouds roll in and a small afternoon shower.  The river flows came up a bit after yesterday’s rain and both Pepacton and Cannonsville Reservoirs are spilling.  The Beaverkill and Willowemoc will drop back to normal flows first but that will take a day or two.

 

Art with his dry fly fish!

Art with his dry fly fish!

 

 

George with a dry fly fish yesterday

George with a dry fly fish yesterday

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,960 cfs 41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,620 cfs 41°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,240 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,800 cfs 44°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,500 cfs 44°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,220 cfs 45°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 473 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 43°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,710 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 27, 2018

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Things seemed to pick up a bit yesterday.  There were some fish landed on most river sections.  Streamers seemed to be the most productive method but there were a few fish looking up during the warmest part of the day.  The wind was tough at times but the cloud cover was certainly welcome for the fishing.  It’s going to be cooler today with around 1/4″ of rain falling.  The rain looks  light and spread out through the day ending around 5 pm.  Today’s wind looks much better than we’ve seen all week staying around 6 mph from the South.  The Upper East and West Branch flows seem to be holding steady this morning.  The Beaverkill is dropping so the lower East is dropping.  The daytime and nighttime temperatures warm up a lot early next week.  That should do wonders for the water temperatures and push the bugs.

 

Rocky with a great fish to start the year.  Photo by Art Bartholomew

Rocky with a great fish to start the year. Photo by Art Bartholomew

Chris with a nice fish yesterday.  Photo by Steve Shen

Chris with a great fish yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 0 Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,850 cfs 39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,570 cfs 41°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,030 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,290 cfs 45°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,810 cfs 45°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,040 cfs 44°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 240 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 44°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,380 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 26, 2018

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We had rain most of the day yesterday.  While we didn’t have any crazy downpours the steady rain increased the flows on all of the rivers.  We shouldn’t see any more rain today.  The sun should show itself for a bit today with air temperatures in the mid 50’s.  There have been more and more caddis, blue quills, and olives on the water so bring a dry fly rig despite the higher flows, you may get lucky. Most people will be fishing streamers today.  The water temps on the East Branch and Mainstem are starting off in the mid 40’s this morning.  Play around with different sizes and colors of streamers but definitely have some darker flies.  There is a little more rain in the forecast for the weekend but hopefully that changes.  Wading is not an option today.  It looks like the Beaverkill flow has peaked so hopefully it drops fast. Keep an eye on the Stilesville and Downsville flows since Cannonsville and Pepacton are spilling or very close to spilling.

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 0 Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,690 cfs 41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,590 cfs 42°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,020 cfs 44°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,740 cfs 47°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,420 cfs 46°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,460 cfs 47°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 240 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 44°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,010 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 25, 2018

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We’re getting some light rain this morning with around .31″ left to come.  It seems like Wunderground has dropped the rain total in the forecast.  The Beaverkill and lower East Branch have a small bump showing on the gauge this morning but so far not enough to matter.  The upper East Branch is holding steady at 900 cfs.  The level of Pepacton Reservoir has dropped to 99.9%.  That’s worth watching if it drops a little more.  The spill over Cannonsville dam has decreased to 85 cfs this morning.  The water temps are finally climbing to good numbers with the lower EB and the Beaverkill both peaking over 50 degrees.  It looks like the daytime air temps will drop a bit over the next few days but will still be in the 50’s.  It finally feels like Spring is here.

Water temps are finally looking really good

Water temps are finally looking really good

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 0 Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,550 cfs 40°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,880 cfs 41°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 900 cfs 44°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,750 cfs 48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,060 cfs 47°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 730 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 85 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 43°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 790 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 24, 2018

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Today looks like a good day to be on the water.  The sun is out now but we should have some clouds rolling in the afternoon.  The air temperature will be around 60 degrees.  All of the flows dropped a little throughout the system.  Pepacton Reservoir is down to 100.1% capacity.  The Beaverkill, lower East Branch and Mainstem have the best temperatures to start off the day between 44 and 45 degrees.  That’s the best we’ve seen this season.  If the sun sticks around long enough those should shoot up to good levels today.  There are decent numbers of little black caddis and some blue quills around but streamers and nymphs will be most effective until the water warms up.  We should see some rain tonight and tomorrow but the amount in the forecast has been decreasing.  Hopefully most of it will shift away from us.

 

Bob handed over the new boat to Chris to row George and Ebby for a bit

Bob handed over the new boat to Chris to row George and Ebby for a bit

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 0 Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,690 cfs 39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,040 cfs 40°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 900 cfs 41°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,770 cfs 45°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,320 cfs 44°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 730 cfs 44°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 224 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 41°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 827 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 23, 2018

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Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day.  The weather has definitely helped the water temps and some of the rivers are peaking in the high 40’s everyday now.  The bug activity has increased.  There is a legitimate shot at catching a fish on a dry fly now.  Saying that, nymph and streamer fishing will still be way more productive.  Any dry fly action would be a gift.  If you’re stuck on dries look for the highest water temps in the system, go there, and be patient.  We need just a little more sun and warmth to get it going.  The rivers are dropping throughout the system.  That will help.
Sunny and 61 degrees today.  Winds out of the South 5 – 10 mph.  Sounds like a good day.

 

An unidentified angler makes his first catch of the season a paralep

An unidentified angler makes his first catch of the season a paralep.  He was a fighter!

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 0 Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,940 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,350 cfs 39°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,020 cfs 39°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,930 cfs 42°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,920 cfs 42°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 803 cfs 42°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 467 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 39°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 928 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 22, 2018

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Yesterday was beautiful except we had some wind to deal with for most of the afternoon.  The water warmed up in the afternoon and we are starting off today a little warmer.  Today’s forecast looks a little better with more sun and air temperatures in the high 50’s.  Hopefully Wunderground is correct and our winds will be around 5 mph.  All of the rivers in the system are dropping this morning.  The East and West Branches are still high but the Beaverkill has dropped down to 882 cfs and is still falling.  That’s shaping up nicely.  There were definitely more active bugs yesterday with caddis, stoneflies, olives, and some blue quills in the air.  A few more degrees in water temp and things will really get going.  Streamers and nymphs are still the mainstays right now but that will change.  A couple more days f sun and warmth will really get things moving in the right direction.

The Beaverkill is shaping up nicely this morning

The Beaverkill is shaping up nicely this morning – and peaked at 45 degrees yesterday

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,330 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,790 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,240 cfs 38°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,170 cfs 41°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,790 cfs 40°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 882 cfs 40°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 815 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,070 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 21, 2018

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Today is going to feel like Summer out there.  50 degrees, sun, and winds around 10 mph.  It did not snow this morning.  It looks like we’ll have temps in the 50’s all week.  The East Branch and Beaverkill flows are dropping.  The flow on the West Branch has come up due to the increased amount of water spilling.  The water temperatures are still a bit cold throughout the system but a few days of warm air and sun beating down should help them climb.  The dry fly action will get better and better as the temps rise.  Starting off with streamers or nymphs is still your best bet.  The release from Cannonsville will increase in steps today and settle in at 1.499 cfs at 3 pm.

 

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,270 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,670 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,580 cfs 37°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,550 cfs 38°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,030 cfs 38°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 960 cfs 37°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 1,326 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 37°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,240 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 20, 2018

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We have a light snow covering and wind this morning.  Wonderground is sticking to their ten day forecast and today looks like the last cold day.  Tomorrow we see sun and temps climbing into the 50’s. Hopefully they are correct and the weather sticks around for a while.  The sun and warmer air temps should help warm the water bringing out the bugs.  It looks like a good week coming our way.  The hotline says the spill over Cannonsville Reservoir is 1,341 cfs and the release is zero.  The Upper EB and Beaverkill flows are both dropping.    If we don’t get any more rain the Beaverkill should be in great wading shape in a couple of days.

Streamers and nymphs today.

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,320 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,890 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,030 cfs 38°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,320 cfs 38°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,600 cfs 38°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,170 cfs 37°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 0 cfs  Spill = 1,341 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 37°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,560 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 101%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 19, 2018

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We had a dusting of snow overnight that was just enough to cover the grass but the roads are clear.  It should melt by the early afternoon.  The weather channels still have a decent warm up coming our way Saturday.  It should be a great weekend on the water.  The East Branch and Beaverkill flows are both beginning to drop.  Pepacton is still spilling and the flow in Downsville is 1,870 cfs.  Cannonsville is also spilling and the flow in Stilesville has been falling.  This is an oddball one because the spill over the dam is 973 cfs.  The release has been decreases to 393 cfs thsi morning and will be decreases to 138 cfs today.  There is still over 1,600 cfs flowing into the reservoir from the upper WB alone so the spill should actually increase as it catches up.  The release from Cannonsville will decrease on the following schedule  10 am: 339 cfs, 1 pm: 285 cfs, 4 pm: 231, 7 pm: 184 cfs, 10 pm: 138 cfs.  It’s nice to see the release ramped down over the course of the day.

 

Home Pool with a light dusting this morning

Home Pool with a light dusting this morning

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,350 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,970 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,320 cfs 38°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,850 cfs 39°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,310 cfs 39°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,390 cfs 38°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,120 cfs  Spill = 365 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,650 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 101.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 18, 2018

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We had a few snow showers overnight that left us with a dusting in the grass.  It won’t last long today once the air temp warms up.  We should see high 40’s today.  Wonderground has better weather arriving Saturday and sticking around.  It may be Spring now.  The flows are still up this morning but are beginning to drop back.  The Beaverkill and The WB at Stilesville are both dropping back quickly.  Stilesville is dropping because they cut the release from Cannonsville back to 1,120. It is still spilling 365 cfs this morning.  Pepacton Reservoir is spilling bringing the East Branch flow at Downsville to 2,290.  Streamers are still the best option but things look good for the next two weeks.  Water temps should climb over the weekend and it warms up and the runoff subsides.

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,530 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,310 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,640 cfs 38°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,980 cfs 38°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8,840 cfs 38°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,880 cfs 37°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,120 cfs  Spill = 365 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,940 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 101.2%

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