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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 2, 2020

Apr 02, 2020 Comments Off by

Right now we are taking the advice of both NYS and PA and suggesting everyone stay close to home and fish local.

Yesterday was a bit windy in the afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds.  The rivers are starting off a couple of degrees cooler this morning.  We should see 50 degrees with wind 15 mph from the North.  Gust may be higher.  We’re still seeing stoneflies, a few olives, and some midges.

We are following the State’s order and are closed right now.  We are still fulfilling mail orders in the online store:  https://drc-fly-shop.myshopify.com/  Our flies are stocked and we will be adding new products over the next few weeks.  Hopefully this all passes soon.

 

 

 

Good advice along a NJ stream.  Tim Glynn photo

Good advice along a NJ stream. Tim Glynn photo

Hatching:
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Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidaie sp.
Little Brown and Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis vagans

 

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 645 cfs 40°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 965 cfs 40°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 601 cfs 40°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,810 cfs 42°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,400 cfs 42°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 853 cfs 40°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 600 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 40°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,160 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 1, 2020

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Right now we are taking the advice of both NYS and PA and suggesting everyone stay close to home and fish local.

This is certainly not the start of the season we imagined a couple of months ago.  We are following the State’s order are are closed right now.  We are still fulfilling mail orders in the online store:  https://drc-fly-shop.myshopify.com/  Our flies are stocked and we will be adding new products over the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully this all passes soon.

The rivers and reservoirs are in great shape this Spring.  It may not feel like it but it’s still early.  There are some stoneflies and olives around but not much happening that could be considered consistent dry fly action.  If you tie flies check out Pig Farm Ink’s digital Iron Flies over the next couple of weeks:  http://www.moldychum.com/digital-iron-fly/

 

Hale Eddy running just around 1,000 cfs

Hale Eddy running just around 1,000 cfs

Hatching:
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Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidaie sp.
Little Brown and Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis vagans

 

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 645 cfs 40°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,030 cfs 41°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 636 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,970 cfs 44°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,670 cfs 44°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 985 cfs 42°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 600 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 42°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,290 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.4%

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March Update

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Edison NJ Fly Fishing Show

Jan 19, 2020 Comments Off by

It’s that time of year already.  January 24 – 26, 2020 in Edison NJ.  The show is in it’s third year at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, NJ.   Click here for directions

We’ll be there in our normal booth space for all three days.  It’s a great show so stop by and say hello while you’re looking around.

Edison NJ The Fly Fishing Show

As usual Bob Lewis and Steve Shen will be giving an Upper Delaware presentation each day.  This year Bob and Steve will be presenting
Upper Delaware Trout Tactics in Room A-100 at 3 pm Friday, Room A-100 at 12 pm Saturday, and Room A-100 at 2 pm Sunday.
Fly tyer Michael Johnson will be in our booth again this year tying Upper Delaware patterns.  Check out his instagram @theflywarrior for cool patterns and techniques that work on the Delaware.

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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 7, 2019

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Every Thursday for next four weeks we will list a limited 4 dozen run of a new fly in our online store.  One new pattern each week.  These are patterns we think are cool, don’t have room in the shop bins for, or are just playing around with and haven’t decided on them yet.  Week two’s fly is a Hendrickson Floating Wet Fly.  The Hendrickson Floating Wet Fly works well on calm water for picky fish.  It can also be sunk and swung as an emerger.  The thin profile makes it a great option tough situations.  Tied on a Tiemco 100 #14 dry fly hook with a quill body and DRC’s  rusty spinner dubbing.  Click here to see it in the store

Hendrickson Floating Wet Fly

Hendrickson Floating Wet Fly

 

We’re still finding some fish eating on top but nymphing and streamers have produced better over the last few days.  We’re heading into a cold snap for the next few days starting off with a mix of rain and snow this afternoon.  We warm back up slightly in a few days but it definitely feels like November.  The runoff has been good for the system so let’s hope the precipitation keeps coming in any form.

Click on the gauges for the latest flow information.  Daily updates resume April 1.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity

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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 2, 2019

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Click on the gauges for the latest flow information.  We’ll do a new river update Thursday November 7th.  Daily updates resume April 1.

 

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity

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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 1, 2019

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The rain held off for most of yesterday but it finally caught up with us.  The West Branch came through the storms okay and is under 5,000 cfs and already dropping. The Beaverkill and East Branch side took a worse hit like normal.  There’s going to be some flooding on the tributaries and rivers.  It’s going to take a few days for the rivers to drop and become safe again.  Good day to tie flies

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 175 cfs 54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 4,960 cfs 45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 3,150 cfs 53°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 15,300 cfs 54°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 11,500 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 12,100 cfs 53°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 5,860 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 51.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 71.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 31, 2019

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October 31st marks the end of our daily reports until April 1st.  Since the rivers are still fishing we’ll do some sporadic reports in November if the conditions change dramatically.  We’ll definitely do a report tomorrow morning after the rain Wunderground has in the forecast today and tonight.  We may see 2″ of rain by tomorrow morning with most of it falling tonight.  Click on the gauge links below to see the latest flows.  We have a light rain that started last night and is still falling.  So far the river flows have only increased slightly.  The air temp will hit a crazy 69 degrees today with wind 10 – 20 from the South.  Today is going to be tough out there in the wind.  Yesterday fished well.  Not a lot of bugs hatching.  Just a few isonychias and olives.  The bushes are still full of caddis.  We found good fishing blind casting isonychias and covering slash rises in riffles.  Water temps are great so the fish are still in their normal lies.

Every Thursday for next four weeks we will list a limited 4 dozen run of a new fly in our online store.  One new pattern each week.  These are patterns we think are cool, don’t have room in the shop bins for, or are just playing around with and haven’t decided on them yet.  We’re starting with a large, dark Isonychia.  We fish these in May not long after the Hendrickson hatch end.  This is definitely a pattern we’ve been fishing a while to match the dark gray isos.  A #12-2xl hook with Charcoal Spectrumized dubbing and a black rib.  Click here to see it in the store

If there are any patterns you’ d like to see send us an email and we’ll see what we can do.  Flies are addicting…

 

A darker Isonychia to cover the large, dark ones we find in May

A darker Isonychia to cover the large, dark ones we find in May

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 154 cfs 54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 423 cfs 54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 310 cfs 52°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,600 cfs 54°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,060 cfs 54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 777 cfs 53°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 773 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 51.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 70.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 30, 2019

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Yesterday ended up being a good day on the water.  Fewer bugs than the day before but there were enough olives, caddis, and isonychias to get the fish to eat occasionally in the riffles.  If you saw one pop you could target they were pretty willing to eat on top.  Today looks pretty similar to yesterday with good cloud cover, 64 degrees, and wind 5 – 10 mph from the South.  We have some rain coming but that should hold off until after dark with more coming tomorrow during the day.

 

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 154 cfs 53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 404 cfs 53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 301 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,670 cfs 53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,210 cfs 53°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 705 cfs 52°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 53°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 732 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 50.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 70.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 29, 2019

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We have a light rain falling this morning- almost a heavy mist.  It’s not going to amount to anything but we should keep the cloud cover all day.  It’s a warm 50 degrees this morning too.  The air temp will climb close to 60 degrees today with wind 5 – 10 from the South.  The river flows are continuing to drop slowly as the runoff subsides.  Overall it looks like a good day to be on the water.  Yesterday was sunny in the afternoon so the olive hatch was light but the isonychias and caddis made an appearance in some riffles bringing fish to the surface.

 

Samantha Dennis with a rainbow yesterday

Samantha Dennis with a rainbow yesterday

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 155 cfs 53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 448 cfs 52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 331 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,850 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,660 cfs 53°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 825 cfs 51°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 816 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 28, 2019

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There were a few periods of heavy rain yesterday that brought the West Branch up and added some color but it did stay fishable all day.  It was definitely a streamer day with a few odd dry fly shots at the end.  Not a lot of bugs out there but a few olives and caddis hit the water around 4 pm.  The risers were sporadic so you had to be patient and lucky.  The  wind was the real problem until it dropped by mid afternoon.  It was a tough day with a few rewards thrown in for the people who stuck it out.  You definitely had to work hard.  The runoff has settled down a bit this morning and the flow is just under 600 cfs at Hale Eddy.  Every feeder is adding water so the flow will be a bit higher as you go downstream.  It will clear up today and we’ll have sunshine and 63 degrees by the afternoon.  Wind will be 5 – 10 mph from the East.

Samantha Dennis with a good one yesterday

Samantha Dennis with a good one yesterday

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

Hatching:
Click on the fly to see the patterns in our online store

Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 155 cfs 53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 591 cfs 52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 398 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,470 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,180 cfs 52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,260 cfs 52°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,210 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.9%

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 27, 2019

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The rain started last night but so far the river flows have stayed steady.  We should see around 1/2″ fall today with the rain finally quitting around 4 pm.  The wind won’t be a lot of fun at 10 – 15 mph from the South but that should also taper off in the afternoon.  The one bonus is the air temp hitting 63 degrees today.  Find a wind protected corner and it could actually fish today.  It’s going to come down to the runoff from the rain and the wind.  Nymphing, swinging wets, and streamers will likely be the best options.  Check the river gauge links below for the latest information.  If the rain does catch up to the flows and we dramatic changes we’ll do a mid day update.

Yesterday should have fished better but the sun shined through a bit more than forecasted.  There were some olives and people landed some fish in the slow sections but nymphing was definitely the better option.

 

 

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

Hatching:
Click on the fly to see the patterns in our online store

Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 154 cfs 53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 306 cfs 51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 229 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,100 cfs 50°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,400 cfs 51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 448 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 550 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.9%

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